Sushant Singh Rajput, a budding actor in Bollywood, was found dead in his Bandra penthouse on Sunday, June 14th, 2020. He was a young actor, 34 years old, who had given the industry memorable films like M.S. Dhoni, Kedarnath, Kai Po Che, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Raabta, Sonchiriya, and his last hit film Chhichhore. He had also done a movie that released on Netflix called Drive.
His last film, Dil Bechara, is yet to release on the silver screen. Witnesses say that he was found hanging in his room in the early afternoon. This news came as a shock to his fans, as well as to the entire community of Bollywood, as he was presumed to be a happy and cheerful guy.
Reports and medicines that were found lying on his bed indicate that he was battling depression for the last 6 months. His post-mortem reports showed that he died due to asphyxiation from hanging. Grief and outrage has been over pouring on social media platforms, from netizens as well as Bollywood entertainers, who have discarded his reason of death being suicide.
Numerous videos have come up on the internet that shows how famous Bollywood celebrities have rejected him on various occasions. There are posts that say how directors signed him up for their movies, and later on gave them to other actors. There are posts that also claim the fact that the late actor was never invited to big parties and he felt like he was always an outsider.
The maximum outburst was experienced by actors and directors who are believed to be the products and carriers of nepotism respectively. A lot of Sushant’s fans blamed them for forcing him to end his life. There have been multiple controversies going on around the actor’s death and we will discuss them in detail in the following article.
Controversies Around the Actor’s Death
If we begin listing down the controversies, we will run out of space. Multiple fans have tried to resonate with the actor’s death by weaving their own stories around his death. Bollywood celeb Kangana Ranaut has been constantly bashing starkids and directors for being the bearers of nepotism, and has received a lot of support from Sushant’s fans.
Here are the 5 main controversies that surround the death of the young actor:
Sushant was suffering from depression
The first controversy that spiked up after the actor was found dead, with medicines and doctor’s prescription lying around, is that he was battling depression. After anti-depressant pills were recovered from his residence, Police interrogated his family and his sister confirmed that he was fighting depression.
Sushant’s father has no idea about his son’s illness and treatment. When Rhea Chakraborty, the late actor’s rumoured girlfriend, was interrogated, she reportedly said that he had stopped taking medicines, although she asked him to.
A lot of celebs and fans have denied the reason of his death being suicide. There are posts all over the internet that say how intelligent and smart he was, and that he had no reason to be depressed.
People who believe that he was depressed are blaming directors and producers who reportedly swapped Sushant with other actors in their films, after making the former sign for it. It is being said that this rejection and lack of films lead him to being depressed and subsequently end his life.
Mumbai Police is on the probe of finding the actual reason of the actor’s death and we will have to wait and see what happens.
Court Cases filed against Bollywood celebrities
A few days after Sushant Sing Rajput’s demise, an advocate in the state of Bihar filed a court case against 8 celebrity actors, directors and producers for destroying the young actor’s career by not letting his movies release. The advocate who filed this case is named Sudhir Kumar Ojha.
The celebrities who are mentioned in the case are Salman Khan, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Aditya Chopda, Ekta Kapoor, Sajid Nadiadwala, Bhushan Kumar, and Dinesh. These actors, directors and producers are being constantly blamed for supporting Starkids and blocking the career of talented “outsiders”.
According to the IANS, these cased are filed on the grounds that Sushant’s movies were stopped from releasing, which was a part of a bigger conspiracy woven by the above mentioned celebrities. These celebrities were also blamed for not inviting Sushant to parties and film functions.
Screenshots of old news headlines, which spoke about Salman harassing Sushant on a fight of the latter with Suraj Pancholi, are also swimming to the shore. Balaji Telefilms owner and director Ekta Kapoor has slammed the lawyer saying, ‘Thanku for the case for not casting sushi….when Actually I LAUNCHED HIM. I’m beyond upset at how convoluted theories can be!”
Sushant and Rhea were getting married in November
There has also been news about the marriage that Sushant, and rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, were planning to hold in the month of November this year. Reporters said that the agreement of the penthouse where Sushant lived has both His and Rhea’s names on it. The broker who they contacted regularly reportedly said that they were looking to buy a house by the end of this end. The reason most probably is their wedding which was supposed to be held in November.
Rhea has been a strong connection in this death case as Sushant lived with her in the penthouse. One day before the actor’s death, Rhea was spotted leaving their residence with her suitcase. She also deleted their pictures from her Instagram account one day prior to the incident. The police interrogated her last week for around 9 hours. When asked, she accepted that they had a fight and that is the reason she left their Bandra penthouse.
The police have interrogated a few more people who they think are connected to this case in one or more ways. There are yet to be solid leads about whether the actor died by suicide or there was actually a big conspiracy.
Interrogation of his family and friends
In the week that followed Sushant’s demise, a lot of people were interrogated by the Mumbai police. A few days after the incident, theories of it being a murder and not suicide floated on the internet. The Home Minister of Maharashtra ordered the police to probe deeper in to the actor’s death and bring out the truth. Rhea Chakraborty was called to the Police station and was interrogated for 9 hours. She was asked about why she left the house and deleted his pictures from her Instagram account. She came with her father but he wasn’t allowed in the interrogation room.
Sushant’s father and sisters were also questioned after this shocking incident took place. They were asked about his behaviour and illness. All their statements were recorded by the police for further investigation. The cook and house help who were present with Sushant in his residence were also thoroughly questioned.
The house help, reportedly, was the first person who saw his body hanging in the actor’s room. Mukesh Chhabra, the director of the late actor’s lat film, Dil Bechara, was also questioned and he stated that the actor was very close to him and he had last had a conversation with him when Sushant called the director on the latter’s birthday.
The actor had made a phone call to his best friend Mahesh Shetty the night before he died by suicide. Shetty reportedly could not receive his call due to network issues. He has been questioned by the police too. Till now, the police have recorded statements of 10 people regarding Sushant’s death.
Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt Making Controversial Statements
Another controversy that stirred the late actor’s fans and a lot of Bollywood celebrities was what director Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt said about the actor when he was alive. Mukesh Bhatt had said that when he heard about Sushant’s condition, he knew he was going the Parveen Babi way.
He had met the actor a few times and said that the meetings were pleasant. Mahesh Bhatt had also reportedly said that he felt Sushant was disturbed and disconnected in life, which was a drawback as he was so talented. He had compared the late actor to Parveen Babi, who was suffering from Schizophrenia.
Mukesh Bhatt also stated that he was not surprised by the news as he knew this was coming. This received a lot of backlash from the public. Mahesh Bhatt has been under people’s scrutiny as he had reportedly asked Rhea Chakraborty to break up with Sushant Singh Rajput.
In the past, Mahesh Bhatt had also made statements like, “Sushant is going to commit suicide one day.” He shared his brother’s views on the actor being very similar to Parveen Babi. News about Sushant accepting that he will die if he stays in a relationship with Rhea has also surfaced adding fuel to the fire.
These were the few main controversies that surround the death of the young actor Sushant Singh Rajput. A lot of stories are surfacing on the internet, but we can only wait for the police to find the truth behind this shocking news. We hope this article has been informative and helpful enough.