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Sushant Singh Rajput: Family members immerse the actor’s ashes in Ganga

Fans, friends and Bollywood stars continue to pay tributes to actor Sushant Singh Rajput who passed away on June 14.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 18, 2020 9:17:17 pm
sushant singh rajput news Sushant Singh Rajput died at the age of 34. (Photo: Sushant Singh Rajput/Facebook)

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has sent shock waves across the Indian film and television industry. Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kriti on Wednesday penned a moving tribute for her brother on Facebook. She wrote, “Your twinkling eyes taught the world how to dream, ur innocent smile revealed the true purity of ur heart. you will always be loved mera Baby and so so much more…. Wherever ur mera baby stay happy….stay fulfilled and know that everyone loved, loves u and will always love you unconditionally.”

Sushant, who began his acting career with Ekta Kapoor’s Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, became a household name with Pavitra Rishta. He made a crossover to films with Kai Po Che in 2013. In a career spanning over a decade, Sushant became part of several critical and commercial hits like MS Dhoni The Untold Story, Sonchiriya, Chhichhore, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy among more. He was last seen in Netflix film Drive (2019). His film Dil Bechara, helmed by good friend and casting director Mukesh Chhabra, is yet to be released. Filmmaker Rumy Jafry also revealed that Sushant was set to begin shooting for a romantic comedy, also starring rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, once the lockdown was lifted.

Remembering working with Sushant in Sonchiriya, director Abhishek Chaubey shared how he did not care what other’s thought of him. “I always thought he was one of those guys who would not take things seriously. I know there are things being said, but I don’t buy it entirely that the industry treated him badly and he felt bad about it. Sushant was beyond all that. I felt he was comfortable in his own skin. He didn’t care what you thought about him. Nepotism in this industry affects actors much more than directors. He felt that. But it is one thing to say that it exists but how much does it affect you personally?” Chaubey wrote in his heartfelt tribute to the late actor.

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21:17 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Watch: When Sushant told us who he's like to cast in his real life

20:30 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Manveer Gurjar wrote an emotional tweet on how Sushant's dog was missing him
20:01 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Ayesha Takiya had opened up about getting bullied in Bollywood

Sushant's demise has opened the flood gates around the nepotism debate in Bollywood. Amid this, actor Ayesha Takia also wrote a note on Instagram about getting bullied in the industry. "Having personally been through many incidents of trolling and workplace bullying. I wish to spread the word about this and I want you to speak up, please, if someone is making you feel less, small or worthless," she said without taking any name. Read more here

19:24 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Charlie Chauhan wrote a note on nepotism
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For the audience who has the power to make an actor a superstar 🙏

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18:52 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Prateik Babbar shared an old note by Sushant
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💔🪐 love you too.. mere yaar.. 💔🪐

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18:27 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Video: Sushant's family members immersed his ashes in the Ganga

Twitter user @amitkabi posted the video of Sushant's family members immersing his ashes in the Ganga in his hometown Patna on Thursday.

17:17 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were fond of each other: Source

A source close to Sanjay Leela Bhansali told, "Many people in the industry are expressing their grief and not many know that both Sushant Singh Rajput and Sanjay Leela Bhansali were quite fond of each other as well as their work. In fact, not once but 4 times working together was on the cards for them, SLB had offered him 4 films, but due to date issues, things didn’t materialise. As far as their equation is concerned, Sushant had taken quite a strong stand for SLB when the director was attacked in Jaipur and while Sushant condemned the violence he also dropped his surname ‘Rajput’ to show support to the filmmaker. And not just SLB, but even Ekta Kapoor and Sushant had lots of mutual admiration for each other. Ekta was not just his close friend, but also a huge admirer of his craft, in fact, she has time and again praised Sushant for his talent and had offered him several projects."

16:40 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Shraddha Kapoor remembered the good times spent with Sushant






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Been trying to accept what has happened and coming to terms with it is very difficult. There is a huge void... Sushant...! Dearest Sush...! Full of humility, intelligence, curiosity about life, seeing beauty in everything, everywhere! He danced to his own tune! I always looked forward to seeing him on set, wondering what captivating interaction we would have next! Apart from being a wonderful co-actor who put his heart and soul in to his work, he was at his core, an amazing person. He cared for people and wanted to see them happy. His kind smile, the conversations we had at shoot about the Cosmos, different philosophies, the moments we spent together, were filled with magical wonderment! During a lovely musical and poetry filled get together at his home (he loved music and poetry), he showed me the moon from his telescope and I was so speechless that I could see it’s exquisite beauty up close!! He wanted to share that feeling! Our Chhichhore gang went to his beautiful home in Pavna, where we were awestruck together with the peace and calm of the nature around us - he loved nature! He saw things through a kaleidoscopic lens and wanted to share that with everyone around him. He was mesmerized by the simplest things and would muse on them in a genius way...! He was truly, One of a kind... I’ll miss you.. dearest Sush.. Shine on... ✨💜

