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Late actor Sushant Singh Rajput who shot to fame with Kai Po Che! has created a stir in the Indian film industry with his sudden demise. The Chhichhore star who died by suicide at his home in Bandra, Mumbai, on Sunday morning has been the point of discussion on social media for the last few days owing to the nature ofhis death, his on screen personality and career, and the speculation that Bollywood had reportedly refused to help him despite knowing of his long battle with depression.

 

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I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year….. I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with…but somehow I never followed up on that feeling…will never make that mistake again…we live in very energetic and noisy but still very isolated times …some of us succumb to these silences and go within…we need to not just make relationships but also constantly nurture them….Sushants unfortunate demise has been a huge wake up call to me …to my level of compassion and to my ability to foster and protect my equations…..I hope this resonates with all of you as well….will miss your infectious smile and your bear hug ….💔💔💔

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The late actor who was last seen in the Netflix action-thriller film Drive had his upcoming film Dil Bechara ready for release. Helmed by renowned casting director Mukesh Chhabra, the film has been bankrolled by Fox Star Studios. The official remake of Hollywood romantic drama The Fault In Our Stars will reportedly hit an OTT platform directly skipping a theatrical release. (Although, Fox Star has been tight-lipped about the same.)

Sanjana Sanghi will be seen opposite Sushant in the film. Earlier titled Kizie Aur Manny, the film was to hit screens on 8 May 2020 after several postponements. But unfortunately, the release has been further delayed because of the nationwide lockdown.

 

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. . You gave me a forever, within a limited number of days, and for that. I’m forever grateful. – our beloved novel, The Fault In Our Stars A forever of learnings, and of memories. I refreshed my web pages a 100 times hoping I’m reading some sort of horrible joke. I’m not equipped to process any of this. I don’t think I ever will be. I’m definitely not equipped to articulate my feelings, this is me failing, but trying. We were to save all our anecdotes and stories from the time we spent shooting together up until the release of our film, so we kept them in our stomachs till now. After 2 years of seemingly all the possible difficulties one single film can face, with all sorts of crap constantly being written, and being relentlessly pursued – we were supposed to FINALLY see watch it together – my first, and what you told me you believed was your best film yet. Amidst your journey, and in the middle of 16 hour long shoot days, you somehow found a way and had a desire to yell out to me from the opposite side of set screaming “Rockstar, itni achi acting thodi na karte hain paagal!” ; To guide me over things big & small through our film’s process, To tell me to conserve my energy on set; To discuss even the smallest nuance you thought could change the narrative of a scene and would whole heartedly accept my disagreement; To discuss ways in which we could together forge a brighter educational future for the children of India. You were a force Manny, and you always will be. We’re going to spend an eternity to try and make sense of what you’ve left us behind with, and I personally never will be able to. I simply wish you never left us behind in the first place. Just know, you have a country full of millions, looking up at you, smiling at you, thankful for you. As you smile back at us, from up above. The fact that you get to spend the rest of your time by your mother’s side, I know you gives the only happiness you wanted in the world. #RIPSushantSinghRajput

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Once the news broke out, Sushant’s fans and several others have taken to Twitter to request the production house to not release the film on OTT directly and instead honour the actor by exhibiting it on screens. They added that they wanted to see his last film on screens and bid him goodbye in a proper manner.

The music director of the film, AR Rahman, also posted the same on his Twitter handle.

Fans have also been lashing out and trending several other hashtags like #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput, #BoycottKaranJohar, #NepotismBollywood, and #KaranJoharGang calling out the industry and the prevailing nepotism that is speculated to be one of the reasons for his death. Several celebrities like Kangana Ranaut and Ranvir Shorey have also spoken up about the same.

The news also sparked discussions about mental health and its importance.

It is noteworthy that Sushant himself had commented on nepotism, and about how its coexistence is okay as long as it doesn’t close doors on budding talents at an International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) award function.

Read: Sushant Singh Rajput Obit: A Bollywood Star, ‘A Photon In A Double-Slit’

If you (or anyone you know) need assistance overcoming suicidal thoughts, here are a few helpline numbers.

Tamil Nadu:

State health department suicide helpline number: 104

Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre: 044-24640050

Andhra Pradesh:

Life Suicide Prevention Helpline: 78930-78930

Roshni Helplines 9166202000/ 9127848584

Karnataka:

Sahai: 24-hour helpline numbers: 080- 65000111, 080-65000222

Kerala:

Maithri helpline: 0484-2540530

Chaithram helpline: 0484-2361161

Telangana:

Telangana government suicide prevention toll-free no: 104

Roshni: 040-66202000, 6620200

SEVA: 09441778290, 040 – 27504682

Mumbai:

Hitguj helpline: 022-24131212

Aasra: +91 9820466726/022-27546669

Delhi:

Sumaitri: 011-23389090

Snehi: 011-65978181

Goa:

Cooj Mental Health Foundation: 0832- 2252525/+91 98225 62522

Jamshedpur:

Jeevan Suicide Prevention Helpline: 065-76453841/065-76555555

Hyderabad:

One Life: +91 7893078930

Makro Foundation – Suicide Prevention Helpdesk: 040-46004600

Kolkata:

Lifeline Foundation: 033-24637401/033-24637432

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