Sushant Singh Rajput, was born on 21 January 1986. Rajput studied engineering and was also a National Olympiad winner in physics. He dropped his engineering in the final year to pursue his career in acting. A young boy whose mother died in 2002 was completely devastated after her demise and later shifted from Patna to Delhi with his family and wrote his journey from a small-town boy to the hall of fame of Bollywood as a celebrated actor.
The actor started his career through television and gained immense popularity from his show “ Pavitra Rishta”. He participated in several reality shows like “JhalakDikhlaJa”. He made his film debut in “Kai Poche” and later gave some award-winning performances in movies like M.S Dhoni, PK, Kedarnath, Chichore, and more. He was highly appreciated for his “MS Dhoni- the untold story” for which he won Screen Awards for best actor (critics) and the award for best actor in the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The movie made him one of the top leading actors of the Indian Film Industry and was the highest-grossing movie of 2016. He was last seen in a Netflix show “Drive” with actor Jacqueline Fernandez.
Besides being an excellent actor, he was very interested in astrophysics and had the latest top-line telescope LX 600. Sushant took his passion to the next level when in the year 2018 he bought land on the far side of the moon, a region called Mare Muscoviense.
Apart from acting, he was actively involved in programs including “Sushant 4 Education” as a part of his efforts to support the education of young students. Rajput also donated one crore on behalf of his fan to the Keralites who were affected by the flood in 2018 and that was not all, he also donated to help people during the Nagaland floods. He had a very humble and kind-hearted personality.
In his last commercial film, “Chhichhore” ironically was based on the theme that no matter what happens suicide is never a solution to our problems. However, the actor himself died a heartbreaking death.
His untimely and lonely death sent shockwaves around the world and everyone around started to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and the issues regarding depression.
The actor’s last movie which is based on the famous novel “Fault in our stars” was all set to release but delayed due to the pandemic. The movie will surely be the last treat for his fans from Sushant. The loss is irreparable but the Rajput will continue to live in the hearts of millions of Indians through his work and his contribution to the Bollywood.
Sushant had a list of 50 dreams that he wanted to fulfill before he died, he posted on his social media whenever he fulfilled one of them, however, he left his dreams unfulfilled and the industry with a hole that will never be filled.
An actor, dancer, philanthropist and a beautiful soul, Sushant will always be remembered
Iqra Khan is a student of English literature at Jamia Millia Islamia.