June 14 marked the day when Bollywood lost another gem. Sushant Singh Rajput was just 34 when he died by suicide in his home in Bandra, Mumbai.
Numerous actors and fans took to social media to mourn the loss of the actor.
Saif Ali Khan, who has a guest appearance in his upcoming film “Dil Bechara”, a movie based on the book “The fault in our stars” by John Green said in an interview, “I think he had very refined looks and was very talented. When I met him, I thought he was a little on the edge. And he was a little, I don’t know – I think he was looking for something. He was interested in the same things as me in some ways like he liked astronomy, and he liked discussing some of this philosophy,” says Saif.
“He was very nice to me and he said he wanted to come and have a drink and talk about various things, which never happened, which I feel bad about. Maybe I could have, you know, helped in some way or not… I don’t know. But after working with him, I quite liked him because he was nice. And then he told me he danced behind me as Shiamak’s dancer during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games (in 2006). And so I was congratulating him on how far he’d come, you know?”
He also called out Bollywood’s hypocrisy on exhibiting sudden compassion for Sushant.
“There are so many people who’ve made comments so quickly. And it just seems to me that people are somewhere gaining some mileage from this poor fellow’s tragedy, you know, whether it’s to show compassion or to show interest or to show some political stance. So many people are talking rubbish in this nonstop kind of barrage on social media and it’s just embarrassing, really, I think.”
“We don’t care about anybody. You know, it’s a very cutthroat line of work. But to pretend that you do care is like the ultimate hypocrisy and I think that’s an insult to the dead, you know, it’s an insult to the soul that’s gone”, Saif said.
Saif’s daughter Sara Ali Khan made her debut alongside Sushant in the movie Kedarnath.
“I knew him. I shot with him… When Sara described him, she always described him as being a really remarkable person. And I thought if this guy really understands Sartre, the way he says, and he is as intelligent as she’s making him out to be, then he’s obviously more intelligent than I am,” quoted Saif.
Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kriti too wrote a heartfelt tribute for her brother on Facebook. She wrote, “Your twinkling eyes taught the world how to dream, ur innocent smile revealed the true purity of ur heart. you will always be loved mera Baby and so so much more…. Wherever ur mera baby stays happy….stay fulfilled and know that everyone loved, loves u and will always love you unconditionally.”