One of the most talented of the younger lot of the Bollywood actors, Sushant Singh Rajput, who was already an A lister , aiming for the top spot in Bollywood, has committed suicide. 34 years old actor, whose last superhit film Chicchore won rave reviews and did a decent business in commercial terms.
Actually, in some senses he was following the footsteps of Shahrukh Khan. An actor who made the grade through TV, who can forget his performance on popular daily soap Pavitra Rishta that topped the TRP ratings for weeks and during the course of shooting which he met his longtime girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. Bollywood saw the talent in him and in no time he became the darling of the filmgoers, who lapped up his performance in movies like Kai Po Che, Shuddh Desi Romance, PK and Byomkesh Bakshi. He hit big time in his role of MS Dhoni in the eponymous movie that captured the life and time of India’s iconic cricketer. It was as if Sushant infused his heart and soul into the role immortalising Dhoni on silver screen.
Was it another case of a middle class Patna boy unable to take the name, fame and glamour of Bollywood in his stride? Or was it his failure in his personal relationships? A fortnight ago or so his ex secretary Disha Saliyan had committed suicide under mysterious circumstances!
Whatever be the cause, the outcome is premature death of another Bollywood star and a great future hope Sushant Singh Rajput is a great loss to Bollywood that’s yet to come out of the grief due to death of so many of its alumni – Irrfan, Rishi, Basu Chatterjee, Sajid, Yogesh, Chiranjivi ….. ! The current pandemic due to COVID only adds to the gloom!
RIP Sushant! This was the distance you were destined to traverse! I pray to God to give peace to this world, our country, our city and our Bollywood by eradicating COVID !