In the past week, the internet has been flooded with messages and pictures of the late actor, Sushant Singh Rajput. From his close friends reminiscing about his love for the stars and the universe to his fans looking back at all his films and his life, there is an outpour of love all around. Actress and dancer Lauren Gottlieb took to her Instagram recently to share screenshots of her conversation with the late actor from 2016.
Sushant died of suicide on June 14th after reportedly battling depression. In these conversations she shared, Sushant is talking about how it was ‘difficult to make the shift from TV to films, but he survived because of his choices.’ Lauren tells him that she is also waiting for that one break in Bollywood. Encouraging her, he says that if ‘an average looking boy with average talent‘ like him can make it, anything is possible. He even mentions the upcoming films he is working on and that his film, M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story was releasing in a few months.
Lauren wrote in her post, “I felt a deep connection with Sushant as we were both “outsiders” and I looked upto him tremendously. I wanted to share this chat we had to remind everyone to walk, talk and treat EVERYONE with this great amount of LOVE and SUPPORT as HE shared!!! I’m seeing so much hate going around. I do not want to tell anyone how to grieve, my process this week looked pretty ugly, but I think one of the best ways to honor his legacy is to be the bright, beautiful, loving light that he exuded each and every day. The world is a better place because of Sushant’s humble heart. Let’s keep sharing his magic and be kind to one another.”
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Today, I finally brought myself to look at my WhatsApp messages with Sushant over the years. I came across one conversation that broke my heart all over again, as it was filled with so much love, kindness, and true support for one another’s dreams! I felt a deep connection with Sushant as we were both “outsiders” and I looked up to him tremendously! I wanted to share this chat we had to remind everyone to walk, talk, and treat EVERYONE with this great amount of LOVE and SUPPORT as HE shared!!! I’m seeing so much hate going around. I do not want to tell anyone how to grieve, my process this week looked pretty ugly, BUT I think one of the BEST ways to honor his legacy is to BE THE BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING LIGHT that he exuded each and every day. The world is a better place because of Sushant’s humble heart. Let’s keep sharing his magic and be kind to one another 💖
Lauren dedicated a touching eulogy for Sushant last week, saying he was the first actor she was introduced to and the first person who asked her to choreograph a song in his film, Detective Byomkesh Bakshi. They were dance partners on the show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa.
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It’s hard to think of my times in India without thinking about Sushant Singh Rajput. He was the first actor I was introduced to, as both of our debut films released 2 weeks apart. He was the actor who first introduced me on the Jhalak stage. He was the first actor who asked me to choreograph his song. I love Sushant deeply for his constant willingness to take those risks with me and step outside of his comfort zone. I will always be grateful for the advice he gave and knowledge he shared. He blew me away when on my very first episode of Jhalak he told the entire audience that he was a fan of mine from when I was on So You Think You Can Dance and his girlfriend was mad he had my photo as his mobile wallpaper😆 Sushant I’ve been your fan and will always be your fan! 🖤 RIP Dearest Sushant 🖤
Before entering films, Sushant played the lead in Ekta Kapoor‘s Pavitra Rishta alongside Ankita Lokhande.