“We are still light years away” – Sushant Singh Rajput on the changing face of Bollywood

Sushant Singh Rajput has been in the limelight for the better part of a decade, making his debut on television in the hit serial, Pavitra Rishta. Since then his career has taken one interesting turn after another with Sushant making some rather interesting and offbeat role choices. Last year, Sushant hit the ball out of the park (literally) playing Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. The actor is now back with his next, Raabta, that hits screens on June 9. Ayesha Babar caught up with him about the film and more.

Ayesha: Raabta has a very interesting concept which the tagline explains as ‘Everything is Connected’. In your own life, have you ever come across a situation where you have felt this kind of a Raabta?

Sushant: There are times in all our lives when we can’t understand why a particular thing is happening or why we are feeling a certain way and we try and come up with explanations for it. For instance, sometimes we like or dislike somebody without any reason whatsoever. I personally don’t believe in reincarnation but I think there definitely is some truth that has got to do with vibes when people meet.

When I read the script of Raabta, I was really excited, the fact that I didn’t believed in reincarnation didn’t matter. The script is just telling a really nice story about these two people, Shiv and Saira who meet in a chocolate shop in Budapest and from there the film follows their story which is entwined with another story from the past. I think the people will really enjoy the story being told and the engaging way it is being told in.

A: Tell us more about the character that you play in the film. Are you similar to the character?

S: Haha, no I am actually quite different. Shiv is always ready with something to say, very witty, very charming. Usually that is not how I am in real life so I would always try and hold on to the character for a little bit longer but alas! Shiv was actually a really cool opportunity to be my interesting self for 6-7 months at a stretch and the best part is, I was getting paid for it (laughs).

A: You are a part of the young brigade along with actors like Alia, Varun, Deepika, Kangana and Ranbir that is bringing some very interesting ideas to Bollywood. How do you feel about you guys being the changing face of cinema?

S: To be honest, I feel that we are still light years away from making the kind of films that we appreciate, the kind of work that is done in Hollywood. See, ultimately it is a money making industry and I feel that we are still very cautious about making different kinds of cinema. To be at par with the competition we need to be much more creative and courageous. We need to take more chances.

A: You are known to work really, really hard for your roles and to keep your cool under pressure. What drives you to keep going when things get tough professionally?

S: I think if you are working on a film, the script has to be exciting enough for the actor to be able to put in the effort. If I believe in the script and the character that I am portraying then that becomes my motivation to give my everything to the film!

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