Sushant Singh Rajput’s death unveils ugly side of Bollywood- ‘Privilege Club’ and their ‘Hyprocrisy’
Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide has blown the lid off Bollywood’s dirty game and the power play by self-proclaimed gatekeepers. While netizens mourn the loss of the bright young star, a trend erupted on Twitter claiming to expose “the camps” of the glamour industry. Sushant was found dead at his Bandra residence on Sunday. It has been three days and the outrage doesn’t seem to die soon. Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt trended for around two days for all the wrong reasons. Twitter is fuming. Netizens are blaming Bollywood’s “camp” for Sushant’s suicide.
The anger was fuelled when his several former colleagues and members of the fraternity spoke up against the “Bollywood privilege club’ and the toxicity that nepotism evokes. The whole debate has brought on to the surface the mental well-being of a person.
According to Indian Express, Mumbai Police confirmed that Sushant showed symptoms of clinical depression and was seeking counselling. He, however, was not taking medication.
On Monday, even Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh tweeted, “While the post mortem report says actor @itsSSR committed suicide by hanging himself, there are media reports that he allegedly suffered from clinical depression because of professional rivalry. @MumbaiPolice will probe this angle too.”
Connecting the dots, his fans and well-wishers have been lambasting Bollywood for not supporting the actor when he was in need and now tweeting when he ended his life.
A video clip of the actor where he expressed his thoughts on nepotism is doing the rounds on social media from a few days.
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— Sujay Raj (@Sujay__Raj) June 15, 2020
Throwback clip from Koffee With Karan episode with Sonam Kapoor on the couch is also being circulated widely. This is in response to her tweet in which she wrote: “Blaming a girlfriend , ex girlfriend, family , colleagues for someone’s death is ignorant and fucking mean spirited.”
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It is wrong only if someone is falsely charged but if a person is indeed responsible for someone’s death not only should he/she be blamed but should also be shamed and dealt as per the law.
It’s not always cool to defend the bad.
— Pranav Mahajan (@pranavmahajan) June 15, 2020
— Saffron Soul 2.0 ? (@SaffronS0ul) June 15, 2020
Calling Alia Bhatt and Karan Johar “hypocrites”, a Twitter user wrote, “Well who knew #AliaBhatt would manage to act via twitter too? When asked about Sushant on koffee with karan she said “sushant who” then she and #KaranJohar followed it by joking about him. Hypocrites and insensitive to THE CORE. Be a smart audience. Do not watch his movies”.
Well who knew #AliaBhatt would manage to act via twitter too?
When asked about Sushant on koffee with karan she said “sushant who” then she and #KaranJohar followed it by joking about him .
Hypocrites and insensitive to THE CORE. Be a smart audience. Do not watch his movies. pic.twitter.com/ahADsLKTgU
— EurusJr. (@Eurus_jr) June 14, 2020
Aren’t you the same woman who was asked a question about Sushant and you said Sushant Singh Rajput who? And then you and Karan Johar went on to make fun of him because he worked as a TV actor. https://t.co/2OTnL1cgyr
— Phoolwali ? (@Gulmohar__) June 14, 2020
A screenshot of Sushant’s Instagram conversation with one of his fans is doing the rounds after his death. The actor requests his fan to watch the film saying that he has no Godfather. A quote by Ayushmann Khurrana is also going viral.
#Alia @karanjohar plz stop being playing double standards. #Nepotism has ruined everything. Vo jab tak zinda tha kitne phn calls kiye use kitni baat ki usse? This whole industry is ? he himself revealed that nobody invites me in party ? #Nepotism #Alia #SushantSingh pic.twitter.com/s5RZD2Oq7r
— Manu (@Manu68922858) June 15, 2020
Here’s a video of Akshay Kumar talking about the power game that happens in the industry.
What Akshay paji said
Must listen ! pic.twitter.com/58zOkQ85Np
— Suman Raj JhA ( SRJ )↙️ (@srj2613) June 15, 2020
Well, the anger on Twitter has some facts to substantiate it.
In an interview published on 28 September 2019 in Huffington Post, Sushant was asked about not getting the acknowledgement he deserves despite consistently delivering strong performances. Sushant answered, “I was disappointed during Dhoni. Then I told myself, maybe I overestimated what the reactions were going to be.”
In another interview (Film Companion), he had said, “When you’re successful as an outsider, you’re discussed but in a very hushed tone. That’s about it. But when you are an insider and you succeed, it’s multiplied by ten and if you lose, it’s divided by ten.”
