Born on January 21, 1986, in Patna, Sushant Singh Rajput's family hails from Maldhiha in Bihar. Sushant had ranked seventh in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination and had cleared 11 national engineering exams. He studied Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) from Delhi Technological University (DTU). Sushant was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. However, Sushant Singh Rajput dropped out of college to pursue a career in the showbiz. (All pictures: YouTube/Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan's Instagram account)
Sushant Singh Rajput has time and again, in his interviews, said that he credits his entire success, stardom to his mother. He always says that he wished she could see him being successful and maybe he would be a different person now in her presence. The actor lost his mother in 2002, when he was 16 years old and studying abroad. It was such an unfortunate incident that the actor wasn't beside his mother when she breathed her last.
Sushant Singh Rajput started off his journey in showbiz by joining Nadira Babbar's Ekjute theatre group. He was part of the group for two and a half years. It was during this period when Sushant got featured in a TV advertisement for Nestle Munch.
In 2008, Sushant Singh Rajput was spotted by Balaji Telefilms' casting team in one of his plays and was asked to audition. At age 22, Sushant Singh made his acting debut with the television show 'Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil'. He played Preet Juneja, the fun-loving and childish younger brother of Prem Juneja, played by Harshad Chopra. Sushant's character was later killed in the show but came back for the series finale as a spirit looking at his family celebrate after going through difficult times.
In 2009, Sushant was cast in 'Pavitra Rishta' as Manav Deshmukh, a role that proved to be a breakthrough and for which he received several awards as Best TV actor. He played a mechanic who falls in love with Archana, an uneducated, caring woman, played by Ankita Lokhande. Manav and Archana's love is tested through challenges. Sushant and Ankita won many Best Couple awards for their on-screen chemistry in Pavitra Rishta that fuelled a real-life romance between the two. In October 2011, Sushant decided to quit Pavitra Rishta to pursue a film-making course abroad. He was replaced by Hiten Tejwani after the show saw a leap of 20 years.
In December 2010, Sushant Singh Rajput participated in the dance reality show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4' where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia. The pair scored perfect points several times and Sushant won the title of 'Most Consistent Performer'.
In 2013, Sushant auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che and bagged the role of one of the three leads. Sushant's dynamic debut in Bollywood garnered rave reviews and earned him the Star Guild and Screen awards for Best Male Debut. The film has been a critical and commercial success. It was said that Sushant quit his most popular show Pavitra Rishta for his big Bollywood break. But Rajput said that contrary to reports his decision to leave the show had nothing to do with his film career. "I didn't quit the show for the film. These are all rumours. I wanted to quit the show because my character was getting monotonous and I wanted to do something different in my life," Sushant had said.
In the same year, Sushant gave his second Bollywood outing - Shuddh Desi Romance, directed by Maneesh Sharma and opposite Parineeti Chopra. Sushant was praised for bringing freshness and spontaneity on screen, while his sizzling chemistry with Parineeti kept the viewers hooked and pinning for more.
In 2014, Sushant Singh Rajput appeared in a small but significant role in Rajkumar Hirani's PK opposite Anushka Sharma. He was lauded for his effortless and breezy performance, while his charming screen presence as Sarfaraz made one wish there was more of him in the film.
In 2015, Sushant appeared in Dibakar Banerjee's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. The crime thriller based on the exploits of a fictional detective character Byomkesh Bakshi, originally created by Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandopadhyay, met with a mixed response from critics and audience.
In 2016, Sushant Singh Rajput padded up to play MS Dhoni, one of India's most successful cricket captains, in his biopic - M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Sushant won Screen Award for Best Actor (Critics).
In 2017, Sushant Singh Rajput starred alongside Kriti Sanon and Jim Sarbh in the romantic thriller Raabta. The film courted controversy after makers of the 2009 Telugu hit Magadheera claimed the film was plagiarised, however, the court ruled in the latter's favour. The film had a lukewarm response at the box-office.
In 2018, Sushant Singh Rajput collaborated with his Kai Po Che director Abhishek Kapoor in Kedarnath, opposite Sara Ali Khan. The film performed decently at the Box Office, however, the makers were not quite satisfied with the film's performance overall.
In 2019, Sushant Singh Rajput was seen in the dacoit drama - Sonchiriya - opposite Bhumi Pednekar. The film didn't perform well at the Box Office, but Sushant's work was lauded by critics. He said, "I would like to portray characters that are etched out in a good way. I am a good dancer, trained in martial arts. I can do films that are conventional Bollywood films as they make money and entertain. This is not something I am looking for... I am trying to portray more realistic characters."
As Sushant Singh Rajput's recent release Chhichhore hit theatres today, here's wishing the actor all the very best!
As his next film, Chhichhore is all set to hit theatres on September 6, let's take a look at Sushant Singh Rajput's celluloid journey. The actor started his acting career with soap operas like Pavitra Rishta. Later, he changed his path and made it big on the silver screen. Sushant made a dynamic debut in Bollywood with 'Kai Po Che!' and after garnering critical acclaim with 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story,' there was no looking back for the 33-year-old. Here's a look at his journey.
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