CELEBRITY NEWS: The death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has the film industry and fans raising their voice about the importance of mental health. Friends and colleagues of Rajput have begun to reveal their experience of meeting and interacting with the late actor and film producer, Mukesh Bhatt, recalled his interactions with the late actor.
Bhatt reveals that he felt Sushant was a ‘disturbed soul’, in his interview with Times Of India, and then in an interview with the Indian news channel, Times Now, the ‘Sadak 2’ producer said he met Sushant a year-and-a-half ago for the film. The filmmaker apparently said he ‘saw it coming’ as there was something about Sushant Singh Rajput which gave him the feeling he was ‘not connected.’ Bhatt also revealed he feared that the actor was ‘going the Parveen Babi way’.
“He was not there, while talking to me, I felt that he was not on the same plain. He was a very disturbed boy. There was something amiss, something wrong.”, said Mukesh Bhatt.
Bhatt’s comments then sparked a response from veteran singer-turned politician Babul Supriyo, who questioned why didn’t the producer try and get help for Sushant even when he was aware of his situation.
Rajput’s management team released a statement on Sunday, the statement reads, “It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far. We request media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief.”
The late actor made his mark on the Balaji TV soap Pavitra Rishta, which ran for five years on the television circuit. After quitting television, he made his Bollywood debut with the 2013 flick ‘Kai Po Che!’ and starred in Bollywood movies like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, the MS Dhoni biopic, the romance movie ‘Kedarnath’ and Apart from Netflix’s Drive, he also appeared in the movies ‘Sonchiriya‘ and ‘Chhichhore’ last year, both extremely well-received.
Mental health is a serious concern and it is time that we start focusing on mental wellness for each and every one of us.