From Dibakar Banerjee, Rajkumar Hirani to now Neeraj Pandey, Sushant Singh Rajput’s filmography boasts of directors every actor yearns to work with and he feels his commitment for his job is what attracts these filmmakers towards him.
After a successful TV career, Sushant made his big screen debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s “Kai Po Che!” and his performance in the film bagged him a YRF project in the form of “Shuddh Desi Romance”.
His next two films were Hirani’s “PK” and Banerjee’s “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!”, which is now set for a sequel with Sushant gearing up to reprise his role.
When asked how did he manage to earn the trust of such acclaimed filmmakers, Sushant told PTI, “All these filmmakers are great not because they know their job well, it’s because they are curious to know how to go about it…
“Such people would want an actor who is curious, wants to learn and get involved in his job to a maddening level that he forgets everything else. And I am all that.”
The 30-year-old actor is now awaiting the release of Pandey’s “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story”, a biopic on Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The trailer of the film, which released today, got a thumbs-up from the fans, with many praising the way Sushant seemed to have emulated Dhoni’s mannerisms– on and off the field.
Sushant, however, is not nervous but says he is only interested to know the audience’s reaction.
“Whatever reaction I get, I will get used to it in a day.
So, I am not worried about that. Of course, I will feel nice if what I felt while making the film resonates with the audience. But as an actor my job is done. There’s no nervousness. I am just interested in knowing the reaction.”
The movie is no doubt the biggest film of his short career so far and naturally it is being speculated how its success can elevate Sushant’s position in the industry.
The actor does not look at it this way and prefers to treat the movie like any other project.
“We start with an assumption that all we want as actors is recognition. I don’t work for recognition. The first fame happened, I felt good, I wouldn’t lie. But with time I realised the bigger thing that I am in for and that’s my love for the craft.
“I know I can’t do anything else in my life but act. So, everything else does not matter. In fact, I am already thinking about my next.”
Sushant insists even a film’s commercial success does not matter to him beyond the point of proving himself as a bankable actor.
“There are different ways to look at hits and flops. I will continue to act even if I deliver flops. My love and commitment towards my work won’t change with box-office successes and failures.
“But they are relevant when it is about getting film with great directors. Then, I have to show the box-office records in order to bag more work…”
Sushant’s forthcoming projects include romantic drama “Raabta”, a yet-untitled action film opposite Jacqueline Fernandez and a biopic on paralympic gold paralympic medalist Murlikant Petkar.