Aren’t the videos of Sushant Singh Rajput’s spirit talking to paranormal expert Steve Huff just the epitome of grabbing 10-minutes of fame?
Since the past few days, I have been seeing on social media the videos of Sushant Singh Rajput having spoken to paranormal expert Steve Huff. The videos are constantly being shared by his fans on social media. I don’t have anything against the fans. Of course, they’re fans and they would want to share any news about their favourite superstar on their social media handles. But when the same is being shared by popular media houses, is it even right?
By covering stories and, at times, even trying to justify the authenticity of the videos, aren’t the media houses justifying that a world of paranormal exists? As a journalist, I feel that’s the lowest any other reporter can go down to because the first rule of journalism teaches us to believe in facts. Paranormal, to be honest, is a science which hasn’t yet been proven to be a fact, otherwise, there would be ghosts and spirits coming down to courthouses and fighting legal battles.
Above all, aren’t the videos unethical towards the family of the deceased actor, Sushant Singh Rajput?
I have nothing against media houses covering the death of Sushant Singh Rajput day in and day out since over a month and a half. He was a huge star, and his last film, ‘Dil Bechara’, which is set to release this Friday seems like a keeper for ages. So, it’s perfectly alright for media houses to cover Sushant Singh Rajput’s news 20 times in a day online and keep showing his face to the masses on television 100 times in a single bulletin. But trying to justify paranormal activity as truth is something that shouldn’t be done.
I have nothing against the paranormal expert Steve Huff. He has been doing this since over a decade, and must definitely be good at it also, otherwise why would Sushant Singh Rajput’s fans bombard him with messages on social media asking him to talk to SSR’s spirit. But, when there is an ongoing investigation about a said person’s death, I think doing a spirit box session and also sharing those videos on social media is just a bit pushing the envelope towards having your own 10-minutes of fame under the sun.
I won’t lie, I am not a believer of the paranormal. I have always believed it to be a great form of trickery and sleight of hand, and never have I personally believed that people exist after they die. So, when someone tries to prove the fact that he or she spoke to someone after their death, I wouldn’t believe it in all usual circumstances. The same is with these videos, and I personally, have not been able to consider it an authentic proof or, at least, a believable proof to be shown in a court of law. I could go on to raise a million questions about the way the videos were shot, but I am not against Steve Huff’s videos. What I am against, is the sharing of the video by popular media houses, who have a social responsibility to bring out the truth based on just facts and nothing else.
There are parts in the video where Sushant is asked about the night of his death, and the alleged response from his spirit is, “Big arguments with men.” When as a follow up he is asked about whether he was murdered and does he remember it, the alleged response came in as, “They brought nails.”
These statements have been flashed on news reports by media houses, and by doing so, is the media not trying to bend the police’s judgement towards proving Sushant’s death as a murder? To be fair, it hasn’t yet been proven by the authorities. As responsible journalists, we shouldn’t be taking sides in an ongoing investigation unless there is something concrete which comes out. For sure, a paranormal expert talking to a dead man’s spirit can’t be considered concrete evidence.
As reporters, we should know that there has already been an immense hullabaloo about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. How did he die, whether it was suicide or murder, are the post-mortem reports saying the full truth, and million other questions coming out every other day? The police are trying to cover every possible angle by not shying away from calling in big names from the film industry to come and record their statements. Amidst all of that a mere video, claiming that Sushant Singh Rajput’s spirit came forth and spoke to a person sitting millions of miles away from Mumbai, and the media covering it diligently is somewhat trying to make a sheer mockery of the whole situation.
Let’s try and avoid the fluff, and as the media, try and help the police in whichever way possible in order to bring out the truth in the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.