One month to Sushant Singh Rajput ’s death – a month spent in immense grief, speculations and prayers!
Sushant Singh Rajput – a name that emerged from the Indian TV industry and forayed into Bollywood with a movie called Kai Po Che. We didn’t have many expectations from this movie as it had three new faces and two of them had come from the small screen. And yet, people saw the movie, enjoyed its plot, and specifically appreciated Sushant’s work. At that time, he was just another TV actor who ventured into movies with a surprise hit. But was he just another actor making a big move? His success was not a fluke but an outcome of his dedication, hard work, and perseverance. He was a boy who had dreams and the courage to make those dreams come true. He was a star in the making and he is a name that has been etched on our hearts.
He gradually started climbing the precarious Bollywood ladder. Initially, some of his movies didn’t work which happens to every actor, and then suddenly there was a boom. He tasted success with M.S. Dhoni, a movie that brought him at par with those who were boasting of a 100-crore club. This movie turned a TV actor into a star. Out of the blue, he was in demand, he was everywhere, from award shows to commercials, to brand endorsements; he had it all and we saw him everywhere.
We saw his infectious smile on the hoardings and banners, we heard him laugh and we saw that innocent mischief in his eyes whenever we saw his movies, ads, or interviews. He was an inspiration for the youth and a benchmark for many who were trying to make it big in Bollywood.
After Shah Rukh Khan, he was the only actor who made it big in Bollywood without a godfather. Yes, he was still emerging and had a long way to go, but he had proved his potential flamboyantly.
He was a unique person who had this dazzling interest in space, stars, and all things mysterious. He was an avid reader and a dreamer. He wanted to do things that an average person doesn’t even think about. He was a man full of life, whose smile made it impossible for you to not smile along. His most notable feature was his humility. Success never got to his head. He was kind, generous and he was humble. He was like a dream himself.
But no one could imagine that we will get to hear the most shocking news ever on 14th June 2020. Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his house. The nation was shaken when all the news channels started running the most insensitive and almost despicable bulletins on his death.
Sushant Singh Rajput died? How could this be? This news was too much to swallow. I remember checking every news portal, scouting for anything that would say that it was a bad joke but it wasn’t. It wasn’t a romour but life’s cruel joke. Sushant Singh Rajput was indeed gone and what made things worse was the fact that the police declared his death a suicide within half an hour of his death and that too in the absence of a suicide note.
News channels turned his death into a masala story to sell. They dug all that they could to justify their horrendous coverage on his death. Within hours they had statements from people who claimed they were close to Sushant. Some said he was going through a difficult phase and some said he was struggling with money. A man who bought land on the moon, who donated in crores during natural disasters, who had many film offers in hand and whose last movie was a huge success, was struggling with money?
If all this was not enough, the Bollywood circus also started soon after. It hadn’t even been an hour to his death and the people from Bollywood started saying that he was depressed. What these Bollywood biggies were saying was like a script, like they were sitting on the edge to use their superficial social media accounts to pounce on the deceased.
However, while his colleagues were busy posting meaningless posts on social media, the common man was struggling to come to terms with the velocity of this news. It was hard to accept that Sushant Singh Rajput was gone. Yes, he was a movie star and people only knew his screen persona. People didn’t know him personally, he wasn’t our friend or brother or son and yet his death felt like a personal loss. It was all too much to handle for people who didn’t even know him but those who knew him and claimed to be his friends were busy giving interviews about his mental condition.
It has been a month to his death today and shocking revelations about his life have not stopped pouring in. Some say he was being threatened by the underworld, some say he was mentally disturbed, some say he became a victim of nepotism or groupism in Bollywood and some say he died to protect someone he really cared for.
But the fact is that a man with aspirations and opportunity just died. Isn’t it a lesson for all of us who take life for granted? He was a boy who wanted to do something big; he was loved, he was admired and he had an insane fan following.
It is still hard to believe that he is gone. Be it social media or news, people are still talking about his death, people are still trying to recover and they are asking for justice for Sushant Singh Rajput. Like they say every suicide is an outcome of some sort of injustice. Did he become a victim of groupism, did Bollywood drive him to take that drastic step or a real-life villain killed him?
It hurts to realize that we live in a society where hatred and envy win over humanity. He was just a man trying to make a place for himself in a world that doesn’t deserve people like Sushant Singh Rajput.
His death has made one thing very clear. It hurts the most when a young person dies and if that person epitomizes success, even remotely, it shocks you even more. Sushant Singh Rajput had everything. He was young, healthy, famous and he was successful. He was a special human being by all means. Whether he finished his life or someone killed him, the fact is that a father lost his young son who had migrated to a bigger city to follow his dreams. It is hard to even imagine what his family must be going through.
Let’s pray that Sushant Singh Rajput gets justice. Let’s pray that no one has to lose their son or brother again. Let’s pray that we learn to be kind to each other and that we learn to be there for one another. Let’s pray for Sushant to rest in peace. Let’s pray for all his dreams to come true, if not in this life then in another.
And, also take his death as a lesson to understand the value of life and real relationships. It is a reminder that we need to be there for each other. It is very easy to hurt someone but it is hardest to fix something that is broken. Look around you, do you find people who look great but sound broken? Will you do something for them? Can you be there for them?