Remembering a Gem of Bollywood – Sushant Singh Rajput
A suicide that shook not only Bollywood but the entire nation was of Sushant Singh Rajput. A middle-class boy who made it big in Bollywood, Born in the capital of Bihar, Sushant secured 7th rank in the All India Engineering Entrance Exams (AIEEE) and got admitted to Delhi Technological University. After joining Barry John’s Drama Classes, Sushant realised his passion for acting and left engineering in the last year to pursue his love for acting.
“In a family of doctors and lawyers, I guess there was little room for anything else. As you can imagine, being an actor was not even on the horizon.”
“I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever.”
Sushant always had an interest in Astrophysics and wanted to become an Astronaut, He also sent two kids to NASA, and one of them even won a Gold medal. The actor had a plan to send at least 100 Kids to NASA.
Ruling hearts from TV to the silver screen – After revealing his undying passion for acting, Sushant moved to Mumbai and did many odd jobs, and joined Nadira Babbar’s theatre group. A casting member of Balaji Telefilms spotted him and offered him a second lead in the TV serial Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, but his big break came after he bagged the lead role in Pavitra Rishta. The part of Manav was a turning point in his life. He became the heartthrob of Indian Television. The silver screen was only waiting for a talented actor like Sushant. He marked his debut with Kai Po Che. So to say, He was about to rule the silver screen too.
“Many would call the years before I hit Bollywood the struggling period but not me. I was not struggling. I was already doing what I loved!”
Enjoy the journey – Sushant was one such person who never cared for the result; he always believed to enjoy the journey. He is an inspiration for every person who wants to follow their dreams.
“Don’t concentrate on how to get there’. Instead, enjoy getting there. Realise where you are today and enjoy that. I don’t believe in cause and effect.”
“I am Learning the importance of living in the moment.”
Extreme Introvert – It would be quite hard to believe that an actor who brilliantly portrayed every character on screen and got so much attention was always an extreme introvert who bunked school to avoid giving a speech in public.
“Honestly, even if I would’ve been offered a role back then, I would’ve refused because I was a complete introvert. The lip-syncing and posing would happen only in front of the mirror, with just me in the audience.”
Intelligent and Hard-working – Sushant secured All India Rank 7 in AIEEE 2003, won National Physics Olympiad, and cleared more than 7 Engineering Entrance exams. He was offered a scholarship with Stanford University, but he rejected it and left for Mumbai. Sushant had a habit of putting his mind and heart at whatever he is doing. And that’s why he has always been the best at what he did. Be it acing the Engineering exams or ruling the screen with his charm.
“Your Results doesn’t decide if you’re a loser or not; your attempt decides that”
“My Strength would be my honesty and my passion towards my work.”
“The stage unleashed me, liberated me. I could engage the audience; the people were connecting with what I was doing on stage. I could make them laugh or cry.”
From giving major hits such as kai Po Che, Shudh Desi romance, MS Dhoni, PK, Kedarnath, Chhichhore, and Dil Bechara, Sushant religiously followed his passion of becoming an actor.
With no publicity, Sushant also donated a sum of Rs. 2.5 crore to CM’s Flood relief fund when a massive flood hit Nagaland in 2018.
I am moved at the kind gesture made by @itsSSR and his team towards #NagalandFloods and willingness to help #Nagaland at this crucial hour. Your contribution is encouraging and I hope to see the rest of the nation come forward selflessly, to #DonateForNagaland pic.twitter.com/8ieoGohd0J
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) September 4, 2018
“I am not lost. I am very much alive”