'I LIKE TELLING A STORY'
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput says he likes to play characters he doesn’t know much about
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