Sushant Singh Rajput's Death Sparks Debate On Nepotism in Bollywood

Mourning the loss of young talent, several celebrities like Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and others took to social media to express their grief.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 16 Jun 2020 10:52 AM GMT

Sushant Singh Rajputs Death Sparks Debate On Nepotism in Bollywood
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Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has not only shocked and saddened his family and Bollywood counterparts but also millions of his fans across the nation.The actor was found dead at his Bandra home in Mumbai on Sunday.

The sudden demise of Sushant Singh Rajput has left the entertainment industry in shock. Mourning the loss of young talent, several celebrities like Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, Sonam Kapoor and others took to social media to express their grief. They even held themselves guilty of not being there for Sushant during tough times.

Debate on Nepotism:

Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt's condolence messages didn't go well with some people on social media and once again sparked the debate around nepotism and favouritism in the Hindi film industry.

Karan Johar wrote on Twitter, “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….Broken heart.” He also shared a photo of himself and Sushant, and added, “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.”

https://twitter.com/karanjohar/status/1272111382905802753

Alia Bhatt tweeted, “I’m in a deep state of shock. No matter how much I think about it, I don’t have the words. I’m totally devastated. You’ve left us too soon. You will be missed by each and every one of us. My deepest condolences to Sushant’s family, loved ones, and his fans. I hope you find the strength to make it through this devastating time.”

https://twitter.com/aliaa08/status/1272203121171685376

However, their condolence messages didn’t go well with some people on social media and once again sparked the debate around nepotism and favouritism in the Hindi film industry. Some even brought up an episode of Koffee With Karan where KJo asked Alia to rate three male actors in a Rapid Fire question. The options were Sushant Singh Rajput, Ranveer Singh and Varun Dhawan. On this Alia Bhatt replied, “Sushant Singh Rajput, who?”

As #JusticeForSushantSinghRajput became a top trend on Twitter, there was a flurry of activity on the handles of Karan Johar and Alia Bhat. It is learnt that social media managers of the stars have their job cut out trying to sanitise the feeds of abusive comments.

Here’s how some people raised fingers :

https://twitter.com/ItsAujlaa/status/1272125153544208386

https://twitter.com/Manu68922858/status/1272375706949992448

Filmmakers:

Anubhav Sinha, Hansal Mehta, Shekhar Kapur, actors Nikhil Dwivedi and Kangana Ranaut also took a dig at the big banners of Bollywood.

Sinha wrote on Twitter, “The Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard tonight. PS- Now don’t ask me to elaborate any further.”

Hansal Mehta shared his advice for “outsiders” in the industry as he tweeted, “There are many young ‘outsiders’ in this industry. Remember this – there is an establishment that will make you feel like the next big thing until they need you. They will drop you and mock you as soon as you falter. Do not fall for the trap. The ones that celebrate you..will celebrate your downfall some time later.”

Shekhar Kapur:

Shekhar Kapur who was to work with Sushant on his film Paani tweeted. Paani was shelved by Yash Raj Films.

https://twitter.com/shekharkapur/status/1272424331893563393

Nikhil Dwivedi:

https://twitter.com/Nikhil_Dwivedi/status/1272160167912759296

After Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, the police said the actor had shown symptoms of clinical depression and was consulting a psychiatrist.

Read More: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Funeral: Bollywood Celebs Attend Last Rites

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