Sushant Singh Rajput started his career with the daily soap, Pavitra Rishta and soon became one of the most loved Indian T.V. actors. His role as Manav Deshmukh gave him the hall of fame. But Sushant wasn’t satisfied with the success he tasted. He wanted more, so went out doing films and proved his versatile talent. On 14 June 2020, Rajput at the age of 34, was found dead hanging from the ceiling fan in his home in Bandra, Mumbai. He had reportedly been suffering from depression for about six months. However, no suicide note has been found. According to the Mumbai Police IPS officer Vinay Chaubey, some medical prescriptions and medical reports were found in Sushant’s room and the investigation is underway.
Let’s look at 12 facts about Sushant Singh Rajput:
1. Born in Patna:
Sushant Singh Rajput was born on 1986 in Patna to Krishna Kumar Singh and Usha Singh. His ancestral home is in Bihar’s Purnia district. His mother’s death in 2002 left Rajput devastated and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.
2. He is the youngest and only son in his family and has has four elder sisters
3. Cricketer sister:
One of his sisters, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer.
4. Genius Kid:
Rajput attended St. Karen’s High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. According to Rajput, he had ranked seventh in the DCE Entrance Exam in 2003, and secured admission in the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) class in Delhi College of Engineering. He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics.
5. Discontinued Studies:
After he started participating in theatre and dance, he rarely had time for studies, resulting in several backlogs which ultimately made him leave DCE. He completed only three years of the four-year course before dropping out to pursue an acting career.
6. Journey to acting:
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. Here, he found his passion for acting: “I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever”.
7. A good dancer:
In 2005, Sushant Singh Rajput 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.
8. Ad for Nestle Munch:
To make a break into films, Rajput moved to Mumbai and joined Nadira Babbar’s Ekjute theatre group, which he 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.
9. Debut to Television:
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.
10. Debut to Bollywood:
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. His portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised.
Watch Kai Po Che! full movie here (courtesy: Movies Now)
Rajput was in a relationship with his co-star Ankita Lokhande for six years. They broke up in 2016
12. Sushant Singh Rajput’s Death:
On 14 June 2020, Rajput, aged 34, was found dead hanging from the ceiling fan in his home in Bandra, Mumbai. He had reportedly been suffering from depression for about six months. However, no suicide note has been found. According to the Mumbai Police IPS officer Vinay Chaubey, some medical prescriptions and medical reports were found in Sushant’s room and the investigation is underway.