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Sushant Singh Rajput death: Nikhil Dwivedi, Anubhav Sinha, Sapna Bhavnani slam industry's hypocrisy

While there has been an outpouring of grief from the Hindi film industry for the late actor, many have accused the same industry of sidelining and ignoring him.

Anubhav Sinha, Sapna Bhavnani and Shekhar Kapur

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The circumstances of Sushant Singh Rajput's death have raised a number of questions about the Hindi film industry, including the lack of support for people suffering from depression and other mental illnesses. While there has been an outpouring of grief across the board for the actor, many have also stepped forward to highlight the film industry's hypocrisy.

Nikhil Dwivedi, producer of Dabangg 3 (2019) and Veere Di Wedding (2018), said that 'at times our movie industry's hypocrisy gets to me. High and mighty announcing they should have kept in touch wth Sushant. You didn't! And that's because his career dipped.'

Article 15 (2019) filmmaker Anubhav Sinha took a potshot at the "privilege club" in the film industry, without elaborating. The director wrote, 'The Bollywood Privilege Club must sit down and think hard tonight.'

Celebrity hairstylist and documentary filmmaker Sapna Bhavnani, however, did not mince words. The outspoken woman wrote on Instagram, 'No one in the industry stood up for him nor did they lend a helping hand. To post about him today is the biggest display of how shallow the industry really is. No one here is your friend. RIP'

Shekhar Kapur, who was to direct Rajput in Paani, expressed remorse at not having been around. 'I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish I was around the last 6 months,' he tweeted.

Actor Ranvir Shorey said something should be said about the ''gatekeepers'' of the industry who decide who becomes a star. 'Something has to be said about the games they play and their two-facedness,' he said on Twitter.

Actress Meera Chopra, cousin of Priyanka Chopra, also blamed the industry for letting Rajput down and said bluntly, 'Nobody cares. Where was his close circle? The directors, producers he's worked with? His close friends. Why nobody came out and helped, gave him the kind of love, the work that he wanted?'

In a similar vein, actor Gulshan Devaiah said it was a mistake to think of the industry as a family. 'Bollywood is an imaginary name for a place of work, that’s it. I am really not trying to put anybody down here and sorry if it seems [so],' he wrote.

Sushant Singh Rajput's last rites and funeral were slated to take place today at the Pawan Hans crematorium at Santa Cruz in Mumbai.