TV “Experts” Have Now Performed a “Post-Mortem” on Sushant’s Dummy: How Low Will Indian Media Go?

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TV “Experts” Have Now Performed a “Post-Mortem” on Sushant’s Dummy: How Low Will Indian Media Go?

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

It’s been over a month since the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput left millions of Indians heartbroken, but TV journalists seem determined to cover every conspiracy theory that the unfortunate situation has thrown up. Over the weekend, most TV news channels continued their month-long tirade against Bollywood, Rhea Chakraborty, and anything else that could be vaguely connected to the actor’s death, much to the despair of social media.

One channel, News Nation, went as far as to claim that Rhea Chakraborty had performed black magic rituals at the actor’s home, following up on an equally ridiculous report broadcast by Aaj Tak, titled, “Sushant par Rhea ka kala jadoo”.

But this weekend, it was ABP News that managed to cross all boundaries of basic human decency, after its journalists performed a dummy post-mortem of the actor, with computer-generated graphics, and self-professed experts weighing in on the “evidence”.

More than a few Twitter users were quick to notice that none of the journalists at ABP News seemed to actually know how a post-mortem works.

Other news channels, such as Republic TV, carried their own exclusives as well. Arnab Goswami held another entire debate discussing whether it was time for Bollywood to tackle its “drug problems” and “underworld nexus”, ThePrint reported.

Just a couple of days ago, the same channel put out the bank statement of the late actor, and read out the transactions apparently made on behalf of Rhea Chakraborty.

Chakraborty, who has been accused of manipulating the actor, as well as being a “gold-digger” for a week now, issued a statement a few days ago, saying that she believed she would get justice, despite all the negative things said about her on TV.

Still the sensational coverage continued. On India TV, a former member of the actor’s domestic staff said that Rhea Chakraborty had “hypnotised” Sushant. These are the same channels that two weeks ago were praising the actor’s intelligence.

Online, calls have been growing for a CBI investigation into the case. But since Indian journalists have proved that they’re experts in every field — from black magic to anatomical sciences — who needs the experts anyway?