ACTOR Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has reignited the discussions around the struggle of survival in Bollywood, with many insiders highlighting “cruel and unforgiving” nature of the industry, particularly tough on outsiders. Rajput was found hanging in his Bandra apartment on Sunday. According to a police official, Mumbai Police found out during the probe that the 34-year-old actor was under medication for depression. An engineering student, Rajput left his course at the Delhi Technological University in the early 2000s and rose from a background dancer to a TV star with soap opera “Pavitra Rishta”, which gave the “outsider” his breakout show in 2009. In 2013, he made his Bollywood debut with “Kai Po Che!” and went on to star in films such as “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “Raabta”, “Kedarnath”, “Sonchiriya” and “Chhichhore”. But his most prominent role came as cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s in the 2007 biopic, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”. In a telling tweet, veteran actor Dharmendra wrote despite not knowing Rajput personally, his death served as a reminder that the industry could be “cruel”. “Pyaare Sushant, naa film dekhi na kabhi mila tum se... Par tere achaanak chale jaane se bada sadma laga. This beautiful beloved ‘show business” is very cruel. I can imagine your unbearable pain. I share the pain of your loving family and friends,” Dharmendra wrote. Actor Meera Chopra penned a powerful, poignant note about the loneliness one feels working in an industry, which is “cold and ruthless”. “
We all knew well that Sushant was going through depression since long, but what did we do? Where was his close circle, the directors and producers he’s worked with, his close friends? Why nobody came out and helped, gave him the kind of love, the work that he wanted - because nobody cares,” she wrote on Twitter. The “Section 375” actor said, nobody in Bollywood cares about what one’s going through and artistes are just a flop away from being alienated. Gulshan Devaiah said, as an actor, one could understand why Rajput would’ve taken the step to end his life. “
As actors, somewhere deep down inside, we think we know why he did it and that’s why it so disturbing even if you didn’t know him at all. It’s a hard game to play and he played it very well but the game won in the end,” Devaiah wrote. Quoting Chopra’s tweet, the “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” star dismissed the idea of Bollywood being a family. Similar sentiment was echoed by filmmaker Anubhav Sinha, who, without taking names, said the “Bollywood Privilege Club” must sit down and think hard. “Now don’t ask me to elaborate any further,” he tweeted. Addressing outsiders, filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote a long thread about the two ends of an artiste’s time in the industry - the glorious successes and the crushing lows. “There are many young ‘outsiders’ in this industry. Remember this - there is an establishment that will make you feel like the next big thing until they need you. They will drop you and mock you as soon as you falter. Do not fall for the trap. The ones that celebrate you will celebrate your downfall some time later,” he tweeted. Celebrity hairstylist-turned-director Sapna Bhavnani claimed that Rajput’s battle with mental health was out in the open and yet the industry chose to look the other way.
“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 tweet today is the biggest display of how shallow the industry really is. No one here is your friend,” she wrote on Twitter. Mah Police ask people not to post pictures of deceased actor: Maharashtra Police’s cyber department has asked people to refrain from circulating online pictures of the body of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra area. Terming it as a “disturbing trend”, it warned that circulation of such pictures could attract legal action.