NEWS: Bollywood and television actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide sparks outrage against Bollywood A-listers, who are being called out for their role in his tragic death. Allegations of nepotism are being directed against Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt who seem to be taking centre stage with the debate fuming on social media.
Social media users are unfollowing various Bollywood celebrities who are accused of promoting nepotism within the Indian film industry. Since Monday and Tuesday evening, Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s Instagram increased from about 2 million to 3.2 million follows while filmmaker, Karan Johar, saw a dramatic drop from 11 million to 10.9 million followers within 20 mins on Tuesday afternoon.
While millions come to terms at the sudden death of Rajput, there are various quarters of Bollywood and the Rajput fandom who are calling out the toxicity of the Bollywood ‘mafia who may have been the reason for Sushant’s reason to end his life. A petition launched last night on Change.org is demanding that streaming platforms Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar to cease airing movies by various Bollywood production houses. The filmy houses of Yash Raj Films, Sajid Nadiadwala, Salman Khan, Balaji, Dharma Productions, Dinesh Vijayan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and T-Series are at the centre of the Rajput storm. The petition has been signed by over 1,3 million people in support of the move to block production houses that have allegedly maligned the cinematic journey of the late Sushant Singh Rajput.
The petition has steamrolled from over 300,000 signatures last night 16 June, 2020 to over 1.2 million by this morning.
The petition also highlighted Bollywood critic, Kamal R Khans’, tweet where he laid allegations against the film houses that had blacklisted Rajput from continuing his journey into Bollywood.
In February, #KamalKhan tweeted that #Yashraj, #Sajid #Nadiadwala, #SalmanKhan, #Balaji, #KJo, #DineshVijayan, #Bhansali, #T-Series have all boycotted #Sushant Singh Rajput and he will have to do TV series or short films to make a living. What will a person do other than hang himself in depression? If the whole world forsakes him. No one knew how a gang can boycott a person?Change.Org petition
Karan Johar described as a ‘monster’ and ‘bully’
The petition describes the Dharma Productions head as a ‘monster’ and ‘vicious bully’ who will ‘destroy anyone.’ Following the allegations of bullying and nepotism against Bollywood producers, Rajput’s mental health and his state of wellbeing has been questioned.
Bollywood A-listers have taken a stand where some are backing the likes of Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt. Have a look here,
Sushant Singh Rajput a mental case
As some parts of Bollywood come out in support of the late actor, others have taken to share their observations about Rajput. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt recalled interactions with Rajput revealing that he felt Sushant was a ‘disturbed soul’, in his interview. While Zoomtv shared a tweet calling Rajput as ‘weird’, the post was later deleted.
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 cricket biopic on the life and times of MS Dhoni, Bollywood movie ‘Kedarnath’.
Apart from Netflix’s Drive, he also appeared in the movies ‘Sonchiriya‘ and ‘Chhichhore’ last year, both extremely well-received. Sushant Singh Rajput, age 34, was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai’s Bandra West on Sunday.