Sushant Singh Ra­jput, 28 AC­TOR

India Today - - YOUNG YEARNERS - by Suhani Singh

Mum­bai

Sushant Singh Ra­jput dropped out of Delhi Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing (now Delhi Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity) and put in four years in theatre be­fore he first caught at­ten­tion as Manav in Balaji’s pop­u­lar TV soap Pav­i­tra Rishta. While mak­ing his way to the Balaji of­fice in the busy sub­urb of And­heri, says Ra­jput, he would dream of work­ing across the road— with YRF (Yash Raj Films) Stu­dios. That dream came true as he was signed on by YRF for Shuddh Desi Ro­mance af­ter a scorch­ing de­but in Ab­hishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che (2013). “I re­jected films even when I didn’t have any in hand. When you dream big, are pa­tient and have faith in yourself, good things hap­pen,” he says. Only two films old, Ra­jput, with his boy-next-door im­age and easy charm, is al­ready work­ing along­side di­rec­tors such as Ra­jku­mar Hi­rani ( P.K.), Dibakar Ban­er­jee ( De­tec­tive By­omkesh Bak­shi) and Shekhar Ka­pur ( Paani). WHEN I GROWUP, I WANT TO BE Ir­rfan Khan. ROLE CALL It’s a com­bi­na­tion of the script and di­rec­tor that gets him to sign on the dot­ted line. FIG­URE THIS He spends two hours ev­ery day solv­ing math­e­mat­i­cal prob­lems to de-stress.

Pho­to­graph by R BUR­MAN

“Sushant is one of the most in­spir­ing young ac­tors to

emerge out of In­dia. It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing di­rec­tor-ac­tor col­lab­o­ra­tion

with him on Paani.”

Shekhar Ka­pur

Film­maker

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