Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death: Grappling With Unanswered Questions?

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s untimely demise has devastated the nation and the close ones of the actor seem to find it difficult to cope with his loss. Although the damage is already done and his death is confirmed as a suicide, what really matters is why did he take up this path? People know him as a fun loving person who was full of life and to digest the fact of him ending his life in this drastic way is something about which we need to ponder. Sushant Singh Rajput rose to stardom as the lead on the TV soap ‘Pavitra Rishta’ (2009), after which he made his film debut with ‘Kai Po Che!’ (2013). He is known for his work in films such as ‘M.S.Dhoni – The Untold Story’ (2016), ‘Kedarnath’ (2018), ‘Chhichhore’ (2019).

Bollywood is in a state of shock. But are they responsible for his suicide? Sushant had come to Mumbai from his hometown Patna with dreams in his eyes, many of which he fulfilled. His death has sparked severe criticism of the film industry, many of whom declared themselves shattered. Sushant Singh Rajput allegedly struggled with alienation and isolation over the last six months.

Twitter has been abuzz with posts from Sushant’s fans, calling out Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt. The popular social media platform soon pointed out that such ‘fake’ condolence messages mean nothing right now, especially after Sushant is no more. As per sources, Yash Raj Films, Balaji Motion Pictures, Salman Khan Films, Sajid Nadiadwala, T-Series and Dinesh Vijan have banned Sushant Singh Rajput, leaving him no choice but to work in TV series or web series.

Sushant Singh Rajput was reportedly battling depression for the last six months. He was being ‘let down’ by the film fraternity and reportedly had signed 5 to 6 films after the success of ‘Chhichhore’ (2019), only to lose all films in a matter of six months. The ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ (2013) star was a bright and successful actor and the industry treated him as an outsider. He was never invited to parties and weddings. The film industry doesn’t treat someone like family if you don’t belong to the film family or if you are not a camp follower. There are a lot of bread snatchers in the industry, who snatch the last piece of bread from your mouth and leave you hungry just to do favours to their camp.

Salman Khan has been slammed on Twitter for ruining careers of Vivek Oberoi, Arijit Singh and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Abhinav Singh Kashyap recently took to Facebook to reveal that Arbaaz Khan and his family sabotaged his career after ‘Dabangg’ (2010). The filmmaker also said the bullying destroyed his mental health.

Raveena Tandon in a series of tweets has confirmed that camps do exist in Bollywood and people who are truthful are often labelled as liars, mad and psychotic.

Bollywood biggies who are writing essays mourning his death used to mock him because he was a TV star. Was it is a feeling of non-acceptance which led him into taking this drastic step? Nepotism is everywhere. But at the same time if you deliberately don’t allow right talents to come up, then there is a problem. Then the whole structure of the industry would collapse one day. The industry is under the scanner and people have begun talking about the plight of actors who are struggling to achieve their goals in the city of dreams – Mumbai. Young actors are shaken.

Karan Johar has been scolded by netizens for his hypocrisy and launching only star kids. In every single episode of ‘Koffee with Karan’, they blamed him for placing Sushant at the bottom of choices for acting ability. He was blamed for preparing questions which drew straight comparisons between him and star kids. Most of the stars voted for star kids since they are friends. A user even went on to question the filmmaker’s choice to release Sushant and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer ‘Drive'(2019) on OTT.

Sushant Singh Rajput regretted waiting for Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Paani’ for too long as it affected his relationship with Aditya Chopra. He called it very unfortunate as he had said no to so many films. ‘Paani’ was shelved due to the producers Yash Raj Films backing out of the project. Sushant had turned down around 12 films for ‘Paani’. As per reports, Ranveer Singh is doing this film now. The same happened with ‘Ram Leela’ (2013). Bhansali wanted to cast Sushant for the film, but Aditya Chopra refused to give consent as Sushant was in contract with them. Later Bhansali approached Ranveer and surprisingly Aditya Chopra gave him the consent to do ‘Ram Leela’ even though Ranveer too was under YRF contract. ‘Befikre’ (2016) too had Sushant Singh in the lead role initially but he was later unceremoniously removed and Ranveer was cast instead. In short, Ranveer Singh owes his success to Sushant Singh Rajput.

People are clearly agitated after old videos of Salman Khan, Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt started resurfacing where they mocked him. Residents of Patna have clearly lost all the patience they had and have called Sushant’s suicide a murder. They have even set Karan Johar and Salman Khan’s effigies on fire. While the police are still investigating his death, some of Sushant’s close friends including Rhea Chakraborty have been questioned by the authorities. Mukesh Chhabra has also been asked to record his statement.

A fan of the late actor took his own life by hanging himself at his home in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. The boy was in 10th standard and left a note which read, ‘If He Can Do It, Why Can’t I.’ After the death of the actor, his followers on Instagram shot up to two million within two days and still counting.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s team on Tuesday launched the website, which will host the late Bollywood actor’s thoughts and wishes. They revealed that Self Musing was the actor’s dream. Sharing the link of the website on his official Facebook page, the team wrote that they wanted to create a space where his audience, whom he called his ‘Godfather’, could get a peek into his mind, something that he always desired.

We find the reality so hard to sink in. However he left us too soon, leaving his dreams behind and a void that will never be filled.

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