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16:16 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Upset over Sushant's demise, minor boy commits suicide

A 16-year-old boy died by suicide in Adarsh Nagar locality in Nayagaon on Wednesday. The boy was said to be upset with the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajpoot. Police initiated an inquest proceeding under the Section 174 of Criminal Proceeding Code (CrPC). Nayagaon Station House Office (SHO) Inspector Ashok Kumar told The Indian Express that the boy was a student of class 10 in a private school and died by suicide at his home. Read more here

15:50 (IST)18 Jun 2020
'I promise to produce Sushant's biopic'

KRK tweeted, "I promise to produce biopic of #SushantSingh to expose all the culprits. I love to hate you Bollywood people! #justiceforSushanthSinghRajput"

15:31 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Sushant's family immerse his ashes in Ganga
15:01 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Neeraj Madhav on being an outsider in the Malayalam film industry

Many have alleged that the deep-rooted nepotism in Bollywood deprived Sushant Singh Rajput of opportunities, which in turn took a toll on his physiological well-being and eventually led him to take an extreme step. Neeraj Madhav recently wrote a lengthy post on the challenges of being an “outsider” in the Malayalam film industry. The actor suggested that the power structure in Mollywood demands unquestionable compliance from young actors. He claimed that there were consequences if young actors chose to defy “unwritten rules” of the industry.

Neeraj Madhav noted that hierarchy was systematically implemented on film sets. He also claimed that sitting in a cross-legged position, wearing sunglasses on the sets, and sharing one’s views on the script were all considered to be signs of arrogance. Read more here

14:28 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Rhea Chakraborty records her statement

Bollywood actor Rhea Chakraborty appeared at the Bandra police station on Thursday to record her statement in connection with Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide, an official said. Rhea was called to the police station by the investigating officer in the case.

Rhea and Sushant were reportedly good friends and were soon to being work on Rumy Jafry's upcoming film. Read more here

14:06 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Indonesian fans paid tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput
13:41 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput had seen their real faces: Sahil Khan

Style actor Sahil Khan, in a cryptic Instagram post revealed how nepotism in Bollywood forced him to quit films. He wrote, 'Bahut kam logon ke saath aise hota hai ki apni first film (Style) ke baad India ke sabse top film magazine ke cover par, do India ke sabse bade superstars ke saath ho. Magar unmein seek superstar ko bahut bura laga. Jabki main toh naya tha, unka fan tha, kamzor tha. Fir bhi woh mujhe kai baar side role ke liye bulate rahe. TV show ke liye bhi bulate rahe. Aur fir kai films se mujhe nikalwa diya. Naam bade par darshan chote. Guess who? I don't give a f*** today for him kyunki Sushant Singh Rajput ne unka saccha asli chechra dikha diya. Duniya ke woh log new talents se kitna darte hain. 20 saal mein John Abraham se alawa koi nahi aaya industry mein bada star coz koi aane nahi deta. Only star son ko hi kaam milta hai. Think about it. (It happens with a very few people that after their first film (Style) they feature on India's top magazine cover with India's top two stars. But, one of the stars did not like it. In fact, I was new, their fan and vulnerable. Then too they called me several times for side roles, on their TV show and then got me thrown out of films. Guess who? I don't give a f*** today for him because Sushant Singh Rajput has exposed their true face. These people of the world are scared of new talents. In 20 years, no one art from John Abraham could become a star in the industry because they never let anyone become one. Only star son get roles. Think about it. RIP"

13:00 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Saif Ali Khan on Sushant Singh Rajput

"When I did my guest appearance in his Dil Bechara, I think he was quite happy with that. He was very nice to me and he said he wanted to come and have a drink and talk about various things, which never happened, which I feel bad about. Maybe I could have, you know, helped in some way or not… I don’t know. But after working with him, I quite liked him because he was nice. And then he told me he danced behind me as Shiamak’s dancer during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (in 2006). And so I was congratulating him on how far he’d come, you know?” the actor was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times. 

12:39 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Kanika Dhillon: You will be missed
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Remembering #sushantsinghrajput the actor... #rip

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"You will be missed. You will be celebrated. The stars in the night sky make us all dream and now you are one of them. Keep shining, keep twinkling and may your soul rest in peace," wrote Kedarnath screenwriter Kanika Dhillon as she remembered Sushant Singh Rajput.