Drive, which released on Netflix in 2019 was in limbo after it was completed in 2018. When Sushant was asked about the Karan Johar production co-starring Jacqueline Fernandez, he said, “I don’t know, I was repeatedly told that it would release but haven’t heard anything from them.I have only happy memories of Drive because the money I made off that film was donated to the Kerala floods.”
“In off-record conversations, a Dharma executive joked that they don’t know how bad the film is because half of them haven’t bothered to see it,” wrote Huffington Post in its article.
Now, let’s talk about one of his ambitious projects– Shekhar Kapoor’s Paani, which was left mid-way by YRF. In his Twitter post after Sushant’s death and also earlier, Kapur mentioned that the actor meticulously prepared for the role and broke down when he learnt the film isn’t happening.
“Somebody should make that film. We’re closer to a water crisis then we were ever before,” Sushant said.
Well, this only increased the differences between YRF and Sushant, who has earlier worked in Shuddh Desi Romance and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. According to a Pinkvilla report published on November 2, 2017, Sushant had to let go of Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor due to dates issues. Also, he was the original choice of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela, which later went on to Ranveer Singh again because of the dates. (Theories doing the rounds on social media also claim that at that time even Ranveer was under the contract of YRF but he was allowed to do Bhansali’s film because he was the blue-eyed boy of the production company).
Adding to the woes, Aditya Chopra gave Befikre to Ranveer, which was earlier promised to Sushant. According to a report in DNA, an insider said, “Adi had promised Sushant Befikre and then gave it to Ranveer without informing the SDR actor. This upset him and he has decided not to associate with YRF anymore.”
Even those from inside the Bollywood have hinted at the dirty game that goes on inside the industry.
Besides Kangana Ranaut, who was the first Bollywood celebrity to expose and speak vocally on nepotism in the showbiz industry, several others also called out “Bollywood Privilege Club”.
Kangana blasts Bollywood for not acknowledging Sushant’s films, says “Yeh suicide thi ya planned murder?“
In a hard-hitting tweet, veteran actor Dharmendra wrote despite not knowing Sushant personally, his death served as a reminder that Bollywood could be “cruel”. “Pyaare Sushant, naa film dekhi na kabhi mila tum se… par tere achaanak chale jaane se bada sadma laga. This beautiful beloved ‘show business” is very cruel. I can imagine your unbearable pain. I share the pain of your loving family and friends,” Dharmendra wrote.
Pyaare Sushant, naa film dekhi na kabhi mila tum se ….par tere achaanak chale jaane se bada sadma laga !!! This beautiful beloved “ show business “ is very cruel. I can imagine your unbearable pain . I share the pain of your loving family and friends. pic.twitter.com/WQWHuyi1PH
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) June 15, 2020
Section 375 actress Meera Chopra wrote a long note. “I just want to say to my industry that help people when they need it, and you know when they need it. There is no point tweeting when they are no more. Don’t pretend to be sad when you guys didn’t do anything when he was sad. Stop being such a hypocritical society,” she said in her note.
Mard Ko Dard Nahin Hota actor Gulshan Devaiah wrote, “As actors, somewhere deep down inside, we think we know why he did it and that’s why it so disturbing even if you didn’t know him at all. It’s a hard game to play and he played it very well but the game won in the end”.
As actors, somewhere deep down inside, we think we know why he did it & that’s why it so disturbing even if you didn’t know him at all.
It’s a hard game to play and he played it very well but the game won in the end.Advertisement
— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) June 15, 2020
Really sorry to be doing this but Bollywood is not a family , it never was and never will be . If one thinks it’s a family .. there is the problem. Bollywood is an imaginary name for a place of work that’s it . I am really not trying to put anybody down here & sorry if it seems https://t.co/hoz30WiEOJ
— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) June 15, 2020
Quoting Chopra’s tweet, he dismissed the idea of Bollywood being a family. “If one thinks it’s a family, there is the problem. Bollywood is an imaginary name for a place of work, that’s it. I am really not trying to put anybody down here and sorry if it seems,” he wrote.
On Sunday when news of Sushant’s demise broke, actor-producer Nikhil Dwivedi penned a hard-hitting tweet calling out the “hypocrisy” of the film fraternity. “High and mighty announcing they should have kept in touch with Sushant. Come on, you didn’t! And that’s because his career dipped. So STFU! Are you in touch with Imran Khan, Abhay Deol and others? No! But you were, when they were doing well,” Dwivedi said.
कोई आप्पत्ति नहीं है कि आप सिर्फ चढ़ते सूरज को सलाम करें! शायद सभी करते हैँ. आप्पति इसमें है कि ढलते वक़्त जिस सूरज से आपने रौशनी ली है, आप उसी सूरज से नज़र चुराते हैँ,
और तो और, उसकी खिल्ली भी उड़ाते हैँ.
