Sushant Singh Rajput's sudden demise has reignited conversations about nepotism, mental health and the dark side of Bollywood. Actress Kangana Ranaut who has always been critical of nepotism, had recently called out Bollywood and its 'privilege' club in a video she posted after Sushant's death.
In the video, she questioned if his death was indeed suicide or 'planned murder' by an industry that does not acknowledge outsiders.
Sushant, 34, died of suicide on Sunday, and as his death has triggered a social media war and boycott calls against lead actors, Mumbai Police has said it will probe the angle of 'professional rivalry' that could have him pushed him to kill himself.
In an interview to Pinkvilla on Thursday, Kangana said that she knew the actor was 'anxious about work'. She added that though she had never met Sushant, they had common friends.
Kangana spoke of a recent interaction with producer Kamal Jain, where he told her that Sushant was disturbed. “He had told Kamal Ji: ‘Make a big film with me yaar. I’ve given Chhicchore, I’ve given a hit film but I still don’t have any big films. I don’t’ have the work I want.’,” Kangana told Pinkvilla.
She added that Kamal had agreed to do something together once the lockdown is lifted. “So, clearly, he was anxious about work and he was anxious about the way people have cornered him,” Kangana said. She spoke of how Sushant was the first choice for Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, but he could not work on those films.
“Then of course, he had a certain attitude, he didn’t like sucking up to people. Also, he was very vulnerable,” she said.
The actor was cremated at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai in the presence of family members and close friends on Monday. His ashes were immersed in river Ganga in Patna on Thursday.