Actor Kangana Ranaut has always been true to her character and is widely recognized for her downright attitude. She is also one of the actors to re-ignite the debate on nepotism in Bollywood owing to the sudden demise of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Recently, she made headlines with the fact that she pledged to return her Padma Shri should she be unable to prove the affirmations she has made about actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. In an interaction with Republic TV, Kangana said that she was summoned by the police in the case.
“They (Mumbai Police) summoned me, and I asked them too, that I’m in Manali, that you can send somebody to take my statement, but I have not received anything after that. I am telling you, if I have said anything, which I can’t testify, which I can’t prove, and which is not in public domain, I will return my Padma Shri,” Kangana stated. “I don’t deserve it. I am not that person who will go on record (to make such statements), and everything that I have said is in public domain,” she added.
Sushant took his life on June 14. He was 34 years old and was reportedly suffering from depression. Earlier, last month, in a couple of videos, Kangana had brought to the forefront the powerplay and lobbying culture of Bollywood and hinted at the extreme pressure and rejection, the late actor was facing. She lashed out at the inaccurate statements written about him in the media and called his death a ‘murder’, well-planned by the ‘movie mafia’.
Kangana also spoke about Sushant’s father, his ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande and filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor and even read a few inappropriate statements published about Sushant by the media.
“Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has shaken us but there are people who are running a parallel narrative and saying that he committed suicide because he was depressed. How can a person’s mind be weak if he holds ranks in engineering entrances?” she asked.
“In his last interviews, he is clearly asking why is the industry not accepting him. He felt like a leftover. Do you feel that this does not hold importance in this incident (his demise),” she asked. “This was not a suicide but a planned murder. The only mistake that Sushant made was to succumb to their planning,” she said.
Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, however, remarked that the police has ruled out foul play in Sushant’s death so far. He also said there was no need for a CBI investigation in the case.