RIP Sushant Singh Rajput, But Are We Even Learning?

As it is curtains to the appearance of one of the shining stars of the play, we hope the impact is brighter for everyone to observe, despite the gloom presently.

RIP Sushant Singh Rajput

We have lost an actor today. At 34, he was successful, a charming and well-established actor and all set to pursue the heights of his career. Yet, he succumbed to something really deep, a sinister plan of the world to hide the weaknesses and blur the problems as minor sadness. I have heard people say ‘depression is in fashion’, and ‘it’s all in the head’. Of course, it is in the head, doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

According to WHO, suicide is the second leading cause of death among young adults. Data released recently by the online journal Lancet Public Health, as part of its Global Burden of Disease Study (1990 to 2016), revealed, for the first time, the quantum of the problem India is facing: In 2016, it had the highest number of suicide deaths and it’s only increasing every year. Bigger than the disease is the stigma around the disease.

Is it just Bollywood? No. Bollywood, in fact, happens to have the least number of suicides – but somehow they get highlighted. Count the countless number of actors who have been till now, and only a handful succumbed to suicide, while some aren’t even sure to have been prey to that. Bollywood is simply more open and accepting, and it is also in the eyeballs. People are dirtier in life beyond Bollywood, casting couch exists in every office and department, relationships break everywhere, loyalties are subsided everywhere, and people are lonely everywhere.

So what can you really do? Here’s a checklist that can help you get started.

  1. Stop saying ‘what was the problem’ and ‘why did he do it’ and ‘he had everything’ etc. to start with. If you don’t understand doesn’t mean people don’t have issues.
  2. If you don’t know what to say, stay shut.
  3. If you want to help, stop being judgmental for starters.
  4. Listen without interruption.
  5. Seek medical help for people who really need it.
  6. Stop being ‘know-it-all’.
  7. Be empathetic.
  8. Saying nothing is better than saying something that will alienate the person from you forever.
  9. If you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist or shouldn’t exist.
  10. Create an atmosphere of dialog and conversations.

“My little brother was only 18. He was my best friend and my idol. He was the kind of person who wanted to help everyone but never asked for anything in return. On 6th January, 2019 – we lost him to suicide.”

Raashi Thakran – And her petition for Suicide Prevention Helpline that Government ignored…

It isn’t just one story, it is everyones’. We haven’t built a healthy atmosphere for people around us. The only time we register a problem is when we know this is has happened to someone we know. Don’t let that happen. Act now.  

I’ll like to add a note to one of my favorite actors: you have been one of my favorite actors for some time. I would be happy if it all turns out to be a prank. But I know the reality. I understand. I already see people disrespecting your death. It takes an act of impossible courage to take one’s life, and also a moment of utter helplessness. It is not the solution, as you showcased in Chhichhore yourself. It is redundant. there’s always help. I can only wish that your death helps create awareness, because you will remain a star. We will miss you. The show must go on, but the next scene will be about melancholy. Hopefully, the climax will give us a resolution.



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