Kai Po Che was one my favorite movies that year. It had all the elements that made for an intriguing watch. Music that caught on with people, Chetan Bhagat’s famous storyline and a perfect casting. Now, Raj Kumar Rao had already proved his mettle before, so he was naturally expected to shine but the two newcomers, Amit Sadh & especially Sushant Singh Rajput almost took the movie away from him. And what a launch vehicle it worked out for then TV’s heartthrob Sushant Singh Rajput, a man destined for greater things in life. Right from the moment, he dropped out of college, and that too one of the most reputed engineering colleges in the country, DCE, he has only grown and how.
Last year, Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni biopic turned out to be one of the highest grosser of the year with Sushant’s groundbreaking portrayal of Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni being appreciated by one & all. For the nation, Sushant became Dhoni & that is a rare feat on its own. He may have missed out on the top awards but surely gave all the contenders a run for their money with an unbelievably realistic performance for which he sacrificed movies like Ram Leela & Befikre & suffered a heartbreak in his personal life. Now, that’s a meteoric rise for an actor coming out of The Idiot Box. The last time something like this happened in 90’s when SRK walked out of the ‘Circus’ to do a Baazigar.
Sushant’s filmography till now is truly a canvas of experimentation, one that went just right. His second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance with another powerful performer, Parineeti and yet when you walk out of that movie, you know why both the lovely ladies fell for this very boy next door. He had a charm which was strikingly unmissable making it his first solo hit. Without the help of a God Father in an industry that openly supports Nepotism, that was surely an achievement to give credit for, to a newcomer.
He was doing all the right things and he knew what he needed next. He needed to be seen by the masses and that’s what he got with the small but relevant 20 minutes’ role in Aamir Khan & Raju Hirani’s magnum opus, PK, wherein the nation loved him for his portrayal of Sarfaraz opposite Anushka. Some might have thought of it as a wrong decision but he was destined to prove them wrong as PK went on to become a mind blogging money spinner and naturally benefited all the parties involved in some way or the other. For Sushant, it was acceptance by the masses.
Now if the first one was a multi starter based on a popular book, the second, being a romantic comedy around the fear of marriage followed by a movie about aliens and religious hypocrisies, how could the next one not be special. With Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, Sushant made sure he raised the bars in terms of his acting skills and gave us a movie that is bound to become a cult classic in the times to come, even though it may not have set the ticket counters rolling. I would attribute its loose run at the Box office with the fact that the release was highly mistimed by YRF. In front of a Hollywood biggie like Fast & Furious 7, it never had the slightest chance considering the genre. But it must have been disappointing for Sushant as he gave his career best with this one.
So, with 4 very different movies to his kitty, Sushant moved ahead and A Wednesday’s famed Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni biopic produced by Fox became his real big ticket to Super Stardom. The movie had everything going for it and made him join the prestigious 200 Crore Club, owing to Brand Dhoni & Sushant’s conviction.
His new found success is surely reaping great results & the actor is now looking forward to his next, a Magadheera style re-incarnation Romance Drama ‘Raabta’ along with his current rumored girlfriend Kriti Sanon, coming this June. He is supposed to star in India’s first Space Drama, Chanda Mama Door Ke; a Fast & Furious rip off under Dharma Production titled ‘Drive’ opposite Jacqueline Fernandez (with a rumoured Salman Khan guest appearance as Vin Diesel); plays three different characters as a RAW agent in Romeo Akbar Walter, a Rockstar on the edge in ‘Takadum’ opposite Parineeti & would in all probability gear up to go International with Shekhar Kapur’s really long awaited and India’s costliest movie project, Paani, which was once rejected by Yash Raj banner owing to high budget.
For a young boy from Patna with just dreams in his sparkling eyes, the journey from dropping out of college to playing Television’s one of the most celebrated characters, Manav from Pavitra Rishta to being Bollywood’s Breakthrough Talent of the year & to finally making everyone sit up & accept him as India’s Captain Cool, this man has risen like a phoenix in a very short span of time. Life isn’t that easy for people but if you work hard and are committed to your goals in life and never lose sight of it, no matter what the diversions are, it becomes a cake walk. That’s what happened with SSR, the next SRK in the making.