Ra­jat’s poem for artistes who feel ‘caged’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - CITY - Kavita Awaasthi n kavita.awaasthi@htlive.com

Dur­ing the last week, con­ver­sa­tions on so­cial me­dia have been mostly around ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s death. And this af­fected Ra­jat Barmecha so much that he re­mained off so­cial me­dia for a few days.

He says, “I was hear­ing so much about nepotism, in­sider vs out­sider, men­tal health trug­gles. And no mat­ter how much you try, it af­fects you. More so, as I am an ac­tor and a art of the in­dus­try, if I asn’t, maybe it wouldn’t ffect me so much. You hink about what he went hrough and what you went through, ca­reer choices, tra­jec­tory etc. and com­pare sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Barmecha penned a poem that is ded­i­cated to artistes and “peo­ple who feel caged”. He wrote, “Ek udta panchi hoon main, mu­jhe azad rehne do. Is sun­dar mayana­gri mein mu­jhe abaad rehne do. Sapne lekar aaya hoon, badi door se main, is sapne se bhi sun­dar sapne ka thoda to ah­saas lene do. Ke­hte hain tum ba­har ke ho, tumhe an­dar kaise aane de. Har us ba­har wale ke sapno se yeh duniya bani hai, usse usike sapno ki duniya mein, kabhi toh jaane do.”

The ac­tor adds that like Ra­jput, he, too, isn’t from a film fam­ily. “I feel I’m lucky as there are many as­pir­ing ac­tors who are vy­ing for a big break and are af­fected by his death emo­tion­ally and men­tally. I wrote the poem for all the artistes out there to tell them, don’t let peo­ple tell you that you are any less,” he says.

PHOTO: NIRALI SHAH

Ra­jat Barmecha

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