Actress Kangana Ranaut has accused the Hindi film industry of overlooking actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s talent. The actress refused to call Sushant “mentally weak” and said that his deserving films and work were never acknowledged at award ceremonies.
In a two minute long video that has been posted on social media by her team, the actress can be seen making some strong statements, Kangana says, “Sushant Singh Rajput ki maut ne humein jhinjhor ke rakh diya hai, magar kuch is mein bhi ek parallel narrative chala rahe hai. Woh ye ki jinka dimaag kamzor hota hai woh depression mein aate hai aur suicide kar lete hai. Jo banda Stanford ki scholarship…woh rank-holder hai apne engineering ke entrance ki, uska dimaag kamzor kaise ho sakta hai? (Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has left all of us devastated, but some are looking for a parallel narrative even here. That whoever has a weak mind, they slip into depression and kill themselves. A guy who has a scholarship from Stanford… he is a rank holder of his engineering entrance, how can his mind be weak?)”
She goes on to add that some of Sushant’s last posts prove that he had been literally begging people to watch his films. “Aap agar unke last kuch posts dekhe, woh clearly keh raha hai, logon ko beg kar raha hai ki please meri filmein dekho, mera koi Godfather nahi hai, mujhe nikal diya jayega iss industry se. Apne interviews mein woh yeh zahir karta hai ki mujhe yeh industry kyu nahi apnati hai? I feel like a leftover. Toh kya iss haadse ki koi buniyaad nahin hai? (In English-If you look at his last few posts, he is clearly saying, begging people to see his films, that I don’t have a Godfather, I will be thrown out of this industry. Even in his interviews, he says why doesn’t this industry make me its own? I feel like a leftover. So doesn’t this incident have any reason?)”
Ranaut Talking about Sushant’s films, Kangana said, “Unko unki debut film Kai Po Che ke liye koi acknowledgement nahi mila, ya MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, ya Kedarnath ya Chhichhore. Gully Boy jaisi ek wahiyat film ko saare awards milte hai, Chhichhore is the best film and by the best director, par unki film ko koi acknowledgement nahi. (In English-He didn’t get any acknowledgement for his debut film, Kai Po Che, or MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, or Kedarnath, or Chhichhore. A bad film like Gully Boy gets all awards, Chhichhore is the best film by the best director, but his film gets no acknowledgement.)”
Sushant Singh Rajput’s last theatre release was Chhichhore. His next, Dil Bechara, was scheduled for a May 2020 release, however, it was delayed due to the novel coronavirus crisis. It will now be released on an OTT platform.