Apr 262018

Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput are endorsing a range of appliances, which earlier featured Ajay Devgn and Kajol as brand ambassadors

Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput
Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput

Rumoured lovebirds Kriti Sanon and Sushant Singh Rajput have landed a joint ad deal. The duo is endorsing a range of appliances, which earlier featured Ajay Devgn and Kajol as brand ambassadors. The decision to get Kriti and Sushant on board was to help increase the brand’s appeal among the youth. SSR says as he and Kriti belong to an engineering background, they appreciate such products better. It’s got nothing to do with the moolah?

Ajay Devgn with wife Kajol
Ajay Devgn with wife Kajol

On the work front, Sushant Singh Rajput just wrapped up Son Chiriya which also stars Bhumi Pednekar. Kriti Sanon is currently shooting for her upcoming film Arjun Patiala in Punjab along with Diljit Dosanjh and Varun Sharma. She will also be seen with Arjun Kapoor in Panipat.

Also read: It’s a wrap for Sushant Singh Rajput and Bhumi Pednekar’s Son Chiriya

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Dec 292017

Actor originally trained under Shiamak Davar tests his training skills

Sushant Singh Rajput

Known to be a director’s performer, Sushant Singh Rajput saved the day for the cast and crew of Kedarnath by enabling them to wrap up a dance sequence ahead of schedule. The actor put his training at Shiamak Davar’s dance school to use by choreographing and improvising a sequence, in order to finish filming it in two days, instead of the four allotted for the song.

A source tells mid-day, “It’s an upbeat wedding song with challenging, fast-paced choreography. Sushant helped choreographer Adil Shaikh to create the sequence and also improvised on set. He pulled off an energetic performance. He rehearsed for several hours ahead of the shoot.” Though Rajput is currently vacationing in Europe, producer Prernaa Arora says, “It was important for us to mount this song on a large scale. We were thrilled that Sushant wrapped it up early. We are happy to have such a professional artiste on board.”

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Dec 192017

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput finds actress Sonakshi Sinha’s self-made sketches ‘beautiful’. Sonakshi shared images of sketches made by her on which Sushant on Tuesday tweeted: “They’re so beautiful”

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput finds actress Sonakshi Sinha’s self-made sketches ‘beautiful’. Sonakshi shared images of sketches made by her on which Sushant on Tuesday tweeted: “They’re so beautiful”

Representational Pic
Representational Pic

Along with the images of three of her sketches, she posted: “I draw to find myself and lose myself at the same time. Sharing some of my sketches with you… art by Sonakshi, my meditation”.

A number of actors in the Hindi film industry have taken to different mediums as a source of meditation like superstar Salman Khan is known for painting, Akshay Kumar practices Tai Chi when he is not shooting.

Vidya Balan is good with poetry and mimicry when she is in the mood, Twinkle Khanna has become an author, Kangana Ranaut loves cooking, Ranveer Singh likes to rap, Dia is now a certified pottery enthusiast and Aamir Khan loves his chessboard.

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Dec 112017

Salman Khan lashed out at Sushant Singh Rajput for allegedly misbehaving with his protege and friend Aditya Pancholi’s son, Sooraj Pancholi, who is one film old in the industry

This was the 90s Salman Khan who had anger management issues but the star now has mended fences with his increasing temper. However, that doesn’t mean he will let you take him for a ride, if you poke him. He sportingly takes the comments passed on him and gives it back in his own sly style. The superstar, who has been a godfather to many of the actors in the industry, not only takes them under his wings but is also protective of them. So, nobody dares to take a dig at his family, friends or protégés.

Salman Khan
Salman Khan

AFilmfarereport states that at a recent party, the ‘MS Dhoni’ actor, Sushant Singh Rajputallegedly misbehaved with ‘Hero’ actor Sooraj Pancholi. The insiders also revealed that Sooraj was taken aback by Sushant’s indecorous behaviour for no solid reason to trigger such conduct.

The issue blew up when Salman learned about it and this left him agitated. The report further states that the superstar immediately dialled Sushant’s number and gave him a piece of his mind. The ‘Dabangg’ star also warned him to maintain distance from Sooraj. Anxious by Salman’s rebuke, he was quick enough to apologise him, with the assurance that he wouldn’t commit the same mistake again.

Well, one has to pay a huge price to be in Bhai’s bad books or mess with him!

