Before playing a role, actor Sushant Singh Rajput used to look for a song whose rhythm matched with the character.
In an interview, he says: “People say you have to do research like this or that. But when you have to do it in front of the camera you cannot play the role with your research, though it is all there in the mind. The best way to my character would be find the rhythm. This maybe because I started as a dancer, if I get the rhythm correct. I somehow find a song for each and every character I do. For Dhoni, I was going through the YouTube and there was a South Indian song which I couldn’t understand. But the rhythm of the song matched perfectly with the character of Dhoni.”
Although he liked to play cricket, according to Sushant, he was a ‘failed cricketer” who could not get a position in school cricket team, he was playing the role of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. For the role, Kiran More was training him. “I used to say this is exactly I wanted to do. I used to ask them; can we play for another two hours? So this is it: If you enjoy doing something you do, then other things doesn’t matter. The time is subjective.”
Sushant was known for his portrayals in TV serials like Pavitra Rishta, films Kai Po Chhe, Shuddh Desi Romance, the biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kedarnath and Chhichore, among several others.
Bollywood and social media reacted with shock and disbelief on hearing the news of the death of Rajput, who was also noted for his philanthropic services.
Condolences have poured in for the actor from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other leaders from across the political spectrum