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Fans, friends and peers continue to fondly remember Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who passed away on June 14.

By: Entertainment Desk
New Delhi | Updated: June 18, 2020 7:13:46 am
sushant singh rajput news Sushant Singh Rajput was last seen in Netflix film Drive. (Photo: PR Handout)

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14. His sudden demise left his fans and colleagues in shock, and many continue to express their feelings over his demise on social media. Rajput, 34, died by suicide, Mumbai police confirmed. The actor’s father K K Singh on Tuesday told police that his son would often feel “low”, but was unaware why he was depressed.

Sushant Singh Rajput was known for his excellent performances in films like Sonchiriya, Chhichhore, MS Dhoni The Untold Story, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy among more. The actor was last seen in Netflix film Drive. His film Dil Bechara, helmed by good friend and casting director Mukesh Chhabra, is yet to be released. The movie also stars debutant Sanjana Sanghi and Saif Ali Khan.

Besides Dil Bechara, filmmaker Rumy Jafry was also supposed to work with Sushant Singh Rajput in a romantic comedy film, co-starring Rhea Chakravorty. Jafry told, “We were supposed to start shooting for our unnamed romantic comedy in May, but because of the lockdown, we had to keep the movie on hold. We were sure to get working as soon as the industry would start operating normally again. For the film, Sushant and I met very often in the last one year. He would come home and spend time with my family. I would visit him too. My kids were so shocked with the news and after seeing his pictures that were circulated on social media, they couldn’t even sleep. It was very disturbing. He had become like family to me.”

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21:38 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Mukesh Chhabra records his statement

Casting Director Mukesh Chhabra leaving the office of ACP, Bandra, on Wednesday evening after recording his statement into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. (Express photo)

21:08 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Shweta Singh Kirti pays tribute to brother Sushant

Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti on Wednesday penned a moving tribute to her late brother. Shweta shared on Facebook, "Mera baby, mera Babu mera Bachcha is not physically present with us anymore and it is ok… I know u were in a lot of pain and I know u were a fighter and u were bravely fighting it. Sorry mera Sona… sorry for all the pain u had to go through…if I could I would hav taken all ur pain and given all my happiness to u." Read more here

20:39 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Let's keep him alive through all the good work he’s done: Mrunal Thakur

Actor Mrunal Thakur tweeted, "Thank you universe for giving us the time and opportunity to know Sushant, even if it was short, it was inspiring and beautiful. Let’s remember him everyday and keep him alive through all the good work he’s done. Can we just sit down for two minutes and pray for Sushant? Please"

19:54 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Never met somebody so humble: Shekhar Kapur

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur remembered Sushant Singh Rajput during an Instagram live session. He said, "Sushant used to worship the set. I don’t know why people are talking about his arrogance. I never met somebody so humble. His smile had humility. His eyes had a childish gaze. He was ready to leave his real side for his character. The worst thing that happened was I couldn’t make that film, work with Sushant or else he would’ve made it something else." Read more here

19:31 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Israel mourned the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput

Calling Sushant, Israel's "true friend", deputy director general Gilad Cohen tweeted, "Sending my deepest condolences on the passing of Sushant Singh Rajput, a true friend of Israel. You will be missed!' He also shared the link of the song "Makhna" from the actor’s last film Drive which was shot in Israel. Read more here

18:51 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Director Anand Gandhi remembered Sushant

Tumbbad creative director Anand Gandhi wrote an eulogy remembering Sushant Singh Rajput in his Instagram stories. Here are the screenshots.

18:20 (IST)17 Jun 2020
'We used to laugh a lot'

Director Dibakar Banerjee who worked with Sushant Singh Rajput in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy remembered the actor. He said, "As an actor, he would tense himself up for the scene and then completely plunge in take after take. He would put a lot of value on preparation. He would be up the previous night of the shoot, reading the scene and making notes and land up on the sets all raring to go. He would be on, ready and give his hundred per cent throughout the shoot of Byomkesh – no matter how hard or long the day. The unit did not really have to worry about him, considering he was the star. That’s what I remember – a total pro, enthused, sincere and totally focused. As a person, he seemed to me a happy dance-loving chhokra from an engineering college who had made it in showbiz and now was serious about acting. He was deeply nostalgic about his carefree student days in Delhi. We used to laugh a lot – I remember that quite clearly." Read more here

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17:57 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Ekta Kapoor reacted on her name getting involved in Sushant's suicide

After a case was filed against Ekta Kapoor, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan and others on Wednesday in connection with the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, Ekta took to Instagram and said she is beyond upset at how convoluted theories can be. In an Instagram post, the TV and film producer shared a report about a case that has been registered against eight people from the film industry, including her, and wrote, “Thanku for the case for not casting sushi….when Actually I LAUNCHED HIM. I’m beyond upset at how convoluted theories can b! Pls@let family n frns mourn in peace! Truth shall@prevail. CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!!!!!” Read more here

17:21 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Sooraj Pancholi rejected reports of an argument with Sushant Singh Rajput

A screengrab of Sooraj Pancholi's note on Sushant Singh Rajput. (Photo: Sooraj Pancholi/Instagram)

16:56 (IST)17 Jun 2020
He came to me on the first day and suddenly touching my feet: Manoj Bajpayee

