We found garbage outside her flat. Once, a used face mask was thrown. We first thought these were children playing pranks. A few weeks ago we found a semen-like substance outside the door. Around the same time, my aunt would get calls on the [building] intercom from a man saying he would bring chicken to her house. She is a vegetarian and was upset by this.
That’s the nephew of 62-year-old Chandra Sampath, the alleged target of a frightening campaign of harassment. The perpetrator is her neighbour Subbiah Shanmugam—a surgeon who is also (believe it or not!) the national president of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the student wing of the RSS. The reason for this vile bullying: Subbiah wanted Sampath to turn over her assigned parking spot in their building. He first claimed the complaint was “fabricated”—but has since “accepted his act and promised peace.” Illustration: Parth Savla.
Story of a Bollywood death retold
The TLDR: Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film ‘Dil Bechara’ hit Disney+ Hotstar this weekend with a bang—in the midst of a toxic blame game unleashed by his death. The spectacle of sleaze includes wild conspiracy theories, self-serving debates over nepotism and the role of film criticism and—inevitably—a politicised police investigation. We wade through the muck to un/recover Rajput the actor and his very real legacy of work.
The nepotism debate
Having spent just a nano-second on the real issue of mental health, the Twitter elite pivoted quickly to the more pressing problem at hand: Bollywood nepotism—which has now been blamed (without proof) for Rajput’s death. Leading the charge: Kangana Ranaut. A surprise recent entry: AR Rahman.
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