Kangana Ranaut’s team shared an explosive video of the actress talking about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. In the video, she is once again seen exposing the Bollywood mafia.
The devastating news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has divided social media into two. Even as the actor’s family prepares for his funeral at the Pawan Hans crematorium at Vile Parle, Mumbai, several Bollywood actors and filmmakers have called for an inward look, questioning the role of ‘Bollywood mafia’ in the apparent suicide of a 34-year-old promising actor, who managed to carve his niche in the industry without a Godfather.
Kangana Ranaut, who has always been extremely vocal about the issue, released a video on social media reiterating the same.
In the 2-odd-minute video, shared by the official Instagram handle of Team Kangana Ranaut, Kangana says, “Sushant Singh Rajput ki maut ne humein jhinjhor ke rakh diya hai, magar kuch is mein bhi ek parallel narrative chala rahe hai. Woh ye ki jinka dimaag kamzor hota hai woh depression mein aate hai aur suicide kar lete hai. Jo banda Stanford ki scholarship…woh rank-holder hai apne engineering ke entrance ki, uska dimaag kamzor kaise ho sakta hai? (Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has left all of us devastated, but some are looking for a parallel narrative even here. That whoever has a weak mind, they slip into depression and kill themselves. A guy who has a scholarship from Stanford… he is a rank holder of his engineering entrance, how can his mind be weak?)”
She goes on to add that some of Sushant’s last posts prove that he had been literally begging people to watch his films. “Aap agar unke last kuch posts dekhe, woh clearly keh raha hai, logon ko beg kar raha hai ki please meri filmein dekho, mera koi Godfather nahi hai, mujhe nikal diya jayega iss industry se. Apne interviews mein woh yeh zahir karta hai ki mujhe yeh industry kyu nahi apnati hai? I feel like a leftover (sic). Toh kya iss haadse ki koi buniyaad nahin hai? (If you look at his last few posts, he is clearly saying, begging people to see his films, that I don’t have a Godfather, I will be thrown out of this industry. Even in his interviews, he says why doesn’t this industry make me its own? I feel like a leftover. So doesn’t this incident have any reason?)”
Talking about Sushant’s films, Kangana said, “Unko unki debut film Kai Po Che ke liye koi acknowledgement nahi mila, ya MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, ya Kedarnath ya Chhichhore. Gully Boy jaisi ek wahiyat film ko saare awards milte hai, Chhichhore is the best film and by the best director, par unki film ko koi acknowledgement nahi. (He didn’t get any acknowledgement for his debut film, Kai Po Che, or MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, or Kedarnath, or Chhichhore. A bad film like Gully Boy gets all awards, Chhichhore is the best film by the best director, but his film gets no acknowledgement.)”
Sushant, much like Kangana herself, was an outsider who made his name on the basis of his good work. While nepotism is a constant in Bollywood, where only star kids seem to get the big projects, outsiders often lose out. But Kangana adds that they don’t want their films, all they want is recognition for their work. “Humein aapse kuch nahi chahiye, humein aapki filmein nahi chahiye, lekin jo hum khud karte hai, aap uski acknowledgement humein kyu nahi dete hai? Main khud jo filmein direct karti hoon, unn superhit filmon ko yeh flop ghoshit karte hai. Mujhpe chhey cases kyu daale gaye? Kyu mujhe jail mein daalne ki koshish ki gayi? (We don’t need anything from you, we don’t need your films, but the films that we do on our own, why don’t you acknowledge us for that? The films I myself direct, why do you declare those superhit films flop? Why have you slammed six cases on me? Why did you want to put me in jail?)”
Kangana’s wrath also fell on a section of the media, who she thinks wrote against Sushant. “Kuch journalist aise hai jo Sushant pe blind items likhte hai ki woh psychotic hai, neurotic hai, addict hai. Sanjay Dutt ki addiction toh aapko badi cute lagti hai. (There is also a section of journalists who write blinds on Sushant, that he is psychotic, he is neurotic, he is an addict. But you find Sanjay Dutt’s addiction very cute.)”
She further added, “Woh mujhe message karte hai ki tumhara bohot difficult time hai, tum koi aisa-waisa step mat utha lena. Aisa kyu kehte hai mujhe? Kyu mere dimaag mein daalna chahte hai ki aap suicide kar lijiye? (These people message me that you’re going through a difficult time, you don’t take any such step. Why do they tell me these things? Why do they want to put these things in my head, that you should kill yourself?)”
Kangana further asks about Sushant’s death, “Toh yeh suicide thi ya planned murder tha? (So was it a suicide or a planner murder?)”
Kangana is resilient, and she feels Sushant made one mistake that he accepted others’ criticism about himself. “Sushant ki galti yeh thi ki woh unki baat maan gaya. Unhone kaha tum worthless ho, toh woh maan gaya. He didn’t remember what his mother told him. Woh log chahte hai ki woh itithaas likhe, aur usmein ye likhe ki Sushant kamzor dimaag ka tha. Woh nahi batayenge ki sachchai kya hai. Toh humein decide karna hai who will write history. We will decide that. (Sushant’s mistake was that he believed in them. They told him that he was worthless, and he believed that. He didn’t remember what his mother told him. Those people want that they write history, and in it, they write that Sushant was of a weak mind. They will not say what is the truth. So we need to decide who will write history. We will decide that.)”
This outsider vs nepotism battle has been raging on Twitter since the news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide broke yesterday. From Shekhar Kapur to Anubhav Sinha, Gulshan Devaiah to now Kangana Ranaut, several celebrities have shared very telling and pointed allegations towards what is known as the ‘elite club of Bollywood’ or the ‘Bollywood mafia’, as Kangana likes to call it.
In fact, this phrase was first made popular by the Manikarnika actress on Karan Johar’s show Koffee With Karan, where she called out KJo for running a cartel of sorts, giving opportunities to only star kids, and making it difficult for the outsiders to get in. She had also used the word nepotism on the show, which is now a part of Bollywood’s vocabulary.
Earlier today, Shekhar Kapur tweeted a message for Sushant, talking about how he knew his pain. “I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish Iwas around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput (sic),” read Shekar’s tweet.
I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish Iwas around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 15, 2020
Yesterday, Anubhav Sinha had tweeted, “The Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard tonight. PS- Now don’t ask me to elaborate any further (sic),” after news of Sushant’s death broke.
The Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard tonight.
PS- Now don't ask me to elaborate any further.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) June 14, 2020
Gulshan Devaiah wrote, “As actors, somewhere deep down inside, we think we know why he did it & that’s why it so disturbing even if you didn’t know him at all. It’s a hard game to play and he played it very well but the game won in the end (sic).” In the following tweet, he added, “Really sorry to be doing this but Bollywood is not a family , it never was and never will be . If one thinks it’s a family .. there is the problem. Bollywood is an imaginary name for a place of work that’s it . I am really not trying to put anybody down here & sorry if it seems (sic).”
As actors, somewhere deep down inside, we think we know why he did it & that’s why it so disturbing even if you didn’t know him at all.
It’s a hard game to play and he played it very well but the game won in the end.
— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) June 15, 2020
Sushant Singh Rajput’s last theatre release was Chhichhore. His next, Dil Bechara, was scheduled for a May 2020 release, however, it was delayed due to the novel coronavirus crisis. It will now be released on an OTT platform.
Source: India Today