Author: Ajay Brahmatmaj
Recently, I was talking to a school friend of the village. The news from TV and newspapers had filled her mind that Riya is completely guilty in this case and that Maharashtra police was not investigating properly before the case went into the hands of CBI. He kept on explaining me for a long time. When I saw that I could not agree with the facts being publicized, he said the last thing, ‘Hey Ajiya, Sushant Bihari was. At least speak in favor of him being Bihari. Demand justice for him. ‘ Let me tell that I did my schooling in Birpur in Supaul district of Bihar. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Bihari identity has been vocal after his suspicious death. Before that very few people knew that they were from Bihar. He did not mention his Bihar background in the interview.
Which party will bet on Sushant’s family in Bihar?
Found out late
We all know that Manoj Vajpayee is from Belwa village in Bettiah district of Bihar. Similarly, Pankaj Tripathi is from Belsand village of Gopalganj. Shatrughan Sinha is known by the name of Bihari Babu. Shekhar Suman also revealed the Bihari identity. The total information about Sushant Singh Rajput is that he was from Patna. Usually every Bihari has a village or town. Information about the village of Sushant Singh Rajput was found in 2019, when he arrived in Maldiha of Purnia after 17 years. This news was then published in newspapers published from Bihar.
At the time of the release of ‘Kay Po Chhe’ in 2013, he had his PRO. He spoke to senior journalists of Hindi and English media in those days. I remember that when I asked my habitual background in that meeting, he told himself of Delhi. Later, a journalist friend came to know about his bihari, so in the next meeting I asked, ‘Why Sushant, you are from Bihar? Where are you from? Blushing a little and smiling, he had said, ‘hails from Patna. Do not write. At the time of the release of MS Dhoni, when some young journalists asked him that you are from Patna, then there must have been no problem in catching Dhoni’s language? To this he said, ‘No, I am not from Patna. I am educated in Delhi. However, recently, he was printed everywhere about his schooling in Patna.
Psychologists and sociologists will explain why a popular actor hides his or her original identity due to which gland in their lifetime. But the interesting thing is that the same actor suddenly becomes a symbol of the same identity after death for some reason. The CBI has taken up the Sushant case on the recommendation of the Bihar government. On August 5, Nitish Kumar tweeted, ‘The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of the State Government to conduct a CBI inquiry into the case lodged in Patna by the father of the late Sushant Singh Rajput. Thanks to the central government for this! Hope that now a better investigation and justice can be found. ‘ Just a few days ago, the Art and Culture Cell of BJP has not forgotten for Sushant Singh Rajput in Bihar! I will not let you forget !! ‘ Printed and distributed stickers and posters.
Sushant’s death became an election issue! BJP has printed sticker – I have not forgotten… I will not forget ..
From the time he became famous in the film industry in 2013 till the day of his death, the Bihar government never took care of Sushant Singh Rajput. Never given any honor or award, nor appointed an ambassador of any department. After his sudden death everyone realized that he was Bihari. Now the result of Bihar election will tell who in BJP or JDU benefited from keeping this episode alive.
Anarchy is evident in Bihar government films. The intermittent film festival has been closed for the last few years. Despite repeated announcements, no concrete decision has yet been taken on the establishment of Film City in Bihar. The Bihar government does not give any honors and awards to Bihari artists, while Bihari artists have been associated with films since the era of silent cinema. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his government never played the formality of calling and honoring National Award winning artists and directors. But at this time, both are very concerned about the ‘Bihari identity’ of Sushant Singh Rajput.
I remember myself and Festival Officer Prashant Kashyap tried repeatedly to call Sushant Singh Rajput for a film festival in Patna. He kept avoiding every time. He asked me not to but Prashant Kashyap that ‘Bihari should not be called with identity in Patna. I will come to some other event. ‘ Just a few months ago, February 2020 was the 250th anniversary of Bihar’s Purnia district. The organizers of the Purnia festival also failed to attempt to call Sushant Singh Rajput, a native and popular face of Maldiha village in Purnia. Despite repeated requests, Sushant did not agree to go to Purnia.
Do not call Patna
Actually, this is not the case of Sushant alone. The attempt to hide identity is also prevalent due to the backwardness associated with Bihar. In Mumbai’s film industry, there is an unwritten imperative for artists to give up their language and accent. Pronounce the standard. Artists from all Hindi states deal with this problem. Most of the artists of Bihar are not publicly heard talking in their mother tongue (Bhojpuri, Maithili and Magahi). Incidentally, Anubhav Sinha and Manoj Vajpayee also took more than 20 years to do something at the audio-visual medium in Bhojpuri. His Bhojpuri rap ‘Bombay Mein Ka Ba?’ Recently arrived.
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the author’s own