Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput
Rajput promoting Shuddh Desi Romance, 2013
|Born||21 January 1986|
|Alma mater||Delhi Technological University|
Sushant Singh Rajput (born 21 January 1986) is an Indian film actor, dancer, television personality, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Rajput started his career with television serials. His debut show was Star Plus's romantic drama Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008), followed by an award-winning performance in Zee TV's popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–11).
Rajput made his film debut in the buddy drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He then starred in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and as the titular detective in the action thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015). His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the titular role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). For his performance in the latter, he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).
NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank of the Indian government, signed him to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). Apart from acting and running innsaei ventures, Rajput is actively involved in various programmes like Sushant4Education, as a part of efforts to help young students.
Rajput was born in Patna. His ancestral village is Maldhiha in Bihar's Purnea district. One of his sisters, Ritu Singh, is a state-level cricketer. His mother's death in 2002 left Rajput devastated and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.
Rajput attended St. Karen's High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. According to Rajput, he had ranked seventh in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination(AIEEE) in 2003, and secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi Technological University (DTU) which was earlier known as Delhi College of Engineering. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. In all, he cleared as many as 11 engineering entrance exams, including that for the Indian School of Mines. After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DTU. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.
While a student at Delhi Technological University, Rajput enrolled in Shiamak Davar's dance classes. It was only later that the idea of making a career in acting came to him, as some of his fellow students in the dance classes happened to be interested in acting and were attending Barry John's drama classes. Influenced by them, Rajput also joined the acting classes. Here, he found his passion for acting: "I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever."
Within a few months of joining the dance class, Rajput was selected to be a member of Davar's standard dance troupe. In 2005, he was chosen to be one of the group of background dancers at the 51st Filmfare Awards. In 2006, he was part of the troupe that went to Australia to perform in the cultural program at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. By this time, he was tired of engineering. He was happy and successful in the dance and drama classes, and decided to do what he was good at. He dropped out of engineering and devoted himself full-time to dancing and acting.
To make a break into films, Rajput moved to Mumbai and joined Nadira Babbar's Ekjute theatre group, which he remained a part of for two and a half years. During this time, he was featured in a TV advertisement for Nestle Munch, which became famous throughout India.
In 2008, the casting team of Balaji Telefilms saw Rajput's personality and acting talent while he was on stage for one of Ekjute's plays. They invited him to audition for them and Rajput landed the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. His character was killed quite early in the show, but he was such a popular character with the viewers that he was brought back for the series finale in the form of a spirit, looking on as his family celebrates after going through difficult times.
In June 2009, Rajput began starring in Pavitra Rishta as Manav Deshmukh, a serious and mature character working as a mechanic to help support his family. His work in this serial received wide appreciation, and Rajput received three major television awards for best male actor and most popular actor. This performance was his breakthrough and gave him a stepping stone into films.
In May 2010, Rajput joined the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha 2. He had already proven his acting talents by winning awards for his performance in Pavitra Rishta, and he wanted to establish that he had good dancing skills and could be trained further. In Zara Nachke Dikha, Rajput was a part of the Mast Kalandar Boys Team. He did the shooting for both Pavitra Rishta and Zara Nachke Dikha 2 at the same time. On the Mother's Day special episode, his team dedicated a performance to his mother, who had died in 2002.
In December 2010, Rajput participated in another dance-based reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4, where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia. In October 2011, Rajput decided to quit Pavitra Rishta to pursue a film-making course abroad.
Film career (2013–present)
Rajput auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three leads, along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh. Based on the Chetan Bhagat novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, the film proved to be a critical and commercial success. Rajput's portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised. Critic Rajeev Masand wrote: "...it's Sushant Singh Rajput, making his film debut as Ishaan, who it's hard to take your eyes off. The actor has an indescribable presence and it's clear from his confidence and distinct likeability that a star is born."
Rajput's second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film deals with the subject of live-in relationships and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama praised Rajput's performance, saying: "After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput... brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act." Sukanya Verma from Rediff stated: "After a dynamic debut in Kai Po Che!, Rajput channelises his abundant energy to convey the childlike ineptitude of a man who wears his heart on a sleeve." Sushant's next role was in Rajkumar Hirani's 2014 film PK. Although his role was relatively minor, the film gave him the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. Upon its release, the film proved to be the one of the highest-grossing Indian films.
In 2015, Rajput's sole release was Dibakar Banerjee's mystery thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), in which he portrayed detective Byomkesh Bakshi, created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The film was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Banerjee's own film production company Dibakar Banerjee Productions. Set in Kolkata in the 1940s, the film was released on 3 April 2015.
