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Ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput says that celebs, be­cause they in­flu­ence peo­ple, must be well in­formed be­fore speak­ing on is­sues

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Sushant Singh Ra­jput (above) is usu­ally quite vo­cal about his views, be it through so­cial me­dia or at pub­lic plat­forms. But the 31-year-old ac­tor will not make his opin­ion pub­lic un­less he knows “each and ev­ery de­tail” of an im­por­tant is­sue.

“I feel that one needs to be re­spon­si­ble about voic­ing one’s opin­ion in pub­lic. I’ll not talk about any­thing in pub­lic, un­less I know each and ev­ery fact, and I know the rel­e­vance of it,” he says.

Sushant re­cently made head­lines af­ter he slammed a jour­nal­ist at a pro­mo­tional event for his film. The jour­nal­ist re­peat­edly asked the ac­tor to com­ment on the death sen­tence awarded to In­dian na­tional Kulb­hushan Jad­hav by a mil­i­tary court in Pak­istan. This has be­come a ma­jor bi­lat­eral is­sue.

“I’m not say­ing that I didn’t know what was go­ing on,” says Sushant. “I knew about it slightly, be­cause it was in the news­pa­pers and on the news chan­nels. But I wasn’t so well in­formed on the topic, and it was a very sen­si­tive is­sue. I had to know the facts be­fore I said any­thing in pub­lic. I was asked about nepo­tism and the skin tone ques­tion (raised by ac­tor Ab­hay Deol) as well. I an­swered that, be­cause I knew about it,” he adds.

The ac­tor be­lieves that pub­lic fig­ures should be re­spon­si­ble when mak­ing state­ments, since they in­flu­ence the masses. “It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand that be it [on] so­cial me­dia or any other pub­lic plat­form, you’re us­ing this space to in­flu­ence peo­ple. So you should be well in­formed be­fore mak­ing any sort of a state­ment,” he says.

“I know there are peo­ple who’re in­ter­ested in what I have to say. But they should be aware that what I’ll say might in­flu­ence peo­ple, so I have to be re­spon­si­ble,” adds Sushant.

Be it [on] so­cial me­dia or any other pub­lic plat­form, you’re us­ing this space to in­flu­ence peo­ple. So you should be well in­formed SUSHANT SINGH RA­JPUT, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT

PHOTO:IN­STA­GRAM/ SUSHANTSINGHRAJPUT

Ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput who shot with US model Ken­dall Jen­ner for a pho­to­shoot, up­loaded one of the pho­tos on In­sta­gram

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