Abhishek Kapoor on Sushant Singh Rajput post Kedarnath: He saw he wasn’t getting the kind of love as Sara

Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has left the nation shocked. In a recent interview, Abhishek Kapoor, director of Kedarnath, opened up about Sushant’s mind frame post the release of the 2018 film co-starring Sara Ali Khan.
Abhishek Kapoor on Sushant Singh Rajput post Kedarnath: He saw he wasn’t getting the kind of love as Sara Abhishek Kapoor on Sushant Singh Rajput post Kedarnath: He saw he wasn’t getting the kind of love as Sara
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Over the past few days, Sushant Sing Rajput’s demise has left everyone in a state of shock. The actor died by suicide on June 14, 2020, and it sent shockwaves across Bollywood. Despite a prolific body of work with films like Kedarnath, MS Dhoni: The Untold story and more, it was reported that the actor was struggling with depression for the past 6 months. Now, in an interview, Sushant’s Kedarnath director Abhishek Kapoor has opened up about the actor’s mindset post the release of his 2018 film co-starring Sara Ali Khan.

In a chat with Enquiry, Abhishek remembered how Sushant was ‘lost’ post Kedarnath’s release and how he tried to get in touch with him to celebrate the success of the film. Recalling the hard work that Sushant put in during the shoot of the film, Abhishek said that he threw no tantrums and every day would carry Sara in the basket on his back in chilly weather without any complaints. Admitting that he could not spend that much time with Sushant as he did with Sara while prepping for the film, Abhishek mentioned that he somewhere knew that they would be able to reconnect. He mentioned that when they started filming Kedarnath, Sushant had lot of load on his shoulders as a lot was being written about him in the media. 

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Further, talking about the time when Kedarnath released, Abhishek said, “I had not spoken to him (Sushant) for a year and half. He changed his number 50 times. I remember when Kedarnath had come out, the media just slammed him (Sushant). And I don't know what happened. Sushant could see that he was not getting the kind of love because everything was being said about Sara. He was not talking to me. Sushant was kind of lost. Then I sent him a few messages. Then the film released and it did really well. Again I sent him a message. This is the last exchange I had with him. ‘Bro I have been trying to reach you. I'm not sure if you're upset, busy or what. But call me soon to chat, we made a superb film again. If we’re not going to celebrate it, who the hell is going to celebrate. What the hell are we gonna celebrate in life.’ Then I sent him messages again in January. He did not respond on his birthday. I just let him be. I was like koi nahi, Yeh gaya hai, aayega yeh. I could see he is not in a good place. But, you can’t cross a line. You have to reach out halfway. But if you over extend and give unsolicited advice, it loses its value. I can only reach the halfway mark and wait ke yeh ayega.” 

In the same chat, Abhishek also called out the industry for ‘systematic dismantling of a fragile mind.’ He mentioned that Sushant was brilliant and hence, the industry could not put him a box of stereotypes. So, he mentioned that they called him ‘off.’ Talking about it, Abhishek said, “There's this thing that if you're not like us then you can't be with us. There are so many camps that if you're not part of a camp, even if you're in the middle of a room, you will be ignored. It is true, especially for actors. I, as a filmmaker, can isolate myself. I can warn a young actor but he cannot see it at the time because the lights are so bright. You lose yourself.” 

Sushant had done his first Bollywood film, Kai Po Che with Abhishek Kapoor as well and in the interview, the director also addressed that the actor was a different person when he met him while filming Kedarnath and had a lot of burden on his shoulders. Kedarnath came out in 2018 and it starred Sushant and was the debut for Sara in Bollywood. Meanwhile, Sushant’s suicide case is being investigated by the Mumbai Police. They have sent summons to several people who had been in touch with the actor and his rumoured girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty also recorded her statement. Sushant’s funeral took place at Vile Parle in Mumbai. Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Abhishek Kapoor, Tahir Raj Bhasin and others joined his family in bidding adieu to the actor. Sushant was last seen in Chhichhore. His film Dil Bechara was being readied for release.

