The news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise has devastated the film industry and shattered the actor’s fans.
While many conveyed their condolences on social media, most pointed at Bollywood’s ‘hypocrisy’. Following the news of the 34-year-old’s death, celebrities stressed on the importance of mental health care.
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) June 16, 2020
Actor Deepika Padukone tweeted, “Repeat after me: Depression is an illness.” Pouring various kind of responses, some users opened up about their experience with depression, others called out the actor as ‘hypocrite’. ‘Repeat after me: Nepotism is ‘cancer;’ replied one user. ‘Repeat after me: depression is her ‘business,’ replied another.
At times our movie industry’s hypocrisy gets to me. High &mighty announcing they shud ve kept in touch wth Sushant..
Cmon u didn’t! &thts coz his career dipped. So STFU! R u in touch with Imran Khan, Abhay Deol &others? No!
But u were, whn they were doing well#SushantSinghRajput
— Nikhil Dwivedi (@Nikhil_Dwivedi) June 14, 2020
Among many social media posts from co-actors, industry friends, Bollywood bigwigs and fans, a set of tweets, by director Anubhav Sinha and actors Nikhil Dwivedi and Ranvir Shorey drive massive attention. The three have shared posts condemning their colleagues – in particular what they separately call the “Bollywood Privilege club” and the “gatekeepers of Bollywood.” A tweet from filmmaker Shekhar Kapur goes further, referring cryptically to “people who let (Sushant Singh Rajput) down.”
There are multiple accusations of the actor being shut out of the industry’s inner circle – he was never invited onto Koffee With Karan as a guest, for instance – despite starring in both hit films and acclaimed work such as Kedarnath, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Sonchiriya, Chhichhore and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! for instance.
Nikhil Dwivedi shared a tweet on Sunday criticising the Bollywood’s “hypocrisy” and writing of “High and mighty announcing they should have kept in touch with Sushant.” Dwivedi took no names but many connect it to filmmaker Karan Johar who posted on social media, blaming himself for not having kept in touch with the late actor in the past year.
Praising Sushant for his achievements like his Stanford scholarship, actor Kangana Ranaut in a video said, “He was a rank holder. How can his mind be weak? If you look at his last few posts, he is clearly saying, literally begging, ‘Watch my films. I have no Godfather. I will be taken out of the industry’. In his interviews, he had expressed why the industry wasn’t accepting him. So is there no foundation of this incident?”
“He never got acknowledgment for his films, no awards for his films like ‘Kedarnath’, ‘Chhichhore’ and ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’. Films like ‘Gully Boy’ got all the awards.”
Further, Ranaut reveals how many tell her to not take the ‘wrong step’ in life, trying to instil a trail of suicidal thoughts. In the video, the actor says, “Why do they want to put in my mind that I should commit suicide. But in Sushant’s case, he accepted it. He was called worthless and he agreed,” she said.