Sushant Singh Rajput

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Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput snapped at the promotions of 'M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story' (cropped).jpg
Sushant Singh Rajput in 2016
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Sushant Singh Rajput is an Indian film and television actor.[1] He started his career with television serials, including an award-winning performance in the soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–2011) and as a participant in two dance reality shows. He then entered films with a role as one of the three male leads in the drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received critical acclaim as well as three Best Male Debut awards. His other notable films since then have been as male lead of the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2014) and as the titular detective in the thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015). Sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which he essayed the role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the film was a commercial success and earned him universal critical acclaim.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Ashok Kumawat was born in Patna, Bihar, India. His ancestral village is Maldiha in Bihar's Purnia district.[4] He regularly returns to Maldiha to celebrate Chhath puja.[5] Sushant has three elder sisters and a brother, with him being the youngest in the family. One sister lives in the US, another sisters in Chandigarh and Delhi, and his brother is in Ramjas college in Delhi.[6] One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer.[7] While growing up in Patna, Sushant was very close to his mother and had a more formal relationship with his father.[8] Her death in 2002 left Sushant devastated. This happened just after Sushant had his 12th standard exams and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.[8]

Sushant attended St. Karen's High School in Patna[9] He secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical engineering) degree in the Delhi College Of Engineering (DCE) (now known as the Delhi Technological University).[8] He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. In all, he cleared as many as eleven engineering entrance exams, [10] However, he completed only three years in the college in the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.[8]


Early steps[edit]

While he was still studying at Delhi College of Engineering, now known as Delhi Technological University, Sushant enrolled in Shiamak Davar's dance classes.[11] It was later only that the idea of making a career in acting came to him as some of his fellow students in the dance classes happened to be interested in acting and were attending Barry John's drama classes. Thus, influenced by them, Sushant also joined the acting classes. Here, he found his passion for acting, as he once said, "I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever."[12]

Within a few months of joining the dance class, Sushant was selected to be a member of Davar's standard dance troupe. In 2005, he was chosen to be one of the group of background dancers at the 51st Filmfare Awards. In 2006, he was part of the troupe that went to Australia to perform in the cultural program at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. By this time, he was sick and tired of engineering, where he was failing papers and had no real interest in the subject. He was very happy and successful in the dance and drama classes and felt unhappy and "claustrophobic" in the engineering classroom. He therefore decided to do only what he was good at doing. He dropped out of engineering and devoted himself full-time to dancing and acting.

In order to make a break into films, Sushant moved to Mumbai, joined Nadira Babbar's Ekjute theatre group and remained a part of it for two-and-a half years.[11] During this time, he was featured in the TV advertisement of Nestle Munch, which became famous throughout India.

Television (2008–12)[edit]

In 2008, Sushant was spotted by the casting team of Balaji Telefilms. His personality and acting talent had been observed by them while he was on stage for one of Ekjute's plays. They invited him to audition for them, and Rajput landed the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. His character was killed quite early in the show, but he was such a popular character with the viewers that he was brought back for the series finale in the form of a spirit, looking on as his family celebrated after going through difficult times.

In June 2009, Sushant began starring in Pavitra Rishta as Manav Deshmukh, a very serious and mature character working as a mechanic to help support his family. His work in this serial received wide appreciation and Sushant received three major television awards for best male actor and most popular actor. This performance was his breakthrough and gave him the stepping stone into films.

In May 2010, Sushant joined the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha 2. He had already proven his acting talents by getting awards for his performance in Pavitra Rishta, now he wanted to establish that he had good dancing skills and could be trained further. In Zara Nachke Dikha, Sushant was a part of the Mast Kalandar Boys Team. He did the shooting for both Pavitra Rishta and Zara Nachke Dikha 2 at one and the same time. On Mother's Day Special episode, his team dedicated a performance to his mother, who had died in 2003.[13]

In December 2010, Sushant participated in another dance-based reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4, where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia.[14] In October 2011, Rajput decided to quit Pavitra Rishta to pursue a film-making course abroad.

Film career (2013–present)[edit]

From left to right: Rajput, Rajkumar Rao, Abhishek Kapoor and Amit Sadh at the promotion of Kai Po Che!, 2013

Sushant auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three leads, along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh. Based on the Chetan Bhagat's novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, the film was proved to be a critical and commercial success and Sushant's portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised.[15] Critic Rajeev Masand 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 likability that a star is born."[16]

Rajput's second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film deals with the subject of live-in relationship and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama praised Rajput's performance, saying "After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput... brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act."[17] Sukanya Verma from Rediff stated, "After a dynamic debut in Kai Po Che!, Rajput channelises his abundant energy to convey the childlike ineptitude of a man who wears his heart on a sleeve."[18] Sushant's next role was in Rajkumar Hirani's 2014 film PK. Although his role was of a relatively minor character, the film gave him the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. Upon its release, the film proved to be the highest-grossing Indian films.[19][20]

In 2015, Rajput's sole release was Dibakar Banerjee's mystery thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015), where he portrayed detective Byomkesh Bakshi, created by the Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The film was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Banerjee's own film production company Dibakar Banerjee Productions. Set in the Kolkata of 1940s,[21] the film was released on 3 April 2015 and met with mixed to positive reviews from critics.[22][23]