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Dec 022017

In an in-depth chat, held before a live audience at IFFI, Goa, Sushant Singh Rajput dives deep to reveal his fundas, on life and films

As we entered the Bioscope Village, a tent-pole cinema, temporarily created for the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, the collective chants across the venue made it seem like we were at a political rally. If you heard closely, the audiences weren’t screaming, “Modi, Modi, Modi.” They were in fact yelling something sounding similar — “Dhoni, Dhoni, Dhoni” — looking at actor Sushant Singh Rajput, whose performance as India’s top cricketer MS Dhoni on screen, remains his best known work yet. Also the crowd, a lot of them kids, had returned from a show of Neeraj Pandey’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, held right before.

Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput

Rajput calmed the audience down a bit, repeating his favourite moment/line from the film, which is Dhoni’s mother telling herself that her son won’t be satisfied with little — he’ll always aim for more. That sort of set the tone for this interview, which appeared as much a psychologist’s take on life/films, as a motivational speech for the young.

Excerpts from the conversation

Here’s what you often confess in your conversations — that you’re an introvert, not much of a talker, suffer from stage fright (or at least did). Now, these are exactly the reasons why someone may not turn into an actor. In your case, you’ve mentioned, that was exactly why you did. What does that mean?
Genuinely, this is essentially the problem I have with the education system globally. We’re taught that there is one right, definite answer to a question. As a result, we are increasingly become good at thinking, and convincing ourselves, about the only one correct answer.

Normally, what’s missing is the skill of asking questions. And that can come with the understanding of the fact that no matter how good or passionate you are about a job, you can create something new, only when you’re aware that you’re standing on an assumption. You have to question that assumption. If that question is engaging enough, you don’t think about results, or acknowledgements. Of course, you’ll like it if there is acknowledgement for your work. But that is not why you do it. Having a personal question, and moving in that direction, is important enough.

There is a thought I’d read once, which I didn’t understand then, is about how experts have the most informed answers. But they’re not experts at asking questions. The kids have the best questions. The pattern one notices about creative people, who do something new, is they’re a combination of someone who asks questions like a child, and attempts to answer employing the method of an expert.

Now to answer your question, we are all story-tellers, and we’re acting all the time. The issue I always had was over how I should pretend to not show what I’m feeling. This went on for many years. And then I learnt a little about acting. Since I had learnt some acting, then I thought I may as well become an actor, and earn from it. But that shyness, and the hunger to find a great way to tell a story, hasn’t left me yet.

You’ve in fact said that since you were shy, it seemed easier to hide behind other people, or characters.
Exactly. When you know you’re standing on assumptions, you don’t take yourself seriously. And when that happens, it becomes dramatically easier to play other people.

Your first brush with performance art was actually through dance; is that how you began to feel most comfortable, expressing yourself publicly?
Absolutely, I was never good at expressing myself. I would think something, but when I would say it, it would seem like there’s something amiss. And I didn’t think of it as an issue, because I was happy being a science student, studying engineering. Around the time I joined dance school, and when I was on stage, performing, I felt that I could actually communicate, even without words. I could see the audience getting affected by what I was doing on stage. That was a start for sure; and then I thought, let’s use the help of words also. I began doing theatre.

Let’s look at your journey: you were academically bright, worked with (theatre director) Barry John, moved from theatre, television, to films, and also moved from Delhi to Mumbai. That’s totally Shah Rukh Khan, isn’t it?
There’s also a line in Shah Rukh Khan’s film (Om Shanti Om), “Kabhi kisi cheez ko shiddat se chaho, toh saari kaynaat… (If you will it; it happens).” I was a little stupid, and so I took it rather seriously. But I can tell you one thing — that it works. Of course, we may all love the fame and the riches, but importantly, if something interests you a whole lot, it’s fine to aim for it, and dream big.

There’s a term in psychology that you quote often: Impact bias. By which you mean that when you actually achieve what you dream for, it doesn’t seem all that significant after all.
It’s a popular subject in behavioural economics, and it’s revolutionary, because it’s counter-intuitive to how we usually think. There was an experiment done with two groups. One had an extremely bright set of CEOs in their early 20s and 30s. The other group comprised people below the poverty line. Now the first group, for some reason, had become disabled — paraplegics. The second group had just won a million dollar lottery. There was a downward mental spike recorded in the case of the first group, and equally upward, in the second.

Now, I’m not talking about months or years, but after just 10 to 12 weeks, when the same two groups were tested, their mental spikes had stabilised to exactly the same levels already. This tells you something — successes or failures actually don’t affect us in the same way that we imagine they would. If you enjoy a process itself though, you get so good at the skill, that it automatically places you in the top percentile of people on the (happiness) index.

