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Farhan Akhtar on Sushant Singh Rajput death: Enrages you to see his family given no time to breathe

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Farhan Akhtar and Sushant Singh Rajput.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s death has opened up a can of worms of sorts, exposing the industry’s treatment of outsiders. Many have pointed out that there’s clear bullying by the ‘privilege club’ within the industry, while others have maintained that only talent is favoured in the fraternity. Twitter is abuzz with all such narratives.

In all this, Farhan Akhtar feels that Sushant Singh Rajput’s family isn’t given the due time they need to cope with the loss. Speaking about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death to India Today Television, Farhan said, “It is one of the greatest tragedies that I can think of in recent times. It is a tremendous loss to the fraternity. It enrages you when you see that his family is not given the opportunity to breathe. Theories are being spun about why he did it. This is not the time for that. Let some time pass. Right now its speculation from abetment to murder to every crazy thing. Everyone suddenly knew what he thought, his journey and everything about him. What followed is a circus. Be kind, be more inclusive, be aware, reach out, but right now everyone is either got a sword out or holding a shield. It’s ugly. We should remember him for his great work and talent, mourn the fact that we lost somebody who had great potential.”

Farhan added that the fraternity only functions on success and failures. While he doesn’t deny the privilege certain people are born with because they are born into a film family, he believes that the industry is a fair mix of both outsiders and insiders. At the same time, he feels one has to be empathetic towards the struggles that others go through and not pretend that it doesn’t exist.

But, he believes that most are looking at the whole thing very broadly and issuing judgements. “The industry has a healthy mix of everything – outsiders and insiders. Everyone just wants the opportunity to showcase their work. Everything gets painted in broad strokes. Are all outsiders treated badly, that’s not true. Are all industry insiders clannish, that’s not true either,” Farhan said.

Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14. As per the final post-mortem report, the cause of death was asphyxiation due to hanging. The police has ruled out foul play and added that there were no external injury marks to support otherwise.

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