Ji­ten­dra on Sushant’s death: Let’s not blame the in­dus­try

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Juhi Chakrabort­y juhi.chakrabort­y@htlive.com

Af­ter ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s death, so­cial me­dia has be­come a bat­tle­ground as many de­bate whether Bol­ly­wood’s nepo­tis­tic cli­mate wronged him and didn’t give him his due, push­ing him to take this dras­tic step. But ac­tor Ji­ten­dra Ku­mar says it’s not fair on any­one’s part to blame the film in­dus­try.

“First of all, it’s sad and shock­ing. It’s not about the film in­dus­try, this is a prob­lem ev­ery­where. I feel the film in­dus­try is more vis­i­ble and ex­posed, so it’s more out there,” he opines.

How­ever, the Shubh Man­gal Zyada Saavd­han ac­tor feels that it’s in­deed sad when peo­ple are forced to take such ex­treme steps, and as­serts that shar­ing is what will help ease any such pain. “It’s alarm­ing. As an in­dus­try, we should take care of each other, look out for one an­other. If, in any case, we feel that some­thing is off, we must share it. It’s all about con­nec­tion and con­nec­tiv­ity. We do ne­glect a lot of things in gen­eral — we don’t talk to fam­ily, friends or sib­lings. We must reach out,” he ex­plains.

Stress­ing the im­por­tance of men­tal health, the ac­tor says that suc­cess and money are sec­ondary. “First comes health, both phys­i­cal and men­tal. It’s im­por­tant to in­volve peo­ple in your life and keep your­self happy. Help peo­ple and help your­self,” says the ac­tor.

An IIT Kharag­pur alumni, the ac­tor says in­stances of stress and de­pres­sion are also preva­lent in ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, but steps are be­ing taken to tackle the is­sues, and the film in­dus­try should also take such mea­sures. “When I was study­ing there, many cases of de­pres­sion came to light. But strong ac­tions were taken by the in­sti­tutes via cam­paigns, in­ter­nal di­a­logue and chan­nels to help stu­dents. Men­tal health should not be a stigma. Peo­ple com­ing out and seek­ing help is a great achieve­ment in it­self. If men­tal health is taken care of, ev­ery­thing else falls in place,” he says.

PHO­TOS: RAAJESSH KASHYAP/HT, YOGEN SHAH

Ji­ten­dra Ku­mar calls late Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s death “sad and shock­ing”

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