I WAS F***ING SCARED OF THE STAGE...

... says Sushant Singh Ra­jput. But then he found the­atre and things changed for­ever, shares the ac­tor as he walks down mem­ory lane

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - Hindustan Times (Jaipur) - City - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal

Sushant Singh Ra­jput might come across as one of the most ex­tro­vert, talk­a­tive ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood, but the 32-year-old hasn’t al­ways been the same per­son. In fact, the MS Dhoni star re­veals he was “very shy and in­tro­vert” be­fore he started to per­form on stage as a dancer, and then an ac­tor. “When I was in col­lege, peo­ple thought that I would be­come Mr Fresher, or some­one like that. But what they didn’t know was the fact that I was f ***** g scared of the stage. I was the same in school. I re­mem­ber I was one of the nom­i­nees for head boy when I was in class XII. But to be the head boy, one has to give a speech, and I couldn’t do that. For the first 19-20 years of my life, I was very shy, and I never re­ally liked talk­ing to peo­ple,” he says. How­ever, the ac­tor from Patna, who did his en­gi­neer­ing from Delhi, changed, once he be­came a backup dancer in a dance troupe. “When I started danc­ing, I re­alised that I could com­mu­ni­cate my emo­tions, through my move­ments, and that I don’t have to ex­press my­self only ver­bally to peo­ple. Later, when I started do­ing the­atre as an ac­tor, I told my­self that I am play­ing a char­ac­ter on stage, and peo­ple would judge the char­ac­ter and not me. I could just say or do what I wanted to. And that’s how I got su­per con­fi­dent,” he shares. Sushant ad­mits he never dreamt of be­com­ing an ac­tor, and he chanced upon the pro­fes­sion. “I was study­ing en­gi­neer­ing, and that’s what I thought I liked. But then I found act­ing and danc­ing, and I said to my­self, ‘This is some­thing I like’. I thought I was mak­ing my­self a c**t by study­ing,” he says. How­ever, the de­ci­sion to take up act­ing as a pro­fes­sion wasn’t easy ei­ther. “I am a mid­dle class boy. I needed to have a de­gree. It took me three years to muster that courage, and then I went to Bom­bay. I didn’t go to Bom­bay be­cause I had a few film of­fers or any­thing con­crete. I went there be­cause I wanted to do the­atre,” he says.

For the first 19-20 years of my life, I was very shy, and I never re­ally liked talk­ing to peo­ple SUSHANT SINGH RA­JPUT, AC­TOR

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