Sushant Singh Rajput passes away: Karan Johar, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sara Ali Khan tweet condolences
Celebrities across the country are expressing their grief over the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai on Sunday. He was 34 years old. Mumbai Police had shared an official statement, verifying the suicide.
"Sushant Singh Rajput has committed suicide, Mumbai Police is investigating. Police has not found any note yet," said DCP Pranay Ashok, the Spokesperson Mumbai Police.
Rajput, who made his acting debut with Star Plus TV show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008), shot to fame with Zee TV’s popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta. His role of Manav in the Ekta Kapoor serial earned him several awards including Indian Television Academy Awards.
He soon ventured into Bollywood with Kai Po Che in 2014. His other acting credits include films such as PK, Kedarnath, Shudh Desi Romance, MS Dhoni: The Untold Journey among others. He was last seen in Netflix’s Drive alongside Jacqueline Fernandez.
Social media is flooded by his industry colleagues, politicians, sportspersons and the actor's fans expressing shock and grief at the news.
Sharing a throwback picture with Rajput, director Karan Johar wrote on Instagram, "I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year. I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with but somehow I never followed up on that feeling."
Johar further called Sushant's demise as a huge 'wake up call' and assured to himself that he would never make that 'mistake' again
Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, who trained Sushant Singh Rajput for the role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the blockbuster biopic, said an "unbelievable journey" has been cut short by the young actor's shocking death.
"Shock and disbelief are the two words I can remember. When you work closely with such a young talent, the question you will always ask is why? Why he has taken this step?" More told Press Trust of India.
"We lost a lovely kid, a hardworking, educated and successful person. He was really involved, he used to train just like a cricketer. He practised regularly for nine months for the role. He mastered Dhoni's helicopter shot. It was an unbelievable journey cut short."
Here are some of the tributes
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I blame myself for not being in touch with you for the past year..... I have felt at times like you may have needed people to share your life with...but somehow I never followed up on that feeling...will never make that mistake again...we live in very energetic and noisy but still very isolated times ...some of us succumb to these silences and go within...we need to not just make relationships but also constantly nurture them....Sushants unfortunate demise has been a huge wake up call to me ...to my level of compassion and to my ability to foster and protect my equations.....I hope this resonates with all of you as well....will miss your infectious smile and your bear hug ....💔💔💔
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18 months ago... My last msg to him was when he posted about his mom a week after the release of Kedarnath. He was missing her I assume while the movie was being celebrated. I didn’t know him well enough though our paths crossed at yrf, events & screenings every now & then. I can’t say I understood what made him make this choice. I can say I felt the pain he did about losing his bearings & feeling that void of his mother. I hope ur in a better & happier space my friend. I hope u have found ur peace. We will all wonder & try & make sense of what happened today. I just hope & pray that when the circus settles down we as a society in due course realise ur choice wasn’t driven by one singular moment or thing but a culmination of so much that defines a human being not just by the profession u were in. Rest my dear brother Sushant you are now I hope at peace.
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Rest in Peace my friend...
Shocked and Heartbroken...Still can’t believe it...To star gazing and our endless chats...am going to spot you twinkling bright up there with the rest cause you are and will always be a star my dearest SSR pic.twitter.com/qvP4cwpGwm
— bhumi pednekar (@bhumipednekar) June 15, 2020
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
Priyanka Chopra Jonas took to Instagram and wrote, "I’m stunned. You must have been in so much pain. I hope you are at peace wherever you are my friend. Gone too soon"
I’m stunned. You must have been in so much pain. I hope you are at peace wherever you are my friend. Gone too soon. I’ll never forget our conversations about astrophysics at sunrise..Words cease to make sense. RIP Sushant. My condolences to the family and everyone grieving this huge loss 💔
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In a video, Sanjana Sanghi remembered Sushant, her co-star in Dil Bechara. She said, "He used to tell me after every schedule that he wants to see me go far and I have infinite potential. We spoke about what we want to do for education for children in India. I promise you that everyone is going to be grateful for the work you have left behind."
