Actor Swara Bhasker has written in defence of Rhea Chakraborty, who has been accused by Sushant Singh Rajput’s family of abetting his suicide and misappropriating his funds. Swara in contrast the media’s remedy of Rhea to the Salem witch trials within the 17th century.
She wrote in The Week that watching the narrative round Rhea unfold within the information, she was reminded of Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, a dramatisation of the trials that noticed 20 ladies being executed on suspicion of practising witchcraft. “In recent weeks, I’ve often thought of The Crucible as I watched the public sentiment around the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, ostensibly by suicide, turn from emotional outpouring of grief by fans into a media-fuelled hysteria and blind certitude that he was murdered,” she wrote.
She continued that after the preliminary debate round nepotism, consideration was diverted to Rhea after Sushant’s father filed an FIR towards her in Patna. “This led to a shocking slander campaign and hysterical media trial that has practically declared Rhea to be a murderess, with no proof, based on contorted facts, rank misinformation and what are now being proven to be lies,” Swara wrote.
Rhea has been investigated by three companies — the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Narcotics Control Bureau and the Enforcement Directorate. And but, Swara wrote, “She has been vilified and called slanderous names by social media ecosystems and #JusticeForSushant ‘warriors’. Salacious conspiracy theories about her have done the rounds and she, her family and staff at her building have been physically hounded by shameless media personnel.”
Swara wrote that whereas there was no proof to show that Sushant was murdered, “evidence that suggests that Rajput’s family has lied is emerging.” Writing that together with Sushant, public decency additionally appears to have died, Swara continued, “Watching this case play out and turn into a senseless, hysterical, conspiracy-heavy TV soap-like reality-show, one cannot help but wonder at the human condition.”
This isn’t the primary time that Swara has spoken in defence of Rhea. On August 10, Swara tweeted, “Rhea is being subjected to a bizarre & dangerous media trial fuel led by hugely problematic impulses of mob justice. I hope the Hon’ble #SupremeCourt will pay heed & take fake news spinners & conspiracy theorists like Repooplic, Poopindia & others to task. Let the law decide.”
About the tweet, she advised Hindustan Times in an interview, “I can’t speak for others. I always stand up for what I think is right and we should not act like the judges, lawyers and investigators. It’s not our job as a society but a job for the courts.”
Rhea on Monday filed a counter criticism towards two of Sushant’s sisters for procuring a cast prescription for him mere days earlier than his loss of life. The FIR was registered by the Mumbai Police and the case was subsequently transferred to the CBI, as per Supreme Court directives.