Thursday, September 10, 2020

Bollywood actress arrested after ex-boyfriend’s suicide


                             Sushant Singh Rajput

Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty has been arrested for allegedly buying drugs for her former boyfriend, the actor Sushant Singh Rajput , whose suicide sparked a media storm in India.

Rajput , 34, was found dead in June in his Mumbai apartment — with police saying he took his own life . A star with many hit movies to his name, his suicide initially triggered a debate over mental health in the multi- billion - dollar industry .

But Rajput ’ s family disputed reports that he suffered from depression and accused Chakraborty, 28, of stealing his money and harassing him . She has strongly denied the allegations .

Chakraborty was arrested on Tuesday. The police have also detained others in connection with the case including her brother and a member of Rajput ’ s house staff.

India’ s top anti - crime agency, the Central Bureau of Investigation , has been probing his death since last month. The Narcotics Control Bureau was looking into the star ’ s consumption of cannabis.

“ We will be opposing bail petitions ” for all suspects , NCB Director Mutha Ashok Jain told reporters . The actress has been remanded to judicial custody until September 22.

The investigation has grabbed headlines for months , with the media closely following the back -and- forth allegations between Rajput ’ s family and Chakraborty.

Some celebrities including actress Sonam Kapoor and director Anurag Kashyap accused TV channels of carrying out a “ witch hunt” against Chakraborty.

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

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

He was also lauded for his portrayal of Indian cricket hero Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a hit 2016 biopic .

In an interview with AFP that year , Rajput spoke of the emotional rollercoaster he experienced while filming the movie , which portrayed the heartbreak suffered by Dhoni when the cricketer ’ s girlfriend died .

“ After we did the preparation, in my head I was him and everything that was happening was actually affecting me, ” he said .

Rajput ’ s last film was a Hindi remake of the Hollywood romance “ The Fault in Our Stars” , titled “ Dil Bechara ” (“ Poor Heart”) , which was released in July .

( AFP)

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