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Sushant Singh Rajput’s death puts a spotlight on depression; celebs talk about the need for mental health awareness

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Bandra residence on Sunday morning. The young star was reportedly battling depression over the past few months and undergoing treatment for the same. In fact, his recent social media posts gave an indication that he was in the ‘eye of a storm’ and revealed that he was trying yoga and meditation to battle his state of mind.

While no one could help him get out of his tormented situation which eventually led to his death, his untimely demise has certainly put the spotlight on mental health. His suicide has sent shock waves across the nation because as for the outwardly appearance, he was successful, had a wonderful abode in Bandra, some fabulous films behind him and a lifelong stardom ahead with several projects awaiting release. But as they say, all that glitters is not gold. Sushant’s decision of taking his own precious life has reiterated the need to talk more about mental health, and help those around us who may be suffering from mental illnesses.

Deepika Padukone, who herself has suffered from depression, lead the social media posts and stressed on the importance of reaching out when one is not feeling well.

Anushka Sharma, who was Sushant’s co-star in the Aamir Khan starrer PK,ย said he was ”too young and brilliant to have gone so soon,” expressing his disappointment how no one could help him through any troubles he may have had.

Celebrity stylist Sapna Bhavnani further claimed no one from the industry lent him a helping hand.

Director Anubhav Sinha too said that “Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard.”

Producer Nikhil Dwivedi too hinted how Bollywood industry sort of leaves people when bad times fell on them.

Congress leader and former MP Milind Deora too opened up on his tryst with suicidal thoughts following Sushant’s tragic death.

Cricketer Virendra Sehwag too wondered how no one really knows what a person is going through.

Amit Sadh, who starred with Sushant in Kai Po Che, tweeted that he will regret all his life for not reaching out.

Director Abhishek Kapoor wrote how Sushant was always consumed by what lay beyond in the universe.

Swara Bhasker too tweeted that she doesn’t know what you were going through.


Actor Jimmy Sheirgill wondered how behind that cherubic smile that could warm the coldest hearts lay a troubled soul.


Workwise, he made his film debut with Kai Po Che and is best known for his titular role in Neeraj Pandey’s 2016 release MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. He also starred in films like Chhichhore, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Raabta, Kedarnath and Shudh Desi Romance. Before venturing into films, he was known for TV show Pavitra Rishta, in which he starred alongside his ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande.

News of Sushant’s death came almost a week after former manager Disha Salian’s death. May his soul rest in peace.

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