The continuous and uninterrupted coverage of TV channels in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide opens a new vista to the viewers: Bollywood being a prototype of Hollywood in liberal (western) values. That being said, Sushant’s sad demise has many angles like: nepotism, favouritism, and quid pro quos, relationship and its ill-effects in youngsters that would bring psychiatric problems and narcotics. The psychiatric and bipolar angle has come to light after his death by Rhea and other psychiatrists, in a ghastly manner. But never when he was alive, when he was on sets by the technicians or by his friends or by his other heroines about his odd behaviour, often a psychiatric person exhibits. So, whether Sushant had the problem so severe comes under a doubtful domain. Bi-polar nature is not easy to hide.
English education and English culture is the preserve of most Bollywood actors, as they being the children of accomplished Bollywood artistes/producers. With that advantage at hand, the actors preach the public what is good for them. They may say that it is their personal opinion. However, that is not the case. In fact, they are airing their opinion not among their friends or colleagues. They are addressing the public on television channels, with that edge that is denied to a common or a reasonably educated person. When they do so (by airing their opinion), people take sides. It is not the fault of the people to have a mind of their own to think. Why are these matinee idols getting so much of space on the television or social media, is debatable.
‘Mine is correct. I am abused and trolled by a small/ large section, someone intimidated me by some threats of rape-kind’, are the usual complaints by female actors (i.e. actresses). Threat and abuse are indicative of uncultured behaviour. However, the heroines should know in this country, many are not born to rich parents or born to urban Delhiite or Mumbaikar. They have not been sent to English convents to couch their words in sophisticated terminology to impress, especially liberal educated society. However, they are also the fellow beings of the country. Maybe they used uncouth language but the reason for it is you, the actor. There are ways and means of conveying a message. The actors should know.
‘I have a set of liberal ideals. According those, one can lead life as they wish to and should not be blamed. Be it maintaining live-in relationships, taking drugs are okay to me. They should not be questioned’, is a wrong philosophy, in a by and large conservative society of India. Our forefathers aspired and put in place a liberal Constitution for India, in order to bring-in intellectual debate, individual freedom of thinking and acting according good conscience, but not for making an unruly and immoral society and unethical values that guide to loose moral conduct.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s case could be viewed in nepotism angle: nepotism and its twin-brother favouritism help the established artistes’ children, by virtue of their lineage. Lacking this advantage, the actors that come from outside, with no god-fathers or real father to influence, are subject to tremendous pressure. When Sushant Singh Rajput’s case was observed in nepotism angle by a famous channel (the liberals call noisy channel), the other channels that claim: news without noise channels, started negating the angle of nepotism. Why? Simply to antagonise.
One channel called a renowned dialogue-writer and lyricist, along with his reputed son and daughter for an interview on nepotism. The famous father said his reputation in cine field gave his son and daughter only a “break”, later the other part is their own talent. He also added unlike his son and daughter, some other famous artists’ children could not prove themselves. So, nepotism is not be all. Suppose the said lyricist’s daughter or son rings up to a famous director or producer, he/she will immediately pick up the phone. This is all because of the background of the person. That particular background the new entrant, however talented he is, lacks. These ups and downs are there in every field but more so in the cinema field. It’s better to admit candidly than to deny by the cine- personalities.
Coming to Rhea Chakraborty, she was in relationship with Sushant Singh for a year and half or so. Almost as close as a wife, going to foreign jaunts, using his credit card etc freely. That lady has no remorse on his death; she did not seem to have come to see his dead body. What a kind of lady! Is this all the liberals in India call: love? So, one can deduce from the liberal lexicon that love has no emotional bearing.
For instance, when a wife commits suicide, the immediate suspect would be her husband, even if he is not in proximity also, as is alleged on Shashi Tharoor in Sunanda Pushkar suicide. If that is so, why can’t Rhea be suspected, when courts justify relationships to be as good as or nearly to marriages? Some learned people on TV channels, unreasonably argue that she was not at Sushant’s residence while he committed suicide, so she is not guilty of abetment to suicide. Where is the logic? Was Osama Bin Laden or Afzal Guru were there on sites of 9/11 disaster and parliament?
Sushant sister should have taken care of him, being at his residence, in giving him psychiatric medicines and she is guiltier than Rhea, is another absurd argument. In any case, a sister would not be as intimate physically, as a girl friend is, to a man. Arguably, Rhea is a worldly person, just used Sushant and left him in lurch, when he needed her badly, in his depressed state. Her pictures with Mahesh Bhatt, if not morphed, are revolting to any civilized person to see. Never ever, a father touches her grown-up daughter so closely in the real world. To top it all (all these ills), the narcotic angle of Rhea and her brother Showik. Both are arrested now by narcotic bureau thankfully. The TV/ Bollywood liberals, normalising narcotics, as something every actor is in position of, is bizarre. What message are they sending to the outside society? Kangana Ranaut took head-on, on this malice of narcotics, nepotism in Bollywood from within as an insider.
Above all, Rheas father’s statement on his son’s arrest: Congratulations India- is tasteless. He, in the eyes of common people, is the father of two spoilt brats. How could a father tolerate a girl to have an unmarried relationship and flirting with someone’s credit cards (on whom she has no concern)? The liberal media is happy that they (both sister and brother) will come out from jail with no charges on them. Technically even if they escape charges, in the Indian civilization ethos, they are guilty. Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide exposes the bigger malaise that lies in the Bollywood. And the youth of India should realise that the actors are not be idolized.