Sushant Singh Rajput takes a dig on YRF, ‘Befikre’ & Ranveer Singh


Sushant Singh Rajput’s feud with Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films is not unknown. It happened after YRF pulled out of Shekhar Kapur’s ambitious project ