Acknowledging the Achievements of the Vanquished

It has been over a year since the mysterious death of Sushant Singh Rajput hit the headlines of all the leading newspapers and magazines in the world, and despite speculation of all sorts the crime, till date, remains unsolved. A YouTube video showing Shah Rukh Khan and Shahid Kapoor performing a short segment of dark humour or black comedy ridiculing Sushant Singh’s ability to dance, which was interpreted by a few or the late actor’s fanbase as bullying on stage before a live audience quite understandably. As per the genre’s definition, the short segment resembled a low form of comedy that presented a painful or serious matter to an individual in a funny or hilarious manner. Sushant Singh Rajput, renowned for his energetic performances on his stage, has a few song videos from films which questions his skills as a dancer, probably due to his role or choreography.   

 Although my opinion of no importance to the Bollywood industry or the world, and since I have an opinion about everything, I would like to share with my readers the belief that a technopreneur, dealing with emerging technologies and showing a remarkable interest in science and engineering topics, would not kill himself by hanging from a ceiling fan with a long piece of cloth in an antediluvian ancient-Indian-film style in his apartment. Innumerable less painless methods of dying were available to the 35-year-old actor for serious consideration. One cannot dismiss my observation as an improbable or a preposterous concoction. Newcomers in the film industry sans famous familial hierarchies to back them, often face harassment and intimidation of all kinds when compared to one from Allu-Konidela or Akkineni-Daggubati or Chiranjeevi or Raj Kapoor or Salim Khan or the Bachchans’ families, not excluding the movie mafia; an unusual coinage referring to the anonymous journalists, who on behalf of the influential of the veterans, inflict psychological damage on their victims until they break the latter’s spirit. One cannot overrule the possibility of Bollywood being in the clutches of the underworld, which a few decades ago formed the backbone of the Indian film industry.

Rising to fame or stardom is not borne gracefully by all. As wellness is in the well being of the performers, I wonder if tragic ends or incidents like these emphasize the need for a support group or mental health hotlines or care plans. What lessons have the Indian film industry learned form such tragic occurrences? Should the performers be encouraged to join the race by falling a prey to the movie mafia’s mind controlling games? Should they refuse to be shaped by the manipulative media and pursue their ambitions without losing their individual identity in the collective one?

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