Bengal’s leading firebrand actress and activist Roopa Ganguly wonders why it’s taking the authorities so long to order a CBI probe into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death.
“Why is everyone so keen to write it off as a suicide? Why this hurry for a closure? How can it be a suicide when there wasn’t even a suicide note to be found? Why would a young boy with a bright career, huge fan following and thousands of followers kill himself? Does that make sense?” asks Roopa, never known to mince words.
“You tell me one thing. If Sushant was depressed, why didn’t he share this with anyone? On the contrary, he always seemed happy and positive and there was that wonderful smile in his eyes. I didn’t know Sushant. I had not seen any of his films. I stopped seeing films years ago. Where is the time? But I’ve become his fan after his death. He represents all the yearnings of the young. The dreams of youth that we all nurture at one time. Kahin pe yeh sapne kho jaate hain(somewhere these dreams are lost).”
Roopa says it was Kangana Ranaut who prompted her to take a closer look at Sushant’s death. “I didn’t know Sushant Singh Rajput, never met him. But after his death, it was Kangana Ranaut whose demands for a close investigation into the tragedy made me sit up and think. Kuch toh yahaan gadbad hai (there is something wrong here). The official facts and figures don’t add up.”
Her voice grows distant. She then says, “Since his mysterious death, I’ve watched hundreds of video footage featuring Sushant at awards function and live shows. I am an actor. And I can tell you as a fellow-actor that Sushant’s eyes were filled with hope positivity and happiness.”
She wonders why the police has not taken charge of Sushant social-media accounts. “They should keep an eye on the activity in his accounts before and after his death.”
Roopa blames the nepotism in Mumbai for what she thinks is the cause of Sushant’s murder. “See, there’s nepotism everywhere. We can’t escape it. It’s in every walk of life. It is there is the Marathi film industry also. But, in Bollywood, nepotism is on another level, as there is so much money involved. Nepotism is inevitable, but unacceptable beyond a point specially if it goes to murder. And I am pretty sure, in Sushant’s case, it went to murder. I won’t sleep peacefully until a CBI inquiry is ordered into his death.”