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Commercial success has hardly got anything to do with skills of an actor: Sushant

The actor says he has started to prepare for his next films; adds that now it is too late to celebrate the success of his previous hit, the biopic on MS Dhoni.

bollywood Updated: Nov 17, 2016 08:17 IST
Prashant Singh
Sushant Singh Rajput
Sushant Singh Rajput says that a film doing well is “always good news for everyone involved in the project.”(HT Photo)

Irrespective of how successful a film is, Bollywood seems to have developed a new practice over the past few years — hosting success parties. But we have learnt that although Sushant Singh Rajput’s friends have been “after his life” to celebrate the “big success” of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story with a party, he has prioritised his “other commitments” and has started preparing for his new films.

Ask Sushant where he has been, and he says, “I’ve been right here reading scripts, learning guitar, writing and finishing my pending Xbox games that have been troubling me for long (laughs). A few days ago, I realised that it was too late to throw a party for my last film now.”

Sushant Singh Rajput says since it would take a lot of time to cultivate the required skill set for his new films, he has started working on them. (HT Photo)

The Shuddh Desi Romance (2013) actor says there are films that he “would do later next year”. “And since it would take a lot of time to cultivate the required skill set for those films, I’ve started working on them. My close friends hang out with me all the time. So, if they are complaining, they are lying (laughs),” he says.

Sushant SIngh Rajput will be next seen with Kriti Sanon in Raabta. (HT Photo)

Like any other actor who delivers a successful movie, Sushant, too, agrees that a film doing well is “always good news for everyone [involved in the project]”. He adds, “That way, money returns to the industry and everyone related to the film get good options to choose from [in the future]. Also, the box-office numbers only indicate that a large number of the audience has seen the film and liked it too.”

Sushant Singh Rajput’s performance in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy received critical acclaim. (HT Photo)

Sushant is known to make a lot of effort throughout a movie’s film-making process. However, he admits that “relishing success” is more enjoyable. “When you figure out something that you absolutely love doing, without fretting about the final result — that’s success to me. After all, you’re getting to do it (what you love) day-in and day-out,” he says.

Watch: Har Gully Mein Dhoni Hai song from MS Dhoni - The Untold Story

With a big commercial success, does he feel that there will be increased expectations from people as well as the trade? “The commercial success of a film has hardly got anything to do with the skills and intent of an actor. I worked with the same intensity in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015) as I did on the MS Dhoni biopic. So, if someone is betting on my good performance, then it stands a good chance in the future (smiles). And if someone has started expecting guaranteed box- office numbers from me, then that’s their headache,” he says.

Sushant SIngh Rajput’s first major hit was Shuddh Desi Romance. (HT Photo)

Ask him how important is the success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, since success determines everything in the film industry? “As far I’m concerned, I loved the experience of working with Neeraj (Pandey; director). Plus, the entire team also liked my performance and I carefully picked out things that I needed to work on as an actor. Apart from that, as clichéd as it may sound, success is subjective and I was successful the day I decided to opt for the performing arts over engineering (smiles),” he says.