Sushant Singh Rajput Needs a Hit Badly. Can Chhichhore Do the Trick?

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What has happened to Sushant Singh? From being one of the topmost contenders for stardom among the new generation of actors to actually waiting for a movie that would make some noise at the box-office, Sushant Singh Rajput has made that near-impossible journey in just six years. When he broke into cinema with Kai Po Che in 2013, he was considered on par with Ranveer Singh, Siddharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Vicky Kaushal… Now they’ve all raced ahead of Sushant and he’s himself responsible for this predicament.

A filmmaker who has worked with Sushant calls it his bad luck and poor choices. “He has partly brought this on himself. Wrong choices like Shekhar Kapur’s Paani which never got made and for which Sushant gave up films like Sanjay Bhansali’s Ram Leela, together with his high-handed know-all attitude which really pisses of everyone he works with…these are his undoings.”

On the personal side, there is also the issue of Sushant’s roving eye which some claim, is coming in the way of his career. Sources say Sushant was far more focused on his career when he dated Ankita Lokhande. “She kept him on a leash for seven years. After his breakup, Sushant was linked with several women,” says a source. It didn’t help that movies like Raabta and the recent Sone Chiriya didn’t do anything at the box office or critically.

Nitesh Tiwari’s Chhichhore which releases in the first week of September is seen as Sushant Singh Rajput’s last chance. “There is nothing else for him to bank on. Sushant is not a bad actor. In fact he’s capable of brilliancy. But his connect with the audience is zero and the kind of subjects he does like Sone Chiriiya really put off the audience. Chhichhore seems to have a wide arc of relatability with the audience. It should finally put Sushant’s career on the right track.”

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