In conversation with Shekhar Suman

This is not a fight just for Sushant, it is a fight against a system that suppresses real genuine talent: Shekhar Suman

Shekhar Suman Tells Subhash K Jha Why His Fight For Justice For Sushant Singh Rajput Is So Crucial To Him. Read on

What makes you think there is more to Sushant’s death than meets the eye?

It’s a hunch, it is a gut feeling, like many others that there seems to be more than meets the eye after all the facts and evidence that have cropped up. I could be wrong. But it needs a CBI inquiry to put at rest all the speculations.

Does your sense of identification with Sushant’s case come from your own loss of a son many years ago? Also the fact that you were an outsider once from Bihar just like Sushant and the fact your son Adhyayan’s career was also aborted?

Yes absolutely these are the precise reasons, maybe more. And my son’s career is not aborted.He is a victim of circumstances.He will be back. You can’t suppress talent for long.

Many believe you are doing this to get publicity for yourself?

It’s a very clichéd way of reacting and trying to discredit someone. .If you don’t speak up you are a coward.If you do speak you are doing it for publicity. Shatrughan Sinha is being criticized for not speaking up. There are millions, including Roopa Ganguly,who are fighting for the same cause. Are they all doing it for publicity? People who say this should be ashamed of themselves.Khud to kuch karna nahi sirf bakwas karna hai.At least let others do who are doing their bit with honesty.

There is an unsubstantiated report that Sushant’s family has distanced itself from your fight for Sushant because they feel it is being politicized?

As you said it is unsubstantiated report.So let’s not pay any attention to that. Let me be very honest.I’ m not fighting this on their behalf.I’m fighting against a rot that has set in our film industry. I am fighting against a nexus that is controlling the industry. Fighting against a whole system that is corroded. This is not a fight just for Sushant, it is a fight against a system that suppresses real genuine talent and forces them to take extreme steps.

Ironically, you and Kangana Ranaut are on the same side this time?

There is nothing ironical about it. We are both speaking against the nexus, the system and fighting for justice. It’s logical. We have to demolish the Big ‘C’…the caucus…the clan ..the coterie.It’s dangerous and insidious.And we need to finish this once and for all to pave way for a level-playing field.

Nepotism exists everywhere. Why point a finger at the entertainment industry?

You are right.Nepotism exists everywhere, and nepotism is not the problem.The problem is gangeism, mafiaism.It is almost like the sinister underworld that takes control of everything and everyone. This gang decides who stays who goes..who rises who falls..who succeeds who fails..who lives who dies.

Your son went through a traumatic relationship with an actress. Yet the woman never gets any blame. Do you think the MeToo movement is biased against men in the entertainment industry?

The man goes only as far as the woman allows him to.Why just always blame the men? Sometimes they could be right too. and sometimes they are.

How can more tragedies like Sushant’s be avoided?

The final verdict lies with the audience,the junta. They should reject the scums, the mediocrity. They should reject what is being pushed down their throat, reject what is being served to them in the name of talent and support only the genuine talent. And keep fighting injustice. Like in the case of #justiceforSushantforum.

Finally, what is your genuine opinion on Karan Johar’s talk show Koffee With Karan?

The Koffee needs to get filtered.

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