Rhea Chakraborty Why Is Indian TV Obsessed With Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death

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Rhea Chakraborty Why Is Indian TV Obsessed With Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death

The sudden death of a young celebrity would be big news anywhere.

But the frenzied coverage of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and vilification of his actor-girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty has dominated prime-time in India, leading many to ask whether the story is distracting from more important issues at a time of national crisis.

The media obsession began in June when Rajput was found dead in his apartment. Mumbai police said the 34-year-old actor had taken his own life, and reports in the press suggested he had been dealing with mental health issues.

But the case is now being investigated by federal police after Rajput’s father accused Chakraborty of abetment of suicide, stealing his son’s money, overdosing him on medication, and even murdering him – unsubstantiated allegations that she has denied.

On Tuesday, Chakraborty was arrested by India’s narcotics control authority for allegedly buying cannabis for Rajput. She denies all the allegations against her.

trial by media has followed the wild accusations, with some of India’s most popular television hosts declaring Chakraborty guilty already.

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“Nothing can rival a reality show – everyone is glued to their TV sets,” says Shailaja Bajpai, media editor of news website The Print.

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Tensions on the disputed border with China are also worse than at any time since the 1960s.

But most television news channels have devoted little time to these issues. When a panellist on one channel gamely sought to discuss the economy, he was slapped down.

“I want to put on record my deep disgust on a day GDP has contracted 23.9%…” he began.

Rhea Chakraborty Why Is Indian TV Obsessed With Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death

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