The news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death by what seems to be a suicide is the latest blow in an atmosphere of gloom that has come to be seen as a kind of new normal. One of the more popular young male film stars, Rajput was counted amongst the most gifted in his generation and one who had all the making of being the next-generation superstar.
Endowed with a combination of good looks, talent, a fine understanding of the medium, enough histrionics, and last but far from least, luck, Rajput was equally at ease when it came to playing the guy next door in films such as Kai Po Che! (2013) and Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), a fictional hero who captured the imagination of generations of Indians in Detective Byomkesh Bakshi (2015) or a living legend in M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story (2016).
Rajput’s death at 34, an age group where most actors destined for greatness tend to enter the best phase of their careers, has expectedly left a deep vacuum, but more than anything else, it has also come as an emotional shock that would take a long time to heal.
Right from the time when Rajput became a recognizable face on television after he played the character of Preet Juneja in the popular show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, it was apparent that he was destined for something bigger.