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A RATHER POPULAR HOUSEHOLD NAME IN INDIA, SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT STARTED HIS ACTING CAREER in television as a Balaji Telefilms boy. In 2008, he was asked to audition for them when he was noticed for his stage presence in some of his theatre performances. His killer audition landed him a role in the popular show, ‘Kis Desh Mein Hai Mera Dil’, where he was portraying the character of Preet Juneja (the younger brother of the main male lead). Even though, his character was killed quite early in the show, his performance was noticed and appreciated widely by audiences.

THIS POPULARITY LED TO SUSHANT LANDING HIS BIGGEST TV ROLE IN EKTA KAPOOR’S ‘PAVITRA RISHTA’.He was cast as the main lead, Manav Deshmukh, a role that bagged him three major television awards for Best Male Actor and Most Popular Actor. This performance was his breakthrough and was a stepping stone into films.

IN 2013, HE AUDITIONED FOR ABHISHEK KAPOOR’S ‘KAI PO CHE’ AND WAS CAST AS ONE OF THE LEADS, ALONGSIDE RAJKUMAR RAO AND AMIT SADH. A stellar beginning, he essayed the role of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of the politics in the cricket selection fraternity. His performance was lauded by all and critic Rajeev Masad wrote, “But it’s Sushant Singh Rajput, making his film debut as Ishaan, who it’s hard to take your eyes off. The actor has an indescribable presence, and it’s clear from his confidence and distinct likeability that a star is born”. His performance was par excellence to the point that he received as many as five award nominations and won three awards for Best Male Debut in 2013.

HIS NEXT FILM, ‘SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE’, ALONGSIDE PARINEETI CHOPRA AND VAANI KAPOOR WAS DIRECTED BY MANEESH SHARMA AND PRODUCED BY YASH RAJ FILMS. Audiences and critics alike appreciated his portrayal of the childlike ineptitude of a man who wears his heart on a sleeve. Personally, his fresh and unpretentious demeanor worked in his favor. Sushant’s next role was in Rajkumar Hiran’s ‘PK’ and although his role was a minor one, it gave him the opportunity to work with established names such as Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. The film proved to be the highest grossing film on its release.

AFTER THE OUT AND OUT COMMERCIAL MOVIES, SUSHANT WENT ONTO DO PARALLEL CINEMA WITH DIBAKAR BANNERJEE’S ‘DETECTIVE BYOMKESH BAKSHY!’ IN 2015. While his performance in the period film was widely appreciated, the film was a medium success at the box office.

CURRENTLY, SUSHANT IS BUSY PROMOTING NEERAJ PANDEY’S BIOGEOGRAPHICAL SPORTS DRAMA ‘MS DHONI: The Untold Story’ where essays the role of Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film releases on September 29 and the trailer has already created a lot of buzz with the audiences. Sushant Singh Rajput’s portrayal of Captain Cool is being waited for anxiously by fans of the actor and cricketer alike.



On a personal front, for the most part, the actor has not been a part of any major controversies, until earlier this year when he was in the news for his break up with long time girlfriend and ex co-actor, Ankita Lokhande. He has also been in the news because of his alleged relationship with Kriti Sanon, who is his co-actor in his next film ‘Raabta’ directed by Dinesh Vijan.

“You have to be possessive about who you love”

“I am reckless, yes, but not thoughtless”

“Back in 2006 or 2007, my family and I had reached out to Dhoni and clicked a picture with him. He is the one person for whom I have enormous respect and this opportunity was very exciting”

“First let me find a girl then, I will get married after that”



“Sushant has worked very hard. He was practicing everyday for more than nine months. He was batting everyday for over three hours when it came to portraying the cricket shots”

“Also, the way I walk, the way I talk, he has copied almost everything. In fact, I was amazed to see him do all these things”