Anonymous 10 months ago

Bollywood is a cesspool, Randeep Hooda gave outstanding and Oscar worthy performances in Highway and Sarbjit but who got all the hype and media focus. Sushant realized too late that he was dealing with sharks and arrogant idiots. They used him to launch Sara but after the movie got released, Sara ghosted him on the advice of her parents. The poor young man was just too fragile for the horrible politics and classism in Bollywood. He meets these people at award functions and they are all eager to take pictures with him but after that they ignore him royally. It can be very confusing for some people. Suddenly these people he admired were not nice people they lacked character and were just materialistic and fake. It was all about who you are hanging out with, relationships in Bollywood are fake and all about using people to stay relevant, to stay in the news, sleeping with producers and directors to get roles, sleeping with the biggest hero and creating fake PR love affairs. He did not understand the PR and media manipulations and games. He should have just left the cursed industry with the superficial soulless ignorant idiots. They made him feel he didn't belong, he wasn't one of them. This is so sad.

Anonymous 10 months ago

SSR wasn't the best actor around. He seemed confused about what path he really wanted to take. Whether to go Rajkumar Rao way or to go Ranveer Singh way. He was just about ok in Kedarnath. It wasn't a performance that only he could have given. Sara was not too great either but it was her first movie and she gives mind-blowing interviews. So she won many hearts during media interactions

Anonymous 11 months ago

?? So what they want to say??

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara was so average in comparison to Sushant. LIFE is So unfair. It breaks my heart for Sushant and his family and friends. It just the MOST heartbreaking moment in history of BOLLYWOOD.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sushanth wouldn't have done this movie kedarnath. After this movie critics wrote so many things on sushi and sara. But when she acted with ranveer singh, none of the critics criticized them. But for sushanth cheaply they wrote in public media about him and sara. This girl sara unfollowed him on insta and i I don't understand what she proved. Heart less girl sara.we should unfollow these people from our life.

Anonymous 1 year ago

We want justice....we want cbi inquiry for sushant singh rajput....plz help us...

Anonymous 1 year ago

We ourselves aren’t yet accustomed to simple and brilliant people who touch our souls unlike flashy people. But we understand it quite late. Our mind has got used to stereotypical glamour but they didn’t reach our heart. I am understanding only for the last 10 days.

Anonymous 1 year ago

irrfan and ssr, nawaz , only these people have the right to be called actors

Anonymous 1 year ago

Before rohit shetty said sara begged him for simba role and he gave it to her because she is saif's daughter. He then said she is already a star and then the audience started clapping for her. Wtf, we r also at fault for supporting the nepo kids. Plz boycott her films, coolie no 1 sounds dumb to begin with.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Didn't Pinkvilla also do "Blinds" about Sushant Singh Rajput?? On how he was a womanizer, alcoholic, acting difficult, and all that??

Anonymous 1 year ago

Abhishek once said in a Kedarnath interivew Sara's performance in the movie was a result of Sushant and his support as a costar. You saw her acting and limitations in Simmba, LAK and Coolie No 1 you will see her hamming like no tomorrow. I am proud to say I never believed those malicious toxic blinds on him and if I could take all his pain and give him happiness I toltally would just like sister said

Anonymous 1 year ago

What Happened with Sushant is truly sad. But again life is all about challenges and how one comes out of it. Who is anyone to judge what one is or has been going through. Blaming it on someone will take you know where. Two years back when my best freind passed away, I went into depression. I had everything one could dream of but it wasn't just enough. It was me who had to bring myself out of it for the loved ones for my family. It was hard for me to choose the path Sushant took, I can only pray for him.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara does loud acting while Sushant was subtle and matured in Kedarnath. I dunno what critics look .

Anonymous 1 year ago

Karan and his drug party gang. Shame on you, people.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Did anything ever happen between Sara & Sushant? I mean were they dating each other during Kedarnath

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara's mother asked sushant to stay away from her. Sara's father may be the suspicious dark man to play with sushants image in public and media.

Anonymous 1 year ago

There has to be something there. He unfollowed her on instagram. He never unfollowed Ankita, Kirit even after their break up, he just wasn't that kind of person. so for him to unfollowed Sarah something was surely there!!!

