"We want to end nepotism. The mafia needs to go.”
UK-based Bollywood fans are planning to carry out protests for Sushant Singh Rajput.
Following the actor’s death, fan following has grown massively and while arrests have been made in relation to the case, fans in the UK are demanding justice.
Protests are being planned outside theatres for September 14, 2020.
Rashmi Mishra, from the group Inspiring Indian Women, said:
“We are planning to demonstrate outside a leading multiplex on that date to join those protesting around the world.
“We want to give those people in Bollywood a message that they cannot think of themselves as gods. They must not forget that it is we who made them.”
A Facebook group was created for NRIs in the UK to boycott Bollywood.
Sushant was found dead at his residence on June 14, 2020. It was initially believed to be suicide but many have claimed he was murdered.
Since then, dark rumours surrounding Bollywood have come to light and it is said that it was responsible for Sushant’s death.
Demands for justice have already been seen in the UK. A van with digital images of Sushant was seen driving around London. According to several tweets, Lycra Radio was behind the van.
This is what Sushant has earned.
Today a fan of Sushant saw this Sushant van, that was going around London.
— Pooja ( Justice for Sushant ) (@Beingrealbeing) August 30, 2020
Roopa Dewan is leading a protest outside a cinema in London on September 14. She said:
“If justice is done, people will forget. We want to end nepotism. The mafia needs to go.”
Roopa said that Bollywood fans in the UK and around the world have come together to boycott films from producers and actors they have come to dislike following Sushant’s death.
She added: “They are getting the message that people are not watching those films now.”
Sushant’s death has resulted in anger against Bollywood. Fans are now denying Bollywood its market just as they reportedly denied Sushant film roles.
Roopa said: “We are relying on the CBI to give us the truth.
“In the past, so often the CBI has been silenced. This time we want the whole truth to come out.
“You can see what is happening. What began as messages within groups has become a movement now.”
The protests follow on from Shweta Singh Kirti, Sushant’s sister, earlier call for global support.
The protests in Britain may worry Bollywood producers and distributors given the success of Bollywood films in Britain.
On September 4, 2020, the Producers’ Guild of India issued a statement that the “tragic death of a promising young star” is being used as a “tool to defame and slander the film industry and its members”.
That statement only came as confirmation to SSR fan groups that their campaign is hitting Bollywood as intended.
What could worry Bollywood even more is vacant seats at cinemas as a result of widespread boycotting of the industry.