Sushant Singh Rajput the popular heartthrob of Indian cinema shocked everyone by committing suicide at the age of 34. He gained popularity playing the role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta. He went on to do iconic roles in films like Kai Po Che, Kedarnath, Sonchiriya and more. He carved a niche for himself at a time when nepotism was the norm and outsiders found it hard to become lead actors in mainstream films.
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Sushant Singh won a loyal audience playing the role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta. His role as a the middle class Maharashtrian chocolate boy was a hit all over the country. They continued to remain a fan of his work even after the show ended and he went on to do some truly amazing work in films.
His first film Kai Po Che (2013) was a touching story of friendship in divisive times and it remains relevant to this day. His second film ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’ was one of the first romantic comedies about live-in relationships in Hindi Cinema which then made it a popular trope.
He earned massive praise for the minor but impactful role he played in PK and his brilliant portrayal of Dhoni in the biopic, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. However, one of his most underrated and brilliant performances came in the film Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, where he put a neo-noir spin to the brilliant childhood character.
Sushant Singh Rajput, along with Sara Ali Khan, dazzled with their chemistry in the film Kedarnath which is a classic and tragic love story set in the devastating Uttarakhand Floods of 2013. After playing the quintessential and charming lover in Kedarnath he brilliantly portrayed the role of a gruff and dangerous dacoit from Chambal in his very next film Sonchiriya, which is a testament to his immense talent.
Sushant Singh Rajput is another talent we have lost in the past few months before we could see their most interesting and best work. The tragic irony of his life will always remain with one of his final films ‘Chhichhore’ one of the most positive life-affirming films you will ever see.
Sushant Singh was also one of the truly gifted dancer-actors in Hindi films who was part of the troupe that performed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Australia. His ability to light up the screen with his charming smile and infectious energy will be sorely missed.
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