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Ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput (left) is cur­rently gear­ing up to play the role of cricketer Ma­hen­dra Singh Dhoni in a biopic on the In­dian skip­per’s life. While his en­er­gies are en­tirely fo­cused on por­tray­ing the cricketer’s life per­fectly on screen, he spoke to us about his equa­tion with film­maker Shekhar Ka­pur (in­set), who is work­ing with him in his next film, Paani. Shekhar an­nounced his mag­num opus with Sushant, and de­spite sto­ries that sug­gest that the film is be­ing shelved, Sushant says it will hap­pen.

Be­fore work on Paani took off, Sushant spent a lot of time with Shekhar, try­ing to un­der­stand the finer nu­ances of the craft. He says, “I was with him for a good 6-7 months when I was prep­ping (for the film). We would ran­domly go out and he would talk to peo­ple about their lives. One day, we sat with a cob­bler and he bought him lunch. The three of us were chat­ting about the cob­bler’s life. What I re­alised from this ex­er­cise is that all the an­swers in life are very sim­ple. We make it com­pli­cated. Shekhar dwells on the sim­pler things. When I say that, I don’t mean he doesn’t un­der­stand com­pli­cated things.”

He re­counts the first time he met Shekhar and tried to im­press him with his knowl­edge of quan­tum physics, which ob­vi­ously back­fired. “I re­mem­ber when I met him, the first week I had just qui­etly lis­tened to him talk. In the sec­ond week, I de­cided it was time for me to talk on quan­tum physics be­cause it is one of his favourite top­ics. And then for the next six hours, he was talk­ing and I was lis­ten­ing. He is an en­cy­clo­pe­dia.”

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