Anonymous 1 year ago

It was never proved that sushant died because of depression or that his mental health was falling to this level. People said and we believed that he had committed suicide. I have recently watched lots of inteviews of him and none had me believe that a person like him would commit suicide. A thorough investigation needs to be done. All his action prove that though he was depressed but not that much to commit suicide. All these so called big stars should be investigated to find out what actually happened. We cannot believe he committed suicide because there is no strong theory about it. Sushant desevers justice.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sushant doctor has stated that he dated sara but her mother had an issue , so she break up...

Anonymous 1 year ago

Don't spread false news

Anonymous 1 year ago

My request to every film lover that please boycott all those producers and actors who have pushed our excellent and outstanding actor Sushant to an extremely pathetic end of life. Please follow this forever. WE MUST SHOW THEM THE POWER OF COMMON MAN.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I always found it so odd how Sara was going on and on and on about Kartik Aryan before and during her debut. She was raising and promoting his profile way more. Let’s admit, she and Ananya going Gaga about Kathik Aryan helped his popularity immensely. Don’t remember a single thing sara said about Sushant, but remember her giggling and complimenting karthik Aryan in every single interview. This must have taken a toll on Sushant for sure. I would also do if I were in his shoes.

Anonymous 1 year ago

He did praised him a lot in every interview. Just check out the interview when the movie was about to release(koffe with karan is not an interview place that's a bullshit show so dont refer that one pls)

Anonymous 1 year ago

All I can say is why now.. when he needed helped why nobody was there for him

Anonymous 1 year ago

Dharma productions down!down!

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara is much below average actress she is beautiful. She should have gone to good acting school. Her acting and dancing is not up to par. Please boycott mediocre and below average people we have more than enough talented people in India.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I hope and pray that filmy big wigs don't get away with their acts this time with their money weight...I curse their karma to catch up with them soon, khans, kjo, Ranveer, and all the bigadele selfish star kids....I wish to see them ruin themselves soon...I will add the Bachans too, they surely must have known what was going on...claims themselves to be the First family ...where are they...all gone and hid ? Kapoors, where are you guys..? If they can't help or talk sense let them just shut up..all the loser kids...Sonam heard me..? Sonakshi??? Dawan, bhatt, ranveer, ranbir...where are you now..? Ranveer must have grabbed the movies to woo Deepika at the cost of sushant...wait and watch to see what happens...nautanki bafoon..

Anonymous 1 year ago

Mr. Shushant passed away due to mental health issues. It has nothing to do with others. World always has been all about connections and whom you know. RIP Shushant

Anonymous 1 year ago

Shame on you snake alia/ snake johar for saying so but tumhara time aa gya baby now your everyfilm will be a disaster starting with sadak 2

Anonymous 1 year ago

True, but they were further aggravated by the isolation, constant jibing and boycotting that he was subjected to. We need to learn to be compassionate towards not just those struggling mentally but even those who are not. For long, mental health conversations have been stigmatized. This is a wake up call. Suicide is not a choice you make, suicide is something you opt for when there are no other choices. You feel trapped. How can we be kind to each other, lend a helping hand instead of mocking those suffering - these are important discussions to be had. People need to be supported and values so that they don't have to resort to such extreme measures.

Anonymous 1 year ago

His doctor mentioned that he dated a star kid but the star kid mother broke their relationship.very sure he referred to sara and amrita but the irony they have no problems with kartik aryan.It shows how the whole bollywood alienated him and treated him as "untouchable".

