Bollywood actor Sushant Singh commits suicide

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging at his Bandra apartment on Sunday (June 14, 2020)), police said. He was 34.

Rajput’s last big screen release was Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Chhichhore’.

“He has committed suicide at his residence in Bandra. Our team is there,” news agency PTI quoted Manoj Sharma, additional commissioner of police, Western Region, as saying.

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

The actor, who became popular with his starring role in the television show Pavitra Rishta made his foray into films with ‘Kai Po Che’ in 2013.

 He has starred in movies such as ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, ‘Raabta’, ‘Kedarnath’ and ‘Sonchiriya’.

Background

Beside being Bollywood actor, he was also known as dancer, television personality, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Rajput started his career with television serials. His debut show was Star Plus’s romantic drama ‘Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil’ (2008), followed by an award-winning performance in Zee TV’s popular soap opera ‘Pavitra Rishta’ (2009–11).

Rajput made his film debut in the buddy drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He then starred in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and as the titular detective in the action thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015). His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the titular role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). For his performance in the latter, he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).

NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank of the Indian government, signed him to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). Apart from acting and running innsaei ventures, Rajput was actively involved in various programmes like Sushant4Education, as a part of efforts to help young students.

Rajput was born in Patna. His ancestral home is in Bihar’s Purnea district. One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer. His mother’s death in 2002 left Rajput devastated and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi. Rajput attended St. Karen’s High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. According to Rajput, he had ranked seventh in the DCE Entrance Exam in 2003, and secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi College of Engineering. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. In all, he cleared as many as 11 engineering entrance exams, including that for the Indian School of Mines. After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DCE. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.

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