Shaista Fatima/New Delhi
It was Sunday, the 14th, month of June, year 2020. The lockdown was at its peak and while humans were slowly and steadly learning the ropes of work from home regime and staying indoors many were coping from serious mental breakdowns and depression.
I remember my schedule was upended, from sleeping in the day to reading in the night while running during the early hours of dawn, life seemed pretty fine. It was around 3 of the afternoon and I was asleep when suddenly my phone rang and the person on the other side said, "Tumhe pata chala.?" (Do you know ), to which I nonchalantly replied, "No, Kya hua..?" (No, what happened?). The voice from the other end said, "Well, Sushant is no more...". In spite of being half asleep, I jumped from my bed and twice asked, "the actor, the benign fellow, the one who loved the stars..?"
Sushnat Singh Rajput at the European Organization for Nuclear Research
Today, it is 14th again, while two years have passed since the fateful day, the admirers of Sushant find it hard to believe the fact that he is no more. It is often said that how loved you were is often understood when people stand by you in your bad times.
Passing away of Sushant brought a wave of emotions, with almost every human having a say on his early demise. I remember how my roommates and I used to be dectectives by keeping a tab of the developments and making theories as to what happened and why it happened.
While the theatre artist in me mourn the lost of a fellow actor, the journalist in me knew that it was a phase that was stuck at an impasse.From being a fan of Vincent Van Gouh to studying the stars and theory of relativity, the late actor lived life to the fullest.
Sushant star gazing with his famous telescope
The social media handles of various fans and franchises are filled with his anecdotes and videos. Each paying tribute in their own unique way.
iDiva shared an old video of the late actor quoting, "Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput - you were and always will be in our hearts ♥️"
Sara Ali Khan who started her career with Sushant in Kedarnath shared a picture of the duo saying, " From facing the camera for the first time to seeing Jupiter and the Moon through your telescope- so many firsts have happened because of you. Thank you for giving me all those moments and memories. Today on Full Moon night when I look up at the sky I know you’ll be up there amongst your favourite stars and constellations, shining bright. Now and forever. ♾💫🌕🪐🌌 #JaiBholenath 🙏🏻🔱"
Fans all over the world have poured in wishes on the 2nd death anniversary of the actor as well.
@itsSSR ♡ is the perfect example of how you can use your success and influence insupport of cause that are of immediate need and value for society at large.— Harshi 🇮🇳 Justice For Sushant ! (@itsHarshi_7) June 14, 2022
Justice For Sushant Singh Rajput ⚖#BoycottBollywood
2years Of Injustice To Sushant 💔 pic.twitter.com/W6oHZ2nOz6
Today, It's been two year since #SushantSinghRajput left us.— Tributes.In (@tribute_in) June 14, 2022
He's the kind of person that leaves a mark on you because he touches your heart and soul. 🦋✨
His legacy always be remembered.#LegendsNeverDie❤️
Pay tribute to SSR
Om Shanti🙏 pic.twitter.com/B1cEFOJlkb
His sister Shweta penned a heartfelt note for her late brother saying, "It has been 2 years since you left your mortal abode, Bhai, but you have become immortal because of the values you stood for. Kindness, compassion and love for all were your virtues. You wanted to do so much for so many. We shall continue to model after your wonderful virtues and ideals in your honor. Bhai, you have changed the world for the better and will continue to do so even in your absence. Let us all light a lamp 🪔 today and perform a selfless action to bring a smile to someone’s face. “घर से मस्जिद है बहुत दूर चलो यु कर ले, किसी रोते हुए बच्चे को हँसाया जाये ! “- निदा फ़ाज़ली"
In one of his last posts on twitter, the actor advocated the men community to not shy away from sharing their emotions and cry their heart out when necessary.
Men have emotions too so don't be shy to cry. It's okay to let it out and not hold it inside. It's not a weakness but a sign of strength. Be man enough to feel. Feeling is human@GilletteIndia #ManEnough #ShavingStereotypes #BestAManCanBe pic.twitter.com/0bYc2hgvXq— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) November 19, 2019
For the unversed, Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his residence in Bandra(Mumbai) in on 14th June, 2020. The actor started his career with television and became a household name with Ekta Kapoor’s show Pavitra Rishta. He made his debut in Bollywood with Kai Po Che (2013). The actor went on to feature in several other films including Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), PK (2014), MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), Raabta (2017), Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019). His last film was Dil Bechara (2020) and it was released on an OTT platform almost a month after his death