Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 17, 2020
Grieving fans have directed their anger at Bollywood giants Salman Khan and Karan Johar after Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide on Sunday. After trolling them on Twitter, fans have started an online campaign seeking signatures to end nepotism in the Indian movie industry.
Bollywood’s ‘shady side’ is once again in the limelight, but this time around netizens are leaving no stones unturned while bashing certain filmmakers and actors on Twitter. From haunting the movie industry with hashtags like:
SalmanKhan#KaranJoharIsBully, it seems as if a can of worms have been opened.
Moreover, director Abhinav Singh Kashyap of Dabangg fame has publicly lashed out at superstar Salman Khan and his family for bullying. He claimed the Khan family orchestrated a deliberate attack to destroy his career following a fall-out after the blockbusterdom of Dabangg. Singh Kashyap did not direct the sequels. Taking to a Facebook post, he said the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput brings to the forefront a much bigger problem of what many in Bollywood are dealing with. “Exactly what might compel a person to commit suicide,” he questioned. “I fear his death is just the tip of the iceberg just like the #metoo movement was for a much bigger malaise in Bollywood.”
Kangana Ranaut was the first Bollywood celebrity to point out nepotism in the Indian movie industry but she had received backlash. In 2017, she had called out producer Karan Johar as a flag-bearer of nepotism in Bollywood. The National-Award actress questioned the powerful forces in Hindi cinema who did not appreciate Sushant Singh Rajput’s work and success.
Sushant Singh Rajput had received acclaim for his movies Kai Po Che, M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story, Shuddh Desi Romance, PK, Raabta, and Kedarnath. He was last seen in Drive which was a digital release.