Sushant Singh Rajput is no more, and the news is burning the nation. The gravity of this event has sunk the hearts of many across the country. It is quite natural of people to be so acutely aggrieved, for Sushant was a man of tremendous energy, charm and charisma. A heart-throb for millions! But now, a sweet memory! What could be the reason for a budding national megastar to suddenly resort to such a drastic measure? Unfortunately, Singh refused to leave behind the cause that sparked this tragedy.
He left us on the 14th of June, 2020. An anguished day for us all indeed. With the ongoing world crisis and the demise of Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, Singh’s unexpected decision to end his life was a major blow to his family, his followers and to the world of art and entertainment. Everybody was taken aback, as the story of his earthly demise hit the headlines of all News channels and the print media.
It was absolutely unbelievable for a person who was on the highway to stardom and fame, to have any inclination towards putting an end to his life. I almost felt a wave of numbness hit my brain for the first few moments while reading about this unpredictable event. He looked happy! What could possibly have gone wrong? What led him to this? These questions kept racing back and forth in my utterly disoriented mind. I am sure, it was the case with everyone who read or heard about it!
With much investigation, and celebrities speaking up, we deduce that he was shunned and ignored by his own teammates. Worst still, banned by some of the major houses in the film industry! Many say that his quick rise to fame and fortune, in spite of being a small town boy with no bay town family backup, instilled a great sense of jealousy among a bunch of his co-stars. In short, dirty politics and exclusion got the better of him!
I understand our agitation is at peak with such devastating news hitting us every day. But for once, we must stop and look at this direful episode of Sushant’s passing with wise eyes. We are all a part our own cycles and stages in life. Every one of us experience some form of nepotism, or exclusion in our own social circles, at various times in our lives.
For instance, we may have friends or acquaintances that are present day big guns, owing complete credits to their influential parents or relatives. Isn’t that an act of Nepotism?
We have often been cast out of our social company of co-workers or friends just for keeping a different opinion or lifestyle, or for as stupid a reason as “he doesn’t drink alcohol!”
Also, we have, on many occasions, used personal contacts to our advantage in competitive situations! Haven’t we? Each of the mentioned situations is an act of Nepotism and Rejection that we have experienced or have been an active part of. They might appear silly, but are classic examples to describe our concerned subjects. And it is impossible that we have never encountered incidents such as these. Therefore, it is necessary that we reckon these as inevitable parts of our lives and move on with a strong resolve to overcome them.
I don’t deny the immense pressure one experiences while delivering their best, and yet being subjected to favouritism. But I do not support the act of suicide either. Again, I must add, our mind grows with experience. It learns especially well with the bad ones. This is that experience which is measuring our worth as human beings. And I feel ashamed of us having stooped our awareness so low, such that a person had to commit suicide to enlighten us with the miserable state of affairs prevailing in society.
If you look closer, it is not a couple of Bollywood biggies responsible for his untimely demise, as speculated. It is our shrunken state of consciousness that must be accounted for his misfortune. Our duty is to broaden our sense of self, accommodate all beings around us, and form a brotherhood. Not restrict ourselves to fulfilling mere selfish desires that we possess. A human mind has been blessed with mighty capabilities, not just to satisfy his ego, but to be inclusive of everyone in his journey. We are naturally expansive beings that savour the act of “Giving”. Hence, an opportunist and self-centred attitude will only keep us dissatisfied and wanting for more.
Sushant was a brilliant human being with great interest in various fields of modern progressive living. Acting wasn’t his only passion; he indulged in sundry lofty endeavours. The bucket list Sushant shared on Twitter reveals his passion in the fields of Sports, Fitness, Aviation, Science, Nature, Spirituality, Astronomy, Travel etc. It takes immense fire in the gut for one to pen down such a demanding to-do list! Sushant bought himself a Meade 14” LX600 telescope to chart the trajectories of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Got a Boeing 737 Fixed Base Flight Simulator to earn himself a licence to fly! And to add to these already glorious achievements, he purchased a land on the far side of the moon, the first ever Bollywood star to do so!
With such farfetched living realities, it is only natural and essential for us to cultivate a curious thought regarding what made him choose to end himself so abruptly. Is it the sorry truth of our reality that pushed his tolerance to the far edge of the cliff? If that is the case, was there no friend he trusted enough to confide in?
This is a difficult question we must all face and ponder upon. How can a winner of a million hearts be left alone in the prison of his own fears? How can a person, that educated hundreds of young minds though his amazing educational programme titled Sushant4education, that invested in NITI Aayog’s WEP (Women’s Entrepreneurship Platform) for budding women-led start up companies, that inspired millions of budding actors and other professionals through his cinema, not be lent a ear and a few consoling words during the times of his tiding emotions? Surprising how we manage to brush people away the moment our purpose is served. Sour inhumanity at its peak!
But this has to change as we can’t afford such acts recreated in any dimension. We don’t need another Sushant to hang from the fan, reminding us of our ignorance to value of life! We need to stop being insecure and present opportunities to the deserving candidates, rather than reserving it for a handful. Favourability is not a crime. Preferring to work with a known individual repeatedly is advantageous from a chemistry point of view. But the practice gets malicious when lobbies are created that don’t allow newbies to be a part of the trade. How different are we from the mafias, if the core principles of our work culture mirror theirs in essence? Let’s overcome our insecurities that eventually lead us to being territorial, for boundaries can never unite the spirit of humanity. Instead, arouses a feeling of separateness, hatred and war.
There is no wall in the material world that can’t be breached! Keeping this in mind, let us embrace each other in harmony, leaving behind our prejudices and biases that our ego has drawn upon everything and everyone. Let us learn from The Late Sushant Singh Rajput, to give selflessly, and live life to full potential. For “Giving” plants the true seed of unending happiness and pure bliss! Much love to you sir! You will be missed. Let your present world of inhabitance, respect and admire you for what you are.