Throwback: How Kai Po Che! changed Sushant Singh Rajput’s life and his alleged fallout with Abhishek Kapoor – Times of India

When Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che transformed Sushant Singh Rajput’s career and turned him into a celluloid star, he was at the receiving end of fertile flak for offending various influential sources including Abhishek Kapoor. It was being whispered that Sushant had turned down Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor.
When it was brought up during a conversation, Sushant had laughed, “Isn’t that typical? First they build you up as a potential star, and then they try to dismantle your dreams piece by piece. Let me tell you the truth about Abhishek’s film Fitoor. I had kept aside an entire large chunk of this year for it. I haven’t shot for any film during the last four months. This is the fifth month of no-shooting for me. Abhishek and I had kept aside five months of my time for Fitoor. It was supposed to be shot this year. Then it got postponed to the next year. Is that my fault?”

Sushant had also protested against the insinuations that he let down his mentor Abhishek in favour of Yash Raj Films. “I didn’t sign any film after Raj Kumar Hirani’s PK , except Fitoor for which I set aside five months this year. I signed only two other films – Dibakar Banerjee’s Byomkesh and Shekhar Kapoor’s Paani. So basically I am without shooting because Fitoor got postponed. I am prepping for Byomkesh, but no shooting. These things happen, and I am sure there’s a logical reason for the delay. But there’s no logical reason for making me out to be the villain of the plot. The new dates for Fitoor clashed with the dates that I’ve already assigned to Paani, so no point in even thinking about.”
Of course Paani eventually didn’t happen either.

Sushant had pooh-poohed all talk of a fallout with Abhishek Kapoor. “There is absolutely no stress between us. Very honestly , we are on very good terms. Of course we were disappointed that we couldn’t work together. But things are just fine between us now. We exchange texts and have promised to work together at the earliest. So sorry to disappoint those who are looking for a fight. People just see me as the guy who didn’t do his debut film’s director’s film. They don’t know how much I wanted to be part of it.”

As for his proximity to Yash Raj Films, Sushant protested saying, “It wasn’t planned that way. It just happened that I ended up doing Shuddh Desi Romance and now Paani. They are offering me the kind of films that I want to do.”

Sushant says he is yet to learn how to conduct himself in the film industry. “I’ve a big problem saying no to anybody. Apart from these five months which have gone in waiting for Fitoor to happen, I could only do two other films next year. I had to say no to many offers. I try to say no well. But it never comes out effectively.”

The actor felt blessed. “I am working with the filmmakers I’ve always dreamt of… what more could I want? I seriously don’t know what is working in my favour. I am in a confused state of mind. But it’s welcome confusion. I’ve worked very hard to get here. I gave my blood and sweat to theatre for five years. But I know hard work is not all. I am lucky. Directors like Dibakar Banerjee and Shekhar Kapoor have great expectations from me. That both scares and thrills me.”

Sushant insisted that success had not changed him. “It’s people’s perception of me that has changed. I am the same person I used to be before Kai Po Che! and Shuddh Desi Romance. But people who approach me have decided I’ve changed after two back-to-back hits. They are sure that success has gone to my head when I know it has not. How do I convince them I am still the same? I am just very happy that I chose to play two very unconventional characters in my first two films and my gamble paid off. I followed my heart and I wasn’t let down by my instincts.”

The flak was annoying Sushant. “When people write and speak ill of me I want to tell them, ‘That’s not me.Why are you saying these things about me?’ I’ve stopped reading papers and watching television. I don’t know what will be said about me. I’ve just started out. I’ve so much to do.”

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