Sushant Singh Rajput died on 14 June at his home in Bandra, Mumbai. Initially, the Mumbai police called it a suicide. But as photographs of the dead body of the actor were leaked online, fans started speculating that there was something fishy. Sushant was certainly not a biggie in Bollywood like Shah Rukh Khan or Salman Khan. However, people loved him a lot. His rise from a small town to a big screen made him an inspiration for youngsters from middle-class families aspiring for making a big name in Bollywood.
Fans Fight For Sushant Singh Rajput, Put Rhea Chakraborty On Social Media Trial
No one could believe that a positive and confident person like Sushant could commit suicide. Apart from the photographs, what triggered suspicion of the users was death news of the actor on Wikipedia hours before the actual declaration of his death. There continues to be a lot of confusion regarding the time of his death because even his autopsy does not mention it.
The forensic report of Sushant's mobile phone indicated that the actor googled his name at around 10.15 am on 14 June. On the other hand, Wikipedia declared him dead before 9 am.
Slowly one-by-one friends and colleagues of Sushant also started claiming that he cannot commit suicide. Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Hiwarkar slammed reports of Sushant's suicide. Bollywood superstar Kangana Ranaut was the first to openly call it murder. She even attacked Bollywood insiders like Karan Johar, Aditya Chopra, and Bhatt clan for nepotism.
The case became high profile when BJP politician Subramanian Swamy decided to look into it. He appointed Ishkaran Bhandari as the lawyer who from then on has been continuously fighting along with Sushant's fans to get justice. But it was the support of SSR fans that changed everything in this case. They slammed Rhea Chakraborty's claims that the actor suffered from depression and bipolar disorder.
The fans sort of put Rhea on social media trial, coming up one-by-one with stories of her using Sushant for his money. When Rhea urged the Home Minister of India, Amit Shah to set up a CBI inquiry fans did not believe her.
Fans were enraged at Rhea for her spectacular timing of demanding a CBI inquiry. They did not believe her intentions and demanded police to take her into custody.
In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput, fans of the actor stood in solidarity showing for the first time that if they can make a nobody a star, they can also stand in his support even after his death.
Supreme Court Had To Give In To Fans Demand for CBI Inquiry
When the news about Rhea giving him medicines hit the headlines, the fans became livid and accused the Jalebi actress of hatching a conspiracy. As the days proceeded, fans were not happy with the way Mumbai police were handling the case. They came up with their own theories about strangulation and murder possibilities.
When after more than a month nothing constructive came out Sushant Singh Rajput's father filed an FIR in Patna against Rhea Chakraborty and her family.
All through the drama while the Mumbai police continued its non-cooperation movement with the Bihar officials, fans kept on putting pressure on the Uddhav Thackeray government. With trends, like#JusticeforSushant,#Unitedforjustice,#ArrestRheaChakroborty, and#CBIinquiryforSSR fans kept on pressurizing the Maharashtra government.
It was the love of fans that made Sushant's last movie Dil Bechara's trailer the most liked trailer on YouTube.
Justice for Sushant Singh Rajput reached across the world with fans running paid campaigns to ensure that the actor gets justice.
All the while when the decision regarding handing over the case to CBI was pending with the apex court, fans kept on promoting #CBIForSSR across the world.
The demand became a national issue, a momentum. It was this impact that forced the Supreme Court to hand over the case to CBI. And when the SC did give a verdict in favor of the family and Sushant's supporters everyone celebrated it as if it was their personal achievement.
During the investigation, the ED retrieved some deleted chats. These chats suggest Rhea and her team's alleged involvement in drugs. Now apart from CBI, Narcotics Department is also looking into the matter. Fans continue to keep a close eye on the development. Earlier when Divya Bharti, Jiah Khan, and Sridevi died suspiciously the officials allegedly closed the case in a hush-hush. But in the case of Sushant Singh Rajput fans ensured that their favorite star gets justice.