Sushant Singh Rajput says he expected more from fame and fame


From theater to television to films, Sushant Singh Rajput has touched a wide range of mediums, straddling the worlds of art and entertainment. The actor talks about being a “foreigner” to Bollywood and missing “the fame and the money” in the October issue of She man. Here are some excerpts …


He was the reigning prime-time idol and star of Pavitra Rishta. To test the first jet of fame, Rajput made some sensational shopping and walked into malls just to be chased by adoring fans. Then came the realization that the thrill of driving a luxury sports car lasts about as long as finding your perfectly chilled iced latte. “I felt cheated. I thought fame and money would change everything, but I didn’t know you get used to both quickly enough. It started to get really boring and I thought: what now?


At the height of his television stardom, Rajput escaped to take a filmmaking course at UCLA. This was interrupted by his breakout debut, Kai Po Che (2013), with a less than ideal three-hero setup. After playing the lead role in Shuddh Desi Romance (2013), Rajput opted for a cameo in Rajkumar Hirani package (2014), for an alleged fee of Rs 20. During a lull of three months after MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), Rajput decided to adapt Alberto Moravia‘s novel We both (HarperCollins, 1974), on a screenwriter’s relationship with his penis, for the stage. “I don’t distinguish between mediums. I don’t think you graduated from theater, television, and film. i can do a nukkad natak and be just as excited. Or make a short film that never goes to a festival. I do not care.


Rajput says that being a Bollywood underdog is no longer clouded by anxieties – being better at networking, fearing the unforgivable box office dud, constantly disarming off-camera. Rather, he believes it is the effort of a small group of foreigners, paddling hard to stay afloat, that rids the lazy and complacent movie industry. “We outsiders are improving our game, and now (good job) is here for everyone to see. As a result, insiders must also improve their game, ”he says.

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