A mixture of grief and disbelief engulfed Sushant Singh Rajput’s fatherly residence after news that the 34-year-old actor, a young gay man at the top of his Bollywood career, was found dead at his home in Mumbai.
Parents, neighbors and fans rushed to Rajiv Nagar’s two-story house where Rajput – the youngest of five siblings – spent his childhood and where his father, a retired civil servant, lives with a caretaker.
The compound quickly filled with supporters, taking turns offering their condolences to the grieving relative who, bewildered by the tragedy, frequently passed out.
The warden, Laxmi, told media that Rajput’s older sister, who lives in Chandigarh, announced by phone that she would arrive by plane later in the day and accompany the father to Mumbai.
It was not known if the mortal remains would be brought back here for the final rites.
“I just can’t believe Sushant took such a step. He was such a lively boy who inspired others with his zest for life. His father, although he was not in great shape, regularly went out for morning walks and we talked about his son.
“The father and son spoke to each other frequently on the phone, but the boy never showed the slightest sign of being fed up with life,” lamented a middle-aged neighbor.
A local teenager who recalled meeting the actor when he visited his home less than a year ago said, “He was so full of positivity. It’s hard to believe he could do something like this. If we find reality so difficult to grasp, imagine what the state of the family must have been. The question that would continue to haunt us is why?
Lovely Anand, a former MP who is distant from the family of the late actor, also visited the house to offer her condolences.
“There must be an investigation. Just a few days ago his manager committed suicide, now he’s our boy. I don’t believe this can be a mere coincidence, ”she said, referring to famous manager Diya Salani who had Rajput so many of her former clients.
The Facebook pages run by alumni of the city’s St Karen High School, Rajput’s alma mater where he studied up to grade XII before leaving for Delhi to pursue engineering studies alongside his passion for the theater, were abuzz with images of the actor as a teenager, donning school uniform, captioned with messages of grief and shock.
In a career that spanned just over a decade, Rajput has been nominated for numerous awards for his performances in films and TV shows and has won some of them.
Rajput’s latest notable venture “Chhichhore” saw him take on the role of a sensitive middle-aged father who resuscitates his son, after the young boy leaps out the window, smashed by entrance exams in engineering misfires.
Aniruddh Pathak, the character played by Rajput, brought his son to life by summoning friends from all over the world and with them, telling the story of their own not-so-perfect college career with the message that it was okay not to succeed, there was always another chance.
In real life, ironically, Rajput made it big, but the global success couldn’t hold back the actor who betrayed a dark and melancholy side of himself in his last Instagram post from there. a week that went viral.
The actor shared an image of his mother, who died while in school and left him emotionally broken for the rest of his life, alongside a black and white image of himself.
“A blurry past evaporating with tears. Endless dreams sculpting an arc of smile. And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two. Maa, ”said the actor by means of a caption that appears, in retrospect, as a foreboding.