It was 2018. Flash floods had wreaked havoc in Nagaland. The hill locked state has been ravaged by the natural disaster. The government of Nagaland put out an appeal to all the citizens of the country to donate to the CM’s Flood Relief Fund.
Guess who flew in from Delhi to Dimapur, to hand over a cheque of Rs. 1.25 crores to the CM Neiphiu Rio. It was the late Bollywood heartthrob Sushant Singh Rajput.
In a heartwarming post by former Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya’ son Charudutt Acharya, he recalled how his father is genuinely gutted without having seen a single serial or movie of Sushant Singh by his humanitarian gesture.
“He quietly came to Dimapur, the commercial capital of Nagaland, and handed over a cheque of Rs. 1.25 crores to the CM. No fanfare,no major publicity. (He had made a similar quiet donation of Rs 1.25 crore to the Kerala CM’s Fund too). Later, he called my father in Kohima and spoke quite warmly. My father thanked him for his kind and large hearted gesture and invited him to Kohima. Sushant expressed his desire to visit Kohima too. But the journey from Dimapur to Kohima is only by road and takes four hours. And in the flood situation, it could have taken much longer. And Sushant had to rush back to Delhi for his shoot.So he returned to Delhi from Dimapur itself, promising to visit Kohima and the rest of the state, someday soon”, wrote Acharya.
Sushant may never return to Nagaland but for the people and the state’s governor, he will be commemorated as the ‘asli hero’.