‘Why? … Why? … Why? … Why?’ — Amitabh Bachchan Pens Emotional Tribute to Actor Sushant Singh Rajput


‘To End a Most Gainful Life, is Simply Not Permitted’

Mumbai (Maharashtra), June 15, 2020 — Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan has penned an emotional note to pay tribute to actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on Sunday, in an apparent suicide.

In a heart-rending note on Twitter, the actor said, “What kind of a mind leads one to suicide is an eternal mystery but to end a most gainful life, is simply not permitted.”

He even has a question to ask Sushant Singh Rajput  – “Why did he end his life?”

Big B begins with writing the word ‘Why’ four times and concludes it by recalling the late actor’s brilliant performance in ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, in which he played the role of Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The 77-year-old star put out a picture with the late actor on Instagram wherein SSR can be seen taking a picture as he sits next to Sr Bachchan while they both share a beautiful smile.

As Bachchan is disturbed with the untimely demise of Sushant and unable to fathom the cause for the extreme step, he asked: “Why .. Why .. Why .. Why .. Sushant Singh Rajput .. why do you end your life .. your brilliant talent .. your brilliant mind .. laid to rest, without asking, seeking .. why .. .. his work was sheer brilliance .. and his mind even more .. many a time did he express himself in the depth of philosophical verb .. they that looked passed it were either in wonder or oblivious of its strength of meaning .. some wondered, some quibbled .. to some it was subdued mirth .. subdued because, for it to be given lethargic ignorance, would have opened the caves of their own .. .. his speak was measured .. as was his screen presence …”

Recalling the time when he saw MS Dhoni, Bachchan mentioned how he was impressed by his ability to replicate Dhoni’s iconic six at an international match.

“…….on one of my meetings with him, I asked him how did he manage to give that iconic shot of Dhoni hitting a six winning the International tournament, to absolute perfection .. he said he saw that video of Dhoni, a hundred times .. !! .. that was the severity of his professional effort ….,” he wrote.

He further mentioned that how amazed he was an observer after watching ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and wrote: “I saw a complete work of his in ‘DHONI’ .. the film was dressed with remarkable moments of his performance .. but three of the moments ever remained with me as an observer .. they were done with such casual conviction that it would be difficult for an analyst of some credibility, to either notice it, or give attention to its bearing ..”

The ‘Don’ actor also spoke of SSR’s humble beginnings and how his rise had been dramatic. He then observed that sometimes, excessiveness could also lead one to the extremes.

“…he came from humble beginnings .. was a part of the 4rth line group dancers, that performed shows with Shiamak Davar, the ingenious talented choreographer of our times .. rising from those climes to where he was, is a story by itself .. excessiveness can often lead to extremes .. .. what kind of a mind leads one to suicide is an eternal mystery .. .. to end a most gainful life, is simply not permitted… ”

SSR committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Bandra on Sunday, Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Sharma had confirmed. He was 34.

He made his debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kai Po Che’, and went on to act in several blockbuster hits such as ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, ‘PK’ and ‘Kedarnath’. Rajput was last seen in ‘Chhichhore’ alongside Shraddha Kapoor. (ANI)

Sushant Singh Rajput played the lead role in the 2016 drama based on the life of Indian cricket legend MS Dhoni.


‘I Hope You Have Found Your Peace, Brother’

Arjun Kapoor posted the screenshot of an 18-month-old message exchange with Sushant Singh Rajput on Instagram. The text, which took place on December 13, 2018, starts with Arjun’s message: “Big hug to you man”, to which Sushant replied: “I love you brother, I know you understand.”

Arjun then wrote: “Hang in there… One day at a time.” To which, Sushant said: “Yes.”

Arjun had then congratulated Sushant for “Kedarnath”, which released in December 7, 2018. “Congratulations fr ‘Kedarnath’ defying the odds. Take care can’t wait for ‘Sonchiraya’… See you soon. She’s watching n proud my man,” he wrote.

Sushant said in the chat: “I really look forward to meeting you brother. Let me know whenever you’re easy. Cheers.”

In the caption, Arjun wrote: “18 months ago… My last msg to him was when he posted about his mom a week after the release of ‘Kedarnath’. He was missing her I assume while the movie was being celebrated.”

Arjun said that he did not know Sushant well enough, though their “paths crossed” at Yash Raj Films, events and screening every now and then.

“I can’t say I understood what made him make this choice. I can say I felt the pain he did about losing his bearings and feeling that void of his mother. I hope ur in a better and happier space my friend. I hope u have found ur peace. We will all wonder and try and make sense of what happened today.”

He added: “I just hope & pray that when the circus settles down we as a society in due course realise ur choice wasn’t driven by one singular moment or thing but a culmination of so much that defines a human being not just by the profession u were in. Rest my dear brother Sushant you are now I hope at peace.” (IANS)


Condolences Continue Pouring in For Sushant Singh Rajput

Condolences over Sushant Singh Rajput continued for the second day on Monday, as many in Bollywood still cannot believe the young actor is no more.

Veteran actor Dharmendra shared that Sushant’s sudden demise hit him a lot, stating how “cruel” show business can be.

“Pyaare Sushant, naa film dekhi na kabhi mila tum se ….par tere achaanak chale jaane se bada sadma laga (Dear Sushant… I had never met you or seen your films but your sudden departure comes as a shocl big shock). This beautiful beloved ‘show business’ is very cruel. I can imagine your unbearable pain. I share the pain of your loving family and friends,” he tweeted.

