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'Sushant's death needs a CBI inquiry'

By SUBHASH K JHA
July 08, 2020 07:17 IST
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'This is not a fight just for Sushant, it is a fight against a system that suppresses genuine talent and forces them to take extreme steps.'

IMAGE: Sushant Singh Rajput in Shuddh Desi Romance.

Shekhar Suman is at war with the film industry after Sushant Singh Rajput's death by suicide.

Shekhar -- like Sushant, a native of Patna and Bihar -- wants a CBI probe into the actor's death.

"I am fighting against a rot that has set in our film industry," Shekhar tells Subhash K Jha. "I am fighting against a nexus that is controlling the industry; fighting against a whole system that is corroded."

What makes you think there is more to Sushant's death than meets the eye?

It's a hunch, a gut feeling.

There seems to be more than meets the eye after all the facts and evidence that have cropped up.

I could be wrong, but it needs a CBI inquiry to put the speculation to rest.

Does your sense of identification with Sushant's case come from your own loss of a son many years ago? Also to the fact that you were an outsider from Bihar just like Sushant and that your son Adhyayan's career was also aborted.

Yes, absolutely, these are the precise reasons.

And my son's career is not aborted.

He is a victim of circumstances.

He will be back. You can't suppress talent for long.

IMAGE: Sushant with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and her husband Nitesh Tiwari, who directed him in Chhichhore, his Rs 100 crore plus film. Photograph: Kind courtesy Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari/Instagram

Many believe you are doing this to get publicity for yourself.

It's a very clichéd way of reacting and trying to discredit someone.

If you don't speak up, you are a coward.

If you do speak, you are doing it for publicity.

Shatrughan Sinha is being criticised for not speaking up.

There are millions, including Roopa Ganguly, who are fighting for the same cause. Are they all doing it for publicity?

People, who say this, should be ashamed of themselves.

Khud to kuch karna nahi sirf bakwas karna hai (No one want to do anything, just talk nonsense).

At least, let others do their bit with honesty.

One unsubstantiated report says Sushant's family has distanced itself from your fight for him because they feel it is being politicised.

As you said, it is an unsubstantiated report. So let's not pay any attention to that.

I am not fighting this on their behalf.

I am fighting against a rot that has set in our film industry.

I am fighting against a nexus that is controlling the industry; fighting against a whole system that is corroded.

This is not a fight just for Sushant, it is a fight against a system that suppresses genuine talent and forces them to take extreme steps.

Ironically, you are on the same side as Kangana Ranaut.

There is nothing ironical about it.

We are speaking against the nexus, the system and fighting for justice. It's logical.

We have to demolish the Big 'C'... the caucus... the clan...the coterie.

It's dangerous and insidious.

We need to finish this once and for all to pave way for a level playing field.

 

Photograph: Kind courtesy Sushant Singh Rajput/Instagram

Nepotism exists everywhere. Why point a finger at the entertainment industry?

You are right. Nepotism exists everywhere, and nepotism is not the problem.

The problem is gange-ism.

This gang decides who stays, who goes, who rises, who falls, who succeeds, who fails.

How can more tragedies like Sushant's be avoided?

The final verdict lies with the audience, the janta.

They should reject mediocrity.

They should reject what is being pushed down their throat, reject what is being served to them in the name of talent and support only genuine talent.

And keep fighting injustice.

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