Sushant Singh Rajput's brother in law pens a heart wrenching memoir: We see him as a warrior prince

Sushant Singh Rajput's brother-in-law OP Singh penned a long tribute to the Dil Bechara actor. He recalled several memories of watching the young star grow from a boy with dreams to a star he became in Mumbai.
Sushant Singh Rajput's brother in law pens a heart wrenching memoir: We see him as a warrior princeSushant Singh Rajput's brother in law pens a heart wrenching memoir: We see him as a warrior prince

It has been over a month since Sushant Singh Rajput's demise. The actor's sudden death has left his family and fans heartbroken. Over the past few days, we've seen Sushant's sister Shweta Singh Kirti has been remembering the late actor on social media. She also recently shared a photo of his dog, Fudge, with Sushant's father. Now, the actor's brother-in-law OP Singh penned a lengthy and heartbreaking tribute to the actor. Singh remembered several moments spent with Sushant, watching him grow into the star that he was. 

Singh noted that he knew Sushant was an effortless star back in 1995. As reported by BollywoodLife, Singh recalled the time Sushant set the stage on fire with his energetic performance to "Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast." He wrote, "The atmosphere was electric. The occasion was my marriage to his sister, twelve years ahead of him. I instantly knew that he was not ordinary." 

He went on to share several more memories before Singh recalled the time Sushant learned about his mother's death. "Then came year 2002. He lost his mother who he loved so dearly. It left him stunned and inconsolable. Turning his eyes away from the body, he hesitated for a while for the last rites. A child’s mind could not think of consigning a body, that he adored as his mother only a couple of hours ago, to flames. But he quickly gathered himself. His usual butter-face turned steely as he calmly lit the pyre," he wrote. 

"For weeks, his grins disappeared. Couplets for all reasons and seasons stopped coming forth. The very purpose of his life - to make his mother feel proud of him one day - seemed to have evaporated," he added. Singh went on to share that Sushant picked up the pieces and one step at a time, climbed the ladder of success. 

"We, in the family, see him as a warrior prince. He fought bravely. He won famously. In the process, he suffered battle injuries that turned out to be fatal. We love him, so we miss him unbearably. But as a family that believes in value-creation and problem-solving, we assure him that the pursuit of excellence will continue. We see him in the league of Bruce Lee. Living short but making it large!" Singh said. 

Read the whole memoir here: 

Sushant was a set of brilliant traits. He had the courage to believe that something as elusive as movie stardom in a fluid industry like Hindi cinema is an achievable outcome. He had the heart to go get it. His spectacular campaign was nothing less than scaling Mt Everest bare-footed. The reward was a sense of accomplishment that para-droppers can never experience. 

He was an effortless showman. The first time I had a glimpse of it was on 24 May 1995. Wearing dark shades and knotted handkerchief as neck-over, he was setting the stage on fire. He was barely ten years then, and the famous number was “tu cheez badi hai mast mast”. The atmosphere was electric. The occasion was my marriage to his sister, twelve years ahead of him. I instantly knew that he was not ordinary. 

For the next seven years, he was largely his sister’s brother. Bogged in a taxing job that consumed almost all my energy and time, I did notice his natural flair to entertain in family get-togethers. He loved Urdu couplets and loved even more wah-wah that he so effortlessly harvested. A grade-conscious student and a razor-sharp mind, the first time he came over to my place was in the year 1999. A police commando was shadowing him during his train journey but thieves had better of the two as both fell asleep. He reached home bare-footed and empty-handed, grinning ear-to-ear. 

He loved cars. One fine morning, he sped away with the one in the garage. I learned about it when somebody told me that he had bumped the car into a roundabout. I paced up and down on the gate itself of my colossal official residence, rehearsing a scolding for his recklessness. He came home, one more time, on foot; one more time, grinning ear-to-ear. Eyes met and the heart melted. He was too good to be chided. 

Like any other of his age, all that he looked forward to in those days was an admission in some engineering college. But he was unlike others as he kept a chart in his pocket. It had the roadmap of his way to the highest office in the land! 

