It has been three years since the untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, yet the memory of the talented actor remains vivid and powerful in the hearts of his ardent fans. Sushant's life and career were tragically cut short, but his impact on the world of cinema and the lives he touched continues to resonate to this day. Among many others, critically acclaimed Manoj Bajpayee had also worked with the late actor. Recently, while speaking on the same line, Manoj stated that SSR could not handle the pressure of being a star.
Manoj Bajpayee reflects on Sushant Singh Rajput; says he could not handle the politics of becoming a star
During an interview with Aaj Tak, Manoj was talking about nepotism and asserted that no star kid would do the kind of films he does. He said, “Nawaz karega, Irrfan hota toh woh karta ya Kaykay Menon karega. These are not commercial films so nobody focuses on them or even puts their money on them. I must thus add that you cannot make this an excuse all the time. Don’t waste your energy. Do theatre, if you are a good actor, you can even earn money by performing on the street.”
As the conversation progressed further, the National Award-winning actor was also questioned about his Sonchiriya co-star Sushant Singh Rajput. He said, “We really became close and he had so much love for me. I would often cook mutton on set and he would always come by to eat. We never knew he would take such a drastic step but he had opened up about his challenges to me.”
The Gangs Of Wasseypur actor elaborated, “Industry mein politics humesha hota hai but it gets dirtier as you climb the ladder of success. I never had an issue as I was stubborn and thick-skinned. He wasn’t and thus could not manage the pressure. He had spoken to me about being worried about these things as it affected him.”
Coming to the professional front, the 54-year-old actor is currently awaiting the release of his film, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai. The flick is slated to release on May 23 on ZEE5.
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