Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sudden demise sent shockwaves through the entire film fraternity. The actor, 35, at the time of death committed suicide in his Bandra apartment on Sunday morning.
Media reports suggest the Patna-based actor was suffering from immense clinical depression from the last six months until his death by suicide. Since then the actor has been trending on twitter, as disbelief still prevails over an apparently good-going actor committing to extreme means.
A recent trend emerged out of censored footage from Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee with Karan on the microblogging platform that is pointing out to the double standards of the Director/producer. Karan Johar has become the recent target of netizens, especially over two instances where the director can be seen involving in ‘nepotistic’ undertones. Netizens did not leave actor Alia Bhatt from pointing out her ‘double standards.’ Both the director and actor are trending on Twitter.
One of the instances that Twitter is pointing out is involving footage extracted from a Koffee with Karan episode. Alia Bhatt, Siddhart Malhotra and Varun Dhawan are on the guest seats. Karan asks Alia “Who’d you kill, marry and hook-up with” and named Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Sing and Sushant Singh Rajput as options. Answering, Alia said she’d marry Ranbir Kapoor, hook-up with Ranbir Singh, and kill Sushant Singh Rajput. “Sorry Sushant,” Bhatt was seen as saying.
Another instance Twitter pointed out was an excerpt from the book “Cracking the Code: My Journey in Bollywood” by Ayushmann Khurrana that narrates his experience with Dharma production. Ayushmann writes in the book how excited he was for an interview with Dharma production. “Ab mujhe koi nahin rok sakta! Ab toh introduction Ayurshmann Khurrana hain by Dharma productions!” Khurrana writes. However, he continues:
“The next day I dialled the number Karan had given me. They (Dharma production) said Karan wasn’t in the office. The day after that I called again and they said he was busy. And, finally, my bubble burst when the subsequent day they told me bluntly, ‘we only work with stars and can’t work with you,’ excerpt of the book reads.
Earlier this year, Bollywood news channel KRK Box Office claimed that major players of Bollywood like Salman Khan, Sajid Nadiadwala, Dinesh Vijan, Balaji, including Dharma banned Sushant Sing Rajput, and he could work on web series and TV series only.
In a recent tweet, actor Meera Chopra issued an apology to late Sushant Singh on behalf of whole Bollywood. “My apology to #sushant on behalf of the entire industry and a humble request to my industry folks!!” she wrote in an open message.
According to reports, Sushant Singh Rajput was undergoing treatment for clinical depression at a private Mumbai hospital. Reports also claim anti-depressant pills were recovered from his house. Autopsy reports on Monday said the provisional cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, Dr RN Cooper Municipal General Hospital confirmed.
Karan Johar wrote: “This is heartbreaking…I have such strong memories of the times we have shared …I can’t believe this…Rest in peace my friend…when the shock subsides only the best memories will remain…”
Journalist Rohini Singh responded to Karan’s post by saying: “And what could those ‘strong memories’ be? The time you mocked him for the motivational quotes he posted or the fact that he was a TV actor or the snide references to him possibly arising from the fact that he wasn’t a star kid but a boy from a small town?”
She stated: “I saw a video of Karan mocking him for the motivational posts. Fact is Sushant was far smarter than Karan and the Ananyas and Jhanvis and Shahid Kapoor’s younger brother (whatever his name is) and Karan couldn’t help being his usual toxic self.”
Have a look at twitter pointing out Alia Bhatt’s double standards;
Twitter also blasts out at Karan Johar over nepotism
Karan Johar was the producer of Rajput’s last Netflix film Drive. Writing a note on Instagram over the actor’s sudden demise, Johar wrote: “I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year….. I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with…but somehow I never followed up on that feeling.”
Bollywood’s ‘Queen’ Kangana Ranaut famously called out to Karan Johar as “Flagbearer of Nepotism” in his talk show Koffee with Karan. Mr Johar himself once shouted “Nepotism rocks” in one of the IIFA awards along with Saif Ali Khan, and Varun Dhawan, all of whom had parents working in the film industry, NDTV notes.