14 June 2020 was indeed a very upsetting day, a day when a star passed away. A young talented Indian actor from Bollywood had just given up on life. Last year witnessed the demise of many veterans and legends, but the Sushant Singh Rajput’s news just shocked the world. Why would somebody take away their life at the peak of their career and stardom? Alas! we lost a shining star.
Early life of Sushant
Sushant Singh Rajput was born in Patna in the state of Bihar. He was the youngest child in his family and had the nickname Gulshan. His father, Krishna Kumar Singh is a retired technical officer who lives in Patna.
After the death of his mother Usha Singh in the year 2002, they had moved to Delhi where Sushant completed his intermediate schooling.
Sushant was an avid reader and was enthusiastic about Astrophysics. He had also won the National Olympiad of Physics. Later, he appeared in the AIEEE and secured a seat in the Delhi College of Engineering (currently, Delhi Technological University) to pursue Bachelors in Engineering in the mechanical branch.
In his fourth year of college, he dropped out of college to pursue his passion of becoming an actor. Other than this, he also aspirations to qualify as an Astronaut and an Air Force Pilot.
During his time in DCE, he took dance classes and also attended acting classes under Barry John. Later, he moved to Mumbai and entered the theatre industry there.
He started his career in the television industry with the lead role in the series ‘Pavita Rishta’. Sushant became a household name very soon and gained immense popularity with his amazing performance in the daily soap. After that, he appeared in some of the reality shows and impressed his fans with his multifarious talents.
Sushant Singh Rajput got his first big break in Bollywood through with the movie ‘Kai Po Che’. He was cast with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh in this story of three friends. The film is based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes Of My Life. The movie became a commercial and critical success. Sushant also received a Filmfare award as the best debut actor that year. After that, he worked in a number of films and proved his talent and credibility.
After giving two blockbuster movies, he was reckoned to be one of the finest actors. So much so that big filmmakers appreciated his work, and called him the “next SRK”.
List of Movies of Sushant Singh Rajput:
- Kai Po Che (Debut)
- Shudh Desi Romance
- Detective Byomkesh Bakshi!
- M S Dhoni: The Untold Story
- Welcome to New York
- Dil Bechara (Last Movie released after death)
Epic Performance of Sushant
By far, Sushant’s best performance has to be the biopic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni wherein he played the cricketer’s character. On 25th September, Neeraj Pandey announced his name as the final choice to play the role of MS Dhoni. Since the film was centred around the life of a cricketer who also happens to be the captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Sushant started his training under Kiran More for 13 months. He was trained like any other professional player, and he was praised for his commitment and talent for the game. During his training, he successfully replicated and reproduced Dhoni’s batting style as well as body language.
He played it so brilliantly that the movie was the 5th highest-grossing film of that year. Rajput received critical acclaim for his performance and nominated for various prestigious awards like the Filmfare Award, International Indian Film Academy Awards, and winning the nomination of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
After MS Dhoni Movie:
After the huge success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Sushant received a number of film offers and accolades for the same. He signed Raabta and Kedarnath as his next films and they were a hit at the box office too. Post this period, Sushant’s name became a guarantee of the success of the film, given his immense popularity and stardom. So much so that every big director and producer approached him to work with them.
After some time he signed ‘Sonchiraiya’ and ‘Chhichore’ as his next movies.
In Sonchiraiya, Sushant played the lead role and shared the screen with veteran actors Manoj Bajpayee and Ashutosh Rana. The film released on 1 March 2019. Even though it received a positive critical response and won a number of awards, but failed to become a commercial success.
His next film Chhichhore released on 6 September 2019 and was a romantic comedy. The film was a huge success and cross over 100 crores. It was his third film after PK and MS Dhoni to cross the 100 crores benchmark. It also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
Entrepreneurial Side of Sushant
Rajput also had an entrepreneurial side to him. Sushant was a partner in a company named Innsaei Ventures. The company was founded on 26 April 2018, and Sushant and Varun Mathur are credited as its co-founders. The company is still working in the field of intellectual property and emerging technologies.
NITI Aaoyog had also signed him as the brand ambassador for the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and for the promotion of the BHIM mobile payment app.
Sushant – As a Person
Sushant, unlike most actors, valued his talent and knowledge. Given his passion for Astrophysics, he had a telescope in his house. He liked to watch and study stars and planets. Sushant was also a rank holder at Stanford University.
He was especially compassionate for those suffering from mental health issues and depression and always tried extending a hand wherever possible. He had also given several talks in institutes regarding mental health.
But unfortunately, we lost our star on 14 June 2020. Behind his charmingly contagious smile, he hid his troubles and continued fighting his battles alone. No one could have imagined that he was so close to the step he took since he appeared to be a very positive person.
Our Shining Star
Either you love him or you like him, but you can never hate him. Sushant was probably the smartest and the toughest competition to his peer group comprising the star kids. He was a self-made man. He also worked actively for society and for farmers especially. Sushant was a man with a strong intellect and passion for things that mattered.
There were innumerable hashtag trends with his name as a means of reminiscing him. His first death anniversary is around the corner now, we hope he’s shining like the star he is wherever he might be.