Sushant Singh Rajput was an Indian actor, dancer, bright student of his time and most of all was a humble person in himself. He was born to Krishna Kumar Singh and Usha Singh on 21st January,1986 at Patna, his sister Mitu Singh is a state level cricketer. His ancestral home was in Bihar (Purnia). In 2002, his mother’s death left him and his family devastated and they shifted to Delhi from Patna.
Sushant attended St. Karen’s High School in Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School in New Delhi.
According to him he scored AIR 7 in his entrance exam and pursued his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degree class in Delhi College of Engineering. He had a great interest in Space Science. He was also a National Olympiad winner in Physics.
On the other hand he was going to dance and theatre classes which caused many backlogs and it lead him to leave DCE. He completed three-years out of four-year college course and left his studies.
While he was pursuing his college he joined Shiamak Davar’s dance classes. From there he showed his interest in drama and acting and joined Barry John’s drama classes. About the drama calss he said, “I found the experience liberating. I realised that I could communicate with the audience. I knew I wanted to do this forever.” And from that day on he didn’t stop. Few years later he was selected to be a member of Davar’s dance troupe. In 2005, he was selected to be one of the background dancers at the 51st Filmfare Awards. In 2006, he went to Australia with the troupe for opening the 2006 Commonwealth Games. By this time he was tired of engineering and found happiness in dance and drama. So he dropped his engineering course and devoted himself to dance and drama.
To break into films Sushant moved to Mumbai and joined Nadira Babbar’s Ekjute theatre group, and he remained there for two and a half years. Through this he did a commercial in TV advertisement for Nestle Munch and became famous throughout India.
In 2008, he was invited to give audition in Balaji Telefilm’s and was featured for the role of Preet Juneja in Kis Desh Mein Rehta Hai Mera Dil. His character was killed very early but his popularity made producers to bring him back through spirit at the end of the commercial.
In 2009, he was selected for the role of Manav Deshmukh in Pavitra Rishta. His work in this commercial received wide appreciation and he received three major awards like best male actor and best popular actor. His performance in this commercial made him one step closer to films. Initially Ekta Kapoor casted him lead role for Pavitra Rishta while playing lead role parallel to Kis Desh Mein Rehta Hai Mera Dil, ZeeTv didn’t accept him. However Kapoor convinced them to accept him.
In May 2010, Rajput joined the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha to establish his dancing skills to the audience. On Mother’s Day special episode his team dedicated a dance to his late mother Usha Singh who died in 2002.
In December 2010, he joined another dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Ja 4 where he was paired with choreographer Shampa Sonthalia.
In October 2011 he decided to quit Pavitra Rishta and pursue his filmmaking course in abroad. He quit the series and was replaced by Hiten Tejwani.
In 2013, he auditioned for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che! And was selected to play one of the three leads along with Rajkumar Rao and Amit Shah.
His second film was Shuddh Desi Romance along with Parineeti Chopra and Vaani Kapoor. Directed by Maneesh Sharma and produced by Yash Raj Films. The film deals with the concept of live-in-relationships and was completely filmed in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Taran Adarsh from Bollywood Hungama was very impressed by him and said, “After leaving a tremendous impression in his first Hindi outing, Sushant Singh Rajput… brings a lot of freshness with his unpretentious and spontaneous act.” Sukanya Verma from Rediff said, “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.”
Sushant’s next film was in 2014 with Rajkumar Hirani in PK. Although the role was minor but it gave him a great opportunity to work with Amir Khan and Anushka Sharma. It was one of the highest-grossing Indian Films.
In 2015, his solo release was Dibakar Banerjee’s mystery thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy ! Character which was written by Sharadindu Bandhopadhay and was produced jointly by Yash Raj Films and Banerjee’s own production.
In 2016, he appeared in Neeraj Panday’s biographical film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, in the lead role of Indian Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, starring with Kiara Advani and Disha Patni. The film was one of the highest-grossing Indian Film’s and was a great success. It earned him his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
By this was he appeared in many films like Raabta in 2017 starring with Kriti Sanon and Kedarnath which was the backdrop of the flood in Uttarakhand 2018 starring with Sara Ali Khan.
In 2019 he appeared in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya alongside Bhumi Pednekar .
He also appeared in Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore alongside Shraddha Kapoor.
Later that year he was starred with Jacqueline Fernandez for a series on Netflix.
In 2020 he was starred in Mukesh Chhabra’s remake of The Fault in Our Stars titled Dil Bechara. His film was dated to be released on May but due to COVID-19 situations it got delayed.
Sushant was in a relationship with his co-star Ankita Lokhande for six years and they broke up in 2016.
On 14th June, 2020 Sushant, aged 34, was found dead hanging from the ceiling fan in his own house in Bandra, Mumbai. He was reported to be in depression for the last six months. No suicide note was found. According to the police some medical reports and prescriptions has been found they are investing everything.
He left everyone numb, shocked and disappointed. He was young, talented and a true gem. On his last film he conveyed a message that “SUICIDE IS NOT THE SOLUTION” and he himself dipped himself in sorrow and took a cruel step. Indian Film Industry lost yet another amazing star.