That hurts! But it hurts fragile people much more than the strong ones. https://t.co/JoX806Yw5O
— Nikhil Dwivedi (@Nikhil_Dwivedi) June 15, 2020
A similar sentiment was echoed by Article 15 director Anubhav Sinha, who wrote, “Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard. Now don’t ask me to elaborate any further”
The Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard tonight.
PS- Now don’t ask me to elaborate any further.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) June 14, 2020
Sushant’s hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani also wrote that there’s no point in expressing grief by those people who didn’t lend a helping hand when he was in need. “It’s no secret Sushant was going through very tough times for the last few years. No one in the industry stood up for him nor did they lend a helping hand. To tweet today is the biggest display of how shallow the industry really is. No one here is your friend,” she wrote on Twitter.
It’s no secret Sushant was going through very tough times for the last few years. No one in the industry stood up for him nor did they lend a helping hand. To tweet today is the biggest display of how shallow the industry really is. No one here is your friend. RIP ✨ pic.twitter.com/923qAM5DkD
— ?????? ?? ???? (@sapnabhavnani) June 14, 2020
Ranvir Shorey also called out “self appointed ‘gatekeepers of Bollywood’”.
It wouldn’t be fair to blame someone for a step that he took himself. He was playing a high stakes game, where it’s win or lose it all. But something has to be said about the self appointed ‘gatekeepers of Bollywood’.
— Ranvir Shorey (@RanvirShorey) June 15, 2020
Vivek Oberoi, who was present at Sushant’s funeral, wrote, “Being at Sushant’s cremation today was do heartbreaking. I truly wish I could have shared my personal experience and helped him ease his pain. I’ve been through my own journey of pain, it can be very dark and lonely. But death is never the answer, suicide can never be a solution. I wish he stopped to think of his family, friends and the millions of fans who are feeling this tragic loss today..he would have realised how much people CARE! When I saw his father today, having to light the fire at the cremation, the pain in his eyes was unbearable, when I heard his sister weeping, begging him to come back, I can’t express how deeply tragic it felt.”
— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) June 15, 2020
Saif Ali Khan in an interview to TOI called out Bollywood and its “ultimate hypocrisy”. “I mean, we don’t care about anybody. You know, it’s a very cutthroat line of work. But to pretend that you do care is like the ultimate hypocrisy and I think that’s an insult to the dead, you know, it’s an insult to the soul that’s gone,” Saif said.
“We live in an age where people write 10 lines for you on Twitter and will walk past you on the street – won’t even touch you or shake your hand. You know, you get wished for your birthday, but people don’t actually call you. There’s no contact. People are failing people constantly. Everyone talking about him, even those saying who failed you or didn’t fail you is, I think, somewhat exploiting his name. To take any stand at the moment, apart from just sorrow, and just saying that I’m really sad that he had no way out except this – any other comment is somewhere manipulating the situation, I feel. You have come across this as an opportunity to take a shot at somebody, and you’re taking a shot,” he added.
Raveena Tandon also took to Twitter to share that she has been a victim of the “camp” game.
When you speak the truth,you are branded a liar,Mad,psychotic. Chamcha journos write pages&pages destroying all the hard work that you might have done.Even though born in the industry, grateful for all it has given me,but dirty politics played by some can leave a sour taste . https://t.co/uR9usJitdb
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 15, 2020
I love my industry,but yes,the pressures are high,there are good people and people who play dirty, there are all kinds,but that’s what makes the https://t.co/YEXmquEDj2 has to pick up the pieces,walk again and again,with the head held high.Goodnight world.I pray for a better tmrw https://t.co/52nGxPma2m
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) June 15, 2020
Director Shekhar Kapur wrote, “I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish I was around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput”
I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish Iwas around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 15, 2020
“Naming few people has no value. They themselves are products and victims of a ‘system’ everyone is protesting against. If you really care, if you’re really angry, then bring down the system. Not the individual. That’s guerilla warfare. Not a spurt of anger. #SushantSinghRajput,” he wrote in another tweet.
Naming few people has no value. They themselves are products and victims of a ‘system’ everyone is protesting against.
If you really care, if you’re really angry, then bring down the system. Not the individual. That’s guerilla warfare. Not a spurt of anger. #SushantSinghRajput
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 16, 2020
If you need support or know someone who is under depression or suicidal, please reach out to mental health specialists or helplines. AASRA: 91-22-27546669 (24 hours) Sneha Foundation: 91-44-24640050 (24 hours) Vandrevala Foundation for Mental Health: 1860-2662-345 and 1800-2333-330 (24 hours)
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