BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Actress Swastika Mukherjee,who is recieving rave reviews for her powerful portrayal of dog-loving character Dolly Mehra in Paatal Lok in Amazon Prime, is back to Kolkata after almost four months due to the coronavirus lockdown. All these months, she was in Mumbai with her daughter Anwesha. And the actress was terribly missing her stray dog Phulki, whom she had left back in Kolkata. Also, in March, her father-actor Santu Mukherjee had passed away and soon she left for Mumbai when COVID-19 lockdown was announced.
So, now that she is back in Kolkata, Swastika returned to an empty house, which made her more sad. And even before she could settle down, fake news on her name ruined her homecoming. A fake news, which mentioned that ‘suicide has become a fashion’ on her name had appeared in the wake of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death on a news portal. However, Swastika claimed that she hasn’t said anything of that sort to any portal.
Swastika posted a video on her verified social media accounts where she mentioned that after the demise of Sushant, with whom she had worked in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! and Dil Bechara, the actress hasn’t spoken to any media about him. “Please check the authenticity of the news portal before sharing such fake news. Had I given such a quote, then the news portal would have some proof in the form of my voice note, WhatsApp message or recording to prove the authenticity,” said Swastika.
However, Swastika admitted that she had said in an interview that our society has turned suicide cases into a social event. “It seems everyone has become an expert doctor and trolls one and all. But this doesn’t mean I have said it’s a fashionable thing to commit suicide,” said Swastika.
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It’s easy to react, even easier to blame. What’s difficult is to understand and be responsible for our actions. I request everyone to check the authenticity of a certain news and credibility before sharing fake news. The responsibility lies on us. Sharing the link of the video interview taken by @stuteeghosh for #HTBangla. Check before drawing conclusions and slamming people with hatred. https://twitter.com/HT_Bangla/status/1276144823683055616 Check from 3.45 minutes into the video.
The actress mentioned how she has gone through various ups and downs in her personal life. Swastika said she has always been vocal how it’s okay to reach out for help. She also said she has never shied away from hiding her personal scars and have been associated with several suicide prevention organisations. “The scars tell stories of survival. So, I would be the last person to come up with such nonsensical statement that committing suicide is becoming fashionable. So, kindly refrain from sharing fake news,” said Swastika.
Sushant’s last film Dil Bechara, which also stars Swastika alongside debutante Sanjana Sanghi, will release on Disney+Hotstar on July 24. The actress shared the poster of the film on social media.
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A story of love, hope, and endless memories. Celebrating the late #sushantsinghrajput legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever. #dilbechara coming to everyone on @disneyplushotstar on July 24. For the love of Sushant and his love for cinema, the movie will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers. @sanjanasanghi96 @mukeshchhabracc @arrahman @sahilvaid24 #saswatachatterjee @shashankkhaitan @foxstarhindi @sonymusicindia @disneyplushotstarvip @suprotimsengupta @amitabhbhattacharyaofficial #saifalikhan
However, soon after the demise of Sushant, the actress was angry how the media, and social media users were covering the death of the Kai Po Che! actor. So, she took to social media and posted that “he was fighting till he was alive, he is fighting even from his grave.”
” I am going to recover from this disgust. Never. Ever. Ever. The disgust that the media, social media & agenda peddlers collectively have thrown at us. Why write fake RIPs ? We didn’t even allow the man to do that. He was fighting till he was alive, he is fighting even from his grave. Sorry Sushant, we are sorry. I’ll remember this happy you. Today and always,” posted Swastika.