Sushant Singh Rajput Passes Away

Sushant Singh Rajput: The Genius Introvert Who Made it Big

2020 has emerged as a doomsday year, with tragedies taking place in succession. First, it was the demise of the marvelous Irrfan Khan that baffled the world. A week later, the passing of legendary Rishi Kapoor. And today, the death of Sushant Singh Rajput – who unbelievably hanged himself in his Mumbai apartment. 

Sushant, only 34 years old, was a man of the hour in the modern-day Bollywood, with both critically and commercially successful filmography. His fanbase ranged beyond Bollywood, for he excelled in Television before stepping in the film industry. It is disheartening to learn that he suffered from severe depression, which is currently speculated as the primary reason for him committing suicide.

From DCE to Pavitra Rishta: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Transformational Journey

Once in an interview for his film Raabta, Sushant said that he became an actor to stop being an introvert. Born and raised in Patna, Sushant was a bright kid and had an enormous love for his family, mainly his mother. In the year 2002, his mother passed away, which made him more reticent. 

Later in the year, his family shifted to Delhi, where he prepared and appeared for several competitive exams. Amazingly, he cracked all of the exams, which principally included the entrance for Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) and Indian School of Mines.

Sushant got enrolled in Delhi College of Engineering, where he joined Shiamak Davar’s dance classes. Sometime later, he came across the idea of making a career in acting, which piqued his interest through his fellow students who attended Barry John’s drama lessons.

He found the experience of drama lessons liberating. As a result of his increasing love for the profession, he partook in numerous dance events, mainly the 51st Filmfare Awards and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia. 

By this time, he was in the third year of college when he decided to drop out, and try his luck in Bollywood. Upon reaching Mumbai, Sushant Singh Rajput joined a theatre group and honed his acting and dancing skills. Soon, he featured in a TV ad for Nestle’s famous chocolate Munch, which garnered him some recognition.

In 2008, he got the opportunity to act in one of Ekta Kapoor’s TV shows. Though it was a brief role, viewers grew fond of his work, which later paid off in his second TV outing Pavitra Rishta. Playing a very mature character, Sushant’s performance resonated with the daily soap audience as he received immense love and appreciation.

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Byomkesh Baskhy to M.S.Dhoni: Sushant Singh Rajput’s Top 5 Performances

After nearly 3 years of being active on Zee TV, Sushant quit Pavitra Rishta, as he flew abroad for pursuing a filmmaking course. Soon, he auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three lead characters.

The film was well-received, with the most praise given for Sushant’s performance, who was genuinely excellent at playing Ishaan. Following the success of the film, Sushant never looked back and did a variety of A-list movies (PKMS Dhoni: The Untold StoryChhichhore).

While he gave his best in each of the films, he worked on; his top 5 performances comprised:

After 7 years of a successful career in Bollywood, it is inconceivable that he committed suicide. As a reserved individual, he had come so far in his life and tasted the best kind of success. Outside of the profession, he was involved in fantastic philanthropic work, too, and was appointed by NITI Ayog to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).

Loss of such talented and erudite individuals is profoundly dismaying, and today, Bollywood has lost one of its major movie stars. Sushant Singh Rajput will be sorely missed. Om Shanti.

Sushant Singh Rajput’s Films to Stream Online

Prime Video

Shuddh Desi Romance
Detective Byomkesh Baksy
Raabta

Disney Plus Hotstar

Chhichhore 
M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story

Apple TV

PK
Kai Po Che!
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
Shuddh Desi Romance
M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story

Netflix

Drive
PK
Kai Po Che!

Mayank Nailwal
Passionate about films & filmmaking since 2002.
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