Writer-director RumiÂ JaffreyÂ is in a state of shock after hearing ofÂ SushantÂ Singh Rajputâ€™s sudden death. â€œThis is the third death of someone so close to me happening within weeks. Rishi KapoorÂ was like a brother, thenÂ Wajid Khan who was like family. And now Sushantâ€¦.I canâ€™t believe it! SushantÂ was very close to me and my family. He loved my wifeâ€™s cooking and insisted on having herÂ khana as soon as theÂ lockdownÂ would be over. We had to meet for the film that we were doing. It was to be produced by VashuÂ Bhagnani. For some time nowÂ SushantÂ and I were discussing a possible project together. He told me to leave the choice of producer to him, we finally zeroed in onÂ Vashuji,â€ reveals Rumi.
The shooting was to begin in July. â€œWe were to shoot the film in London. But then this virus ended all our plans. We had promised to meet immediately after the lockdown. But it seems God had others plans.â€
RumiÂ Jaffrey cannot understand why SushantÂ needed to end his life. â€œHe always had a smile for everyone. He was so full of positive energy. My son loved him. I am talking to you away from his hearing distance because he would get very disturbed to hear me talking of Sushant in the pastâ€¦Itâ€™s easy for people to make sarcastic comments on the social media about all those â€˜privileged Bollywood peopleâ€™ who abandonedÂ SushantÂ in his final days. But no one abandoned him. During his final months he just didnâ€™t want to meet anyone.â€
Is it true thatÂ SushantÂ recommended RheaÂ ChakrabortyÂ for RumiÂ Jaffreyâ€™sÂ Chehre?
â€œNot true at all. Rhea was on board from the beginning. She didnâ€™t replaceÂ KritiÂ Kharbanda. Krystle Dâ€™Souza did,â€ says Rumi.