The controversial death of Sushant Singh Rajput

Article Publish Date : June 17, 2020

The young Bollywood actor from Patna who took his own life on June 14, 2020, at the age of 34 years is said to have been suffering from depression.

Sushant singh rajput death
Actor Sushant Singh Rajpoot took his life due to depression.

It is being said Sushant Singh Rajput has been suffering from depression for the last six months and that he has been undergoing treatment in Hinduja hospital. Yet, something led him to the actions he took. Clearly, the treatment wasn’t suffice. A known fact is that when a person commits suicide it means s/he has been planning it for some time. No one takes such a decision overnight. And there is a little trigger just before the act is performed.

Now, while some of us are wondering why he did what he did and others are busy making insensitive comments and reports; let us go through some of his life events. Sushant Singh Rajput’s mother had passed away when he was 17 years old. She died in the same way as him, i.e. asphyxia due to hanging. He paid 4 lakh 51 thousand in rent for the flat he was living in, in Mumbai’s posh Pali Hill area (Bandra). His servants revealed that the actor was not well for the last three days and even told one of the servants that he paid off his debts but doesn’t know if he’ll be able to pay their salaries now. His former general manager, Disha Salian, also committed suicide 5 days prior to the actor. Amidst all his personal problems, came ‘nepotism’ from Bollywood, against which some notable figures protested. Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam tweeted, “After ‘Chhichhore’ became a hit Sushant had signed 7 films in six months and he lost all of those films. The ruthlessness of the film industry works at a different level. This ruthlessness killed a talented artist.”

Director Dibakar Banerjee said, “it takes double the talent and hard work for an outsider to convince the audience and industry that s/he is safe for the box office. The trick is to define success and failure ourselves…not let the narrative forced by…establishment to get to you.”

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur wrote on twitter, “Naming a few people has no value. They themselves are products of a ‘system’ everyone is protesting against. If you’re really angry, then bring down the system. Not the individual. That’s guerrilla warfare. Not a spurt of anger.”

For decades we have witnessed actors and actresses committing suicide in the film industry. In each case, we find one common word i.e. ‘depression’. While the word is often used by us in everyday life, how many truly understands the seriousness of people clinically possessing it.

Suffering from depression and loneliness

When a person suffers from depression, they face a general loss of interest in everything, known as ‘anhedonia’. They lose pleasure in any kind of activity. Usually have disturbed food patterns. It is further aggravated by insomnia. While 15% of people with depression sleep too much, 80% have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. They are usually low spirited and face problems in cognitive functioning.

When we look at it from a perspective of conscience we may sense some truth when people claim his suicide to be a murder. The fact that he did not leave a note makes it harder for us to tell if he felt helpless or lost hope or if he was disappointed in life, work, or people. in the end the actual cause remains a question mark and eventually lost in all the controversies.

It is high time we start talking about mental health regularly as we talk about physical health. We need stop stigmatize and openly talk about mental health and offering a hand forward to those who are suffering from mental health issue is what each of us can do in initial stage. Also seeking help from mental health professional like physiatrists, psychologist etc. need to be encouraged. Any one of us can suffer from depression, it is not only limited to artist, sportsperson, businessman etc.

Author Detail

Aishee Mukherjee

An undergoing psychology student dwelling in the matters of the society.

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  1. Yes author Aishee Mukherjee is absolutely right, I agree with her this is the time to start talking about mental health that can be benefit everybody.

  2. Gone through the article attentively and it’s really a praiseworthy as well as skillful presentation. Being a student her analytical ability deserves commendation.
    Wish her bright future.

    1. Thank you very much Sir. I am honoured to receive such a compliment from you. I will try and put in more effort.

  3. Very rightly described through the article by author Aishee Mukherjee. Ruthlessness is going on in every stage of the society. We all needed to come forward against this. I fully agree with her about start talking for developing the mental health for the interest of the nation.

    1. Thank you so much Sir for you comment. I will put in my best to bring out similar issues. It was an honour to receive your compliment.

  4. Be it mental or physical, disorder should have equal waitage. Aishee analyzed and articulated Susant’s incident and conveyed the basic message effortlessly. Indeed commendable. Happy to see more such articles from Aishee.

  5. Very true .
    A detailed analysis of the issue by a phycologist can show the path of recovery

    1. I am yet to become a psychologist ma’am. Thank you very much for reading it and sharing your review.

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