Sushant Singh Rajput has a lot of on his plate currently. He is on a hectic promotion tour for Raabta, he has just had a couple of magazine covers including a big one for Vogue and his personal life is in the news for two reasons: his link up with co-star Kriti Sanon and his alleged meeting with ex Ankita Lokhande which he denied.
However, in a tell-all interview to DNA newspaper, Sushant cleared the air about a lot of other controversies too notably his fallout with Yash Raj Film boss Aditya Chopra. He also spoke from the heart about nepotism and how he is still the outsider in the industry.
Sushant had worked with YRF for two films, Shuddh Desi Romance and Byomkesh Bakshi for which he was hugely appreciated but the problems began when he was signed for Paani, a big budget venture that was to be directed by Shekhar Kapoor. Unfortunately, the project got endlessly delayed and Sushant chose to walk out when the studio pulled out of the film. During his wait for Paani, he said no to movies like Ram Leela and Fitoor and he appears to be bitter about it. “Yes. It was very unfortunate because I remember saying no to many films I really wanted to do at that point of time, just because I trusted somebody who was telling me, ‘No matter what, the film will be made.’ I can also understand that I am a newcomer and a filmmaker is putting in so much money, so he will have doubts, but it doesn’t take away the fact that if you decide not to do that film, you cannot not give me another film just because you know I have said no to so many films. That didn’t happen,” Sushant said in an interview.
Breaking ties with a leading production house wouldn’t have been easy but Sushant says he is “fearless”. “I see few changes in myself that have happened in last four years. I am completely fearless about the consequences. I just don’t care,” he has been quoted as saying. However, he adds that if Aditya Chopra were to offer him a film where he suits the role, he would do it. Evidently, he wouldn’t want to completely burn bridges with the Chopras.
Sushant also has a lot to say about nepotism and how, despite his success, he is not in the same league as say, a Varun Dhawan or a Sidharth Malhotra. “Some failures are easily forgotten, some aren’t” he says when asked if newcomers do not get the chance that insiders do.
Another allegation is that Sushant has a huge Shah Rukh Khan hangover possibly because of the similarities between the duo – both are from Delhi and both entered films via television and they both had the same teacher, Barry John. Sushant agrees he is hugely influenced by Shah Rukh and has even done his signature step in Raabta. “I am a big Shah Rukh fan. He’s the only reason I started,” he says in the interview.