The news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s (34) untimely demise has come to a shock to us all. Born in Patna on January 21, 1986, Sushant enrolled at Delhi College of Engineering and was single rank holder in AIEEE exams. He left all to become an actor, training with Barry John’s theatre group in Delhi and picking up dancing skills from Shiamak Davar’s dancing academy in Mumbai.
The actor became a household name with his remarkable performance in daily soap opera Pavitra Rishta. He also made a successful stint in Bollywood by playing a wide range of characters and wowed fans and critics alike with his stellar performances.
Below are some of his best performances.
Manav in Pavitra Rishta (2009-2011)
Sushant’s role as Manav Deshmukh, a soft-spoken middle-class person who is an ideal, a brother and a husband won him several accolades. Sushant was a trained dancer and after Pavitra Rishta, he participated in TV shows like Zara Nachke Dikha and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa and showed his amazing dancing skills.
Ishaan in Kai Po Che! (2013)
Sushant, who made his Bollywood debut with this film, played the character of Ishaan, a cricket coach and an adamant friend. Sushant brought in lots of sensitivity as well as sincerity to the portrayal and made you root for Ishaan. The Abhishek Kapoor directorial also starred Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh in lead roles.
Raghu Ram in Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
Essaying the role of Raghu, Sushant played a clueless youngster who have yet to understand the intricacies of love and commitment. Exploring the themes of commitment, live-in relationships and arranged marriages, the actors brilliantly knit together the personalities and characteristics to create an engage a creative experience for audiences.
Byomkesh Bakshy in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015)
Sushant submerged himself in his character and gave a credible performance as Byomkesh. The actor dons on a difficult character, a character with a complex and sometimes convoluted mind.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)
This one is surely the pinnacle of Sushant’s career. In the movie he essays the role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In this praiseworthy performance, he truly matched Dhoni’s mannerism, speech and body language.
Lakhna in Sonchiriya (2019)
Cast as a dacoit wandering the Chambal Valley in the 1970s, this Abhishek Chaubey movie showed Rajput in a different light — his portrayal of a hardened yet considerate criminal Lakhna was a far cry from the romantic roles he was used to being seen it. But Rajput did it justice, with critics and audience alike applauding his efforts.
Anni in Chhichhore (2019)
The Nitesh Tiwari directorial saw Sushant portray the character of Anirudh Pathak or Anni, a middle-aged man, who relives his college days with his friends, due to a tragic incident. This one is bittersweet because in the film he plays father to a son who attempts suicide when he doesn’t get into IIT. In a bid to help him recover in the hospital, Rajput’s character reminisces about his own college life. This breezy movie was Sushant Singh Rajput’s last theater release.