Did Dibakar Banerjee trick Sushant Singh Rajput into a kissing scene for Detective Byomkesh Bakshy? At least Sushant hints at that! The actor has said Dibakar played a "game" with him for the scene with Swastika Mukherjee.
"Dibakar played a good game with me which eventually turned bad for me. He instructed me about a scene and I got ready for it, but I didn't know that Angoori Devi (the character) was going to kiss me in that scene," Sushant, who had earlier kissed Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor (Shuddh Desi Romance) on screen, said.
He says that usually he tells his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande about a film's script "so that she is mentally prepared" for whatever he needs to do. But in the case of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, the director kept the kissing scene a secret. "I was also not prepared for it. But the interesting thing is that even Byomkesh Bakshy (the character) in the film didn't know about it. So, the first take happened and I reacted the way I was supposed to react as the character, and Dibakar got his take. He didn't tell me and pretended as if he also didn't know about it," added the actor.
He even said that despite getting his perfect shot, Banerjee made him give six more takes. "He asked for a few more takes. I did six more takes and then called Ankita to tell her that she does not need to worry as nothing of that sort has happened," Sushant revealed here on Monday at the second trailer launch of the film.
But it was upon seeing the film's trailer that he "saw the kiss". "I looked at Dibakar and was like 'What is this?' So this is how he played such a game with me," he added.
Sushant Singh Rajput called upon his fans to watch Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! so that the other stories of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's can get the big screen treatment. "In my eight years of career I think I have not worked on something like this. We all have worked very hard and put our best. I want everybody to watch this film and appreciate our efforts so that we can make the whole 32 novels of Byomkesh," he said.
Sushant, a former TV star, got his first break in Bollywood with Abhishek Kapoor's buddy drama Kai Po Che! and within a short period of time he made a mark in the industry with his outings in Shuddh Desi Romance and PK.
Asked how does it feel when people call him the 'next bankable star', Sushant said, "It feels nice because when I thought of becoming an actor six years back, it was like saying I would like to become the Prime Minister of India. "I don't have any relation in the industry and neither I had money to produce a film for me. What I had was the passion for arts."
The actor said he is very selfish when it comes to selecting movies. "When I choose a film and start working on it, I never think whether the film will be a hit or not. I am a selfish actor. I only consider the role and the filmmaker and how much I can learn from the film. Only on the last day of the shoot I start thinking about audience's reaction," Sushant told reporters.
Based on Saradindu Bandyopadhyay's well-known and successful fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is a contemporary interpretation of Calcutta (now Kolkata) during the 1940s. It is an adventure thriller mired in deep political intrigue. It is slated to release April 3.