Ekta Kapoor dissociates herself from Pavitra Rishta Fund for mental health

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She said she would wait till the investigation into Sushant's death was complete.


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Published: Wed 19 Aug 2020, 12:04 PM

Last updated: Wed 19 Aug 2020, 2:37 PM

Producer Ekta Kapoor has distanced herself from Pavitra Rishta Fund, set up with an aim to spread mental health awareness among people. Her decision comes after Vishal Kirti, brother-in-law of Sushant Singh Rajput, sent out a strong message against using the late actor as a poster boy for mental health awareness.

The fund drew its name from Ekta Kapoor's Pavitra Rishta, the TV series that made Sushant a household name before he became a Bollywood star. The producer was being severely trolled for allegedly lending support to the fund, a gesture that many felt meant she was supporting the depression theory in Sushant's death, which his family has rejected.

Social media users soon launched the hashtag #ShameOnEktaKapoor, which started trending.

Ekta has subsequently tweeted: "Even though this is not a fund started by me, but started by Zee and is a needed one at that, I am always with Zee for any other mental awareness fund that they want to do, but on this one I would like to respectfully dissociate myself. #SSR Hope the truth prevails."

She also posted a note that read: "While I support the cause of mental health, I dissociate myself from the Pavitra Rishta Fund till the investigations are carried out and we have a clear picture on Sushant's unfortunate death. I withdraw myself from this fund individually as of now, as it seems that there is more to this tragic incident. Like the rest of the country, I would like the truth to come out."

In July, a month after Sushant's demise, Ekta had joined hands with Zee5 India CEO Tarun Katial for the Pavitra Rishta Fund.

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