Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput: Friend Rumi Jaffrey Gets Emotional, 'I Still Read His Messages On The Phone, Number Delete Karne Ka Mann Nahi Karta' - EXCLUSIVE

Writer-poet-director Rumi Jaffrey remembers his friend, actor Sushant Singh Rajput on his first death anniversary.

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Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput: Friend Rumi Jaffrey Gets Emotional, 'I Still Read His Messages On The Phone, Number Delete Karne Ka Mann Nahi Karta' - EXCLUSIVE
“Would you believe, I still continue to read his messages on the phone. Usska number delete karne ka mann nahin karta. I still feel he’s alive. His enthusiasm, his excitement about life was so infectious. He wanted to so many things. He wanted to act, direct films, write, do organic farming…. I am reminded of  singer Noorjehan’s song  Jo na mil sake wohi bewafa, Ye badi ajeeb si baat hain Jo chala gaya mujhe chodkar, Wohi aaj tak mere saath  hai, ” says writer-poet-director Rumi Jaffrey about his friend actor Sushant Singh  Rajput whose first death anniversary falls on 14 June.

“That  date  will be  a dark day for  me  every year. And everything that has happened since then, the hatred, the  accusations and counter-accusations, the  ugly  court cases,  and most of all, the targeting  of  Sushant girlfriend Rhea  Chakraborty…all of this was so painful for those of us who really cared about him,” Rumi’s voice  drops  to a whisper. Also read: Sushant Singh Rajput First Death Anniversary: Siddharth Gupta, Roopa Ganguly Remember The Late Actor; Mika Singh SLAMS Kamaal R Khan For His Past Comments On SSR

“Abhi bhi kuch  kehne  mein darr lagta hai. You never know  what will be made of what you say. The  next thing you know, you are being targeted  for God-knows-what. Let me tell you, knowing Sushant he would have hated every moment of the tamasha  that  ensued  after his death.So many  of  his  so-called friends suddenly showed up to  claim their portion of fame.Raaton-raat yeh log mashoor ho gaye. Jinnki following(on social media)  zero  tthi  unke followers hazaron mein  ho gaye. In death Sushant  made  so many  rich and  famous.” Also read: Sushant Singh Rajput First Death Anniversary: A Look At 5 Best Performances Of The Late Actor

But the  worse  to  happen was  that which  happened  to  Rhea Chakraborty.

Says  Rumi, “Her life and her family’s life was ruined.  The girl  kept her dignity and look at  the irony!  Now she has  been selected  by  the  Times group as  the ‘Most Desirable’. Last year  she was vilified, abused, called  a murderer. The most undesirable  has become  the most desirable. Aise ironies bahot mlienge  hamare samaaj mein.I told Rhea that  Sushant up there has  been lobbying with the gods to  get  her life and dignity back. This  ‘Most Desirable’ is definitely Sushant  looking out for  the  love of his  life.”

Rumi is pained  by  the  trickle  of   fly-by-night films  based on  the  Sushant tragedy. “It’s very painful to see people cashing in on someone tragic death. Instead  of  mourning for the loss of a young bright talent they are  trying to make money out of it. Humanity can’t fall any lower. But each  time we say that, we  surprise  ourselves  by going even  lower.”

Does  Rumi intend  to  celebrate Sushant’s life in any form? “Yes, I am writing my autobiography. In that, one whole chapter is  devoted to  Sushant.”


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