Scorecard 2019: With a good success in the form of Chhichhore and a solid performance in Sonchiriya, Sushant Singh Rajput continued to stride across different genres

Anish Mohanty

There was a time, not too long back, when Sushant Singh Rajput had signed one film after another. The number and the variety of films he had was enviable. What happened next was he had to drop out of a few films for different reasons, a few films got shelved and some delayed. The severely delayed ‘Drive’ finally released on a streaming platform earlier this year. The quality of the film made one understand why the makers decided to defer a theatrical release. Despite ‘Drive’, 2019 was quite an eventful year for Sushant.

His turn as a dacoit in Abhishek Chaubey’s ‘Sonchiriya’ set in the valleys of Chambal earned him a lot of praise from the ones who saw the film; some even declared that it was the best performance of his career. Unfortunately, the poorly marketed film failed to reach out to large number of people and fared poorly at the box-office. A lot of people did see it on home media later and one hopes this well-made film finds its audience with time.

Nitesh Tiwari’s ‘Chhichhore’ was that film which gave a huge shot in the arm to Sushant’s career and turned out to be that one big hit which he needed for a while.  ‘Chhichhore’ actually turned out to be Sushant’s first major commercial success after ‘M.S Dhoni The Untold Story’, his first 100-crore hit. ‘Kedarnath’, released last year, was a moderate success and did not cover the kind of distance at the box-office as one would have expected it to. Sushant managed to bring out good variations between the younger and older selves of Annirudh, the character he was playing in ‘Chhichhore’. The audience responded to the film and his performance with equal warmth.

‘Dil Bechara’, an official adaptation of the book ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ (also made as an English film released in 2014), was supposed to release this year but now, will make it to the theatres on 8 May, 2020. In the book and the English film, the girl and the boy were in their teens. In the Hindi film though, the characters are expected to be slightly older. The film is set in Jamshedpur, a small city in Jharkhand, and one looks forward to see how Sushant brings the Indianised version of John Green’s Augustus Waters to the screen with this film.

It has been more than a year since Sushant has signed a new film. He did sign ‘Rifleman’ but that film has been put on the back-burner due to legal issues. The actor is taking his time to decide on his next project and now, as 2020 approaches, one hopes an announcement is round the corner.

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