RIDE TO SIX PLACES TRENDING IN MEDIA

On a quiet Sunday afternoon, Indian media went berserk. The news was about the death of a young Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. An army of Journalist representing various news channels were reporting from the scene of tragedy.

The non-stop, high decibel coverage with reporters screaming out of their lungs has been a pounding on the audience eardrums.

In four months, the case of the actors death has taken dramatic turns on the legal high ground and become a political slug-fest. I made an informal visit to six places in the city which are connected to the case.

Mont Blanc:

A Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) was found dead in mysterious circumstances on June 14, 2020 at his home in Bandra, Mumbai. It was a rented apartment where he stayed with his girlfriend and staff. The Police declared the cause of death a suicide since he was found hanging from a ceiling fan. But within a few weeks of media investigation, possibilities of homicide angle emerged. Various facts and opinions surfaced in the public domain on the electronic and digital media on the SSR case. The family of SSR filed a petition before the Supreme Court of India for a CBI inquiry. Online petitions led by various activist groups were initiated asking for a detail investigation into the matter.

Manikarnika:

In the meantime, another actor Kangana Ranaut became the talking point for her strong views on the case and issues surrounding the Bollywood industry. Some of her remarks sparked controversies and led to a personal clash with the Maharashtra state government. Both parties exchange heated statements on twitter and interviews on TV news channels. Kangana’s house faced partial demolition on short notice by the municipality as they found irregularities in the structure. Calling it vendetta, the actor has filed a case against the state government to claim damages.

DB Breeze:

Actor Kagana Ranaut has a house in this residential tower. This place which is close to my house as been in news for all sorts of reasons.

Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Guest House:

As the SSR investigation progressed, the NCB joined the action to probe drugs angle in the case. Top A-Lister’s were summoned by the NCB for inquiry and made to appear at this building, making a wave of news headlines.

Exchange Building:

This is the zonal office of NCB located at Ballarad Estate. I saw a few journalist with their camera’s and microphones going about their usual business outside the building. I waited for them to complete their reporting as I wanted to capture a clear view of the structure.

Kaiser-I-Hind Building:

Kaiser-I-Hind houses the regional office of the Enforcement Directorate, which is a law enforcement and economic intelligence agency. They are probing the angle of money laundering in the SSR case.

The high-profile SSR case has led to several legal suits being filed in the Bombay High Court and the Supreme Court of India, keeping the Indian Judicial system busy in the pandemic.

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Author: Vijay Malhotra, Mumbai

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