Sushant Singh Rajput

A tribute to the man with the ultimate superpower

Words: Yvonne Jacob
Illustration: Shweta Pasarkar

Enough has been said and done already. All those lengthy tweets, posts, and videos being circulated of the late Sushant Singh Rajput have done enough damage about an irreparable loss when the world, quite honestly, just needs to recover. I don’t want to go on to talk about his success and achievements to laud the legacy he has left behind because his story doesn’t end here – this isn’t his final bow. There’s no doubt that his news came as unexpected like a quick blow to the gut, but while the world cries foul play and points a finger at the next person, why don’t we take a look at the bigger picture?

Anne Frank said, “Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because regret is stronger than gratitude” and it’s sad how true this is. Why do we sit back and wait till it’s too late and then slap the words – “You don’t realise what you had until it’s gone” – like it’s any consolation? Imagine being the one to tell people, “You know what? I know what I have and I’m f*****g grateful for it”. I think it would make us all happier and we would certainly learn to tell people what they mean to us while they’re still around to hear it.

I don’t want to talk about what or who pushed Sushant over the edge because I don’t think that’s what we need to dwell on. I believe that he has left us with a far bigger message than that. Once again we’ve all played the role of online therapists and posted stories telling people to reach out and to all that I say – great! But do play your part if you’ve taken it upon yourself. Don’t let this spirit die down until (god forbid) there’s another case in the news. And while we’re at it, why don’t we all do a little bit of introspection and evaluate ourselves based on our actions? How many times have we been the reason for someone’s happiness or sadness? There’s honestly no better time than right now to be the change rather than being the one to point a finger.

I don’t think we can measure Sushant’s success at being a good human being by weighing in factors like movies or awards. It’s about time we make someone’s legacy about the life they lived and the lives they touched during their time in this world. What bigger deed can one possibly do if not this? Let Sushant Singh Rajput’s legacy be the change he somehow invoked in all of us. Let that be our tribute to someone whose life deserves to be celebrated – every bit of it.