What is Kangana Ranaut’s fight about — Sushant Singh Rajput or herself? This is getting more perplexing by the day. Her good battle to ensure justice for the dead actor is getting more and more confused as she keeps opening new fronts and enlarging the range of her targets.
It is difficult to gauge at this point whether the debate is about insiders and outsiders in the film industry. She has already diluted it by being at loggerheads with outsiders like Anurag Kashyap who have entrenched themselves in the industry riding on talent and after a long struggle. She has a similar career trajectory. If it’s about nepotism, it is not clear how the likes of Swara Bhaskar and Tapsee Pannu fit in. Calling them B grade actors doesn’t add any weight to the argument against nepotism. If it is against a network of powerful people such as Karan Johar and Aditya Chopra controlling the industry, it is difficult to see how it proceeds to any conclusion after devolving into a free-for-all social media name-calling.
Yes, Sushant Singh Rajput is somewhere in the picture. It’s sad that his demise is turning into some kind of a farce involving individual egos. His friends and well-wishers in Bihar and elsewhere are perfectly justified in their single-minded call for justice for the late actor. Their suspicion of mental harassment of the actor, the involvement of powerful industry people, shoddy police job and demand for a CBI probe are in a logical continuum. Unfortunately, not so is Kangana’s fight.
Enmeshed in irrelevant issues that qualify as personal, it is losing clarity. How, for example, raising actor Sanjana Sanghi’s supposed silence in the MeToo controversy is relevant to the current issue? Why call the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Gully Boys a bad film when the matter at hand is something else altogether. If the effort is to join scattered dots to explain nepotism as a reason behind Sushant’s death, then a pattern is fuzzy so far.
Moreover, why is being invited to or excluded from a filmy party so important? Her own case is good proof that talent can make its place in the industry without godfathers. Sushant, who made it to the big league after a struggle of his own, certainly was not a weakling to be heart-broken about being ignored for private parties. And, as is evident now, he had friends too. Added up, whatever comes up in the media doesn’t constitute proof. These won’t be enough to ensure justice for him.
The fiesty rebel taking on a rotten system never fails to warm the cockles of the heart. It is always satisfying when the arrogance of power is humbled. But a fight without focus can hardly achieve that. She has been the ideal rebel so far. She surely can do without the distraction. Credibility has been her forte so far. That explains the support for her in the social media. But the support may turn unreliable once people realise that Sushant’s case is getting undermined due to avoidable twists and turns.
To sum it up, the central topic right now should be Sushant only. It is fair to ask questions on everything related to his death. It does not matter if industry biggies or the police are uncomfortable. If television media support is summoned, it is fine too. But the case must follow a logical path.