Anonymous 1 year ago

But what os the reaso? Their beloved daughter happy with that cleve, easy going young man and Sushant was deep and comple. I think Sushant Should Have choosen friends wisely after knowing and understanding Himself and others. He needed to strengthen Himself more in different perspective and certainly needed help regarding this which nobody; nobody provide.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I thought Sara was not bad in kedarnadh.but after lak I realised that how bad ,/worst actress she's is. Sush was mind blowing in it His smile teary eyes emotions expression were fab

Anonymous 1 year ago

The self styled Gods or cartel of Bollywood Film industry must be identified in public and their manipulation, bullying must be exposed and public must boycott these mafia so that innocent and brilliant, young talents like Shushant and many others can rise to their full potential and public acknowledgement. We the public must boycott the Cartel

Anonymous 1 year ago

They speaking now when he actually lost life.. if they would have speak when alive the story would have been different .. karma is a big if sushant doesn't gets justice.. their will definitely come back to them n hit then hard.. but for now we should definitely seek justice for him .. who lost his life for no fault of him .. coz of bunch of idiot's

Anonymous 1 year ago

All those GODFATHERS, those CAMPS, everything who let this man down, should be sued. This was not a suicide. This was a murder. None of the so called celebrities in Bollywood had a mind like this person.

Anonymous 1 year ago

The videos can be seen on youtube , they ignored him as if he does not matter, as if kedarnath was all about sara.These 3rd grade journalists would not be able to handle an intelligent ranked sushant but dumbo sara who keeps bragging how down to earth she is despite being in nawab family.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Absolutely on point. Actually we also expect sun to give light and don’t give him extra credit, but give credit if a star gives light; because it is beyond It's capability and our expectation. We are also a little blind and dumb to not express our appreciatio.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Yes. I agree. I felt very bad about Sushant

Anonymous 1 year ago

Truth is film industry is full of semi literate fools who were amazed and jealous of a genius among them i.e.Sushant Singh..the best way to get rid of him was to push him to death..cheers to film industry..

Anonymous 1 year ago

Once who go up definitely comes down ...whoever are behind his murder have to pay back ...their back counting already started ...let's wait n watch ...but somewhere we public also responsible for all this ...we gave them so attention that they think themselves as God

Anonymous 1 year ago

The only reason to watch kedarnath was bcos of SUSHANT and not the actress for sure. His acting was so pure .It is media that focuses more on such wasted actors like Sara ali Khan, janhavi...etc

Anonymous 1 year ago

The person we need to boycott the most is that WITCH Kareena Kapoor! Never forget the comments she made against Bipasha Basu and John Abraham on her favourite show KWK...and how she called Kartik Aryan "massy" just because he's not as PRIVILEGED as her and Saif...and boasted non stop on KWK about her "palace" and expensive vacations abroad. All she is known for now are her stupid gym looks and airport looks...and her whatsapp group 'GUTS'...SSR was way better than all these classless people and was ostracised for it :( #RIP

Anonymous 1 year ago

So true. Sick and tired of her and her families stupid too personal picture being shared on internet. Has no message, but do people need to know what she and her munchkin and husband do during lockdown in their house?!! Not really. There are too many important things in the world to know about.

Anonymous 1 year ago

This explains the theory why sushant unfollowed sara on instagram, she is among the one who cause him pain.Unfollow her people.

Anonymous 1 year ago

He has gone! There is nobody who can tell what he was going through. Being ignored, despite being a genius is something akin to living in hell. His intellect could not match the mindsets of "chichchore". He lost his battle and finally succumbed to the pressure. Poor boy did not name anyone even in his death. I wish him to be in a better place. Live in peace bachche.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I sincerely wish your wish to be granted.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Everyone here is a joker. A few people commenting here are a drop in the ocean to 50 million social media followers each one you hate has!

Anonymous 1 year ago

I remember during Kedarnath promotions when the media kept talking about Sara's foreign education, and how she was so smart, well spoken, well educated and well brought up. But no attention was given to SSR, a 7th rank holder in AIEEE and a national olympiad winner in physics. He was just as smart, educated and humble as Sara was! But why did media care more about her? She's average looking, not a great actor, and can just talk well thats all....pretty sure her STEPMOM paid for all the negative press against SSR

Anonymous 1 year ago

Must be true.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Justice will happen once their films flop and they are over! We must boycott the devils who killed him!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous 1 year ago

