A month after actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead at his house, the Mumbai police have summoned filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and producer-director Karan Johar’s manager to record their statements in connection with actor’s suicide case, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Sunday (July 26).
The police are investigating allegations that professional rivalry, besides clinical depression, drove Rajput to suicide. “Mahesh Bhatt will record his statement in a day or two. Summons have also been sent to actor Kangana Ranaut, asking her to record her statement,” he said. Ranaut had lashed out at nepotism and cartels in Bollywood, alleging that Rajput was its victim.
The minister added that the police had so far recorded statements of 37 people in connection with the case. They include director Sanjay Leela Bhansali, filmmaker and Yash Raj Films (YRF) chairman Aditya Chopra and film critic Rajeev Masand.
On June 14, the 34-year-old actor was found hanging at his apartment in Mumbai. Rajput had starred in films such as ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, ‘Raabta’, ‘Kedarnath’ and ‘Sonchiriya’. But his most prominent role came as cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the biopic- ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’.