Indian Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput dies at 34


Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput, known for his roles in Kai Po Che and MS Dhoni, died reportedly by suicide on Sunday. Reports stated that the police have confirmed that his body was found at his home in Bandra in Mumbai. He was 34.

According to reports, a staff member working at Sushant’s home found him on Sunday morning and called the police. The police have reached the spot for further investigation. A few days ago, Sushant’s former manager Disha Salian had died reportedly by suicide.

Born in Patna, the 34-year-old Sushant after completing his initial education in Patna, went to study at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi and after that he studied Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering.

His teachers recall  Sushant as good at reading and loved to play cricket during school time. He was entertaining and cheerful since childhood.

Sushant started his career as a backup dancer and never looked back.

He made his television debut in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, and rose to fame for his role in the popular serial Pavitra Rishta, on which he appeared between 2009 and 2011. Sushant Singh became a household name for playing the role of Manav.

Union minister Smriti Irani remembered him from his television days and wrote, “I have no words, no understanding of why you left the way you did. From a bright young kid who came to Balaji to a star who made the Nation swoon. You had come a long way and had many more miles to go. You will be missed #SushantSinghRajput gone too soon.”

His Bollywood fraternity reacted in shocked to hear the news and share their condolences on Twitter.

Akshay Kumar tweeted, “Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family.”

Actor Abhishek Bachchan wrote, “This is just so shocking. A wonderful talent. RIP Sushant.”

Actor Sanjay Dutt wrote, “At a loss for words.. So shocked to hear about #SushantSinghRajput’s demise. My condolences with his family.”

And Indian PM Narendra Modi shared his words on twitter saying, “Sushant Singh Rajput…A bright young actor gone too soon… Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti,” wrote Modi.

He appeared on multiple reality shows before making his film debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che in 2013. From then, he has gone on to act in Shuddh Desi Romance, PK, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Raabta, Kedarnath, Sonchiriya, Chhichhore and Drive. His upcoming film Dil Bechara, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie A Fault In Our Stars, was originally slated to release in May.

Ironically, in the movie Chhichhore, he portrayed a character that showed suicide is not the right answer and instead we should fight and live. Tragically, life is nothing like the movies.