Watch Lux Golden Rose Awards of 2017 where Sushant is performing dance show. In the beginning Sushant had to sit between Madhuri and Kareena. Watch Kareena how she is ignoring him and her body language is so awful. Minute she finds out camera is on her she changes her expression which are not sincere. What right you have Kareena to behave that way Sushant was a better dancer than you and Saif much more talented than you are. Who gave you that privilege you are superior than Sushant you can support an artist. Kareena is big time supporter of Bollywood Maifa and goons.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Good information.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I remember this she turned her face then realized her camera is on her , she then faked her smile.Boycott her, sushant is the only one she did it but with many who does not belong to her bully gang.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Thanks he speak now the truth about privilege between nepokids and outsiders is out just remember how Ananya was more in the limelight and so privileged comparing to TARA SUTARIA ! Media and supporters of nepotism try to put Tara down ! Saying Ananya is si good Honestly I saw SOTY 2 and Ananya was not better than Tara ! All the awards came to Ananya Pandey even awards is a terrible mafia trafic ! Amyra Dastur put a comment on SSR IN instagram but nobody in the media mentioned her but they do not forget to mention nepokids ! The truth is out for people who you to open their eyes and who want the change For all haters it’s just a prove than Kangana is not lying !!!!!! PV please post thanks

Anonymous 1 year ago

Have you seen any Hollywood A list actors roaming with bodyguards?but you see it with Bollywood actors.as kangana rightly puts these talent less actors r actually Mafias rather than actors thriving on money and power..as a mother of a 18 yr old son I feel crushed inside to see another son leave his parents like this...

Anonymous 1 year ago

All Hollywood stars have security. They are more subtle.

Anonymous 1 year ago

bcoz India has huge population and extremely physical fans who behave as if they own the stars

Anonymous 1 year ago

is this why saif and sara was on damage control mode? Her parents gave huge money to ignore sush existence and promotes her as the next big thing.shame!!

Anonymous 1 year ago

"There's this thing that if you're not like us then you can't be with us." .Everyone knows SSR never feel the need to join any camps, rather he lets his talent speak for himself but movie mafia could not accept the fact that he was successful without buttering up and joining them.They attempts to sabotage his career.So they bullied , harassed , kicked him out of many movie until he could not take it more.Until his last breath, he choose not to involve in any mafia gang.

Anonymous 1 year ago

It is very sad that society works like it does...we want to eat brown bread but not have a brown girl friend...we don't want someone great as they become a threat... just fake pseudo people around...it is sickening ... ridiculous amount of money circulating between not so talented and brash youngsters.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Depression is sad and it kills people. Nothing can be done abt it. No one could be with him 24-7 . Sorry for him but depression sucks and there is no way out if he was bipolar.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Are you suggesting that people who are depressed should just kill themselves. Or you are saying they will kill themselves..which one is it? I couldn't get your comment. Please show some humility.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Watch your language

Anonymous 1 year ago

Fu***ng moron who ever wrote this comment. There IS a way of dealing with bipolar. F***er someone with mental illness doesn't mean they should just die. They just need a little help until meds take an effect and they can live a normal life

Anonymous 1 year ago

If you watch sara and sushant interviews,Most like most of the interviewers ignore sushant presence like wtf dude, this man has immense talent and his last Dhoni was a blockbuster, and this sara was just a newcomer who did not yet prove any talent now it also raises questions how do media /journalists/trade analysts operate?If you notice well, they are very different person when they have to acknowledge an outsider vs a star kid, i remember how some trade analyst went gaga over ananya acting.WTF,this industry is sick.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara is good looking and knows how to say the right things in an interview. She is not a good actress at all.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Stop clicking these Nepo kids YouTube promotion videos too which have millions of views. Just attention seeking and no talent.

Anonymous 1 year ago

One should be strong enough to accept the failures as well . Take the example of Shahid Kapoor. He is not given his dues. He lost his girlfriend to Saif and had been through ups and downs . Mental strength is needed to deal with all kind of situations.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Shahid fu*** Kareena, Sonakshi, Priyanka and many more & in the end married a 22 year girl. He did not lose anything, he was in win win situation.