This ‘impact bias’ realisation, I’m told, happened to you once when you’d begun hanging out at malls. You’d become famous, thanks to television. You loved being recognised. Soon enough you stopped enjoying the attention. Is that true?
No, what I’m trying to say is that public acknowledgement is a good feeling, and one can’t be immune to it. But when we are actually at work — there is no one around, the pay cheque isn’t staring at you, neither is there fear or exhilaration at how people will perceive your work.

The work being good is all you care about. Sunil Gavaskar once said that if God gave him a super power, he would really want to get inside MS Dhoni’s head, and examine how and what he thinks. And Dhoni told me just this: As much as he loves this nation, and his team, when he’s actually there in the middle (in a match), he doesn’t think about those things. He can only see the ball. It’s the same in the Mahabharat, with Arjun only being able to see the fish’s eye.

Back to movies. Every few years, there’s often one film, quite out of the blue, that spawns a mini-industry of talents. Kundan Shah’s Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983), with an almost all-new cast and crew (Sudhir Mishra as a young writer, Satish Kaushik as writer-actor, Vidhu Vinod Chopra as production controller) was one. Or Ram Gopal Varma’s Satya (1998, with Anurag Kashyap as writer, Saurabh Shukla as actor-writer, Vishal Bharadwaj as music composer, among others) was another. Of late, do you think Kai Po Che (2013) falls into that category? You debuted with it. Rajkumar Rao had his first big role in it. He’s had a great run. Amit Sadh’s popular, the film picked up top screenwriting awards…
Again, here I’d like to highlight that we have a tendency to sense a design, when something works out well. And I’m not just speaking about Kai Po Che. The same sense of design isn’t as strong, when we have to predict the future. Often, it happens, that we put together all the diggaj (veteran) talents with a great story to tell, and it doesn’t work out. There is a reason for that.
When Rajkummar, Amit and I were working on Kai Po Che, with (director) Abhishek Kapoor, we were absolutely certain on what we must not do, given a strong understanding of the script. But none of us were sure on exactly what we must do, including the director, who was flexible enough to trust us, and let us be. It’s not that something great came out of every shot. We tried various ways. And this is important to understand — we derive security from prediction, which is evolutionary. But preparation is only essential to know what not to do. No one can be in control, when you’re creating something new — you have to cut yourself loose.

Looking ahead, now that you’re a star, what’s becoming far more essential for that job, unlike as much back in the day, is an incredible script sense. How are you honing that craft?
I just have to able to personally react to a script — without looking at other factors, like its possible resonance among the public, or its commercially viability. If there is something I want to understand about a character and I’m unable to, I know that would be engaging enough for me to spend five to six months on it. It’s like, when I was studying for engineering, I would get an hour and half of play-time. I would wait for that moment, and when I’d go out, I would be so engaged — that time would seemingly get over in five minutes!

Now my instincts are very likely to go wrong. But this is absolutely the time to encourage failure, rather than success. To give you an example, according to research, 65 per cent of the school kids right now will eventually take up jobs that don’t currently exist. The disruptive technology to enable those jobs is yet to happen. We’re at the stage of deception, since we’re unaware. What can you teach those kids then? That it’s okay to fail, because the rate of change is such. Bearing that in mind, it’s important to stress on emotional intelligence, and lack of stress.

Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput

Don’t want to take names, still, if you do a film like Raabta, do you sense a disconnect between what was the script, and what became the film?
Absolutely, I’ve never done a play, TV show, or film, where what I’d thought in my head is exactly how it turned out to be — for better or worse. Because you have no idea the choices the director, the music composer, or the editor, will take. It’s too collaborative a process for anyone to know, no matter what our intentions, which are inevitably good. I’m absolutely fine with the idea of knowing that I’m wrong, nine out of ten times.

Speaking of the three media you’ve been part of, how important is the size of the screen for you as an actor anymore, given that theatrical footfalls are dropping, and the web is probably where the best of the world’s stories are being told?
There is in fact an even bigger thing on its way, on which I’d like to take a chance, while it’s foolish to predict. Let’s go back in time, for instance, and look at when the talkies came in, and all the actors (who were part of silent cinema) assumed nothing would happen. A whole lot did.

The most important aspect of a visual medium is to create an illusion, and convince you, that what’s happening is for real. Along with visuals, sound took it to another level. But the one thing that’ll change everything, virtual reality (VR), is already here, and it’s not a small transition.

