“I learnt Sushant Singh Rajput was unwell and sad after returning from Europe,” says his former assistant

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-assistant Sabir Ahmed, who once formed the nucleus of SSR’s team, spoke to Etimes remembering the late actor. Sabir said more than once in our interaction with him that he can’t imagine Sushant’s death by suicide and went down memory lane to talk about Sushant and him from the day he started working for the star.

Sabir said that he was Sushant’s personal assistant who had a few breaks in between, and accompanied him to his shoots not just in India but even overseas. “Sir’s passion for his work was immense. Nothing mattered to him outside his own world. Even when he was not shooting, he was busy writing or reading something. And he loved to see the moon through his telescope, he loved getting up in the mornings as early at 3:30 /4:00 am.” Did Sabir see Sushant getting upset if and when he lost a film? “No,” says Sabir, “Nothing of that sort happened before me; aisa koi issue nahi hua tha ki koi movie unse cheen li gayi.”

Sabir says that once he had been on leave and gone to his hometown, when probably things started changing. “During that period, I started hearing that Sir was keeping unwell and was disturbed. I don’t know if that was true or just a rumour. But I don’t know what he’d got disturbed about. I tried calling his place but could not reach him.

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