January 21, 2023, has been set as the first observance of “Sushant’s Moon,” proclaimed to celebrate the life of the late Bollywood superstar and space enthusiast Sushant Singh Rajput.
The legendary star, known in filmland circles simply as SSR, would have celebrated his 37th birthday on that date. He died under what many believe to have been mysterious circumstances on June 14, 2020.
In January this year, SSR’s fans commemorated his birth anniversary – dubbed “Sushant Month,” culminating with “Sushant Day” – with acts of service and respect performed to honor him.
In the film, he was to have played an astronaut, a part for which he travelled to the US for in order to train and interact with a team from the NASA space program at Huntsville, Alabama.
(Following his death, plans moved forward to complete the film as a tribute to Mr. Rajput.)
Literally, the Far Side Of the M🌓🌑N !
— Sushant Singh Rajput (@itsSSR) October 6, 2019
On numerous occasions, he publicly proclaimed himself to be the owner of property in the Mare Moscoviense on the Moon’s far side, and was reputed to own various tracts of land valued at nearly 1.85 crore rupees (₹ INR).
(See Sushant Singh Rajput’s property on the Moon near the crater named in his honour.)
In addition, a scholarship for a worthy graduate student in Astrophysics was established in the Physics Department at the University of California in Berkeley, California, in Mr. Rajput’s name with an endowment of US$35,000. (Read more.)
It is hoped that the “Sushant’s Moon” observance will become an annual occurrence despite not always coinciding with the first New Moon of the year.