‘Peo­ple think that I have be­come ar­ro­gant af­ter Dhoni biopic’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Af­ter his film MS Dhoni: The Un­told Story (2016) earned more than `100 crore at the box-of­fice, peo­ple have la­belled ac­tor Sushant

Singh Ra­jput (above) as an “ar­ro­gant” star. Sushant is a bit baf­fled by this tag.

“Ear­lier, be­fore MS [Dhoni], when I used to speak my mind, peo­ple used to tell me, ‘Oh you are such a re­fresh­ing per­son­al­ity in the in­dus­try. You are so hon­est and please don’t change’,” he says. “Af­ter MS earned `130 crore, now if I speak what I feel, peo­ple think I have be­come a big star and I am ar­ro­gant,” he adds.

Af­ter his suc­cess, Sushant feels that the pub­lic ex­pects him to be full of him­self. “So, it’s not that I have be­come ar­ro­gant, but it is their be­lief that I be­come so. I am okay with that re­ally,” says the ac­tor who has worked in films such as Kai Po Che! (2013), PK (2014) and Raabta.

How­ever, Sushant has a unique way of han­dling such re­marks and crit­i­cisms. Un­like other ac­tors who try not to get worked up, he prefers to get af­fected by these com­ments.

“I let things af­fect me. I want to be both­ered by all the neg­a­tiv­ity. As an ac­tor, one of the most im­por­tant things is to re­main vul­ner­a­ble. I have been act­ing for 11 years and I have ac­cess to that vul­ner­a­bil­ity part of a char­ac­ter, when I am play­ing it on-screen,” says Sushant, adding, “That’s why peo­ple call my act­ing re­al­is­tic. So, I have to con­di­tion my­self to get used to these com­ments or else I can’t be a good ac­tor,” Sushant adds.

I want to be both­ered by all the neg­a­tiv­ity. As an ac­tor, it is im­por­tant to re­main vul­ner­a­ble. That’s why peo­ple call my act­ing re­al­is­tic SUSHANT SINGH RA­JPUT, AC­TOR

PHOTO: PRATHAM GOKHALE/HT

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