What did Instagram do with Sushant Singh Rajput’s account?


Bollywood star Sushant Sing Rajput’s demise sent shockwaves in the Indian film fraternity. Not only this, but the death of the actor was widely covered by international media, starting from BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times to the Hollywood behemoths like Entertainment Weekly, Deadline and the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor was not one of the most active on social media and would show up from time to time on Twitter and Instagram to share his heartfelt thoughts, images, and his interests. The late actor was known for his interest in astronomy and physics. The International Space University recently published an article as a tribute to the actor.

Rajput’s Twitter had 2.2 million followers while Instagram has 12.4 million, up from 10.x million before his death.

Now, his account has been memorialized on instagram.

What does a memorialized account on Instagram mean?

Instagram places the word ‘Remembering’ over the name of the deceased account holder, as a tribute to the person. In simple terms the account become a memorabilia of the person who is no more.

Image via Sushant Singh Rajput / Instagram

The social media also places restrictions like freezing the account from any access and would not show up on places like Explore. Furthermore, Instagram will put a bar on changes that can be otherwise made. Changes that cannot be made on memorialized accounts are:

  • Photos or videos added by the person to their profile.
  • Comments on posts shared by the person to their profile.
  • Privacy settings of their profile.
  • The current profile photo, followers or people the person follows

Sushant Sing Rajput committed suicide on June 14th and was found hanging in this Bandra apartment by the police. His death has invoked counter nepotism, favoritism, and powerplay norms of Bollywood allegedly practiced by some of the A-listers like Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Sanjay Leela Banshali among others.

Sushant’s body was cremated a day after the demise in Vile Parle, Mumbai, and the ashes were immersed in Ganga, in Patna, Bihar on Wednesday. Sushant left no suicide notes and Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor, and four other people who are allegedly related to the actor’s extreme step have been prosecuted in Bihar jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the Mumbai Police have employed a special task force to probe the actor’s death. Rajput’s close circles were called on Thursday for statement recording. Actor Rhea Chakroborty, reportedly gave a 9-hour long statement in Bandra Police station, according to reports.

(Cover image courtesy of Sushant Singh Rajput / Instagram)