QUICK FIVE Sushant Singh Rajput has a huge female fan following.
Sushant Singh Rajput is a recognisable face on television. With cute smile and tall figure, he has a huge female fan following. He made his mark as Manav on Zee TV’s “Pavitra Rishta” and broke several hearts when he quit “Pavitra Rishta” due to some disagreement with the script. But he is back with a bang! He is making his film debut with the movie “Kai Po Che”, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s book “3 Mistakes of My life”.
Why did you pick “Kai Po Che”?
I liked its script. I was not thinking of the launch as such. I was doing a film making course. After doing some television shows, I started getting film offers. I rejected eight films and when then I auditioned for ‘Kai Po Che’. The film is about three best friends, Ishaan, Omi and Govind. I am playing Ishaan.
Tell us about your character.
Placed in Ahmedabad, these friends have different dreams. Ishan is a professional cricketer. He is quiet myopic in his world view but good at heart. He has two friends for whom he can die for.
How difficult was it to break the Manav mould?
Initially it was tough. I was all Manav. But when I joined the workshop, I started understanding the intrigue behind the Ishaan’s character. Now I think I am all Ishaan!
How do you see acting in different mediums and you have been part of reality shows like Jhalak as well?
I am trained in contemporary dance, I have done theatre for four years. Being able to be a part of such diverse mediums has strengthened my acting skills. I think as actors you don not change. Medium changes but you do not change. I think like a dancer even when I act.
Will you be able to break the chocolate boy tag and what projects are you working on?
It is not surprising because I love chocolates! I have been offered some big projects but right now I want to concentrate on “Kai Po Che”. I will first finish this film and then I will sign any other project.
(This article was first published in The Hindu-MetroPlus)