Reportedly, Sushant was battling depression over the past few months.

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur had once announced he would make his ambitious sci-fi thriller “Paani” with Sushant, and he had a rough idea about what Sushant was going through in his life.

“I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish I was around the last six months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours,” said Kapur.

Sushant’s demise has left Alia Bhatt “speechless”.

“I’m in a deep state of shock. No matter how much I think about it, I don’t have the words. I’m totally devastated. You’ve left us too soon. You will be missed by each and every one of us. My deepest condolences to Sushant’s family, loved ones, and his fans,” Alia wrote.

Tahir Raj Bhasin, Sushant’s co-star in “Chhichhore”, expressed on Twitter, along with an image. “I will remember you as the boy who dared to dream. Your passionately curious intellect, deep fascination for astronomy and what lies beyond lead to the most awesome on set conversations,” he wrote.

Sushant Singh Rajput with Kiara Advani, who plays MS Dhoni’s wife, in a still from ‘MS Dhoni: the Untold Story’

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra wrote recalled the moment when Sushant walked along with his “Chhichhore” co-star Shraddha Kapoor for the former’s show. “I had met him only once before and then asked him to walk for the show as I felt he suited this collection. He immediately agreed and came home for fittings .. when he came for rehearsals he said he was nervous as he had not walked before and I remember telling him you are such a good actor you will be fine and just smile as your smile is endearing and charming. He was wonderful in this show as he and @shraddhakapoor walked and made a lovely pair together and today this is wonderful cherished memory forever .. I woke up this morning thinking about him & still can’t beileve it. It’s really sad and how I wish this had not happened. You will be dearly missed,” Manish posted.

Actress Preity Zinta shared: “I’m Stunned beyond words.What an incredible Loss, an incredible mind and an jncredible Talent. Will miss seeing stars from the telescope on your terrace, our Astrophysics and NASA conversations, dance competitions, cricket celebrations and ghazal nights. I’m gonna miss you @sushantsinghrajput TOO MUCH ! Gone too soon. Love you. Rest in peace my friend. My condolences and strength to the family.”

“Can’t still believe.. but I know somewhere your mother is hugging you n keeping you safe. Be at peace my dearest,” Farah wrote as caption to an image she posted.

Singer Nupur Sanon too took to social media and shared a throwback picture in which we can spot Sushant hugging Nupur. Sushant had starred with Nupur’s sister Kriti Sanon in “Raabta”. Unconfirmed rumours had it that Sushant and Kriti also dated for a while.

In another post, Nupur slammed people for constantly messaging them and other celebrities for not posting anything about Sushant on social media.

“Everybody has suddenly started talking about mental health on social media since yesterday…and then we have people harassing people who are actually in a state of shock, who are hurt, who are grieving ..by sending them disgusting tweets, msgs, comments for not posting on lnstagram !! You are so heartless’ ek post tak nahi daala’ Tum logo ne ek reaction nahi diya kitne pathar dil ho tum’ These are the comments and msgs we are constantly getting !! Aap ki permission ho toh sukoon se ro sakte hain?? Please,” Nupur wrote.

Bhumi Pednekar, who worked with Sushant in “Sonchiriya” wrote: “Rest in Peace my friend. Shocked and heartbroken…Still can’t believe it.To star gazing and our endless chats.. I am going to spot you twinkling bright up there with the rest cause you are and will always be a star my dearest SSR.”

Rashami Desai wrote: ” Sush!! Not fair.. Sucha talented, hardworking, brilliant person and a dear friend.. it’s a personal loss. #RipSushant.”

Arti Singh posted a string of pictures with Sushant, writing: “No words left. We will miss you so much.Not done Sushant . You only and only showed love . We needed more of you.”

Payal Ghosh wrote: I’m suffering from depression since 2015.I’m on and off on medicines,though my problem is the fear of death,I get panic attacks,where I feel I am gonna die. I keep rushing to Kokilaben whenever I get these kind of attacks. “Luckily, I have my family, friends who take all my nonsense but don’t judge me.” (IANS)


Sushant Singh Rajput Cremated in Mumbai’s Vile Parle Amid Heavy Downpour

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was on Monday cremated here at Vile Parle’s Pawan Hans crematorium amidst heavy downpours and a small gathering of his relatives and close friends from the cinema industry.

An ambulance carried his body from Mumbai’s Cooper hospital to the cremation ground.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, only a gathering of 20 people including his family was allowed by the police to attend the funeral.

Rajput’s family had earlier reached Mumbai from Patna to perform his last rites.

Several Bollywood celebrities including Sushant’s ‘Raabta’ co-star Kriti Sanon had arrived at the crematorium. Sanon was joined by casting director Mukesh Chhabra to bid the last farewell to the actor.

The late actor’s ‘Chhichhore’ co-stars Shraddha Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Varun Sharma were also present at his funeral. Besides, Abhishek Kapoor who had directed two films starring Rajput including his Bollywood debut ‘Kai Po Che!’ was also present at the ceremony with his wife Pragya Kapoor.

Others actors — Vivek Oberoi and Krystle D’Souza — too reached the crematorium.

Rajput had allegedly died of suicide at his Bandra residence here by hanging himself on Sunday. However, no suicide note has been recovered his residence, police said.

The untimely death of Rajput has sent shockwaves among celebrities and his fans. Scores of actors and public figures from all quarters expressed their condolences to the late actor. (ANI)