The sad and sudden demise of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput has rocked the entire nation. While his Bollywood counterparts and fans are still trying to wrap their head around the shocking news, we reached out to celebrity stylist Leepakshi Yellawadi who shared a close bond with the actor.
In an exclusive interview with ETimes, Leepakshi opened up about her memories with the actor, time he spoke about his ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande and more. Shocked and shaken by the news, Leepakshi said, “I couldn’t believe it was true. It is just too much and I have no idea what went wrong with him.”
Talking about how she knew the actor, she added, “Sushant and I had done a few commercials together and that is when we got to know each other. We also did a shoot with Kendall Jenner. That is when we bonded a lot. He was such a passionate guy and we would end up talking for hours after the shoot. He would narrate his poetry to me and he would write a lot. You could speak to him about anything and he would know it. At that time, he wanted to start flying. That is when I realised that we were actually very simple people. He did not feel the need to go and mingle with Kendall Jenner. So while most of the crew was socializing, he and I would be sitting and talking about spirituality. He had lost his mother and I too have lost my mother so we bonded a lot over that.”
Narrating an incident, she averred, “He asked me if I had watched his, ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’. I told him I was not in the country when it was released and I am one of those people who loves to watch movies only on the big screen. So he instantly jumped and said, ‘Tu ghar aaja’ (Come to my house). I have got this massive projector and you want to see the movie on the big screen and I am going to show you. I went to his home and watched the movie. He was so excited and told me so many trivia about the film. It was very refreshing to know that he was very passionate. He used to talk so much that I used to cut him and say, ‘Chup ho ja ab bas (Keep quiet, now enough). It was not like we were friends for a long time but I had an instant comfort level with him.”
“He kept in touch over the years with me. I used to ask him if he is attending this event or that event to help him with his look and all. He would shy away from going to many events. He used to find it useless and we used to just laugh about it,” she added.
She also revealed that the actor was not somebody who had many friends in the industry. “I cannot imagine a person like him coming to a point when he felt it is absolutely worthless. We all feel welcomed and warm in the industry but there is a dark side to it. Most of us don’t have real friends. There are very few people who will tell you and guide you. As far as I know, he had friends who were from a simple background and they were not the film people. He told me that most of his friends are from his school and college but thodi bahut friendship yahan bhi karni padti hai (You have to make friends with people here too).”
Leepakshi stated that she admired Sushant for the person he was. Proving her statement she said, “When we were talking he told me how indebted he was to his ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. According to him, she supported him very much when they were on television and during their struggling days. He became a big star. This is a real quality in somebody to look back and even if you are not with that person, appreciate them for what they have done for you. Even though their relationship went sour, he had only good things to say about her. I was really fond of him. When I heard the news I was in disbelief and shaking. He had so many more stories to tell me. We all get busy. He just suddenly decided that okay I am going to go.”
When asked if she was in touch with him and when was the last time she spoke to him, she said, “I spoke to him last about two and a half or three months ago. I wouldn’t say that I am one of his closest friends or something like that. He was somebody who had so much to talk about. He never spoke about what upset him. He never sounded depressed to me ever. He had a very limited circle and he kept it to himself. He did not mingle too much in the industry and out there partying. But I can imagine he must be under so much pressure because there is this constant judging with regard to his films and personal lives. It is high time we pay attention to our mental health. People could never tell that this guy could do something like this.”
“It is a shame that it has happened and I am in deep shock. I just know that Sushant was more than just an actor,” she concluded.