'I Don't Want People To Remember Him As A Depressed Guy' — Ankita Lokhande On Sushant Singh Rajput's Death

Shubanka Sridhar , 31 Jul 2020
Ankita Lokhande and Sushant Singh Rajput
Ankita Lokhande and Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput‘s unfortunate death by suicide last month came as a shock to his family, close friends and anyone who knew him. One of the people who has known Sushant up-close and personal is his first ever co-star and ex-girlfriend, Ankita Lokhande. Ankita, after remaining quite all the days, finally opened up about his death in an interview yesterday.

Speaking to editor-in-chief of Republic TV, Arnab Goswami, Ankita said that Sushant wasn’t a person who could take his own life and states that she doesn’t think he was depressed.

She said:

Sushant was not the guy who could commit suicide. We have seen worse situations when we were together. He was a happy-go-lucky guy.

Sushant and Ankita were together for 6 years, until 2016, before they parted. She was one of first few people to immediately arrive after his death and stayed right by the family’s side throughout.

Elaborating on the person that he was, she continued:

How much ever I know him, he wasn’t a depressed guy. I have not seen a person like Sushant, a guy who used to write his own dreams, he had a diary… He had his 5-year plan — what he wants to do, how he will look, etc. And exactly after 5 years, he had fulfilled them. And when things like ‘depression’ are used after his name… it is heartbreaking. He might be upset, anxious, yes, but depression is a big word. Calling someone ‘bipolar’ is a big thing.

Questioning how much people really knew Sushant to talk about how depressed he was, she says that it hurts to hear all that is being said about him.

The Sushant that I know — he came from a small town. He established himself on his own. He has taught me so many things, he taught me acting. Kisi ko pata bhi hai Sushant kaun aur kya tha (does anybody even know who the real Sushant was)? Everyone is writing their own portrayal of how ‘depressed’ he was, it hurts reading all of this.

She added:

He found happiness in small things. He wanted to do farming, I know this for sure… he told me agar kuch nai hua to main apni short film bana lunga (if nothing else works out, I will make a short film). He was not a depressed guy, not at all. I don’t know what the situation was… but I will keep repeating this. I don’t want people to remember him as a depressed guy, he was a hero. He was an inspiration.

Marking one month of Sushant’s death on July 14th, Ankita took to her social media to post a picture of a lamp she lit in his memory. Just recently, when Sushant’s father filed a case against Sushant’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, Ankita again took to her social media and shared that Truth wins and justice will prevail. Yesterday, the Bihar police team met her at her residence to record her statement.

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