Rhea Chakraborty found herself entangled in a highly publicized drug-related controversy in the aftermath of her boyfriend, the late Sushant Singh Rajput’s passing on June 14, 2020. She faced even greater scrutiny when she was arrested in September 2020, accused of drug involvement in connection with the late actor. Recently, Rhea has chosen to shed light on her time spent in jail, offering insights into her experience.
Rhea Chakraborty made her acting debut in 2012 with the Telugu film “Tuneega Tuneega” and went on to feature in notable movies such as “Jalebi,” “Sonali Cable,” “Chehre,” “Bank Chor,” “Mere Dad Ki Maruti,” among others.
On October 26, 2023, Rhea Chakraborty took to her Instagram account and shared a video from a recent event. In the video, she stood on stage, addressing the event’s audience. When questioned about her incarceration following the tragic death of Sushant Singh Rajput, Rhea candidly shared her experience, stating that it shattered her entirely. She described her time in an under-trial prison, emphasizing that her incarceration had fractured the image she had of herself:
“So you are basically removed from society and put as a number in prison because you are deemed unfit for society. So there itself, this personality or these things you’ve created about yourself are completely broken. I was in an under-trial prison, which means it’s not a convicted prison, and unfortunately, all the women over there were still innocent because they were not proven guilty.”
Furthermore, Rhea expressed how her fellow inmates in prison taught her the art of finding joy in the smallest of things. She observed that her fellow inmates were some of the happiest people she had ever encountered and shared:
“Seeing them and interacting with them, I experienced a unique kind of love and resilience within those women. They found happiness in small things. They grabbed happiness when they got it. They know how to enjoy a moment, and they are some of the happiest people I have met.”
In the same video, Rhea conveyed that her time in jail was incredibly frustrating and akin to a living nightmare. She explained that the women in prison had an extraordinary ability to find joy in the most modest of pleasures, even something as simple as enjoying a samosa on a Sunday:
“It’s frustrating; they’re languishing, but they know when and how to catch that happiness. And it can be as small as a samosa on a Sunday. It can be as small as somebody dancing for them. At that point, yes, my life was in the worst hell it could have been. But heaven or hell is a choice in your head that you can make. It’s difficult to choose heaven each time. But the battle is of the mind, and if you have the strength and desire in your heart, you’ll most definitely battle the mind and win.”
In a separate event on October 6, 2023, Rhea participated in a panel discussion at the India Today Conclave. When asked about her involvement in supplying drugs to Sushant Singh Rajput, she declined to delve further into the topic:
“I’m finished with that topic. I have no desire to discuss drugs, the NCB, or the CBI.”
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