Bollywood is going through some of the strangest and unprecedented times since its inception. Despite the in-fights and ego wars, the industry has always appeared to a wholesome unit. However, a lot has changed since the untimely and unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput last month.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s dead body was recovered from his Bandra residence in Mumbai on June 14th, 2020. Though the death was dismissed as a suicide prime facia, the developments and observations that followed opened a world of suspicions and questions.
Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut who is known to lend her voice to causes that get no support from Bollywood personalities from the popular coterie, recently signed up for an interview with Republic World’s Arnab Goswami. In the television interview, the Manikaranika actress opened up on the darkest secrets of the filmdom.
Claiming that Rajput’s suicide was abetted by the “Bollywood Mafia” in her tell-all interview, she made some scathing comments about lobbyism and exposed the nepotistic practices of filmdom. She did not shy away from questioning why the Mumbai Police had avoided calling in and interrogating the ‘real powerful people’ with respect to the alleged suicide.
Kangana also mentioned a ‘showdown’ between Rajput and Aditya Chopra that, apparently, drove Sushant to request his alleged-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty to refuse working with the Yash Raj banner. Revealing that Aditya Chopra’s talent agency barred Sushant from working in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ram-Leela, who had pursued Sushant for five years, she highlighted how Ranveer Singh was placed by the Chopras and was finally roped in Ram Leela.
Ranaut also indicted the banner for getting Shekhar Kapoor’s movie starring Sushant Singh Rajput shelved. Sushant, as suggested by Ranaut on the interview, wished to free himself from the tentacles of Chopra’s talent agency. He was motivated to work individually. However, Chopra threw in a challenge that anyone he knows in the industry doesn’t hire him. This was a shocking revelation for Bollywood’s audience among whom, the Chopras enjoyed a commendable reputable.
Here, she also referenced how she was made to go through the same bullying when she declined to work in the movie Sultan, which later went to another Chopra favourite, Anushka Sharma.
It was only a matter of time before Karan Johar’s reference got pulled in the heated interview. The Punga actress demanded an explanation to why Johar refused to release his film Drive featuring Sushant in a leading role, in the theatres. She implied that this was a well-conceived plot to decry the late actor and tear down his confidence.
Questioning B’town’s business racquet, she slams the award distributing organizations for according the awards for the Best actor, Best Director, and Best story to one movie, Gully Boy, overlooking Chhichhore that had done a business of 215 crores, and Manikarnika with over 150 crores of Box Office collection.
Apart from the childhood buddy duo, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, Kangana also slammed Mahesh Bhatt to task. It was the Bhatt camp who had introduced Kangana Ranaut to the industry in the mid-2000s with films like Gangster and Woh Lamhe. Going by Pooja Bhatt’s tweets, the Bhatt camp demands absolute loyalty and gratitude from Ranaut for the initial two movies.
However, what Kangana had to say of the Bhatt camp was quite unnerving to say the least. She stated that Mahesh Bhatt wanted to cast her in a terrorist-sympathizing movie, which she refused to work in, and upon her rejection, Mahesh Bhatt had charged at her. She also questioned his role in Sushant’s life and why was he counselling him. Comparing Sushant’s death to Parveen Babi’s, she hints that Mahesh Bhatt is trying to cash in her death.
Kangana has been hounded by many in the industry since the controversial interview and several stars have been accusing her of exploiting Sushant’s death. What can’t be denied is, Kangana has stirred a difficult discussion which is only blowing out with every passing day, the entire industry has been whirlpooled into it.