In the fortnight leading up to his suicide, Mukesh Rawal was intensely missing his deceased son, who had died in a rail mishap when he was aged just 18
Mukesh’s son Dwij (left) was 18 when he died in a train mishap
Over a decade after he lost his teenaged son to a train accident, veteran actor Mukesh Rawal succumbed to depression and ended his life in the same way.
Best known for playing Vibhishan in Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan, Rawal committed suicide last week at Borivli station, where he lay down on the tracks as a local train was approaching.
In her statement to the Borivli GRP, his wife Saral mentioned that the actor had been suffering from depression since 2000, when his 18-year-old son, Dwij, was killed in a rail accident.
“She said that Mukesh was never able to come to terms with his son’s death. After the couple’s daughters got married and left, Mukesh began to feel lonelier. About 15 days before he committed suicide, Mukesh began to miss Dwij intensely, and would frequently talk about him. Perhaps that was why he committed suicide,” said an officer from Borivli GRP.
CCTV footage of the incident shows the actor lying down on the track as a fast local whizzed towards him. Just as the rake passed over his body, the motorman hit the brakes, but Mukesh had already died by then.