Wednesday, July 1, 2020

tribute to Sushant ! ~ suicide is never the solution


Those who have an illustrious career and have risen up to greater heights have worked very hard and have done more sacrifices than most other ordinary people.  In any field success is never guaranteed, though a small % could be too lucky to have greatness thrust on them.  I am no great fan of Cinema industry and have always felt that actor and actress are celebrated much higher than what they deserve in the society – yet I read this news with lot of sadness !

Alcetas, was the brother of Perdiccas and the son of Orontes from Orestis. He is first mentioned as one of Alexander the Great's generals in his Indian expedition. Marcus Antonius  was a Roman politician and general who played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic from an oligarchy into the autocratic Roman Empire.

Annakili  is more known to us for its music debut of great Illayaraja – the film was  directed by Devaraj Mohan.  The film revolves around Annakili, who falls in love with teacher Thyagarajan. Due to circumstances, Thyagarajan marries another girl. Azhagappan, a womaniser creates a misunderstanding about Annakili among the villagers; the rest of the film shows how Annakili proves her innocence.

‘White Wilderness’ was  a  Walt Disney produced nature documentary that came in 1958.   The film was directed by James Algar and narrated by Winston Hibler.  It contained a  scene that supposedly depicted a mass lemming migration ending with the lemmings leaping into the Arctic Ocean.   Animal suicide is a hugely controversial issue in the world of animal research and psychology, because although there are numerous documented instances of animals seemingly intentionally ending their own lives, no one is exactly sure whether these cases can technically be classified as suicide.

In Dec 2012 at the peak of Carnatic music season tragedy befell on one of the famous singers –in a sad development husband of the popular Carnatic vocalist, committed suicide by jumping into the Adyar river from the Kotturpuram bridge- it was mid day and reportedly some people saw the car stop, a man coming out and jumping into the river.  .. .. and there were some talks on raising  the height of parapet walls of these facilities, as he was not alone.

We read of so many deaths and bad incidents that slowly makes the mind so hard that people do not care or sympathise…  in some ways it was shocking to read of the suicide of this 34 year actor !

Life could difficult and full of impediments but still you have a choice.  Every minute, every breath provides everyone with a choice to be or not to be.  Suicide is never a solution.  Those who end their lives add commotion and trouble to most of their beloved ~ and if some claim to be solitary, they do not obtain the proper solution.  Many do not realize that crisis is temporary, they often perceive that their troubles are inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. Suicide behaviors can accompany many emotional disturbance, including depression, bipolar, disorder. A very high % of all suicide is related to a mood disorder or other psychiatric illness. Suicide behavior often occur in response to a situation that the persons views as overwhelming, such as social isolation, death of a love one, emotional trauma, serious physical illness, unemployment or financial problems, guilty feeling or depends on other alcohol or other drug problem.

Contrary to popular belief the incidence of suicide is high in poor – poverty or debt does not drive all to death… there are many among the rich too who resort to suicide. Many people die by suicide because depression is triggered by several negative life experiences. There could be innumerable reasons that one could cite, still there would be strong reason for them to continue to live the life in its normal course.

I certainly was impressed by the bio-pic ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ and its release in 2016 catapulted the hero Sushant Singh Rajput to fame.  The film chronicled  the life of Dhoni from a young age through a series of life events. The film released in Sept 2016   by Fox Star Studios  received the widest release ever for a Bollywood film across 61 countries. In addition to being released in Hindi language, it was also dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, and other languages.  Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success.  Sad the hero is no more, putting an end to himself !

Sushant Singh Rajput (21 January 1986 – 14 June 2020) was a renowned  actor, dancer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Rajput started his career with television serials. His debut show was Star Plus's romantic drama Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008), followed by an award-winning performance in Zee TV's popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–11). Rajput made his film debut in the buddy drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut.  His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the titular role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).

Suicide (Latin suicidium, from sui caedere, "to kill oneself") is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Suicide is often committed out of despair, the cause of which can be attributed to a mental disorder such as depression, bipolar disorder,schizophrenia, alcoholism, or drug abuse.

A few years back, we had organized a talk session for the students of SYMA Growth – and the Police Inspector of D3 Triplicane PS Mr R Dhalavoisamy  made a powerful speech.  It was simple and touched the nerves – failures are not to be feared.  Quoting personal examples he urged the students that a failure in Public exam or elsewhere would not push one out of the society.  While most people would advise the gathering on how to get top marks seeing it as the gateway of success, this Officer neatly narrated that one should never get disheartened by the failures.  I felt very impressed.

Section 306 in The Indian Penal Code :306. Abetment of suicide.—If any person commits suicide, whoever abets the commission of such suicide, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Alcetas one of  Alexander the Great's generals in his Indian expedition killed himself in an act of avoiding imminent capture.   When  Antonius   invaded Egypt, with no other refuge to escape to,  Mark Antony committed suicide by stabbing himself with his sword in the mistaken belief that Cleopatra had already done so.  In the film Annakili, Jayalakshmi did lead role.  The actress whose screen name was Fatafat Jayalakshmi committed suicide.

Sad to read of the passing away of Sushant Rajput – suicide is never a solution but has often been glorified, shown in different ways in Cinema !  Young ones should be taught to live daringly facing failures, for everyone had failed somewhere in their attempts – the ones who have not, perhaps never ventured out on anything.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15.06.2020


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