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.
My apology to #sushant on behalf of the entire industry and a humble request to my industry folks!! pic.twitter.com/PJHhet6V6I
— meera chopra (@MeerraChopra) June 15, 2020
I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish Iwas around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 15, 2020
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It’s no secret Sushant was going through very tough times for the last few years. No one in the industry stood up for him nor did they lend a helping hand. To post about him today is the biggest display of how shallow the industry really is. No one here is your friend. RIP ✨
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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 ….💔💔💔
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
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.
To watch this person weave magic on celluloid for one last time would be a dream come true,I would like to go to a theater and watch him on Big Screen and see him being appreciated by everyone who he touched through his craft. #DilBecharaOnBigScreenpic.twitter.com/rG0d3PmitQ
— siddhant. (@ignoreandfly) June 16, 2020
I think it’s only right that fans get to see #SushantSinghRajput ‘s final film at cinemas. #DilBecharaOnBigScreen@DisneyplusHSVIP @CastingChhabra
— Raj Baddhan (@RajBaddhan) June 16, 2020
It would be only fair to celebrate Sushant’s talent and hard work for the last time on big screens. I really hope the producers consider the request of fans and neutrals to bid adieu to Sushant in the way he truly deserves. #DilBecharaOnBigScreen pic.twitter.com/KBOnL5y7zk
— Ria. (@MonaDarlingx) June 16, 2020
@foxstarhindi has decided to release #DilBechara on hotstar. As his die hard fans it’s our duty to pay him the utmost respect by watching his last film on the big screen!! This is what he wanted…
Let’s make this trending #DilBecharaonBigScreen pic.twitter.com/OpdtKZIjKk
— Samarth Shahu (@shahu_samarth) June 15, 2020
The music director of the film, AR Rahman, also posted the same on his Twitter handle.
Fans Wish to See Sushant Singh Rajput’s Last Film in Theaters, #DilBecharaOnBigScreen Trends https://t.co/r4fxRVZyyS
— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) June 16, 2020
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.
Remember that time when #karanjohargang shouted and jingled ‘NEPOTISM ROCKS’ at IIFA and shunned #KanganaRanaut. A live example of how NEPOTISM is glorified in bollywood. #KaranJoharIsBULLY #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput #SushantSinghRajput #RIPSushant #KaranJohar #VarunDhawan pic.twitter.com/j9XVx3ByMh
— Soulful Pebble. (@soulfulpebble) June 16, 2020
The power to decide who will be a “star” and who will be left out in the cold.
But of course, the coterie that owns the only high stakes table in the casino will never be questioned, because everyone is too busy enjoying the game.
Even if they know it’s fixed.
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) June 15, 2020
The star kid walks from the host’s dias to accept the award and makes a short thank you speech and heads back to hosting the rest of the show like business as usual.
This is how mainstream Bollywood is a family.
– The End –
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) June 16, 2020
#KanganaRanaut exposes the propaganda by industry arnd #SushantSinghRajput‘s tragic death &how the narrative is spun to hide how their actions pushed #Sushant to the edge.Why it’s imp to give talent their due &when celebs struggle with personal issues media to practice restraint pic.twitter.com/PI70xJgUVL
— Team Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) June 15, 2020
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.
State health department suicide helpline number: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre: 044-24640050
Life Suicide Prevention Helpline: 78930-78930
Roshni Helplines 9166202000/ 9127848584
Sahai: 24-hour helpline numbers: 080- 65000111, 080-65000222
Maithri helpline: 0484-2540530
Chaithram helpline: 0484-2361161
Telangana government suicide prevention toll-free no: 104
Roshni: 040-66202000, 6620200
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 – 27504682
Hitguj helpline: 022-24131212
Aasra: +91 9820466726/022-27546669
Cooj Mental Health Foundation: 0832- 2252525/+91 98225 62522
Jeevan Suicide Prevention Helpline: 065-76453841/065-76555555
One Life: +91 7893078930
Makro Foundation – Suicide Prevention Helpdesk: 040-46004600
Lifeline Foundation: 033-24637401/033-24637432