Actor Sushant Singh Rajput who was one of Bollywood’s rising stars and had done some critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies, died last year in June. His death caused a massive furore in India with people turning against Bollywood and conspiracy theorists sharing inane ideas and messages about the actor’s death.
Three government bodies – the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Enforcement Directorate (ED), and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB)- had gotten involved and some of B-town’s top celebrities like Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan and Shraddha Kapoor had been called in for questioning. Rajput’s former girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty was villainised in the media and spent time in jail and so did her younger brother.
Now, the actor has been honoured at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021 with the Critic’s Best Actor accolade. The ceremony was held on Saturday.
Rajput began his career in 2008 with the television show Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil but became a household name when he bagged the lead role in Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta opposite Ankita Lokhande. Till date, he remains the most successful TV actor to have successfully transitioned to the movies. Rajput gained more fame when he made his Bollywood debut with Kai Po Che and the MS Dhoni biopic.
“Celebrating the dedication you’ve shown on the way to this achievement. Congratulations to Late @sushantsinghrajput for winning the Critic’s Best Actor award at Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards 2021. We miss you,” the official Instagram account of Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival announced on their social media account.
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Rajput was last seen in Dil Bechara opposite Sanjana Sanghi. The film was released posthumously and was directed by Rajput’s close friend, Mukesh Chhabra. Dil Bechara is a Hindi adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
[Image Credit: Dadasaheb Phalke -DPIFF Awards]