Sushant Singh Rajput: The outsider15 min read 20 Jun 2020, 09:00 AM IST Uday Bhatia
In the aftermath of the actor’s death by suicide, the discussion has turned to how Bollywood’s insular culture multiplies the pressures of stardom on atypical outsiders
Hours after news of his death broke, scenes from Sushant Singh Rajput’s last big screen release were being posted on Twitter. In Chhichhore (2019), the actor plays the father of a troubled boy about to give the national engineering entrance exam. He doesn’t succeed and, mortified at the thought of disappointing his parents, both of whom were at the National Institution of Technology (a stand-in for IIT), he throws himself off the roof. The rest of the film is Rajput relating the story of his college days to his critically injured son to get him to realize that suicide isn’t a solution. Chhichhore saw middling reviews and huge commercial success when it opened in September last year. For the worst reasons, it’s unbearably poignant now.