It was alleged that Sushant Singh Rajput got hooked on drugs on the sets of ‘Kedarnath’. Did you notice anything?
One day, Pooja Gor was telling me about the changing environment of the television industry, and eventually, the subject veered to drugs. To this, Sara told me that she had heard there was a drug problem in the film industry too. I vividly remember telling her to stay away from it because she had a very promising career ahead of her. She assured me that she had never touched drugs and won’t ever do so.
Sushant used to smoke a cigarette but he was very agile-minded. Someone who does drugs is not agile like him, neither do they talk so intelligently. At least, that’s what I think. As a rule, I don’t smoke–I have never lit up either a tobacco or drug-filled cigarette. But I know that if you smoke such a cigarette, it has a distinct smell. I had never seen Sushant and Sara with heavy eyes or on a trip; they were so normal. Sushant was in a different zone; we would talk about cosmology and the science of planets and galaxies.
He owned an expensive telescope too…
I know and we were supposed to have an evening at his place where he would show me the stars. Unfortunately, we couldn’t. My last message to him was on Friday, just 36 hours before he lost his life on Sunday morning.
Did you feel something was different about him during that last conversation?
I never felt even once that he was not fine. Everything was normal. He told me, “Sir, aapko ghar aana padega (you’ll have to come home), and I had told him, “Theek hai, main aa jaunga (Okay, I will come).”