In 2016, Rajput appeared in Neeraj Pandey's biographical sports film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in lead role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2016. Rajput's performance was widely praised by the critics and his portrayal of the cricketer was applauded even before the film's release. For his performance in the film, Rajput got his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
In 2020, Rajput will appear in Tarun Mansukhani's action comedy Drive opposite Jacqueline Fernandez. He was to appear in a science-fiction space film, Chanda Mama Door Ke, along with R. Madhavan, but the film was shelved temporarily due to budget issues. He has also signed on to star in Mukesh Chhabra's remake of The Fault in Our Stars titled Dil Bechara. He is also set to essay 12 real-life characters, including political strategist Chanakya, poet Rabindranath Tagore and former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, in a biopic series on Stories of India.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2013||Kai Po Che!||Ishaan Bhatt||Abhishek Kapoor||Screen Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated –Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
Nominated –Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut
|Shuddh Desi Romance||Raghu Ram||Maneesh Sharma|
|2014||PK||Sarfaraz Yousuf||Rajkumar Hirani|
|2015||Detective Byomkesh Bakshy||Detective Byomkesh Bakshy||Dibakar Banerjee|
|2016||M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story||Mahendra Singh Dhoni||Neeraj Pandey||Screen Award for Best Actor (Critics)
Nominated –Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Nominated –Stardust Award for Best Actor
Nominated –Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Male
|2017||Raabta||Jilaan/Shiv Kakkar||Dinesh Vijan|
|2018||Welcome to New York||Himself||Chakri Toleti||Guest Appearance|
|Kedarnath||Mansoor Khan||Abhishek Kapoor|
|2019||Sonchiriya||Lakhan "Lakhna" Singh||Abhishek Chaubey|
|Chhichhore||Aniruddh "Anni" Pathak||Nitesh Tiwari|||
|Dil Bechara||Manny||Mukesh Chhabra||Filming|
|2008–2009||Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil||Preet Juneja|
|2010||Zara Nachke Dikha||Contestant||Team "Mast Kalandar Boys"|
|2010–2011||Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4||Contestant||Runner Up|
|2009–2011||Pavitra Rishta||Manav Deshmukh|
|2017||"Paas Aao"||Kriti Sanon||Prakriti Kakar, Armaan Malik||Amaal Mallik|||
Awards and nominations
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- "After Donating 1 Crore to Kerala, Sushant Singh Rajput Gives Rs 1.25 Crore for Nagaland Relief Fund". News18. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
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- "Sushant Singh confirmed for Hirani's PK". Retrieved 16 October 2012
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- "BBD Bag back to 1943 for Byomkesh shoot". The Times of India. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
- Deepanjana Pal (6 April 2015). "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy review: Stylish, beautiful and yet Dibakar's most underwhelming film so far". Firstpost. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
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- "Kriti Sanon & Sushant Singh Rajput Starrer Raabta's Release Date Announced". koimoi. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon's 'Raabta' to hit theaters next year". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
- "Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar's Sonchiriya pushed to 1 March, will now clash with Lukka Chuppi". Firstpost. 22 January 2019.
- Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (22 January 2019). "#SonChiriya gets a new release date: 1 March 2019.. Stars Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana... Directed by Abhishek Chaubey... Produced by Ronnie Screwvala. t.co/iabUjMsNTm" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Drive first look sushant singh rajput jacqueline fernandez start shooting by karan johar". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
- Kameshwari, A. (1 March 2017). "Jacqueline Fernandez and Sushant Singh Rajput to go on a 'Drive' with Karan Johar. We sense a desi Fast and Furious?". The Indian Express. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
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- "Sushant Singh Rajput: We don't have 110 million USD to make a space movie".
- "Sushant Singh Rajput is the first Bollywood actor to train at NASA".
- "SUSHANT'S PREPPING TO FLY OFF INTO SPACE".
- "Let's not compare Chandamama Door Ke with Gravity: Director". 13 December 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
- "Sushant Singh Rajput As Chanakya And APJ Abdul Kalam And More In 12 Part Biopic Series". NDTV.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "From Tagore To APJ Abdul Kalam, Sushant Singh Rajput All Set To Star In 12-Part Biopic Series!". Indiatimes.com. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "'Chhichhore' co-stars Sushant and Shraddha Kapoor plan to meet their friends on the special screening of their film". Times of India. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
- "Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjana Sanghi starrer Fault In Our Stars remake titled as Kizie Aur Manny". Bollywood Hungama.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Drive getting pushed to 2020 now?". Pinkvilla. 28 June 2019.
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