Veteran Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan has penned down an emotional note to pay tribute to the versatile actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead at his residence in Mumbai on June 14.
In a heart-rending note on Twitter, the Bollywood megastar said that "what kind of a mind leads one to suicide is an eternal mystery.
Big B says he has one question for Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) why he ended his life. His message begins with the word 'Why' four times and concludes by recalling the late actor's brilliant performance in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which he played the role of iconic Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The 77-year-old star posted a picture with the late actor on Instagram, in which SSR can be seen taking a picture as he sits next to Bachchan while they both are all smiles.
His message reads: Your brilliant talent? your brilliant mind? laid to rest, without asking, seeking why? his work was sheer brilliance? and his mind even more? many a time did he express himself in the depth of philosophical verb? they that looked passed it were either in wonder or oblivious of its strength of meaning some wondered, some quibbled? to some it was subdued mirth subdued because, for it to be given lethargic ignorance, would have opened the caves of their own? his speak was measured? as was his screen presence..."
Bachchan specifically mentions how he was impressed by the late actor's ability to replicate Dhoni's iconic six at an international match.
He adds: On one of my meetings with him, I asked him how did he manage to give that iconic shot of Dhoni hitting a six winning the International tournament, to absolute perfection? he said he saw that video of Dhoni, a hundred times?!!... that was the severity of his professional effort?
The actor also spoke of 34-year-old SSR's humble beginnings and how his rise had been dramatic. He then observed that sometimes, excessiveness could also lead one to an extreme step.
"He came from humble beginnings? was a part of the 4th line group dancers, that performed shows with Shiamak Davar, the ingenious talented choreographer of our times? rising from those climes to where he was, is a story by itself? excessiveness can often lead to extremes? what kind of a mind leads one to suicide is an eternal mystery? to end a most gainful life, is simply not permitted."
Sushant Singh Rajput is believed to have committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Bandra, Mumbai Police confirmed.