Anonymous 1 year ago

shajid kapur is a son pankaj kapur and his step mother is also an actress.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Dear friend I don’t know who you are but by saying that one should have mental strength, it won’t help them. As easy as it is to say such things it’s not easy to implement. Don’t disrespect the dear departed by saying such harsh things. Neither of us know what he was going through or what was his mental state. We are nobody to tell anyone that he/she should have strong mind. Every person feels emotions differently. Please be kind and understanding toward other people, you never know what battles they might be fighting.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Pinkvilla, you can't get an actor's name wrong even if it's a typo. It's Singh and not Sing.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Yeh sara aunty nepo hain isiliye isko zada imp mili .Bhagao is aunty ko bollywood se

Anonymous 1 year ago

Shame on her that she couldn't attend her first co-star's funeral....is this wat nepotism teaches u? Shame on u kids.

Anonymous 1 year ago

We believed in nonsense blinds about SSR and supported Sara. We were fools then but realized it we will swear to never support nepos again. These people are manipulatives and toxics. Love you SSR you should have spoken like Kangana why why why!!!! We love you more than anyone else in this ugly industry

Anonymous 1 year ago

Men are not wired socially and biologically to be so expressive like women, usually unless properly taught. They Are probably vulnerable this way a little.

Anonymous 1 year ago

People do you really think that Sushant did all this because he wasn't getting any work?or that he was defamed? No..not at all!!!how can such a lively n optimistic person end up on doing this? That's lame...reason is something else that's 'big'. Blaming these old geezer's (KJo etc.) Is fine and actually good but its definitwly not the reason for hia demise!

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara was debutant at that time. Post this pinkvilla.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Sara is lovely and she was new commer so she deserved all Love & attention. And SHE IS A GIRLS. Always why boys get most attention. Post it pv

Anonymous 1 year ago

Right.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Just stupid thought,lol shame on you

Anonymous 1 year ago

Ya sure bro tum apni jaan laga do ek cheez mein aur log tumhe sideline karke sirf ek starkid debutant ko pooche toh maza aayega na tumhe??! PREACH WHAT U DARE TO PRACTICE

Anonymous 1 year ago

He changed his number 50 times this itself sounds fishy . He might be getting threatened by someone. If someone just don’t want to answer he or she can stop replying . But changing number 50 times clearly shows someone was troubling him

Anonymous 1 year ago

When the words are as it is converted into text this is a result. The director meant that he changed the number multiple times and usually while speaking we say "50 baar number badal deta hai". It's not like literally 50 times. He just meant frequently. PinkVilla hope you frame sentence by understanding what that person meant instead of printing as it is.

Anonymous 1 year ago

We all need to demand CBI intervention here. It's a something real deeep and bigger that we don't know.

Anonymous 1 year ago

He was so humble, he wld follow ppl bk in insta and wld click with any1 anywhere, probably so wld hv given numbers to ppl too

Anonymous 1 year ago

Changing no 50 times is fishy

Anonymous 1 year ago

True

Anonymous 1 year ago

Respect galore for Abhishek Sir!!!Thnx for expessing you thoughts without filtering them !!!That in itself is bravery!!!A young boy with twinkling eyes,teaching the world to dream and go for it all!!!Such a big loss this 1!!!The question is :will all of this ever change?????

Anonymous 1 year ago

We have to boycott these nepo kids...... Boycott all their films...... They killed such a brilliant man...... RIP sushant

Anonymous 1 year ago

What ever happened is a big and silent conspiracy. This should not be the end for anybody. Not necessary this is happening in Bollywood only. Never to forget what Salman Khan did to Arijit Sing and also Vivek Oberoi. There should be non bias investigation carried out and there should be an end not only in Bollywood but other industries too.

Anonymous 1 year ago

I would like to request you Sir, to be impartial and comment that who actually made Kedarnath, the movie, worth watching, it's Sushant. But this unecessary hype and importance that Sara received seems really cliched. We, as viewers to failed him. Now people are saying so many good things about him. Wish he heard all these when he was still alive. We all failed him in some way or the other.

Anonymous 1 year ago

Indeed we failed.