Then came year 2002. He lost his mother who he loved so dearly. It left him stunned and inconsolable. Turning his eyes away from the body, he hesitated for a while for the last rites. A child’s mind could not think of consigning a body, that he adored as his mother only a couple of hours ago, to flames. But he quickly gathered himself. His usual butter-face turned steely as he calmly lit the pyre. For weeks, his grins disappeared. Couplets for all reasons and seasons stopped coming forth. The very purpose of his life - to make his mother feel proud of him one day - seemed to have evaporated. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The best way to overcome grief is to allow oneself to be consumed by a big dream. To snap him back to his usual self,  I took him around the city and pointed hundreds of billboards to him. I took him to the cinema halls and said, “Hold tight boy, you are going to be a big movie star one day. Your posters will be all over. Your visits will be the talk of the town”. The diversionary tactics worked. The grin returned and so did twinkles in eyes and spring in feet. 

Chasing a big dream is so uplifting. It gives returns from day one. People around you take you more seriously. You get reasons to get up early and walk the entire day with a purpose. It worked even better with Sushant. We loved being together. I said to anybody who cared to listen, “This boy is going to be a big movie star soon. Better take his autograph now.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He got into the engineering college with spectacular ease. His sisters worried for him as they had heard lots of awful things about engineering colleges. He sailed through ragging famously, charming his determined tormentors with his trademark grin and wowing them with his fluid dancing moves. For fun, he gave home tuitions too. To avoid unwarranted attention from his wards, he sported loose-fitting kurta and thick-frame glasses and oiled his thick hairs profusely. To make up for the awfully-skewed gender ratio of his college, he joined a dance academy. Along with a chart to the top, he also started keeping in his pocket, what he called, his youth anthem: 

"Fatela jeb sil jayega, 

Jo chahega mil jayega. 

Apne bhi din aayenge chhote, 

Achcha-khasa hil jayega."

It was his on-the-go self-training in dancing and acting for which he became world-famous in less than six years. 

Then came his ‘black swan’ moment. Out on a dinner at a family friend’s place, he chance-met the host’s well-built brother. He introduced himself as a struggler in Mumbai who would have his ‘posters all over the town’ soon. The sentence sounded so familiar to him. 

Those days, one hardly heard Sushant speaking. So quiet that you could mistake him for a piece of furniture. But he was an aggressive listener, soaking in just about anything he thought to be useful. A lion-hearted risk-taker, he bolted out. His college helplessly saw its prodigy gone. In Mumbai, he pillion-rode the 'black swan' boy from one studio to the other. 

To a stunned trainer of a self-proclaimed hyper-star, he said, 'actors need not be born. Everyone talks, laughs, dances, sings. Actors just do it on demand'. To the well-entrenched ones deriving pervert pleasure in insulting newcomers, he said, ‘You are giving what you got when you had started. It is not going to affect my self-belief and you need not be so mean.’ To the producers, he said, ‘I won’t pretend that I am here for the love of acting. I want to be a bankable star and see delivering viewers on aesthetic and filmmakers and brands on commercial expectations as my duty.’

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In 2009, when he was still at the base-camp of the expedition, we had discussed and agreed on a few things. One, any financial capital is full of wolves. You would be careful. Two, an actor has to customise his body and switch from a 'sense of self' to character and back quite often. A team of trusted doctors will vet your health every three months. Three, you will follow the Rajnikant model of not allowing screen life to be a twenty-four-seven affair. You will take ample me-time, away from camera and arclight. 

We, in the family, see him as a warrior prince. He fought bravely. He won famously. In the process, he suffered battle injuries that turned out to be fatal. We love him, so we miss him unbearably. But as a family that believes in value-creation and problem-solving, we assure him that the pursuit of excellence will continue. We see him in the league of Bruce Lee. Living short but making it large!

Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

ALSO READ: Rhea Chakraborty's brother pens a note remembering Sushant Singh Rajput; Says 'You were a catalyst in my life'

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Don't worry this legend's family ain't like others.. they are kind n knowledgeable. They will do right thing at the right time. We should boycott nepo kids and BOLLYWOOD people who didn't support SSR as they are indirectly very much involved... SSR WILL BE MISSED AND NO ONE CAN REPLACE HIM.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Sorry. the handling of Sushant death is like no other death ever by a family. no inquiry. no question. how it happened. oh, sushanth died? bhai, please be at peace. how it happened. why? nothing. just turn up for funeral, return home. silent. even after pics start circulating how he died. nothing.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

U will never die SSR

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Not sure, if we even have the right to frame an opinion about his family...however these beautiful words may not be enough....why was he not surrounded by his family rather at the time of need....more than 40 days...expression and gratitude is flowing So Late....plZ fight fir him rather

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I feel a knot in my stomach when I think about this death. Sorry we all failed Sushant and we are still failing him. We still don’t have CBI investigation.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I really want sushant to get justice but i am deeply disappointed by his family...they are not doing anything for him...!! ANd please dont say they are being threatened...even Jiah khan mother was threatened and she was alone... atleast sushant has a very big family in bihar...his one BIL is IPS officer... other one is working in USA.. strong enough to demand justice..

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

What kind of family is this? they are not eve asking for Justice and writing lame memoirs... Look at Jiah Khan mother.... she is 70 years old and still fighting alone for justice since past 7 years

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Easy to past empty words on facebook. This guy works for the govt and is aware govt agencies are paid. So he couldnt past one support for CBI investigation for someone he talks So dearly? It is all talk in a nutshell. The truth is sushant was only close to his mom. What is evident now is his family happy to inherit his money but none wants to support investigation.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

on the contrary, the investigation is gaining momentum. Just put on your tv and see. Remember it is 43 days since Sushant died and had a rushed post mortem and cremation. No one even had time to visit his body and pay respects. Why are these flowery tributes coming now. After janta and fans are crying hoarse for investigation? It is foremost all those sharp medicos online who questioned the marks on Sushants body and his face. They and the janta are the catalysts aided by some brave people in industry and lawyers and politicians. and now even matter has gone to Prime Minister. Now essays are flowing. After 44 days suddenly?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Family believes it's suicide, they probably know something they are not sharing. I guess everyone should let this go now.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

If They have time to write such long letters then they have time to request for CBI enquiry if they believe it is not a suicide, it's just one line.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

How much mafia payed you for you comment ?

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

No they don’t believe it is suicide they are still shocked ! All we know it was a murder except you Open your brain !

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Boycott nepo kids!!! Boycott Bollywood! Boycott Karan Johar,

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Boycott bollywood mafia AND nepokids ! Justice for SSR !

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Nice to go through ...... he was a great guy ... may his soul RIP. Let the murderers be behind bars & have their lesson

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Sushant Singh Rajput best actor I have ever came across. Such a loving soul and family son. Miss you very much everyday looking for your news of found alive.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Seroiusly cant get over him .he was soo pure by heart person...his smile tell u all that the warm hearted n pure person. This pinkvilla also spread news which tarnish his image...now

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Was never his fan, but turned me one after his death :( , its been more than a month I can't get over the fact he is no more. I think about him everyday, why? I still don't get it. He was no one to me just another bollywood actor. I have no interest to watch any more bollywood movies after all these.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

It is unbelievable and unbearable to believe a guy from of life took His life?I feel the way you feel.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I could’ve written this. My feelings exactly. Why do I feel a sense of loss, like I lost a brother. I don’t think he was depressed. I want him to be happy and. At eternal peace wherever he is and justice for him, so these useless guys stop tarnishing his name with depression stories. Bullywood su*ks

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

So true!! It’s like the entire system just failed us, with him.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Ditto

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Same here

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

same here

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I swear

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Beautiful! RIP you incredible soul! <3

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

accepting that Sushanth is more creates unbearable pain. such a life loving person, fighter he was.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Beautifully written by both .RIP Sushant. So much pain we feel thanking of you. Must get justice.

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