Within five to six seconds in VR, you lose your objectivity on the fact that you’re viewing something. You become part of an actual experience. This is going to disrupt cinema, like how! I’m not saying story-telling will die. But films, as we know them, will drastically change. Everyone should think about it.

Surely you’re looking at virtual reality closely, but your next big step apart from films, I’m told, is going back to theatre!
Well I’ve been planning a play for a year now. I have to look at too many small things on that front. Unless we are totally enjoying ourselves with every aspect, we won’t step out with it. When we learn acting — or think that we’re learning — we’re taught about the fourth wall, which can be a live audience, or a TV camera, or a film camera, depending on the medium. In every case, you’re taught to forget the fourth wall anyway. So the idea of theatre to TV to film, as natural progression or graduation, is wrong. It doesn’t matter.

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Nov 132017

There are no permanent friends and foes in Bollywood. Sushant Singh Rajput and Bunty Walia are the latest examples. Over the weekend, the two found themselves coming face-to-face at builder Baba Dewan’s bash. Instead of playing the avoidance game, they got talking and ironed out their differences.

Sushant Singh Rajput and Bunty Walia
Sushant Singh Rajput and Bunty Walia

Last month, Walia had reportedly lashed out at the actor for walking out of his production, RAW – Romeo Akbar Walter, at the last-minute. SSR’s sudden exit had put the spy thriller on the backburner. Does this mean he will be back in RAW? Looks unlikely as Bunty is keen on roping in buddy Abhishek Bachchan.

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Oct 252017

Kriti Sanon’s act has been axed from Farah Khan’s ‘Lip Sing Battle’. She was to take on Rajkummar Rao, who hurt himself in the celebrity show. Kriti needed a new partner, but at short notice it was difficult to match dates with another star. Kriti should have been on the show last week when rumoured beau Sushant Singh Rajput and Sania Mirza battled it out. It would have been fun to watch the rumoured lovebirds together, but Farah knows better.

Kriti Sanon
Kriti Sanon

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Oct 022017

Bollywood churns out movies by the minute if you start counting the numbers, but very few make it to the top. Then there are some movies which you already know will make it big once they see the light of the day. Here’s a list of upcoming movies in 2018 that will keep the cash register ringing and make the fans happy.

1.Chanda Mama Door Ke- Creative as the title may sound, the movie is not a kid’s movie. This movie will have Sushant Singh Rajput play an astronaut, along with Nawazuddin and Madhavan in pivotal roles. Sushant is preparing since long now and even went to NASA to get additional training for the role. Will this be our answer to an ‘Insterstellar’ or ‘Gravity’? Only time will tell.

Sushant Singh Rajput to undergo special training at NASA’s Space & Rocket Center… Enacts the part of an astronaut in #ChandaMamaDoorKe… pic.twitter.com/W4b9BYELCE

— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 2, 2017

2.The Sanjay Dutt biopic- So much buzz has been generated that it’s already a hit in the eyes of many. A great actor’s biopic being played by a super fine actor Ranbir Kapoor, so very few things can wrong with this one.

ranbir kapoor sanjay dutt biopic© Twitter

3.Padman- Trust Akshay Kumar to make feel-good movies which resonate a strong social message in it. After impressing the audience and critics alike with his latest release ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, Akshay Kumar is gearing up to release yet another film based on a social issue titled ‘Padman’. Akshay’s character in the film is based on that of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who created the first low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins. R.Balki is directing it and two strong women, Twinkle Khanna and Gauri Shinde are producing it. The hopes are pretty high for this one.

Pad-up and get ready for MrsFunnybones Movies and R. Balki’s Padman -April 13,2018 @akshaykumar @radhika_apte @sonamakapoor @kriarj pic.twitter.com/62wkVZ4QYe

— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) August 3, 2017

3.Kedarnath- It will mark the debut of Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif and Amrita. She has been cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Abhishek Kapoor is directing this one. The storyline has not been made public yet but rumour has it that Sushant is playing a tour guide near Kedarnath and she is a tourist.

A journey of faith…and love. Come join us with #KedarnathFirstLook ‪#SaraAliKhan @gattukapoor #kriarj #BalajiMotionPictures #Tseries

A post shared by Sushant Singh Rajput (@sushantsinghrajput) on Sep 4, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT


sara ali khan kedarnath© Twitter

4.Gold- Akshay Kumar is joining hands with Reema Kagti for this one which tells the tale of the first Olympics gold medal in 1948. Mouni Roy will be making her debut with this one, and the movie will also star Amit Sadh.

akshay kumar gold movie© Twitter

5.Manikarnika- The Queen Of Jhansi- Kangana Ranaut will be back on screen with another strong movie. Ankita Lokhande will be making her debut as Jhankar Bai with this movi

manikarnika kangana ranaut© Twitter

The line-up sounds interesting and we hope we get to see some good quality work with this talenthouse of actors that we have here. 

