From theatre to TV to films, actor Sushant Singh Rajput has earned fame as well as big bucks. But money doesn’t matter to the 30-year-old, just his skill does.
“The equation I share with the camera doesn’t change whether you place a camera in front of me or a live audience. Just the pay cheques differ. But that doesn’t matter to me because I’ve so much money, I don’t even think about it. It’s just lying there. If I get bored, I’ll buy a very expensive bike that I don’t (even) need,” says Sushant, who, however, agrees that it wasn’t always this way.
“Of course, money was a big differentiator when I was growing up but I made sure it doesn’t stay that way,” adds Sushant, whose last film, the biopic on cricketer MS Dhoni did well at the box-office. He’s happy it helped him reach out to the masses.
“I was always confident, and chose all of my six films carefully from the many offers I got. But with this film reaching the masses, if I probably do a (film like) Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! again, more people will watch it. (And) If it doesn’t happen, I can always go back to plays,” says the actor, who dabbled in theatre for five years before foraying into TV. “People assume that actors working in films won’t have the time to do theatre. But I make sure that whenever I’m free, I watch a play. In the last week of promotions of Dhoni, Ekjute, my theatre group, was celebrating 35 years so I went there. I’ve learnt everything about acting from there so I’d love to (go back to it),” he says.
What about TV that made him a household name? “Why not?” says Sushant, who broke up with his girlfriend of six years, actor Ankita Lokhande, this March. He never spoke about his break-up and refuses to give any importance to gossip. “I was in a relationship and people would constantly talk about it. What people think of me doesn’t affect me. As bizarre as it sounds, I don’t have a Google alert on my phone, I don’t read newspapers and I don’t watch television. If something important happens, I will get to know about it”, he says.