Dalljiet Kaur on the nepotism debate in showbiz: My problem is treating a newcomer as an outsider when they are trying hard
Actor Dalljiet Kaur says conspiracy theories around Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise should now end and we should let the investigation happen smoothly.Updated: Jul 10, 2020 21:55 IST
It has been over three weeks since actor Sushant Singh Rajput died, and his friends and colleagues are still reeling under the shock. More than that, they’re disturbed by the rumours and assumptions that are doing the rounds on social media. Actor Dalljiet Kaur, who penned a heartfelt note for her late ‘friend’ urges people that let his family mourn in peace.
“He was a brilliant actor and amazing person. We really don’t know why this happened. If this is somebody else’s wrong doing then that person must be punished. Investigation is on, we need to give it time. There are many questions that are being raised, but where are these conspiracy theories coming from? Why are we burdening his family with these things?” she asks.
Given that Rajput’s death has sparked many debates including nepotism and insider vs outsider bias in the film industry, Kaur shares her perspective on this entire matter. “My father is an army officer and he can paint very well. I’ve got that from him. Now, I wanted to become an actor, if my father was in this field, he would have helped me. But since he is not, so I had to work really hard. And that’s alright. My problem is treating a newcomer as an outsider when one is trying hard,” she explains.
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Met u briefly in my life. Met u when u were a TV star and then in no time you were the first name after ages from television, who did soooo well on the big screen and inspired so so many.. You were full of life and forever fit. You were charming and you had a smile on ur face all the time. Being humble was ur asset and I heard stories of you treating your staff with love and empathy. Hearing this news this morning has made me believe that now, none of us know anymore. Maybe no one knows no one anymore. People know each other through social media and that’s obviously the most irrelevant way of knowing what’s going on in anyone’s life. We simply assume people are happy because they are posting their travel pictures or that their life is a party because that’s what they want the world to know. I am sure you spoke and voiced out... I am sure you had loved ones trying their best for you... I wish you had not given up Sushant.... I wish .... I wish you gave it another chance ... you deserved to stay longer for the sake of your family... for the sake of your fans ... for the sake of the lovely cinema you would have contributed to... I wish ... I wish.. RIP MY LOVE. May your soul unite with all the good souls up there and may u find the light.
Talking about Rajput’s transition from TV to films, Kaur says that his journey gave hope to many TV actors that they can also dream big.
“Our lives have become so unreal nowadays. We’re judged by the happy pictures we post on social media. We don’t realise that this smiling face also feels lonely. It’s a competition about how many likes or comments one gets. There have been times when some friends got angry because I didn’t reply to their birthday post, but forgot that I called at midnight to wish them,” she says.
Also, now that the talk around mental health has come to light once again, Kaur opines that it’s important to directly reach out to people around you. “That real touch is missing, I feel. Everyone goes through their share of lows, we need to understand and be compassionate. Stop judging people. I’ve been open about my life on social media, can’t pretend to be somebody else, whether you accept me or not,” maintains the actor, who is single handedly raising her 6-year-old son, Jaydon after she divorced actor Shalin Bhanot.
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