Manoj Bajpayee, during an Instagram live, spoke on the first time he met Sushant Singh Rajput. He shared, "I cannot forget the image of him coming to me on the first day and suddenly touching my feet. To me, his one gesture questioned all the perceptions that people were floating around him. It said so much about his background. From there, our journey of knowing each other started. He said ‘sir, I’m also from Bihar’. I observed his craft and the way he worked towards getting that perfect shot. Whenever I gave him any suggestion, he was so grateful." Read more here

16:20 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Guru Randhawa posted a throwback video of Sushant's performance
16:02 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Here's how Sushant's 5-year-old nephew reacted on his demise

Sushant Singh Rajput’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti revealed in a Facebook post, how her 5-year-old son reacted when she told him his uncle was no more. Shweta wrote, "When I told Nirvanh the news that Mamu is no more, he said “But he is alive in your heart” 3 times. When a 5 yr old can say something like that... think how strong we should all be.... Stay Strong everyone.... especially the fans of Sushant... please understand he lives in our hearts and he will always keep doing so....Please don’t do anything that can hurt his soul....Stay Strong! #LongliveSushant #Keeppraying"

15:41 (IST)17 Jun 2020
'He is fighting even from his grave'
15:09 (IST)17 Jun 2020
'Sajid Nadiadwala wrote a letter to the home minister'

Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, "Sajid Nadiadwala wrote a letter to the home minister to take action regarding the circulation of late Sushant Singh Rajput’s photos after his demise."

14:37 (IST)17 Jun 2020
'He was a success story to every actor who came to Mumbai'

Actor Harshvardhan Rane wrote a long Instagram post that read, 'Have been processing it and am still shaken because i thought of him as a ‘Man with a plan’, i thought he will solve how to crack life exactly how he used to crack mathematics and coding equations on his social media. I used to be amazed at his clarity that he showed in how to live a life scientifically and productively. I am also from the same acting school (Barry John) and even i did a TV Show(2007), though i am not as educated as him but i love science too. I could relate to his passion and overcoming his small town introvert nature. But i cannot relate to this step that he took, am just left puzzled. As he was a success story to every actor who came to mumbai, they must have derived strength from him as he became a leading actor in films from television. Every big director and producer gave him work and supported him just like they supported Shah Rukh sir, how else would you justify 10-12 films in 7 years? From his Social media posts he did come across as someone who has an aptitude off a NASA scientist, i still cannot understand what was the real reason that made him do this. Am unable to agree with the popular belief, stories on news channels and articles.

If Nepotism does not allow outsiders to grow then how do you explain...
1. Akshay Kumar
2. John Abraham
3. Shah Rukh Khan
4. Ayushman Khurana
5. Shushant Singh
6. Karthik Aryan

I cannot understand, so am going to stop trying now. And what we should start is a healthy management of expectations from life"

13:53 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Rohit Roy reshares Rohini Iyer's posts on Sushant

Actor Rohit Roy reposted Rohini Iyer's heartfelt posts on Sushant Singh Rajput's demise and wrote, "These are the only posts you need to read to know the reality behind the fiction."

13:32 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Kriti Sanon: Social media is the most toxic place
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"Social media is the fakest, most toxic place, and if you have not posted RIP or said something publically, you are considered not to be grieving, when in reality, those are the people grieving for real," Kriti Sanon wrote in a long Instagram post.

13:03 (IST)17 Jun 2020
Case filed against Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Salman Khan and others

"I have filed a case against eight people including Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Salman Khan and Ekta Kapoor under Sections 306, 109, 504 & 506 of IPC in connection with actor Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide case in a court in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. In the complaint, I have alleged that Sushant Singh Rajput was removed from around seven films and some of his films were not released. Such a situation was created which forced him to take the extreme step," Advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha told ANI. 

Even three days after his demise, tributes continue to pour in for Sushant Singh Rajput. Sonchiriya director Abhishek Chaubey remembered Sushant as he wrote, "If we look at his career, he was doing well for himself. He had one of the biggest hits of his career in Chhichhore. He got some love for Sonchiriya. He had a film coming. Maybe lately, he felt that people were not responding to his work much. But the fact of the industry is that no matter how many Godfathers or powerful people decide not to work with you, there are so many who still would if you are good. And Sushant always struck me as someone who was confident in his skin. He was a sharp, intelligent man."

Kriti Sanon, who worked with Sushant in 2017 film Raabta, shared an emotional note on Instagram which read, "Sush.. I knew that your brilliant mind was your best friend and your worst enemy.. but it has broken me completely to know that you had a moment in your life where Dying felt easier or better than Living. I so wish you had people around you to get you pass THAT moment, i wish you hadn’t pushed the ones who loved you away.. i wish i could have fixed that something which was broken inside you..I couldn’t.. I wish so so many things.... A part of my heart has gone with you.. and a part will always keep you alive.. Never stopped praying for your happiness and never will.."

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Manoj Bajpayee, in an online chat with Shekhar Kapur, recalled his first meeting with Sushant and said, "I cannot forget the image of him coming to me on the first day and suddenly touching my feet. To me, his one gesture questioned all the perceptions that people were floating around him. It said so much about his background. From there, our journey of knowing each other started. He said ‘sir, I’m also from Bihar’. I observed his craft and the way he worked towards getting that perfect shot. Whenever I gave him any suggestion, he was so grateful."

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First published on: 17-06-2020 at 08:17:14 am
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