Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently tweeted that he was ghosted by Sushant a couple of times after agreeing to work with him.
In his recent interview with journalist Faye D’Souza, Anurag revealed that Parineeti Chopra had refused to work with the late actor in Hasee Toh Phasee since she didn’t want to work with a television actor.
He said, “He was supposed to do the film (Hasee Toh Phasee) and we had to find an actress and we reached out to Parineeti Chopra. She said ‘I don’t want to work with a television actor’. So we explained to her that who Sushant Singh is, he is doing Kai Po Che, he is doing PK and by the time Hasee Toh Phasee comes out, he will not just be a television actor. And she was doing a film called Shuddh Desi Romance and she must have gone and spoken to YRF, they called him and said ‘Why don’t you come and do Shuddh Desi Romance and not do that film?’ And he disappeared on us.”
Anurag said that everyone understood that going with YRF was a better deal for Sushant and so no one opposed him for it. The actress worked with the late actor in Shuddh Desi Romance which was released in 2013 while she worked with Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee which was released in 2014.
Anurag further added, “Sushant Singh Rajput had six blockbusters. It would take another four years of films not working for him to written off totally. A lot of people at that time didn’t know what he was going through. It is only now that it has come out that he was dealing with depression. But the problem the industry had with him at that time was that he was ghosting people. The problem was not that he would misbehave. People who would meet him would say Sushant Singh Rajput is a great boy, who behaves very well, who is sensitive, who is nice. But he would jut ghost and disappear.”
In the same interview, Anurag also mentioned how Sushant’s new manager reached him for work, three weeks before the actor’s death. Anurag also believed that Sushant was also feeling guilty for ghosting on him.
Apart from Hasee Toh Phasee which was produced by Anurag Kashyap, he wrote a script for an actor who can play someone based out of Uttar Pradesh. However, after the success of MS Dhoni, Rajput never called him and he went on to do Mukkabaaz.
Anurag told, “Years later, in 2016, before the release of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mukesh went to Sushant and said, ‘Anurag has written a script looking for an actor who can play someone based out of Uttar Pradesh.’ Dhoni released, became a success and he never called me back. I was not upset, I moved on, I did Mukkabaaz.”