Jab Bollywood Sitara, Dhruv Tara ban gaya!
So, what makes me write about Sushant Singh Rajput after nearly 70 days of his shocking and untimely demise? Fair enough!
To seek answers, read on my blog post.
I categorically remember, on June 14, when after my most cherished afternoon power nap, I reached out to my mobile only to get this shocking news. I could not believe initially that this has happened, such a promising young actor would cut his life short abruptly. After some time, like everyone, I also came to terms with the fact. The whole nation was in a state of shock, particularly his fans. I wouldn’t have written about this major incidence of the year 2020 who snatched such a talented actor from us, besides many others…if the media trial had not started about the controversy on his death.
Kangana Ranaut (Actor) came in open with her views on nepotism and named biggies of Bollywood who run the tinsel town on their terms with their own set of people. Post mortem, police interrogation, naming and shaming, media bytes of friends, family and relatives are part of the process if there is an unnatural death. As days passed, all the channels simultaneously were running news and developments on the case, so much so that it became difficult to spot what was happening on other fronts (read: Corona).
I think the amount of air -time surpassed even Aarushi murder case or Nirbhaya case (combined). Huge panels were set up on all channels, but the truth was nowhere in sight. Hardly anyone was giving true shraddhanjali to the departed soul, all were busy doing a post-mortem of the case. Mumbai Police and Patna Police were at loggerheads – whom to expose, whom to hide – the blame game was on.
It seems Arnab Goswami, CEO & Editor-in-Chief, Republic TV/ Bharat took the onus on him to bring out the truth and investigated the case in his inimitable style. No wonder, in no time, it became most-watched channel (read No. 1) in India. India was hooked to Republic TV/ Bharat for their daily dose on proceedings on SSR case. There was a demand for CBI enquiry as it was suspected to be a murder and not the suicide. The complexity multiplied; simplicity divided. Many joined the bandwagon to bring out the truth.
Finally, a demand was made by media, family and fans to handover the case to CBI for transparency. Recently SC ordered CBI to interrogate the case, which brought relief to all. People are looking forward to a fair trial now. Every night 10 PM Arnab investigated the case threadbare which involved many known and unknown names. Nobody challenged his voice!
Kangana, the brave girl made it a social media revolution with #JusticeForSushant involving one and all to raise their voice. My point is that now that case has been handed over to CBI, let them investigate the case peacefully and book the culprits, there is no need to air minute-to-minute trial details of the investigation as it hampers their functioning. Opinions become diffused, the truth gets clouded and clues get misinterpreted. The whole clamour is uncalled for, people want justice for their favourite star in a dignified manner and peaceful manner. Hope all stakeholders realise this, sooner the better.
Let Sushant Singh Rajput rest in peace (#RIP)
Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986 – 14 June 2020) gathered a huge fan following for his role in debut TV serial Pavitra Rishta as Manas. Women all over finished their household work or returned from office on time to watch Zee TV. After its phenomenal success, he turned towards Bollywood, a dancer and actor – par excellence – his first buddy drama – Kai Po Che was a superhit, he became the heartthrob of the nation, besides receiving a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.
He then starred in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and as the titular detective in the action thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015). His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the titular role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). For his performance in the latter, he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019). His last film, Dil Bechara (2020), was released posthumously on Hotstar.
NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank of the Indian government, signed him to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). Apart from acting and running a technological startup, Rajput was actively involved in helping young students. He was also the co-founder of an AI and technology company and a charity-based company for social work.
Rajput died by suicide at his home in Bandra, Mumbai in June 2020, at age 34.
Bollywood ka sitara, Dhruv tara ban gaya!