Sushant Singh Rajput was among the few small-town boys who had managed to win our hearts on television and, later on, made a successful transition to the big screen. The actor was very talented, highly motivated and an enthusiast. His sudden death in his Mumbai home on June 14 has left the world in shock, including producer Kamal Jain, who was a close colleague of the actor. The producer worked on various projects with Sushant. Their journey started with MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in which Sushant played the lead role. The producer knew Sushant from past 9 years and can be seen getting teary eye in one of the interviews with Pinkvilla while talking about Sushant.
“I knew Sushant for 9 years now, we did Dhoni together. He was really an intelligent man who knew exactly what he wanted. Tell me one person who is not an industry insider who has done so much of work in his first 5 years in Bollywood,” Kamal exclaimed and revealed, “He had 4 films in his hand which were to start immediately after lockdown. I spoke to him last week and we were supposed to meet as soon as lockdown got a little more relaxed. One of my films was with him, it was a big project which I can’t name right now but we spoke on the phone about it.” Kamal recalled.
The producer recollected the conversations he had with Sushant after Chichhore’s success and how Sushant was not interested in doing big scale films before the incident. The actor was very particular about his choice of films and used to read 15-20 scripts in a month. Kamal also added that he had a conversation with the actor over the call, in which Sushant sounded very focused on current films.
Giving Sushant the tag of a superstar and an overachiever, Kamal gives a sneak peek to Sushant’s fans by speaking about the actor’s habit of writing down his dreams and working towards achieving it, in an interview with Pinkvilla.
“He was actually a superstar. Sushant and I would always talk about films, films, and films,” he emphasized.
Mentioning the recent conversation with the late actor, Kamal said, “I spoke to him last week itself, he was a little disturbed because of lockdown. He was a workaholic, he would like to work 24/7, and now suddenly locked at home, so he was a little tense because of that. He was not depressed, rather a self-motivated and very positive guy. I don’t know where these reports are coming from. I don’t know why he did what he did but I knew him for 9 years, and he was very positive.”
While commenting upon the issue of nepotism in the industry, Kamal commented, “Sometimes he did feel like an outsider but he was self-motivated and quite focused, so that has never affected him. He was very hard working. When he prepared for Dhoni, he would wake up at 6 AM and practice so hard to get the helicopter shot and all other shots of MSD well. He wanted to do it to perfection. He was very focused.”
In the end, the Producer extended his heartfelt condolences to Sushant’s family and urged the fan to remember the actor, “My humble urge is to remember him as a star, who without any godfather achieved all his dreams, by sheer dedication and hard work. He was so focused and passionate about achieving his dreams perfectly.”