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Sushant Singh Rajput funeral: India says teary goodbye to the Patna boy who won Bollywood

As if right on cue, the sky in Mumbai broke open as the ambulance carrying Sushant Singh Rajput’s mortal remains pulled out of the Cooper hospital in the city. The ambulance made its way to the Pawan Hans crematorium at Vile Parle in Mumbai. In the front seat of that ambulance was film producer Sandip Ssingh, a close friend of Sushant. Sushant Singh Rajput, the outsider who made it big in Bollywood, left his fans devastated with his death on Sunday morning. A pall of gloom descended upon the entire country, from Bihar to Bombay, as their favourite boy left them.

Sushant Singh Rajput was cremated at the Pawan Hans Crematorium at Vile Parle in Mumbai on Monday afternoon. His father and family members flew down to Mumbai today, after the actor was found dead at his Bandra home in Mumbai on Sunday morning. Sushant’s body was found hanging in his room, at his duplex apartment on Sunday morning, and the postmortem report said his death was due to asphyxiation by hanging.

This morning, the police also questioned Sushant’s friends Rhea Chakraborty and Mahesh Shetty to assess the late actor’s mental state. Sushant’s sister told the police that the actor was not keeping well for the past few days, but they never expected that he would take such an extreme step.

His family shared a statement with the media yesterday, which read, “It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us. We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life and his work like they have done so far. We request the media to help us maintain privacy at this moment of grief.”

The who’s who of Bollywood turned up at the Pawan Hans crematorium this afternoon. From Shraddha Kapoor, who worked in Chhichhore along with Sushant, to Kriti Sanon, who was his co-star in Raabta, several celebrities were at the crematorium this afternoon, bidding Sushant a teary farewell.

Kriti Sanon at the Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai. Photo: Yogen Shah

Casting director Mukesh Chhabra, director Dinesh Vijan were also among the attendees at the crematorium. Tahir Bhasin, Prateik Babbar, Abhishek Kapoor were also at Vile Parle. Sushant’s friend Rhea Chakraborty was questioned by the Mumbai police earlier today.

Shraddha Kapoor at Pawan Hans crematorium in Mumbai. Photo: Yogen Shah

Sushant Singh Rajput lived on the sixth floor of Mount Blanc Apartments, Joggers Park, Bandra West. He was just 34 when he ended his life. Police told India Today Television that Sushant hadn’t been keeping well and was seeking psychiatric help for the same.

The actor’s mortal remains were taken to Cooper Hospital in Mumbai, for postmortem.

The reason for his suicide, however, is not known yet and an investigation is underway. The police recovered some items, including the actor’s medical records, during the course of the investigation.

Rhea Chakraborty at the Cooper hospital on Monday morning. Photo: Milind Shelte, India Today

Some of the actor’s family members flew down to Mumbai from Patna late last night. His father arrived in the city this afternoon. Sushant’s mortal remains are to be consigned to the flames at the Pawan Hans crematorium at Vile Parle in Mumbai later today.

Sushant Singh Rajput is survived by his father, Dr KK Singh, elder brother, and two sisters. The actor had lost his mother when he was 16.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s family at Mumbai airport.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s family at Mumbai airport. (Photos: Yogen Shah)

Sushant Singh Rajput broke on the big screen with the 2013 film Kai Po Che. He started his acting career with television shows, and Pavitra Rishta catapulted him to small-screen stardom.

Sushant Singh Rajput was last seen in Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore. The film released in September 2019 and starred Shraddha Kapoor as his love interest. He was also seen in the film Drive, which released on Netflix last year.

The actor has starred in hit films like Kedarnath, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and PK. His next, Dil Bechara, was scheduled to hit the silver screens on May 8. The release had been deferred due to the novel coronavirus crisis. The film is now expected to be released on an OTT platform, posthumously.

In Dil Bechara, a remake of the Hollywood film The Fault In Our Stars, India will see Sushant Singh Rajput one last time. The Patna boy, who stayed firmly rooted in his values as he reached for the stars.

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