The times are tough for people due to the massive breakout of the Coronavirus pandemic. Amidst this, we lost two gems of Indian cinema — Irrfan and Rishi Kapoor, to chronic diseases. While many of us were still trying to make peace with our situation, the nation was deeply shocked and taken aback by the news of actor Sushant Singh Rajput‘s untimely death. The 34-year-old actor succumbed to depression and decided to end his life, at his Bandra home.
In the wake of this news, many people, with more or little power, are talking about the situation in their own ways. The young actor’s death has also shed a lot of light on the mental health crisis. Not only Bollywood actors, but even the Tollywood film fraternity is grieving and coming together to talk about mental health issues. Read what they have to say below.
Actor Raashi Khanna, who indulges in various ways of keeping herself steady and strong, expressed shock in this news. She further told her fans: “Sometimes the only dark place you can be in is in your own head but you have got to be strong! Please speak up if you are going through something! Talk to your loved ones or your friends. Ups and downs are a part of life and we all are in it together. Life is too precious to throw it away. suicide is NOT the solution! Take care of your mental health and seek help if you need it. Love to you all.” [sic]
One of Tollywood’s young superstars, Ram Pothineni conveyed the gravity of the situation in a simple way. He wrote: “It’s sad that the ones who are battling with life do not get as much care and attention as the ones who are battling for life. They’re both battles… one is being fought outside and the other is being fought on the inside.” While Pranitha Subash simply expressed her disappointment and said, “A guy with 9.8 million followers on Instagram and 1.8 million followers on Twitter was alone. The virtual world is fake.”
Actor Sonal Chauhan held herself back from expressing too many thoughts, but she left us all a small message: “Be kind”. ZEE5 Original Karenjit Kaur star, Sunny Leone said: “I see a lot of people giving advice to people about depression and staying positive. Well sometimes it’s impossible to smile…impossible to laugh…to see or feel happiness…to find the good. We all have these feelings but there are some that can’t move forward and turn the page. So to say “stay positive” I feel is a little insensitive to those people that need professional help or the help from their friends and family.” [sic]
Anushka Shetty‘s fan page conveyed her message and wrote a long message. An excerpt reads: “We are not born with a road map to get through life, no one has ever. Each one of us, big or small, are vulnerable in our own ways. Each one of us does break inside. And it’s okay. Some cry out for help, some cry in silence, some distract, some indulge. Each one has their own ways and some are helpless. Let each one of us, in our own beautiful broken way, learn to be there for each other. Let’s learn to be more kind. Let’s Learn to empathise. Let’s Learn to be a little more compassionate.”
She further wrote, “We are humans. A smile, a listening ear, a gentle touch, just our presence to another person, known or unknown, can make a difference beyond our understanding. We may not be able to change and solve everything at this very moment. But one small step will make a difference. As they say, changes happen slowly in a million moments that look the same. Stay safe.” And on that note, there is hope if we only look out for it.
Watch Sushant Singh Rajput in his last release, Sonchiriya, on ZEE5.