Bollywood actress arrested after Sushant Singh Rajput suicide

Rhea Chakraborty, the star’s former girlfriend, whose suicide has received high media coverage, is accused of having procured him drugs.

Several people, including a Bollywood actress, were arrested Tuesday in India in the high-profile case of the suicide in June of star actor Sushant Singh Rajput, police said.

The actress, Rhea Chakraborty, the actor’s former girlfriend, is accused of buying drugs for him. Other arrested include the actress’ brother and a member of the actor’s household staff. The Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s main criminal police service, took up the case in August. Anti-narcotics police are also investigating the actor’s cannabis use.

Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at the age of 34 in his Bombay apartment in June and police said it was a suicide. The case sparked a great debate in the media about Bollywood, especially mental health and the pressures on the film industry.

Rajput’s family, however, disputed reports that he suffered from depression and accused Rhea Chakraborty, 28, of harassing the actor and taking advantage of his money. What she strongly denied. The media follow step by step the confrontation between the actress and the family of the actor as well as the evolutions of the investigation.

Sushant Singh Rajput, born in the eastern state of Bihar, had dropped out of engineering studies to become an actor. He rose to fame in 2013 with Kai Po Che!, a film about cricket, love and politics well received at the Berlin Film Festival.

He also played in 2016 in a successful biopic the Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In an interview last year with AFP, Rajput spoke of the torrent of emotions he went through while making this film which evoked the player’s broken heart after the death of his girlfriend. « In my head, I was him and everything that happened really affected me », he had said.

His last film was a Hindi remake of the American film Our opposite stars (2014), titled Dil Bechara (Poor heart) and released last July.

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