India’s top crime bureau to investigate contentious Bollywood suicide
After weeks of allegations surrounding the death of Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, India's Central Bureau of Investigation will handle the inquiry, according to government solicitor general Tushar Mehta.
Rajput, 34, was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai in June. The police said the actor, who had reportedly suffered from depression, had committed suicide.
The case was further aired in the media after the Rajput family said their son did not suffer from depression and accused his former girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, of stealing his money and harassing him.
Chakraborty, denying the allegations, petitioned the Supreme Court, calling for the local police handling the case to bring it to national authorities.
Although originally an engineering student, Rajput quit to become and actor and dancer, performing in "Kai Po Che", a movie about cricket, love, and politics that won international acclaim.
He went on to portray Indian cricket hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a biopic in 2016.
He told reporters at the time that the movie was emotionally difficult for him, especially because the cricketer’s girlfriend died.
"After we did the preparation, in my head I was him and everything that was happening was actually affecting me," he said.
His death opens a discussion
Rajput’s death has opened a discussion into mental health in India’s movie industry.
His manager took her only life just one week before he did.
Both have made a point of telling people to seek mental health help.
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