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Sep 302017

Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story'Sushant Singh Rajput in a still from ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’

While rumour has it that Sushant Singh Rajput will soon step into the shoes of the Great Khali, the industry today celebrates one year of ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story,’ a film which went on to have cash registers ringing at the box office and also brought Sushant major critical acclaim.

Also read – Sushant Singh Rajput: I’m not dumb to get affected by stardom

The actor who walked away with rave reviews for his nuanced performance in the film proved that he truly was one of the finest actors in the Indian film industry.

Over the years Sushant Singh Rajput has managed to not just impress audiences with his character transformations but also bowl them over with his versatile performances. With ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story,’ Sushant took on the challenge of essaying the titular role of an iconic personality who is still around and relevant , a move which several touted as a confident sign of a good actor.

Also read – Sushant Singh Rajput: I won’t play myself on-screen

The film became a critical and commercial success and was the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016 in India with collections of approximately 1.16 billion (US$18 million). The Sushant Singh Rajput starrer was declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav a day after its release, and in Dhoni’s home state, Jharkhand, a few days later. Maharashtra was also declared tax-free on October 5 by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

Also view – Photos: Dhoni and wife Sakshi at ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ premiere last year
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story screening

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Sep 202017

For the past couple of years, Bollywood has been basking in the success of its treasured trick of producing biopics on prominent personalities. From ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Neerja’, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, ‘Mary Kom’, ‘Azhar’, ‘Dangal’ and ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’; each movie has proved that this mantra is a huge hit among viewers. In fact, we all love to watch movies that are made on athletes because it helps us experience and learn about the struggles that they had to go through in the early stages of their career and how their life changed after they found fame.

Sushant Singh Rajput Might Play The Great Khali In His Biopic© Fox Star Studios

Of all these biopics, ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ was one of the most successful movies at the box office, both commercially and critically (then ‘Dangal’ happened and things changed). Anyway, we can’t help but say that actor Sushant Singh Rajput did a fabulous job in playing ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni on screen. Such was his popularity and impact that after the film’s release, every time we searched for MS Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput’s photos and information would pop up on our page. Well, after wearing the cap of a cricketer on screen, Rajput is now reportedly gearing up for another major biopic on wrestler Dalip Singh Rana. For those who don’t know who this legendary man is – you can also call him The Great Khali.

Sushant Singh Rajput Might Play The Great Khali In His Biopic© wikimedia

According to DNA, a source was quoted as saying “The biopic is on the life of wrestler Dalip Singh Rana, better known as Khali or The Great Khali in WWE circle. The studio has spoken to the Punjabi wrestler and he has given them the rights to make a film on his life. Sushant has been approached to play the titular role and he has in principle agreed to do the film.”  The best thing about any biopic is that one gets to witness things that were kept hidden under wraps, away from the public view. This movie too will shed some light on Khali’s struggles and his inspiring journey. It will be really interesting to see how the makers of the film recreate the journey of an officer for the Punjab state police, who struggled for years before turning into one of the most legendary wrestlers of his time. 

Sushant Singh Rajput Might Play The Great Khali In His Biopic© Instagram sushant singh rajput

However, there’s one thing we can’t help but wonder. The Indian-born American, semi-retired wrestler, Khali, is said to be fourth tallest wrestler in WWE history and is almost 7’1” tall and weighs around 157 kg. But, Sushant Singh Rajput stands nowhere close to Khali’s height and weight. So unless the makers seek help from some magician or someone who is hailed as the ultimate guru of CGI or VFX, we don’t think there’s any way that any Bollywood actor could look like Khali. In fact, a trade analyst was also quoted as saying, “What worked in Sushant’s favour during Dhoni was that he looked, walked and talked like MSD. Here, Sushant has no similarities with Khali when it comes to his body prototype and his height. Unless there’s a lot of VFX involved, it’s difficult to pull off a film on Khali. No hero in Bollywood will look convincing as The Great Khali, unless there’s CGI.” 

We don’t know what the makers will do, but this is exactly what intrigues us and will drive people to the cinema. Sushant will be seen in another biopic where he will play Paralympic gold medallist, Murlikant Petkar.

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