New Delhi: A case has been filed against eight prominent personalities of Bollywood including Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali in connection with the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14.
The case has been filed by advocate Sudhir Kuman Ojha in a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide), 109 (punishment of abetment if the act is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). In the complaint, Ojha alleged that Rajput was removed from around seven films and that some of his films were not even released. This, according to the advocate, was the driving force behind the actor’s extreme step.
Reacting on the development, Ekta Kapoor took to Instagram to share her views. She posted a headline of a news daily and said, “Thanku for the case for not casting sushi….when Actually I LAUNCHED HIM. I’m beyond upset at how convoluted theories can b! Pls@let family n frns mourn in peace! Truth shall@prevail. CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!!!!! ”
Rajput was reportedly found dead in his home in Mumbai on June 14. Many alleged that it was due to the existing norms of Bollywood hierarchy, favouritism and nepotism that eventually led to the young actor’s death.
Many members from the film fraternity also called out on this act including filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee who spoke about the biggest unfairness on Bollywood. He even said that it takes double the talent, energy, and hard work for an “outsider”.
Even actor Saif Ali Khan in an interview with a leading news daily called out on the “utter hypocrisy” of those pretending to care for the actor after his death which according to Khan was an “insult” to the dead.
In a lengthy Facebook post, director Abhinav Kashyap drew various links between the entertainment industry and Rajput’s death. He appealed the government to launch a detailed investigation on the issue. “The suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput brings to the forefront a much bigger problem of what many of us have been dealing with. Exactly what might compel a person to commit suicide?? I fear his death is just the tip of the iceberg just like the #metoo movement was for a much bigger malaise in Bollywood,” he wrote.
Actor Raveena Tandon also tweeted, ““mean girl”gang of the industry.Camps do exist.Made fun of,bn removed from films by Heroes,their girlfriends,Journo chamchas&their career destroying fake media stories.Sometimes careers are destroyed.U struggle to keep afloat.fight backSome survive Some Dont.#oldwoundsrevisited”