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Sushant Singh Rajput found hanging in Bandra home

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Mumbai: Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his Bandra apartment on Sunday, police said. He was 34.

His last screen appearance was “Chhichhore”, directed by Nitesh Tiwari.

“He has committed suicide at his residence in Bandra. He was found hanging today. We are investigating,” Manoj Sharma, additional commissioner of police, Western Region, told PTI.

Sources from the Bandra Police said on the basis of primary information, a case of accidental death report will be registered. No suicide note was found from the spot, they said.

Rajput’s former manager, 28-year-old Disha Salian, ended her life by jumping from a high rise building on June 9.

Last week, the actor mourned Salian’s death and called it “devastating news”.

“It’s such devastating news. My deepest condolences to Disha’s family and friends. May your soul rest in peace,” he had written on his Instagram stories.

The last social media post shared by the actor, who hailed from Patna, was dedicated to his mother, who passed away in 2002 when he was a teenager.

“Blurred past evaporating from teardrops. Unending dreams carving an arc of smile.

“And a fleeting life, negotiating between the two,” read the Instagram post shared on June 3 with his mother’s picture.

An engineering dropout, Rajput was inclined towards dancing when he was a student at Delhi Technological University. He soon enrolled in choreographer Shiamak Davar’s dance classes and later joined acting guru Barry John’s classes.

He also performed as a background dancer in the song “Dhoom again” with Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the 2006 film “Dhoom 2”.

But it was the small screen that gave the “outsider” his breakout role as the coy and mild-mannered Manav in soap opera “Pavitra Rishta”, which ran from 2009-11, and was produced by Ekta Kapoor.

Two years later, he made his foray into films with “Kai Po Che!” in 2013.

He has starred in movies such as “Shuddh Desi Romance”, “Raabta”, “Kedarnath” and “Sonchiriya” but his most prominent role came as cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s in the 2007 biopic, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”.

In his last screen appearance, “Chhichhore”, Rajput played the role of a father who conveys the message of hope and affirmation to his son after he attempts suicide.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned Rajput’s death, remembering him as a “bright young actor”.

“Sushant Singh Rajput…a bright young actor gone too soon. He excelled on TV and in films. His rise in the world of entertainment inspired many and he leaves behind several memorable performances. Shocked by his passing away. My thoughts are with his family and fans. Om Shanti,” the PM tweeted.

“Chhichhore” director Tiwari said he had spoken to Rajput last week.

“I had to call people to confirm. It’s so shocking and unfortunately true. I am at a loss for words. I spoke to him last week over messages. We would text each other on and off. Now this is what I get to hear. He was like a younger brother to me,” Tiwari told PTI.

Abhishek Bachchan tweeted, “This is just so shocking. A wonderful talent. RIP Sushant.”

Shocked Bollywood mourns Rajput’s suicide

Mumbai: The news of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide on Sunday left the Hindi film industry in shock with Bollywood personalities Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt and others mourning the loss of the talented artiste at the age of 34.

Rajput was found hanging at his Bandra residence, the police said.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan said he will miss the actor’s energy and smile.

“He loved me so much…I will miss him so much. His energy, enthusiasm and his full happy smile. May Allah bless his soul and my condolences to his near and dear ones. This is extremely sad….and so shocking!!”

Akshay said he had loved Rajput’s last film “Chhichhore”.

“Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore… Such a talented actor… May God give strength to his family,” Akshay posted on Twitter.

Dutt tweeted, “At a loss for words… So shocked to hear about #SushantSinghRajput’s demise. My condolences with his family.”

Calling the news of the actor’s demise “horrible”, Vishal Dadlani urged his fans to take care of their families and friends.

“#SushantSinghRajput too? What is going on? F***! Strength and condolences to the bereaved. This is horrible, horrible news. Please take care of yourselves and your families, and talk to your friends,” he tweeted.

Amit Trivedi, who composed the music for the actor’s Bollywood debut “Kai Po Che!”, said he was shocked beyond words.

“#SushantSinghRajput unbelievable…I don’t know how to react…shocked beyond words…rest in peace.”

Actor-anchor Kubbra Sait tweeted, “What is going on? #SushantSinghRajput No Man No!”

Riteish Deshmukh said he was “shocked beyond words”.

Richa Chadha urged people to seek help if they are going through depression or having suicidal thoughts.

“Too young to go… too young… just call and talk if you feel sad… please ! Please! We’re all here,” she tweeted.

Ajay Devgn tweeted, “The news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is truly sad. What a tragic loss. Deepest condolences to his family & loved ones. May his soul find eternal peace.”

Veteran actor Shabana Azmi called Rajput’s death a tragic loss for the industry.

“What? Why?  Psychiatrists say suicide can be prevented if those around can read the signals and seek medical help and counselling. What a loss for the film industry #Sushant Singh Rajput -Deeply tragic,” she tweeted.

“Chhichhore” director Tiwari said he had spoken to Rajput last week.

“I had to call people to confirm. It’s so shocking and unfortunately true. I am at a loss for words. I spoke to him last week over messages. We would text each other on and off. Now this is what I get to hear. He was like a younger brother to me,” Tiwari told PTI.

Karan Johar, the producer of the actor’s Netflix movie “Drive”, said he was heartbroken.

“I have such strong memories of the times we have shared …I can’t believe this ….Rest in peace my friend…when the shock subsides only the best memories will remain,” he added.

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra, for whom the actor turned showstopper at fashion weeks, tweeted, “Absolutely shocked and taken aback. This is beyond understanding; RIP #SushantSinghRajput you will be missed dearly.”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui said he lost a good friend in Rajput.

“I can’t believe this at all… it’s shocking… a beautiful actor and a good friend… it’s disheartening #RestInPeace my friend #SushantSinghRajput Strength to the family and friends.”

Shahid Kapoor tweeted, “Just heard the shocking news about @itsSSR. My deepest condolences to his family. May god give them strength. I still find it hard to absorb.”

Shankar Mahadevan said he was devastated.

“This is so so shocking and sad! Such an outstanding actor and a beautiful human being just goes away like this! Am devastated hearing sushant singh Rajput’s news,” he said.

Jacqueline Fernandez, his co-star from “Drive”, posted a tribute on Instagram along side a picture from the sets of the movie.

“Sush… I’m so sorry… RIP” she wrote.

Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who played the role of his Sushant’s father in Neeraj Pandey-directed “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, also paid tributes to the actor.

“My dear Sushant Singh Rajut…. Why?” he tweeted.

Filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari expressed her grief in an Instagram post.

“Why my little Brother? We had to discuss so many more unread books. Exchange our readings and explorations. Discuss about biomimicry which no one understood. So much more to talk in life my dear one. Not Fair God. Not Fair,” she wrote.

Actor Varun Dhawan said Sushant’s performance inspired him as an artiste.

“I really can’t believe this. Sushant was a wonderful actor and I still remember the times I spent with him. His performance always inspired me. Deepest condolences to his fans and family. RIP,” he tweeted.

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