Bollywood’s one of the many stars, who is climbing the ladder of success is Sushant Singh Rajput! he was just a wide-eyed teen in Delhi when he first harbored dreams of working in a Yash Raj film. For someone growing up in the ’90s-when Yash Raj Films (YRF) was giving Hindi cinema a new look replete with mustard fields, Swiss Alps and homeward-bound NRIs-that wasn’t an inexplicable desire. Hence, a little more than a decade later, Rajput now has three-film deal with the production house and is also handled by YRF’s talent management division.
The 27-year-old Rajput had another dream while he was taking baby steps in the film industry. He wished to be featured in Forbes India! “It was my dream ever since I saw Shahrukh Khan on the cover,” he says.
The actor also said, “I go on sets, shoot, and return to the hotel. The only Calcutta I’ve seen was when I’d come for recce with the unit,” says Rajput, who is happy operating that way. “This is what I want… find more layers to the character, build it up and totally give in to the director.”
“I think it’s a tough filter when you transit from the small screen to the big screen,” Banerjee tells Forbes India in an email. “Sushant’s personal account of moving from the box to the plex is little known. He actually quit TV at the height of his fame on Pavitra Rishta [a Zee TV show where he played the lead], took a sabbatical, reconsidered his options, and plunged into the unknown. It was a huge risk. We only see the move in hindsight after he was picked up by YRF. At that time, it wasn’t so easy.”
Even film critics are all praises for this young talent, Filmmaker and critic Pratim D Gupta says, “Despite Kai Po Che! being a three-hero film, Sushant exhibited a starry flair. There was an aura about him which could translate into a big star. And the big opening of Shuddh Desi Romance reaffirmed his star appeal. People came to believe that he can pull audiences and give a film a good opening.“