Sushant Singh Rajput Biography
Sushant Singh Rajput was an Indian actor, dancer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Rajput started his career with television serials. His debut show was Star Plus’s romantic drama Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil (2008), followed by an award-winning performance in Zee TV’s popular soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–11).
Rajput made his film debut in the buddy drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut. He then starred in the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) and as the titular detective in the action thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015).
His highest-grossing releases came with a supporting role in the satire PK (2014), followed by the titular role in the sports biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016). For his performance in the latter, he received his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. Sushant Singh Rajput went on to star in the commercially successful films Kedarnath (2018) and Chhichhore (2019).
NITI Aayog, the policy think-tank of the Indian government, signed him to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). Apart from acting and running Innsaei Ventures, Sushant Singh Rajput was actively involved in various programs like Sushant4Education, as a part of efforts to help young students. In June 2020, at age 34, Rajput died from suicide by hanging at his home in Bandra, Mumbai.
Sushant Singh Rajput Early life
Sushant Singh Rajput was born in Patna. His ancestral home is in Bihar’s Purnea district. One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer. His mother’s death in 2002 left Rajput devastated and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.
Rajput attended St. Karen’s High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. According to Sushant Singh Rajput, he had ranked seventh in the DCE Entrance Exam in 2003 and secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi College of Engineering. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics.
In all, he cleared as many as 11 engineering entrance exams, including that for the Indian School of Mines. After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DCE. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.
Sushant Singh Rajput Early Years
While a student at Delhi Technological University, Sushant Singh Rajput enrolled in Shiamak Davar’s dance classes. It was only later that the idea of making a career in acting came to him, as some of his fellow students in the dance classes happened to be interested in acting and were attending Barry John’s drama classes. Influenced by them, Rajput also joined the acting classes.
Here, he found his passion for acting: “I found the experience liberating. I realized that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever.”
Within a few months of joining the dance class, Rajput was selected to be a member of Davar’s standard dance troupe. In 2005, he was chosen to be one of the groups of background dancers at the 51st Filmfare Awards. In 2006, he was part of the troupe that went to Australia to perform in the cultural program at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
By this time, he was tired of engineering. Sushant Singh Rajput was happy and successful in the dance and drama classes and decided to do what he was good at. He dropped out of engineering and devoted himself full-time to dancing and acting.
Sushant Singh Rajput Film Career
Rajput auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three leads, along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh. Based on the Chetan Bhagat novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, the film proved to be a critical and commercial success. Rajput’s portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised.
Critic Rajeev Masand wrote: “…it’s Sushant Singh Rajput, making his film debut as Ishaan, who it’s hard to take your eyes off. The actor has an indescribable presence and it’s clear from his confidence and distinct likeability that a star is born.”
Rajput’s second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film deals with the subject of live-in relationships and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Sushant Singh Rajput was to appear in a science-fiction space film, Chanda Mama Door Ke, along with R. Madhavan, but the film was shelved temporarily due to budget issues. He has also signed on to star in Mukesh Chhabra’s remake of The Fault in Our Stars titled Dil Bechara. He was also set to essay 12 real-life characters, including political strategist Chanakya, poet Rabindranath Tagore and former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, in a biopic series on Stories of India.
Sushant Singh Rajput Personal Life
Rajput was in a relationship with his co-star Ankita Lokhande for six years which ended in 2016. They were really in love but their relationship ended in a bad note.
On 14 June 2020, Rajput, aged 34, was found dead from an apparent suicide by hanging in his home in Bandra, Mumbai. He had reportedly been suffering from depression for about six months.
- Full Name: Sushant Singh Rajput
- Date of Birth: January 21, 1986
- Birth Place: Patna, India
- Date of Death: June 14, 2020
- Death Place: Bandra West, Mumbai, India
- Height: 1.78 m
- TV shows: Pavitra Rishta, Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil, Zara Nachke Dikha, Zee Cine Awards 2016
- Parents: Mr. K.K Singh
- Cause of death: Suicide by hanging
- Nationality: Indian
- Alma mater: Delhi Technological University
- Occupation: Actor, dancer, philanthropist
- Years active: 2008–2020
- Net Worth: N/A
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