New Delhi: The death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput Sunday left everyone rattled, and several people took to Twitter to express their grief. But there was also anger at TV news coverage and photographs of Rajput’s body on social media that outraged people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra led politicians who expressed grief over Rajput’s death.
Sushant Singh Rajput…a bright young actor gone too soon. He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2020
कुछ खबरें कितनी दुखदायी होती हैं।
नौजवान और प्रतिभाशाली अभिनेता #SushantSinghRajput के चले जाने की खबर सबको स्तब्ध कर देने वाली है।
ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति दें और इस कठिन घड़ी में परिजनों, दोस्तों को ये पीड़ा सहने की शक्ति दें।
— Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (@priyankagandhi) June 14, 2020
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan messages his condolences – he doesn’t forget Rajput’s contribution during the Kerala floods in 2019.
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
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Filmmaker Karan Johar also grieves at the actor’s passing. However, he focuses on himself too in this short eulogy.
This is heartbreaking….I have such strong memories of the times we have shared …I can’t believe this ….Rest in peace my friend…when the shock subsides only the best memories will remain….💔 pic.twitter.com/H5XJtyL3FL
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) June 14, 2020
And, how not to begin a eulogy from actor Shahrukh Khan.
He loved me so much…I will miss him so much. His energy, enthusiasm and his full happy smile. May Allah bless his soul and my condolences to his near and dear ones. This is extremely sad….and so shocking!! pic.twitter.com/skIhYEQxeO
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) June 14, 2020
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi remembered the actor’s struggles.
#SushantSinghRajput Really sad news. He struggled and fought against many odds. God bless his soul ..suicide for some and introspection for a few.
— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) June 14, 2020
Actor Priyanka Chopra revisits memories of conversations on astrophysics with the actor.
I'm stunned. U must have been in so much pain. I hope u are at peace wherever u 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 & everyone grieving this huge loss💔 pic.twitter.com/tA5CmNsRJC
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 14, 2020
Tennis star Sania Mirza gets emotional remembering Rajput’s promise to play tennis with her.
Sushant 💔 💔 you said we would play tennis together one day .. you were so full of life and laughs .. spreading smiles everywhere you went.. we didn’t even know you were hurting this bad 😞 the world will miss you .. shaking while I write this .. RIP my friend
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) June 14, 2020
Former Pakistan cricket captain Shoaib Malik recalls the ‘short innings’ of `Dhoni’ Sushant’s life.
– Shocked to hear about Shushant Singh commiting suicide, life is a long beautiful inning, 34 was not the age to let go, may your soul rest in peace #ShushantSinghRajput (1986-2020) gone too soon.
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) June 14, 2020
However, amid the grief there was anger at TV news for its insensitive coverage with sensationalist headlines, unnecessary details and badgering his relatives for comments. There was also a photograph circulated on social media of the actor’s body — that took things to an all-time low.
Comedian Vir Das had this to say to those circulating the photograph
Stop circulating photos of the deceased. You parastites.
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) June 14, 2020
Filmmaker Farah Khan also slammed them for the leaked photo.
My friend #SushantSinghRajput has died tragically at a very young age!! STOP Circulating pictures of his death! This is a tragedy NOT entertainment!! Is this the world we live in now??!
— Farah Khan (@TheFarahKhan) June 14, 2020
Political analyst Tehseen Poonawalla is really disappointed. Find out why.
— Tehseen Poonawalla Official (@tehseenp) June 14, 2020
Actors Nimrat Kaur and Anushka Sharma appeal for basic human decency.
Please be respectful of Sushant’s loved ones dealing with this jolt. Spinning stories,speculating and indulging in ‘possible reasons’ is just crass voyerism. He was someone’s son,brother and friend. Be responsible and please allow grace and silence around all mourning today.
— Nimrat Kaur (@NimratOfficial) June 14, 2020
At this time of immense tragedy, I would request the media to be sensitive towards Sushant’s family and friends. I urge everyone to respect their emotions and let them grieve.
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) June 14, 2020
Hope Whatsapp uncles and TV anchors have seen this post by the Maharashtra Cyber cell.
A disturbing trend has been observed on Social Media platforms by Maharashtra Cyber that pictures of deceased actor Shri. Sushant Singh Rajput are being circulated, which are disturbing and in bad taste. (1/n)
— Maharashtra Cyber (@MahaCyber1) June 14, 2020
Important conversations regarding mental health and depression also found place on Twitter.
Actor Deepika Padukone, who has gone public with her depression and tries to help those suffering from it, stresses the importance of reaching out.
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) June 14, 2020
Filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt wants people to get off their high horses and respect the news of Sushant’s death
Let’s not judge someone’s life nor death please & let’s get off our high horses about our supposed strength & term those who choose their own exits,weak. News of death,however untimely deserves respect & reverence not loose talk & speculation.Let those who pass do so in peace 🙏
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) June 14, 2020
Journalist Barkha Dutt shares her thoughts on mental health.
I did not know Sushant Singh but I do know that one of the deepest reasons for depression is choking on your own emotion and putting up a brave front. Im often called an emotional fool, but id rather be quick to tears, anger and joy, then wear a veneer that is throttling you
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) June 14, 2020
Chairman of the RPG group Harsh Goenka gives remedies for depression via Buddha’s teachings.
Buddha was asked, what has he gained from meditation?
He replied, “Nothing. However let me tell you what I have lost – anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death.”#SundayThoughts
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 14, 2020
Yoga and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar has his own remedies….
— Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (@SriSri) June 14, 2020
Fitness icon Milind Soman reiterates how dealing with depression is never easy.
Whoever you are, life is never easy. And some days are too sad. RIPSSR.
— Milind Usha Soman (@milindrunning) June 14, 2020
And finally, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, is not the only one who could not believe it!
Wtf .. this is not true .. https://t.co/RzYSkegt4i
— Anurag Kashyap (@anuragkashyap72) June 14, 2020
With inputs from Shubhangi Misra
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