Sushant Singh Rajput is an Indian film and television actor.[2] He started his career with television serials, including an award-winning performance in the soap opera Pavitra Rishta(2009–2011) and as a participant in two dance reality shows. He then entered films with a role as one of the three male leads in the drama Kai Po Che!(2013), for which he received critical acclaim as well as three Best Male Debut awards. His other notable films since then have been as the hero of the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance(2014) and as the titular detective in the thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!(2015), both of which were produced by Yash Raj Films. He had his biggest commercial success with the role of a Pakistani Muslim in the fantasy drama PK (2014), which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian films.

Background & education

Sushant was born in Patna, Bihar, where his father worked as a government official.[3][4][5] His ancestral village is Maldiha in Purnia district of Bihar.[6] His family moved to New Delhi in the early 2000s and have been based there since then. Sushant has four elder sisters with him being the youngest in the family.[7] One sister lives in US, another in Chandigarh and the other two live in Delhi.[8] One sister, Mitu Singh, is a state-level cricketer.[9] While growing up in Patna, Sushant was very close to his mother and had a more formal relationship with his father.[10] Her death in 2002 left Sushant devastated. This happened just after Sushant sat his 12th standard exams and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.[10]

Sushant attended St. Karen's High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi. As a student, he was academically sound and was a national Olympiad winner in Physics.[10] In his 12th standard board exams, he secured AIR-7 in AIEEE (All-India Rank-7 in the All India Engineering Entrance Exam).[10] In all, he cleared as many as eleven engineering entrance exams, including for ISM Dhanbad.[10] He then enrolled for studying Mechanical Engineering at the Delhi College of Engineering(later renamed Delhi Technological University, known by the acronym DCE/DTU).[10] However, he only completed three years in engineering college before dropping out to pursue an acting career.[10]


Early steps

While he was a student of DCE/DTU, Sushant enrolled in Shiamak Davar's dance classes because, he says, he "wanted to learn dancing and there were no girls in my engineering class."[11] It was only gradually that the idea of making a career in acting came to him. Some of the other students in the dance class, who were very seriously trying to enter films, were attending Barry John's drama classes. Sushant also began going there. Here, he found his passion for acting saying, "I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever."[5]

Within a few months of joining the dance class, Sushant was selected to be a member of Davar's standard dance troupe. In 2005, he was chosen to be one of the group of background dancers at the 51st Filmfare Awards. In 2006, he was part of the troupe that went to Australia to perform in the cultural program at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. By this time, he was sick and tired of engineering, where he was failing papers and had no real interest in the subject. He was very happy and successful in the dance and drama classes and felt unhappy and "claustrophobic" in the engineering classroom. He therefore decided to do only what he was good at doing. He dropped out of engineering and devoted himself full-time to dancing and acting.

In order to make a break into films, Sushant moved to Mumbai, joined Nadira Babbar's Ekjute theatre group and remained a part of it for two-and-a half years.[11] During this time, featured in the TV advertisement of Nestle Munch, which became famous throughout India.

Television (2008–12)

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In 2008, Sushant was spotted by the casting team of Balaji Telefilms. His personality and acting talent had been observed by them while he was on stage for one of Ekjute's plays. They invited him to audition for them, and Rajput landed the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. His character was killed quite early in the show, but he was such a popular character with the viewers that he was brought back for the series finale in the form of a spirit, looking on as his family celebrated after going through difficult times.

In June 2009, Sushant began starring in Pavitra Rishta as Manav Deshmukh, a very serious and mature character working as a mechanic to help support his family. His work in this serial received wide appreciation and Sushant received three major television awards for best male actor and most popular actor. This performance was his breakthrough and gave him the stepping stone into films.

In May 2010, Sushant joined the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha 2. He had already proven his acting talents by getting awards for his performance in Pavitra Rishta, now he wanted to establish that he had good dancing skills and could be trained further. In Zara Nachke Dikha, Sushant was a part of the Mast Kalandar Boys Team. He did the shooting for both Pavitra Rishta and Zara Nachke Dikha 2 at one and the same time. On Mother's Day Special episode, his team dedicated a performance to his mother, who had died in 2002.[12]

In December 2010, Sushant participated in another dance-based reality show, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4, where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia.[13] In October 2011, Rajput decided to quit Pavitra Rishta to pursue a film-making course abroad.

Film Career(2013–Present)

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Sushant auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor's Kai Po Che! and was selected to play one of the three leads, along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Sadh. Based on the Chetan Bhagat's novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, the film was proved to be a critical and commercial success and Sushant's portrayal of Ishaan Bhatt, an ex-district level cricketer who is a victim of politics in the cricketing selection fraternity, was praised.[14] Critic Rajeev Masand wrote, "But it's Sushant Singh Rajput, making his film debut as Ishaan, who it's hard to take your eyes off. The actor has an indescribable presence and it's clear from his confidence and distinct likability that a star is born."[15] One India Entertainment reports, "Sushant Singh Rajput makes a brilliant and effortless debut with Kai Po Che". For his role in this film, Sushant received as many as five award nominations and won three awards for Best Male Debut.

