A month after actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise, producer Ekta Kapoor has joined hands with Tarun Katial to launch the Pavitra Rishta Fund to spread mental health awareness among people. “The times have drastically shifted from what it was 10 years ago, as there is a lot more pressure today. With the pandemic around, especially with all of us being confined to our homes, people are facing a lot more stress and anxiety. Stress levels due to work, friction at home, loss of jobs etc, have contributed to the ongoing issues of deteriorating mental health conditions in many. It is my privilege to be a part of the Pavitra Rishta Fund, and I will always be happy to be a part of such initiatives in the future as well,” Ekta said.
Pavitra Rishta was the Ekta Kapoor show that made Sushant Singh Rajput a household name, in his role of Manav Deshmukh. “Our endeavour is to create awareness and be able to help as many individuals as we can, who are suffering from this issue,” said Tarun Katial, CEO, Zee5 India.
Opening up about his friendship with Sushant Singh Rajput, his Dil Bechara Director, Mukesh Chhabra, had recently said, “We actually used to always be other’s stress buster. Whenever we used to get an opportunity we used to dance and sing on set. Once I knew that I was making my first film, apart from a great actor I needed someone who would understand me, as a friend, someone who was close to me, someone who would stand by me no matter what during this entire journey. I remember long ago Sushant had promised me that whenever I make my first film, he would star in it as the lead and he kept his promise. So when I approached him for Dil Bechara, he immediately said yes, without even reading the script. We always had this strong emotional connection. He used to always help me improve the scene. He used to read with me and if at any point he felt that creatively the scene could be improved he used to always let me know. We used to sit together and discuss at length.”
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(As per inputs from IANS)