Bollywood mourns the death of Sushant Singh Rajput

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an interview in New Delhi, India. (Photo: Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput during an interview in New Delhi, India. (Photo: Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
  • Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput, 34, has died. 
  • Police found Sushant's body at his home on Sunday just a few days after his former manager Disha Salian's death.
  • The young actor reportedly battled depression.
  • Sushant made his big break in Bollywood in the touching film Kai Po Che which centred on cricket, love, and politics.

A young Bollywood star lauded for his portrayal of cricket star M.S. Dhoni on the silver screen has died, Mumbai police said on Sunday.

"Police found Sushant Singh Rajput's body at his residence on Sunday afternoon," Mumbai police spokesman Pranaya Ashok told AFP, confirming that the 34-year-old had taken his own life.

Sushant, renowned for his numerous hits on the big and small screens, reportedly battled depression. He died just a few days after the shock death of his former manager Disha Salian.

"It pains us to share that Sushant Singh Rajput is no longer with us," Sushant's management team said in a statement.

"We request his fans to keep him in their thoughts and celebrate his life, and his work like they have done so far."

"I will miss him so much," tweeted Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan alongside a selfie with Sushant. "His energy, enthusiasm and his full happy smile."

Fellow star Akshay Kumar wrote on Twitter that he was "shocked and speechless".

"Such a talented actor... may God give strength to his family."

Sushant Singh Rajput poses for photos with elephan
Sushant Singh Rajput poses for photos with elephant god Ganesha at workshop in Mumbai, India.(Photo: Satish Bate/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Bollywood is still struggling to come to terms with the loss of two luminaries, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, in April.

In early June,Wajid Khan, one of the top composers of Bollywood dance songs, died at the age of 42 after contracting coronavirus, according to media reports.

Celebrated filmmaker Basu Chatterjee passed away just a week ago. He was 90.

Born in Patna in the eastern state of Bihar, Sushant quit his studies in engineering to pursue a career in acting and dance.

He got his big break in Bollywood in 2013 with Kai Po Che, a film about cricket, love and politics that won acclaim at the Berlin Film Festival.

His most recent films were comedy-drama Chhichhore and action movie Drive, both released last year.

Sushant in 2016 told AFP of the emotional rollercoaster he went through filming the biopic of Indian cricket hero Dhoni, M S Dhoni: The Untold Story, which included retelling the death of the ex-skipper's former girlfriend.

"It was very difficult because, after we did the preparation, in my head I was him and everything that was happening was actually affecting me," he said. 

The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) can be reached at: 0800 21 22 23 or 0800 456 789 (24 hours, 7 days a week).

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