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. . You gave me a forever, within a limited number of days, and for that. I’m forever grateful. - our beloved novel, The Fault In Our Stars A forever of learnings, and of memories. I refreshed my web pages a 100 times hoping I’m reading some sort of horrible joke. I’m not equipped to process any of this. I don’t think I ever will be. I’m definitely not equipped to articulate my feelings, this is me failing, but trying. After 2 years of seemingly all the possible difficulties one single film can face, with all sorts of crap constantly being written, and being relentlessly pursued. We were supposed to FINALLY see our film - my first film, and what you told me you believed was your best film yet, together. Amidst your journey, you somehow found a way and had a desire to yell out to me from the opposite side of set screaming “Rockstar, itni achi acting thodi na karte hain paagal!” ; To guide me over things big & small through our film’s process, To tell me to conserve my energy on set; To discuss even the smallest nuance you thought could change the narrative of a scene and would whole heartedly accept my disagreement; To discuss ways in which we could together forge a brighter educational future for the children of India. You were a force Manny, and you always will be. We’re going to spend an eternity to try and make sense of what you’ve left us behind with, and I personally never will be able to. I simply wish you never left us behind in the first place. Just know, you have a country full of millions, looking up at you, smiling at you, thankful for you. As you smile back at us, from up above. The fact that you get to spend the rest of your time by your mother’s side, I know you gives the only happiness you wanted in the world. #RIPSushantSinghRajput
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Struggling to come to terms with this one ... Kai po che, Dhoni ,Kedarnath and more you will always be an inspiration for young aspirants ,this was from a really memorable night at Huma’s.. he made us all laugh so much that night , will be difficult sleeping tonight ... RIP bro❤️ hope you’re smiling down on us
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Kritika Kamra took to Instagram and wrote, "Sushant was as brilliant as the stars that always mesmerised him. Curious, generous, kind and spirited. Performed with all his heart.
Sushant was as brilliant as the stars that always mesmerised him. Curious, generous, kind and spirited. Performed with all his heart. Danced like he owned the stage. Hugged tight and long. We will celebrate his work and cherish the characters he became. I will also never forget his child-like energy, his sense of wonder and that charming smile. Sushant was a thinker and a believer. He was fascinated by the possibilities of science and the power of faith alike. I always found that amazing! Sparse conversations I had with him over the years have been playing in my head.. He went to NASA for a workshop and I remember him showing me an email he received from the team praising him. He was ecstatic. Another time, he made me experience the moon landing through VR all while explaining what I was seeing. He would play Pink Floyd in the background and have passionate conversations.. and at parties, pull everyone to dance whenever a 90s Bollywood song came on. Every time we met, he was warm and genuine. So rare. We weren’t close friends but these nuggets of memories will remain. You’re special Sushant! Shine on in the unknown. 💫
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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan recalled the late actor's philanthropic work during the 2018 Kerala floods.
We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. His early demise is a great loss to the Indian Film industry. Our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & supporters. We take a moment to remember his support during the time of Kerala floods. pic.twitter.com/OKampA9w05
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) June 14, 2020
U will be missed ... #RIPSushant
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) June 14, 2020
Shocked beyond words to learn about #SushanthSinghRajput's untimely demise. A powerhouse of talent... Too young to go... May his soul find peace and light. My deepest condolences and strength to the family to cope with this tragic loss. 🙏
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) June 14, 2020
— Dipika Kakar Ibrahim (@ms_dipika) June 14, 2020
SSR so much love for the stars that you went there so soon? I wish you had spoken to me once my dear fellow. I hope the society starts realising how lonely & helpless a man can be when he has to face his life struggles alone, without any emotional support RIP & smile from the sky pic.twitter.com/fHBNK0GYyA
— Nitish Bharadwaj (@nitishkrishna8) June 14, 2020
Absolutely heartbroken by this news. Not someone I met or knew personally but this really hits you in the gut. So talented and so young. RIP #SushantSinghRajput
— dulquer salmaan (@dulQuer) June 14, 2020
Shocked to hear that Sushanth Singh Rajput is no more. An incredible talent who was destined to scale many heights is gone too soon. Rest in peace. My prayers and strength to his family.
— Ram Charan (@AlwaysRamCharan) June 14, 2020
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Sushant, nahi yaar! Shocked and Heartbroken. I met him on the sets of Chhichhore. By the end of the film he became like a brother to me. He never made me feel like it was my first film. The manner in which we have lost him is extremely shocking. I feel numb at this point and not in a position to talk more . I miss you my brother. I will remember all the beautiful things you stood for. The memories on set , the conversations around science, the sports, the films or just the mad dancing. I can’t think of anything he was not good at . One of the brightest minds I have had the privilege of knowing. I pray you find peace my friend . Will look out for you amongst the stars you greatly admired 💔
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(With inputs from agencies)
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