The 14th of June celebrates the second death anniversary of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who died in 2020 at the age of 34. He was discovered hanging in his Mumbai apartment’s bedroom, and his death was first deemed a suicide.
However, a political turf battle and public outcry prompted the CBI to initiate an inquiry into the issue, which is still ongoing. The media coverage of Sushant’s death, which occurred during the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, has frequently been highlighted as an example of how badly news reporting in the nation may be performed. When interest was high, nightly discussions would be shown on primetime news. A drugs-related probe led to the arrest of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and her brother, Showik. After being involved in legal actions against Sushant’s family, Rhea was also probed for theft of funds.
However, one topic that Sushant’s suicide did not adequately initiate was one regarding mental health. According to reports, the actor was seeking therapy for bipolar disorder and was taking medicine on and off. Two years later, here’s a look at the case’s primary participants and what they’re up to now.
The actor was imprisoned for over a month before being granted bail. She gradually began to re-emerge in public after first finding herself in the centre of a media circus. The paparazzi would see her and she’d attend industry events. Her omission from early promotional material for her latest picture, Chehre, sparked considerable criticism. She later attended the wedding of Farhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar earlier this year.
Rhea’s brother was also detained by the CBI and later released on bail. His Instagram profile photo is still of him and Sushant, and his last Sushant-related post was on the first anniversary of the actor’s death. His Instagram account has subsequently been updated with vacation and family photos.
Siddharth Pithani, a member of Sushant’s close circle, was the one who discovered Sushant’s body. In the immediate aftermath of the event, he featured on various TV news programmes and was detained by the NCB on drug-related charges. He still hasn’t been given bail as of May 2022. “We requested bail in January, but the hearing in court has yet to occur,” his lawyer Taraq Sayyed told ETimes last month. He was given permission to attend his wedding in 2021, but surrendered himself a fortnight later.
Samuel Haokip, a lawyer whom Sushant personally recruited to join his ‘pro squad,’ was living with the actor at the time of his death. He, like Siddharth Pithani, appeared on television interviews in the aftermath of the tragedy, telling anecdotes about Rhea and Sushant. He also married last year, like Siddharth.
Shweta Singh Kirti
Shweta Singh Kirti, who lives in the United States, was perhaps the most active of Sushant’s three sisters on social media, posting daily updates on Sushant on Instagram and Twitter. She was the driving force behind the ‘Justice for Sushant Singh Rajput’ social media craze that erupted just weeks after his murder. However, according to her Instagram page, the most recent Sushant-related post was uploaded on his birth anniversary in January of this year.
Vishal Kirti, Shweta’s spouse, would write comprehensive blog pieces on the late actor in the weeks following his death. These blogs would often feature personal images of the actor as well as tales about him. He attacked Rhea’s statements about Sushant’s family in his writings, and he questioned the ethics and results of the therapist who stated Sushant was bipolar. His social media platforms, however, are now dominated by work-related content. His most recent Sushant blog article was posted one day before his first death anniversary in 2021. All entries about Sushant appear to be password locked, although his writings on other topics, such as the Afghanistan war and psychology, appear to be public.
Rhea had filed a FIR against Priyanka for facilitating Sushant’s suicide by obtaining drugs for him using a ‘fake prescription.’ The FIR mentioned both Priyanka and Sushant’s other sister, Meetu. However, while the Bombay High Court dismissed Meetu’s case when the two sisters filed a request to dismiss it last year, it was determined that there was prima facie evidence against Priyanka. Earlier this year, she stated on social media that no biopic about her brother should be created until he receives ‘justice.’ She frequently tweets about Sushant and recently joined Meetu at a prayer ritual for him.
Meetu, like Priyanka, pleaded for ‘justice’ for her late brother in her most recent social media post, which she published on his birth day earlier this year. “My jaan, wherever you are in heavenly abode, I wish you every pleasure and serenity.” You spent your life like a king. My pride is proud of you. It’s only ki tum chale gaye, and all of my power has vanished along with you. “God bless you,” she added, accompanied by images of her tweets thanking Sushant’s admirers. She’d wrote in one of those tweets that her physical and mental health had ‘deteriorated tremendously,’ and that she was ‘irritated’ that people seemed to have moved on. She stated that she will never give up her struggle for her brother. Priyanka and Meetu met for the first time in April.