In 2016, Rajput appeared in Neeraj Pandey's biographical sports drama, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which he essayed the lead role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of 2016. Rajput's performance was widely praised by the critics and his portrayal of the cricketer was applauded even before the film's release.[2][3] For his performance in the film, Rajput got his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.[24]

Sushant is slated to appear in Dinesh Vijan's Raabta, co-starring Kriti Sanon in June 2017.[25][26]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kai Po Che! Ishaan Bhatt Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut
2013 Shuddh Desi Romance Raghu Ram
2014 PK Sarfaraz Yousuf Supporting Actor
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Byomkesh Bakshi
2016 M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Mahendra Singh Dhoni Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor
2017 Raabta Shiv
2017 DriverFilm has yet to be released TBA Filming[27]
TBA Chanda Mama Door Ke Films that have not yet been released TBA Pre-production[28][29]


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil Preet Lalit Juneja Supporting Actor
2009–2011 Pavitra Rishta Manav Deshmukh Male Lead Actor
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha Himself Team Mast Kalandar Boys
2010–2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Himself Runner-up
2014 Pavitra Rishta Manav Deshmukh Special Appearance in last episode
2015 CID Byomkesh Bakshi Guest Appearance For Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Promotion
2016 Kumkum Bhagya Himself Guest Appearance For M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story Promotion

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2009 Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Actor(Male) Pavitra Rishta Nominated[30]
2010 Zee Gold Awards Best Actor(Male) Won[31]
Indian Television Academy Awards Most Popular Actor(Male) Won[31]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Television Actor(Male) Won[31]
2013 Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Kai Po Che! Won
Star Guild Awards Star Guild Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[32]
Screen Awards Screen Award for Best Male Debut Won[33]
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut Nominated[34]
Filmfare Awards Best Male Debut Nominated
IIFA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[35]
2016 Screen Awards Best Actor (Critics) M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actor Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All you need to know about Shuddh Desi Romance star Sushant Singh Rajput". 
  2. ^ a b IANS (September 18, 2016). "Not Trying To Glorify MS Dhoni: Sushant Singh Rajput Opens Up About His Upcoming Film". CNN-News18. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Express Web Desk (October 3, 2016). "MS Dhoni The Untold Story box office collection day 4: Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer mints Rs 66 cr". Indian Express. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput, Manoj Bajpayee and other actors from Bihar who made it big in Bollywood". 
  5. ^ "My Bihar, my Chhath". 
  6. ^ IANS (20 August 2013). "Work keeps Sushant Singh Rajput busy on Raksha Bandhan". Mid-day. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  7. ^ Subhash K Jha (26 February 2013). "Sushant's Singh Rajput sister inspires him". DNA. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  8. ^ a b c d Gupta, Priya (20 January 2013). "Madhuri wanted to learn dance from me: Sushant". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  9. ^ "I am a selfish actor: Sushant Singh Rajput". 
  10. ^ This Bollywood Actor Got 7th Rank In AIEEE & Dropped Out From India’s Topmost Engg. College!
  11. ^ a b "Madhuri wanted to learn dance from me: Sushant - Times of India". 
  12. ^ Anuradha Choudhary (14 June 2013). ""I want to be on the cover of Filmfare" - Sushant Singh Rajput". Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Bollywood Hungama. "Mother's Day Special On 'Zara Nachke Dikha' - Abhishek Awasthi - Latest Celebrity Videos - Bollywood Hungama". Bollywood Hungama. 
  14. ^ Gaurav Malani (9 March 2011). "Chang wins Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4". Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  15. ^ Taran Adarsh (27 February 2013). "Hit Che!". 
  16. ^ "Rajeev Masand's Kai Po Che review" Retrieved 22 February 2013
  17. ^ Bollywood Hungama (6 September 2013). "Shuddh Desi Romance". 
  18. ^ "Review: Shuddh Desi Romance has NO dull moments". Rediff. 6 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sushant Singh confirmed for Hirani's PK" Retrieved 16 October 2012
  20. ^ ians. "New friendship brimeth? Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput shoot for 'Peekay'". ibnlive. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  21. ^ "BBD Bag back to 1943 for Byomkesh shoot". The Times of India. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Deepanjana Pal (6 April 2015). "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy review: Stylish, beautiful and yet Dibakar's most underwhelming film so far". Firstpost. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  23. ^ Shubha Shetty Saha (3 April 2015). "'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!' – Movie Review". Mid Day. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  24. ^ "62nd Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 Nominations". 10 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Kriti Sanon & Sushant Singh Rajput Starrer Raabta’s Release Date Announced". koimoi. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  26. ^ "Sushant Singh Rajput-Kriti Sanon's 'Raabta' to hit theaters next year". Times of India. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  27. ^ "drive first look sushant singh rajput jacqueline fernandez start shooting by karan johar". Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  29. ^ Let’s not compare Chandamama Door Ke with Gravity: Director
  30. ^ "Nominees of The 9th Indian Telly Awards". 
  31. ^ a b c "Sushant Singh Rajput's Biography". koimoi. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  32. ^ Bollywood Hungama. "Nominations for 9th Renault Star Guild Awards - Latest Celebrity Features - Bollywood Hungama". 
  33. ^ "Screen Awards 2015, Latest News on Screen Awards 2015, Photo Gallery The Indian Express". 
  34. ^ "Zee Cine Awards 2014: Complete list of nominations". Zee News. 
  35. ^ "Nominations for IIFA Awards 2014". Bollywood Hungama. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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