It was indeed a heartbreaking shock when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14, 2020. His untimely demise and everything that followed has been nothing less than a nightmare for his family and loved ones.
As today marks the first death anniversary of Sushant, his brother-in-law Vishal Kirti opened up about how the loss has affected the family and penned an emotional note. Vishal is married to Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti.
In a lengthy blog post titled ‘on death and dying’, Vishal began by sharing how the family has been affected after Sushant’s demise. He wrote:
“There are moments in life which are so defining that they partition your life into two parts- before and after. Sushant’s death was that event in our family. Everything has changed but still a lot remains the same. The incongruence of this statement is best explained with the dichotomy between the internalities and externalities. Externally, we are doing practical things like earning a living, raising our children and supporting our parents, which are same as before. But internally, we experience a big void which is devoid of everything but grief.”
Sushant’s sister Shweta Singh Kirti headed to the mountains to stay in isolation, ahead of her brother’s death anniversary. Speaking about how she is dealing with the grief, Vishal said:
“This entire month, she is on a solitary retreat, deep into the mountains, with no human contact whatsoever. Not only human contact, she has no means of communication like internet or cell phone or even a car to drive back. All we know is the date and time when she would like to be picked up from her barebones cabin in the mountains.”
“I am writing this today in the public forum so that people can appreciate that getting justice for your family member is only one of the components of grieving. Justice is certainly important but tending to the broken hearts is also important.”
Remembering Sushant by looking back at his blissful persona, Vishal reminisces:
“Sushant Singh Rajput is not only a source of pride for my wife’s family but also for his millions of admirers. Sushant was certainly gifted and special and honed his craft to excellence with hard work. He studied interesting books and worked and took interest in different areas. He donated generously and had big aspirations, not only for himself but for society in general. He was loving and kind, childlike and innocent, playful yet deep, a paradox of existence.”
He concluded his note by writing:
“He leaves behind a legacy which matters for generations to come. All his positive qualities will be an inspiration for our youth and his rise in society from humble beginnings will be a model to be studied, not limited to the context of cinema but from the perspective of experiments and outcomes. His works in the performing arts are a treasure trove of emotions for his admirers to absorb, experience and to live vicariously through his story. And his name is now synonymous with Immortality!”