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Covid what? Coverage of Indian actor’s death outdoes that of virus

A ‘trial by the media’ after the death of a Bollywood star and his girlfriend’s arrest has gripped the country

Shilpa Jamkhandikar

The demise of a young movie star has transfixed India like no other news in a year of bad headlines.

The abrupt death of Sushant Singh Rajput has spurred a debate about the stigma of mental health, the rarefied insider world of Bollywood and, more recently, condemnation of the media for the non-stop coverage of the duelling accusations between Rajput’s family and his girlfriend.

Mumbai police initially reported Rajput’s death as accidental, while local media called it suicide. But the federal police agency is now investigating if there was foul play and is questioning Rajput’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, and others...

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