With Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, another Bollywood star’s career bites the dust!
Back in 2009, I was a cub reporter and was sent to Mumbai for my first ever outstation press conference. Little did I know that I was about to interview one of the future stars of Bollywood, who sadly, is now lost in the galaxy! Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide on June 14, 2020, has left Bollywood bereft of another talented actor, who had it in him to rise above the ordinary. By the time this report was filed, no details regarding his suicide have come to light. The media is only speculating that he lost his battle against depression, which had been plaguing him since the last six months.
Sushant Singh Rajput, the 34-year-old star from Bihar, passed away at a very young age, before he could prove his mettle in the film industry. Starting out with TV Czarina Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Pavitra Rishta’ on Zee TV in 2009, Sushant carved a niche for himself on the small screen, where audiences fell in love with his character Manav Deshmukh. One thing led to another and Ekta Kapoor’s find was soon struggling to choose the perfect movie script that had started falling in his lap. A few TV serials later, Sushant was in the film industry and how!
Although it was a shaky start for him, from being one of the background dancers in Shiamak Davar’s troupe in Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Dhoom 2’, to endorsing brands on the small screen, Sushant had his fair share of struggle. But eventually, he struck gold at the box office when he signed the buddy drama ‘Kai Po Che!’ based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel ‘The 3 Mistakes Of My Life’. While the film was a critical success, Sushant’s talent was noticed and that gave him an edge over the other actors of his league. Big production houses were at his doorstep to sign him on for their films.
Sushant was seen in a variety of roles in a career that was unfortunately very short-lived. From ‘Kai Po Che!’ his first film in 2013 to his last ‘Chhichhore’ in 2019, Sushant had a bright future right ahead of him. In a career spanning only six years, the good-looking actor had played roles that were as different as chalk and cheese. He played a private investigator in ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’, a fierce warrior in the period drama ‘Raabta’, a tourist guide in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, a porter in ‘Kedarnath’, and the iconic former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic – ‘M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’, which was one of his most successful films to date. Sushant Singh Rajput also appeared as a Pakistani student opposite Anushka Sharma in one of his highest grossing and highly appreciated movies ‘PK’, starring Aamir Khan.
While not many of his films did well at the box office including Tarun Mansukhani’s ‘Drive’, which had to be released on Netflix and ‘Sonchiriya’ to name a few, Sushant was prepping up for a space movie titled ‘Chanda Mama Door Ke’ – touted as India’s first ever space movie. He became the first Indian actor to train at the prestigious NASA for his role of an astronaut. Pictures of the dapper actor started doing the rounds on social media, where he was seen dressed in a spacesuit preparing for the role. But that too, did not last long. Sushant opted out of the movie, long before it could start filming due to date issues, which led the film to eventually get shelved. Soon after dropping out, the suave actor was in the news for being over the moon, quite in the literal sense! Sushant had purchased a piece of land called Mare Moscoviense on the Moon, becoming the first ever Indian to do so.
With a career that ended too soon, Sushant had a few films lined up, which could have proved to be the game changer for him. He was signed on for ‘Dil Bechara’, which was the official adaptation of John Green’s novel ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, opposite debutante Sanjana Sanghi. While the official movie posters mentioned it was up for release in May 2020, the future of the movie, with Sushant now gone, is quite uncertain. He was also signed in to play twelve different roles in a single biopic, with APJ Abdul Kalam and Chanakya to name a few characters.
Sushant had definitely come a long way. With a husky voice that one could easily recognise without seeing his face, a muscular built that gave other actors a run for their money, a lovely face that always oozed charm and a carefree life that was quite in control, Sushant had it all! Though it will take a little extra time to process the news of his suicide, the secret of what drove him to take such a drastic step has gone with him.
Ironically, in his last film ‘Chhichhore’ Sushant’s character through his life’s journey, teaches his young son that failure is a stepping stone to success and that suicide is not the way out. But what made him mirror that exact moment in his real life is yet to be known. Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden death has left not just the industry and his fans crestfallen, but also common people, who appreciated the actor for his looks and his talent.
Not the way to go, Sushant!
It is tough for the Bollywood industry to come to the terms of Sushant Singh Rajput’s unexpected demise. Anushka sharma to Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt toEkta Kapoor grieves on social media.
At a loss for words.. So shocked to hear about #SushantSinghRajput’s demise. My condolences with his family.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) June 14, 2020
Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) June 14, 2020