Bollywood actor Shekhar Suman was reportedly 'devastated' after an Indian news channel falsely reported that his son, Adhyayan Suman, had passed away from suicide. According to Hindustan Times, Shekhar, who has been working in the Indian film industry for decades now, shared that he would sue the channel and called the incident "unpardonably irresponsible".
Yesterday @ZeeNews acted unpardonably irresponsible and sent out a piece of news that devastated me,my wife and my family members .My wife was inconsolable as they announced that Adhyayan Suman has committed suicide.Adhyayan was in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/1OwLgseir7— Shekhar Suman (@shekharsuman7) February 21, 2021
Sharing a video report about Adhyayan's alleged suicide, the actor revealed that his son was in Delhi and unreachable when the fake news first broke out. "We all died a thousand deaths," he wrote. "Such a shocking news could have had a disastrous effect," he mentioned, adding that he demands an immediate public apology.
While I'm taking legal action against them and suing them for such a reprehensible act.The media ought to be more responsible and not jeopardize ppl's lives and destroy them for their own vested interest.i request ev one to tweet and ban @ZeeNews— Shekhar Suman (@shekharsuman7) February 21, 2021
"While I'm taking legal action against them and suing them for such a reprehensible act. The media ought to be more responsible and not jeopardise people's lives and destroy them for their own vested interest. I request everyone to tweet and ban Zee News."
Shekhar refused to accept an apology from one of the channel's leading journalists, stating, "The bosses should have some shame and own up to their faux-pas which is deplorable. Imagine if they had done the same to any of the political big-wigs."
Adhyayan has been very vocal about his struggles with mental health in the past. Shekhar's eldest son Aayush died due to a heart disease at the age of 11. Last year, when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput took his own life, Shekhar had said, "Sushant was like a son to me. I can understand his father’s pain. This is because just like him, my son Adhyayan too has suffered depression and has gone through a similar phase," he told Mumbai Mirror at that time. "The film industry created several hurdles for him. Once, he even told me that he was having suicidal thoughts."
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