Why there may never be easy answers in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

As is often the case with movie stars, Sushant Singh Rajput’s death meant different things to different people.

The biggest debate that followed the 34-year-old actor’s tragic death by suicide on Sunday was around mental health. The advice ranged from learning to live with depression – the actor was reportedly undergoing treatment for it – to dealing with suicidal thoughts and being alert to warning signs in others.

One message rang out loud and clear, whether from medical health professionals or celebrities – you are not alone.

What role was played by show business, famous for fulfilling dreams and equally notorious for crushing them? Some of the commentary revolved around the cruel, fickle ways of the Mumbai film industry, which elevates as quickly as it dumps. The talented Rajput starred in one of 2019’s big hits, Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichore, and his performance in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya in the same year was acclaimed. But the straight-to-Netflix Drive drew scorn. His final movie Dil Bechara, in which he plays a cancer patient, has not been released yet.

Media treatment of Rajput’s death created a separate strand of conversation. Some television channels could not resist punning on the themes of some of Rajput’s films, which include Kai Po Che! (2013) and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)….

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