It’s been 7 months since Sushant Singh Rajput left us, a reality which we still haven’t recovered from. Today is no time to mourn as we celebrate his legacy. Sushant was a promising actor, which is evident from the quality of work he has done. Thus, today we look into the best work from his filmography. In this case, the list goes in descending order from best to less.
M.S.DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY (Sushant’s Big Break)
This was the film that propelled Sushant to the top. It proved that he was talented enough to carry an acting heavy film on his back. It made him eligible to be one among the next generation of A-Listers.
Based on undoubtedly the most successful captain in Indian cricket, M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story traces the rocky road he had to face to get to the top. Sushant did justice to this personality firstly because he nailed the minimal facial movement on Dhoni’s face. However, the lack of expression did not translate to bad acting, as his eyes emoted a lot.
Being from Purnia himself, Sushant could easily capture the Bihari accent as well. Not just that, he even accurately imitated the batting stance of Dhoni, a detail every cricket fan definitely would have noticed. Another detail which he ensured in his performance, was the fact that Dhoni blinks to emphasize on words in interviews. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery. If that’s the case, Dhoni would’ve been extremely delighted to see Sushant’s performance.
This hard work and dedication was visible in his performance. Thus, this is the reason he earned praise from both, the audience and the critics. Sushant’s career took off with M.S.Dhoni: An Untold Story.
This is an example of what an evenly balanced movie looks like. However, this film received more praise after the death of Sushant than before. Nonetheless, it is considered to be one of his best works. This is one of those films in which Sushant has shown his acting chops.
Chhichhore traces the story of a middle aged man Anirudh (played by SSR), a middle-aged divorcee who lives with his son. A suicide attempt by his son forces him to re-unite with some old college buddies, to go down memory lane. The plan is to tell his son their college journey and how they THE LOSERS never gave up and eventually gained the respect of the college. As a consequence, Anirudh wants his son to be inspired and never lose hope again.
Chhichhore can be considered as a sports movie. But at the same time, it’s a depiction of what true friendship means. Alternatively it has a good share of romance, family drama and tension. The thing it nails the most, is the comedy. This film portrays all kinds of comedy, from slapstick to aggressive to double-meaning and some good old light hearted punches too.
Sushant nails it in both roles. He accurately portrays a small town college fresher, who is innocent but loyal and steadfast. He nails the middle-aged father as well, whether it’s the happy moments or the emotional scenes.
KAI PO CHE (Sushant’s Big Break)
The discussion over Sushant Singh Rajput’s legacy is incomplete without mentioning KAI PO CHE. This film put Sushant on the map. It even broke the notion that TV stars can’t seamlessly transition to films.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s The 3 Mistakes of My Life, Kai Po Che traces the journey of 3 friends. ISH (SSR), OMI (Amit Sadh) and GOVI (Rajkumar Rao), lead fun-filled and self sufficient lives. They plan on opening a cricket academy to train young upcoming talent. Unfortunately, a number of crises befall them and threaten their goal. These include the Gujarat earthquake, political instability and therefore communal riots. Will they be able to fulfill their dream or not, is the main focus of the movie.
As mentioned before, Sushant proved with this film that TV stars can make it big in Bollywood. His performance caught the eyes of the industry insiders. Consequently, it opened doors for his career to prosper. Then as we know, Sushant’s careerhad no looking back.
Sushant Singh Rajput has had his fair share of controversies as well; whether it’s removing Rajput from his Twitter name or angering Love Jihad believers with PK’s Sarfaraz. Though criticized for being Hinduphobic for some reason, audience still showed this film love and praised Sushant’s hard work.
The hard work mainly centered around his work with the Kedarnath Pithu. The beautiful Kedarnath is the backdrop of a brewing love story between Mansoor, a Muslim porter and Mukku, the daughter of a Hindu Priest. Orthodox religious townspeople do not approve of this relationship though.
Consequently, we follow the struggles these 2 have to undergo, not just in the form of intolerant humans but also nature’s fury. The film is able to capture the chilling experience that were the Kedarnath floods accurately. Sushant also feels natural in his role; he genuinely comes out as a professional porter. Audiene loved this portrayal as well.
One of Sushant’s best performances was in this film. Not being a commercially viable venture, Sonchiriya won critical acclaim.
Sonchiriya gives an accurate picture of the Chambal Valley, where reside a group of dacoits who call themselves BAAGHIS. Sushant holds his own in this film, even when put up against big guns like Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Bajpaayee. He even shines when compared to experienced actors like Ranvir Shorey. This film is not for everyone as a result, is a relatively unknown venture. Otherwise, it would have been one of Sushant’s biggest achievements.
Nonetheless, Sonchiriya is worth a watch and an unsung gem in Sushant’s career.
FINAL WORDS ON SUSHANT
The people never realized what kind of talent we had in the form of Sushant Singh Rajput. He had consistently tried to improve his craft and thus, chose the best possible films to do. This is the reason we still enjoy many of them in our free time. Sushant was also a very jolly person as we could see from his interviews.
On the occasion of his birthday, we would just like to wish him a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY and wherever he is, we hope he’s happy and smiling like he always did. We miss him and will continue to celebrate his legacy.