Ankita Lokhande recalls conversation about suicide she had with Sushant Singh Rajput: ‘He believed it is a terrible thing’
Actor Ankita Lokhande has reasserted her stance on the death of her ex-boyfriend, Sushant Singh Rajput, saying that he could not have been depressed. Sushant died by suicide on June 14, at the age of 34.
In an interview to AajTak, Ankita recalled a conversation she’d had with Sushant about suicide. “I don’t know where this depression talk came from but I can’t believe this can happen. He was a strong man,” Ankita said. She added, “Ek din hum kisike suicide ke baare mein baat kar rahe they, he told me agar mere dimag mein aise khayal aye toh main 15 minutes mein khud ko thik kar lunga. Suicide bohot galat cheez hai woh kehta tha (One day we were talking about suicide. He told me, if he ever has such thoughts, he will clear his head in 15 minutes. He believed suicide is a terrible thing to do).”
Ankita and Sushant dated for six years until 2016. They met on the sets of their television show Pavitra Rishta, which Sushant quit to pursue a career in films.
In an earlier interview to Republic TV, Ankita had said that the Sushant she knew was a happy person. “Sushant was not the guy who could commit suicide. We have seen worse situations when we were together. He was a happy-go-lucky guy,” she said. “How much ever I know him, he wasn’t a depressed guy. I have not seen a person like Sushant, a guy who used to write his own dreams, he had a diary... He had his 5-year plan — what he wants to do, how he will look, etc. And exactly after 5 years, he had fulfilled them. And when things like ‘depression’ are used after his name... it is heartbreaking. He might be upset, anxious, yes, but depression is a big word. Calling someone ‘bipolar’ is a big thing.”
Ankita on Thursday was questioned by the Bihar Police at her Mumbai residence. More than 40 persons have been questioned by the Mumbai Police in connection to the case so far, amid public pressure to have it transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Sushant’s father, KK Singh, earlier this week filed an FIR against his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.
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