12:21 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput was not taking medicines for depression as he was feeling better

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead at his apartment at Bandra west on June 14, had stopped taking medicines to treat depression in the weeks leading to his death as he was “feeling better”, Siddharth Pithani, the late actor’s creative manager, has told Mumbai Police.

“Pithani told us that he was not aware of the reason why Rajput was depressed. As he had been staying at Rajput’s home, he had, however, overheard the actor’s staff saying that he had stopped taking the medicines in the past few weeks as he was feeling better,” said the officer.

Also read | Sushant Singh Rajput had stopped taking medicines as he was feeling better: actor’s creative manager to police

12:02 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Vikas Gupta remembers Sushant Singh Rajput






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This was the time when I saw him the carefree fun happy lad sushu was . He dint worry about anything. He could leave the number 1 show on Indian television and we could for weeks do nothing and make plans in chai coffee and discuss learning film making plans - I remember him saying No to #Aurangzeb because He was offered the other brothers role and i remember he said how will I say no to Yash Raj but he was able to cause that mad girl in the middle of the picture would say you do what makes you happy we will do when you are sure about things and he would grin like in this picture. we were wishing him getting a film with @parineetichopra cause she was fantastic in #ishaqzaade and my narrating him the story of a show that became so huge to him getting #kaipoche and him telling me the story of how he signed PK like lost count types and then signing the film with #parineetichopra #shudhdesiromance and Ankita calling friends home. What remains are memories. I want to remember him as this grinning boy who was tension free cause tension Ankita ko dekh kar bhaag jaati thi #ankitalokhande you were the shock Absorber and wouldn’t leave him till he has the smile on his face again. #sushantsinghrajput #ankitalokhande #charumehra #poojagor #rajsingharora #niveditabasu sorry some of us have half faces in this one but I just had to put it cause look at him grinning and all of us showing our teeth #balajikebachey #pavitrarishta this is #HaPeace

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In a lengthy tribute to the late star, producer Vikas Gupta recalled the happier times he had spent in the company of Sushant and his former partner and actor Ankita Lokhande. Vikas also wrote about how Ankita's company could drive away Sushant's blues in an instant and that she was a pillar of strength and support for him.

11:46 (IST)18 Jun 2020
Abhishek Kapoor: Sushant was a different person when I met him on Kedarnath sets

In a recent interview with the Enquiry, director Abhishek Kapoor opened up about Sushant Singh Rajput. Abhishek had launched the late  actor's career with the successful Kai Po Che and had even worked with him later on Kedarnath. "It's a very motherly and fatherly feeling when you launch someone. He was a different person when I met him in Kedarnath. He had done another film which had not done well and people were thrashing it. But that's just competition and that is something you have got to take head on. He was an actor and he was also a star, but above all he was an artiste. And artistes are fragile. They need to be taken care of," the filmmaker said. 

Abhishek also shed light about his opinion on nepotism and said, "Parents will do what they have to for their children but don't not celebrate outsiders, don't discredit them. Celebration of an artiste is like oxygen for him. He will die if you do not celebrate him."

Sushant Singh Rajput's death has also triggered a nepotism debate in Bollywood. A case was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha on Wednesday against Bollywood biggies including Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Salman Khan with regard to Sushant's suicide. "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," Ojha told ANI. Reacting to the case, producer Ekta Kapoor on Wednesday said she is beyond upset at how convoluted theories can be. In an Instagram post, the TV and film producer asserted that she was the one who launched him and said, "Truth shall prevail."

While several reports state that Sushant was suffering from mental illness, his father told the police that his son would often feel "low" but was unaware why he was depressed. The police have also recorded statements of nine people close to him, including his family members, cook, caretaker and managers. However, nothing has so far emerged to indicate any foul play. "The family informed us that they do not know why Sushant was depressed and also did not mention if they had any suspicion on anyone," said a senior Mumbai Police official.

Also read: Son often felt low, but we didn’t know he was depressed: Sushant Singh Rajput’s father to police

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur spoke on the theories around Sushant Singh Rajput's arrogance during an Instagram live session with Manoj Bajpayee on Monday. Kapur, who was at one time planning a film called Paani with Sushant, 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." In the same chat, Bajpayee added, "I hate the star-system, in the manner ratings happen, trade is set, business is analysed, statistics are thrown at your face, but still, coming from Bihar, a middle-class family and to be on top of all that, was his contribution. He was as good as anybody, rather better. I was very proud of his journey because I could relate to him."

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