Rajput's second movie was Shuddh Desi Romance, alongside Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films, the film deals with the subject of live-in relationship and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama praised Rajput's performance, saying "After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput... brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act."[16] Sukanya Verma from Rediff stated, "After a dynamic debut in Kai Po Che!, Rajput channelises his abundant energy to convey the childlike ineptitude of a man who wears his heart on a sleeve."[17] Sushant's next role was in Rajkumar Hirani's 2014 film PK. Although his role was of a relatively minor character, the film gave him the opportunity to work with Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma. Upon its release, the film proved to be the highest-grossing Indian films.[18][19]

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After the out-and-out commercial Shuddh Desi Romance, Rajput's next role was in Parallel Cinema as the title character of Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! in Dibakar Banerjee's 2015 eponymous film.[20] While his performance in the period film was appreciated, the film was only a medium success at the box office as is typical for Parallel Cinema.

As of April 2016, Rajput has completed work on two films, Neeraj Pandey's biogeographical sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which he will play the lead role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dinesh Vijan's Raabta opposite Kriti Sanon and also stars Deepika Padukone in an item number.

Personal Life

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Sushant met Ankita Lokhande on the sets of Pavitra Rishta, a TV serial in which they co-starred with each other. They were in a live-in relationship for six years,[21] and it was reported in February 2011 that they had entered into an engagement.[22] However, there was no wedding. In May 2016, Sushant announced on Twitter that he and Ankita had split up.[21]


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Year Title Role Notes
2008–2010 Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil Preet Lalit Juneja Supporting Actor
2009–2011 Pavitra Rishta Manav Deshmukh Male Lead Actor
2010 Zara Nachke Dikha Himself Team Mast Kalandar Boys
2010–2011 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 Himself Runner-up
2013–2014 Dance Ki Takkar 1 Himself Runner-up
2016 Kumkum Bhagya Himself Guest Appearance For M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story Promotion
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Dagger-14-plain Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kai Po Che Ishaan Bhatt Nominated—Filmfare Best Male Debut Award
2013 Shuddh Desi Romance Raghu Ram
2014 PK Sarfaraz Yousuf Supporting Actor
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! Byomkesh Bakshi
2016 M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story Mahendra Singh Dhoni/Mahi
2017 Raabta Dagger-14-plain TBA Filming
2017 Takadum Dagger-14-plain TBA Pre-production[23][24]
2017 Untitled Tarun Mansukhani's film Dagger-14-plain TBA Pre-production[25]
2017 Chanda Mama Door Ke Dagger-14-plain TBA Pre-production[24][26]

Awards & Nominations

Year Award Category Title of work Result
2009 Indian Telly Awards Most Popular Actor(Male) Pavitra Rishta Nominated[27]
2010 Zee Gold Awards Best Actor(Male) Won[28]
Indian Television Academy Awards Most Popular Actor(Male) Won[28]
BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Television Actor(Male) Won[28]
2013 Star Guild Awards Best Male Debut Kai Po Che! Won
Star Guild Awards Star Guild Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[29]
Screen Awards Screen Award for Best Male Debut Won[30]
Zee Cine Awards Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut Nominated[31]
IIFA Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated[32]

See also

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  2. All you need to know about Shuddh Desi Romance star Sushant Singh Rajput.
  3. All you need to know about Shuddh Desi Romancing star Sushant Singh Rajput. Firstpost (4 September 2013). Retrieved on 7 July 2016.
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  13. Gaurav Malani (9 March 2011). "Chang wins Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4". Times of India. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  14. Taran Adarsh (27 February 2013). Hit Che!.
  15. "Rajeev Masand's Kai Po Che review" Retrieved 22 February 2013
  16. Bollywood Hungama (6 September 2013). Shuddh Desi Romance.
  17. Review: Shuddh Desi Romance has NO dull moments. Rediff (6 September 2013).
  18. "Sushant Singh confirmed for Hirani's PK" Retrieved 16 October 2012
  19. ians. New friendship brimeth? Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput shoot for 'Peekay'. ibnlive. Retrieved on 22 April 2014.
  20. First Look: Sushant Singh Rajput In And As Detective Byomkesh Bakshi!.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Sushant goes house-hunting
  22. "Sushant proposes to Ankita on 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'" Retrieved 14 February 2011
  23. Parineeti Chopra, Sushant Singh Rajput's next film is Homi Adajania's Takadum. Retrieved on 2 Jul 2016.
  24. 24.0 24.1 Sushant Singh Rajput to star in space film. The Indian Express. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  25. It's action time for Jacqueline Fernandez and Sushant Sigh Rajput. The Times of India. Retrieved on Apr 28, 2016.
  26. Sushant To Star In Space Film ‘Chanda Mama Door Ke’. Retrieved on September 2, 2016.
  27. Nominees of The 9th Indian Telly Awards.
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  29. Bollywood Hungama. Nominations for 9th Renault Star Guild Awards - Latest Celebrity Features - Bollywood Hungama.
  30. Screen Awards 2015, Latest News on Screen Awards 2015, Photo Gallery The Indian Express.
  31. Zee Cine Awards 2014: Complete list of nominations. Zee News.
  32. Nominations for IIFA Awards 2014. Bollywood Hungama (20 February 2014). Retrieved on 21 February 2014.

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