This morning, actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide at his Mumbai home. He was 34. The news broke in the afternoon, with the film world and the public at large reacting with shock and sadness. Several unconfirmed reports have said that Rajput was in treatment for depression. DCP Pranay Ashok, spokesperson, Mumbai Police, said in an official statement: “Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating. Police have not found any note yet.” The actor was last seen in three films last year: the surprise hit Chhichhore (a film which deals with the familial pressures that might lead to suicide), the critically-acclaimed Sonchiriya and the online release Drive.
In the world, where everyone thinks how happy and fulfilling it is to be an actor, many celebrities like Sushant Singh Rajput miss out on genuine people to share their feelings and problems with. After so much acting, inspiration and happy endings, somewhere the real life and real person is left out. Rajput had spoken about the mental-being of those in his profession in the past. In an interview to Hindustan Times in July 2017, he said, “Who says actors are maintaining their mental health? That’s a wrong belief. The most important thing that an actor could do to protect himself from all these things (pressures, demands, paparazzi culture, etc) is just to know why a person is doing what he is doing.” In November 2019, he tweeted a Gillette ad about the importance of men giving free rein to their feelings, writing: “Men have emotions too so don’t be shy to cry. It’s okay to let it out and not hold it inside. It’s not a weakness but a sign of strength. Be man enough to feel. Feeling is human.”