Photograph: Kind courtesy Sushant Singh Rajput/Facebook
The Mumbai police, probing Sushant Singh Rajput’s alleged suicide, has sent a letter to Yash Raj Films, seeking details of the contracts it had signed with the actor, an officer said.
Rajput, 34, known for films like Kai Po Che!, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story and Chhichhore, was found hanging in his apartment on Sunday, June 14, sending shockwaves in the film industry and elsewhere.
“The police are investigating various angles, including that of professional rivalry, in the case,” the officer said.
So far, police officers in the north west Mumbai suburb of Bandra have recorded the statements of over 13 people, including Sushant’s family members and close friends like actor Rhea Chakraborty and casting director Mukesh Chhabra.
“Keeping in view the professional angle, the police have started calling some prominent production houses for inquiry. As part of that, the police on Thursday sent a letter to Yash Raj Films, seeking details of all the contracts it had signed with the deceased actor,” a senior police officer said.
“We have also asked for copies of the contracts that Yash Raj Films had signed with the actor,” he added.
In the next few days, the police may also call those people who had played a role in signing the contracts between the actor and the production houses for their projects, the officer said.
Sushant worked in two Yash Raj Films movies — Shuddh Desi Romance(2013), directed by Maneesh Sharma, and in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), directed by Dibakar Banerjee.
His third film with the banner was supposed to be Paani, directed by Shekhar Kapur, but YRF reportedly backed out of the project later.