Sushant Singh Rajput who has paved his way from theatres to TV to films, talks about what his next film, Kedarnath. The stunning actor has Sara Ali Khan opposite to him and tells us about more about the upcoming film.
Q. How excited are you for your film, Kedarnath?
SUSHANT: This is like the last thing that remains, you can’t do anything about it but it is very important for everyone. As an actor, I do films with very different reasons and every single one is very important. People will out watch the film if they like the trailer. I just want that when people come and watch the film, they shouldn’t be disappointed. And that’s the one thing that has been left to establish. So I’m excited for it.
Q. There’s a lot that people are expecting from this film. How do you feel about that?
SUSHANT: there’s nothing that I can do about it now. All I can do is that with my present understanding of my capabilities as an actor, I would just push it that risk enough for the next one. If there were no risks, I shouldn’t be doing this. Because I’ve to keep myself engaged. Even if I’m a good actor and I’m thinking about something else, them you wouldn’t like it. So I work on that and to continuously do it in theatres, TV and films since past 12 years and the reason why I can do this is not because I’m too good, it’s because I try to find a reason seductive enough in terms of I don’t know how to do it which keeps me engaged in every film.
Q. What was in this project that seduced you?
SUSHANT: Of all that we should talk about, no matter how cliche it looks, we should start with love. We can argue on meanings but never argue on feelings. All the emotions that were there in the script, thanks to the writer and the director who understood the importance of the film, knew that those emotions are the ones that we should be feeling together. Films are for entertainment but still we can come together and feel togetherness. This film not only talks about the importance of coming together but coming together in a fictional way also. And it was so many things that I knew but never felt or I’ve felt and I’ve to relive. There are other physical things also like could I go underwater and give expressions, I wasn’t sure if I would do it but I was sure that I can do it.
Q. Do you think that this flood event will connect with the audience?
SUSHANT: Events in itself mean nothing if it’s already not relevant to you. When you think about Kedarnath flood, its just not water gushing through the city, it’s about so many families who were praying together. And you try and play different roles because when you read it, that’s what you do like when you read about a mother, you think what she’s feeling. Well, this is what you’ve already done so it’s never been about the floods, this flood is a very coherent story of many characters coming together that you probably would have related individually. Great thing is that, they’re coming together for one story which will keep you engaged for two hours. These are the emotions worthy enough to feel again when we know what it is.
Q. Did you meet any survivals in Kedarnath?
SUSHANT: I always get goosebumps listening to their stories. Any kind of disruption in anybody’s life which is not predicted, is a story. It can happen to me, it can happen to anybody. As an actor, I think we often miss out on saying it, when we come together, there are very specific things that you need to do so we, actors, miss out on specifics. We know what to do but there are no clear things, one of which is, that you’re supposed to do what is required. So if I’m talking about love in a context which is so sensitive, then I should be responsible enough to know how it feels. So that I portray it and I exactly know as an actor where not to cross the line.
Q. If everything goes according to the plans, you might just have five releases in the next 10 months. How do you feel about that?
SUSHANT: Its a thought worth enough thinking once in a while. There’s nothing that I can do. I pay attention when I read a script, for myself and for the audience. Then on a whole I get the feeling whether I should be doing it or not. And then I do it, then I don’t think about it at all. Right now I’m thinking because I’m asking you to consider watching it and there are high chances that you won’t get disappointed. So I know that there will be evaluation five times and it is important but not the reason why I do what I do.
Q. You’ve done theatre, TV and films. Which was the most difficult one for you?
SUSHANT: These mediums are completely different and the characters are difficult. It’s different doing the same thing at different place. Like every character is different, it’s as dynamic as that. We’re changing the way we act, we are keeping the audience entertained. There is a live interaction in the theatre. In films, we can take retakes and all. And in TV you have to hold your attention for a very long period of time.
Q. How difficult was to portray your role in Kedarnath?
SUSHANT: It was not difficult at all because I like it. I don’t choose difficult things in my life, I work hard enough so that it does not seem difficult for me. But effort put into was a lot.
Q. You have done many movies with debutants, how does it feel and do you learn something from them?
SUSHANT: If I don’t get to learn something somewhere, I wouldn’t do that. So I am very selfish in this. I am very aware of picking up things.
Q. How was it working with Sara Ali Khan?
SUSHANT: She doesn’t pretend anything, she is what she is. She is also very aware of who she is talking to.
Q. Does box office numbers bother you?
SUSHANT: They are important but not important enough for me to worry about.
Q. Do you think your film release is clashing the month with 2.0 and Zero?
SUSHANT: I think every good film gets a chance to flourish itself, we have many theatres.