Sushant Singh Rajput

Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput, image credit : The Indian Express

Born - January 21, 1986 in Patna, Bihar, India

Nickname - Guddu

Occupation - Actor, Model

Years active - 2008-present

Nationality - Indian

Height - 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Sushant Singh Rajput (born 21 January 1986) is an emerging polymath, an Indian film and television actor and an entrepreneur. He started his career with television serials, including an award-winning performance in the soap opera 'Pavitra Rishta' (2009–2011) and as a participant in two dance reality shows. He then entered films, playing one of the three male leads in the drama "Kai Po Che!" (2013), for which he received critical acclaim as well as three Best Male Debut awards.

Niti Ayog, an Indian government body, signed him recently to promote the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP).

Rajput was born in Patna, Bihar, India. His ancestral village is Maldhiha in Bihar's Purnea district. One of his sisters, Ritu 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. Karens High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. He secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi Technological University. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. In all, he cleared as many as eleven engineering entrance exams, including that for the ISM Dhanbad. However, he completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.

While a student at Delhi Technological University, 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.

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 group 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, where he was failing papers and had no real interest in the subject. He 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.

To make a break into films, Rajput moved to Mumbai and joined Nadira Babbar's 'Ekjute' theatre group, which remained a part of for two and a half years. During this time, he was featured in a TV advertisement for Nestle Munch, which became famous throughout India.

In 2008, the casting team of Balaji Telefilms saw Rajput's personality and acting talent while he was on stage for one of Ekjute's plays. They invited him to audition for them and Rajput landed the role of Preet Juneja in 'Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil'. His character was killed quite early in the show, but he was such a popular character with the viewers that he was brought back for the series finale in the form of a spirit, looking on as his family celebrates after going through difficult times.

In June 2009, Rajput began starring in 'Pavitra Rishta' as Manav Deshmukh, a serious and mature character working as a mechanic to help support his family. His work in this serial received wide appreciation, and Rajput received three major television awards for best male actor and most popular actor. This performance was his breakthrough and gave him a stepping stone into films.

In May 2010, Rajput joined the dance reality show 'Zara Nachke Dikha 2'. He had already proven his acting talents by winning awards for his performance in 'Pavitra Rishta', and he wanted to establish that he had good dancing skills and could be trained further.

In December 2010, Rajput participated in another dance-based reality show, 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4', where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia. In October 2011, Rajput decided to quit 'Pavitra Rishta' to pursue a film-making course abroad.

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.

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's next role was in Rajkumar Hirani's 2014 film "PK". Although his role was relatively minor, the film gave him the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. Upon its release, the film proved to be the one of the highest-grossing Indian films.

In 2015, Rajput's sole release was Dibakar Banerjee's mystery thriller "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" (2015), in which he portrayed detective Byomkesh Bakshi, created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The film was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Banerjee's own film production company Dibakar Banerjee Productions. Set in Kolkata in the 1940s, the film was released on 3 April 2015 and met with mixed to positive reviews from critics.

In 2016, Rajput appeared in Neeraj Pandey's biographical sports film "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story", in lead role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2016. Rajput's performance was widely praised by the critics and his portrayal of the cricketer was applauded even before the film's release. For his performance in the film, Rajput got his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In June 2017, Rajput appeared in Dinesh Vijan's "Raabta", co-starring Kriti Sanon.

In 2018, Rajput will appear in Tarun Mansukhani's action comedy "Drive" opposite Jacqueline Fernandez. He 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. Rajput will appear in Abhishek Kapoor's "Kedarnath", opposite newcomer Sara Ali Khan. He will also appear in Abhishek Chaubey's "Sonchiriya" opposite Bhumi Pednekar. He has also signed on to star in Mukesh Chhabra's remake of "The Fault in Our Stars". He is 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.

Filmography

Films

Year Movie Role Notes
 2013   Kai Po Che!  Ishaan Bhatt  
2013  Shuddh Desi Romance  Raghu Ram  
2014  PK  Sarfaraz Yousuf  Supporting role
2015  Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!  Byomkesh Bakshi  
2016  M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  
2017  Raabta  Shiv Kakkar/Jilaan  
2018  Welcome to New York  Himself  Guest appearance
2018  Drive  TBA  Post-production
2018  Kedarnath  TBA  Post-production
2019  Sonchiriya  TBA  Post-production
2019  Kizie Aur Manny  Manny  Filming

Music videos

Year Song Co-Actor(s) Singer(s) Composer
 2017   'Paas Aao'  Kriti Sanon  Prakriti Kakar, Armaan Malik  Amaal Mallik

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008-2010  Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa
 Dil
 Preet Lalit Juneja  Supporting actor
2010  Zara Nachke Dikha  Himself  Team "Mast Kalandar Boys"
2010-2011  Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4  Himself  Runner-up
2009-2014
2018-??
 Pavitra Rishta  Manav Damodar
 Deshmukh
 Special appearance in last
 episode as Manav
2015  CID  Byomkesh Bakshi  Guest appearance for "Detective
 Byomkesh Bakshy!" promotion
2016  Kumkum Bhagya  Himself  Guest appearance for "M.S. Dhoni:
 The Untold Story" promotion

Awards and nominations

Year Work Award Category Result
 2009   Pavitra Rishta  Indian Telly Awards  Most Popular Actor
 (Male)
 Nominated 
2010  Pavitra Rishta  Indian Television Academy
 Awards
 Most Popular Actor
 (Male)
Won
2010  Pavitra Rishta  BIG Star Entertainment Awards  Best Television Actor
 (Male)
Won
2010  Pavitra Rishta  Boroplus Gold Awards  Best Actor in a Lead
 Role
Won
2011  Pavitra Rishta  Boroplus Gold Awards  Best Actor in a Lead
 Role
Won
2014  Kai Po Che!  Producers Guild Film Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2014  Kai Po Che!  Producers Guild Film Awards  Best Actor in a
 Leading Role
Nominated
2014  Kai Po Che!  Screen Awards  Best Male Debut Won
2014  Kai Po Che!  Zee Cine Awards  Best Male Debut Nominated
2014  Kai Po Che!  Filmfare Awards  Best Male Debut Nominated
2014  Kai Po Che!  IIFA Awards  Best Actor in a
 Leading Role
Nominated
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 Screen Awards  Best Actor (Critics) Won
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 Filmfare Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 Zee Cine Awards  Best Actor - Male Nominated
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 Stardust Awards  Best Actor Nominated
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 International Indian Film
 Academy Awards
 Best Actor (Male) Nominated
2017  M.S Dhoni: The Untold
 Story
 Indian Film Festival of
 Melbourne
 Best Actor Won


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