Sushant Singh Rajput, the Risk Taker: A look at his 5 Year Bollywood Journey

By Neha Jha

Feb 23, 2018

Sushant Singh Rajput is one of those rare breeds of TV actors who successfully transitioned from the small screen to the big screen and continue to rise unabated. He is the only TV actor to have had attained the status of a superstar in Bollywood after Shah Rukh Khan. And, just like SRK, SSR’s secret has been to opt for method roles, something different from his peers and work to the point of perfection in order to essay it perfectly on screen.

Sushant’s debut movie Kai Po Che, directed by Abhishek Kapoor completed 5 years. And in these 5 years, Sushant has catapulted himself to stardom. If one looks at the kind of movies he chose to do, one would see how remarkably different they are from those of his peers who entered Bollywood at around the same time.

Before entering movies, Sushant had formal dance training from Shiamak Davar’s dance institution. In fact, he had been a backup dancer for actors in award shows like the IIFA. No wonder the man was prepping hard since long. Here’s a look at his 5-year-old career graph

Kai Po Che

Based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life", Sushant played the role of Ishan whose life, along with his friends, gets entangled with the 2001 Gujarat earthquake and the Godhra riots. His performance was appreciated and people knew that the transition he made is going to prove beneficial to him. He had to quit the TV show Pavitra Rishta which gave him popularity.

Detective Byomkesh Bakshy

A big risk for a new actor in films, but SSR wasn’t one to back down. He essayed this cult character from Bengali fiction with equal finesse and managed to secure a rank among actors who take risks with the roles they play. It was a lot of work for the actor who had to do a Bengali avatar with dhoti, mustache, oiled hair and the charisma which characterized Byomkesh. His efforts were visible on the screen.

Shuddh Desi Romance

Another big risk taken by a new-comer, SSR was highly praised for his role in this movie depicting live-in relationships. He shared the screen with veteran Rishi Kapoor and his contemporaries Vaani Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra. Though the film failed to make the desired impact, filmmakers knew they had someone willing to take the plunge with newer, edgier scripts.

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story

This movie sealed Sushant’s career as a mainstream Bollywood actor. He worked hard to get into the skin of Dhoni and embodied his mannerisms. He even took on the Bihari accent and tone for the early part of Dhoni’s life. Playing Captain Cool was no mean feat. But, Sushant played it to perfection and even learned the basic nuances of cricket to play Dhoni. The film was one of the major hits of the year 2016.

His recent film Raabta might not have created the same magic. But, we know, he is gonna come again, with a bang in a whole new avatar with Son Chiraiya.

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