'I LIKE TELLING A STORY'

Ac­tor Sushant Singh Ra­jput says he likes to play char­ac­ters he doesn’t know much about

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Sushant Singh Ra­jput’s up­com­ing line-up is a good mix of a love story, gang­ster drama and a com­mer­cial en­ter­tainer. “All the stories are of dif­fer­ent times, places and char­ac­ters. They are all rel­e­vant stories,” he says. While Kedar­nath, which re­leases this Fri­day, ran into con­tro­versy, the ac­tor is glad it will fi­nally hit the screens at its sched­uled time. Ex­cerpts: It’s a beau­ti­ful story to start with. Read­ing it was such a good ex­pe­ri­ence. There were many things about the char­ac­ter that I wanted to live, but there were also things I didn’t know how to do. This is one of the main reasons why I go for a char­ac­ter. If I know it al­ready, what’s the fun? I go for things which I don’t know how to do. If I have some­thing to do then I should be cu­ri­ous. I am glad to have worked with Ab­hishek Kapoor (di­rec­tor). Ev­ery depart­ment is clear in terms of de­liv­er­ables. He is very pas­sion­ate about his work. He keeps think­ing about other things we can get, even if he’s done a lot of prepa­ra­tion. He keeps look­ing for new things, and has an ab­so­lute love for film­mak­ing, which makes all the dif­fer­ence.

What’s re­fresh­ing about Sara Ali Khan as an ac­tor?

She is very sharp and in­tel­li­gent. There are two types of con­fi­dence, one comes out of ig­no­rance and one out of know­ing why the con­fi­dence. Also, when you know you are in­tel­li­gent, you tend to think you know stuff, it stops you from learn­ing new things. You lose rel­e­vance. But cu­rios­ity is in­built. She is cu­ri­ous and hard­work­ing.

Your last film Raabta (2017) didn’t per­form well at the box of­fice. How im­por­tant is the busi­ness as­pect of a film to you?

It is a re­spon­si­bil­ity in terms of one con­text. I like act­ing and that is my thing. But if I am part of a team, I shoul­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a film. If you like the trailer of a film, only then will you go to watch it. The point is to be con­sis­tent with au­di­ences’ ex­pec­ta­tions, so that I don’t let them down. So, that is a re­spon­si­bil­ity. Other than this, it is just like play­ing a video game. If I fail, it doesn’t mat­ter. I win and it still doesn’t mat­ter. Be­cause my ex­cite­ment is sky rock­et­ing. I am happy.

You men­tioned you would like to di­rect a film. Is it hap­pen­ing any­time soon?

I like sto­ry­telling. Stay­ing with sto­ry­telling in any sort of a way or for­mat is ab­so­lutely sure, it will hap­pen. Prob­a­bly, I will have a plat­form where stories are told, and I am not func­tion­ing as an ac­tor.

Stay­ing with sto­ry­telling, in any sort of way or for­mat, is ab­so­lutely hap­pen­ing. Prob­a­bly, I will have a plat­form where stories are told, and I am not func­tion­ing as an ac­tor. SUSHANT SINGH RA­JPUT AC­TOR

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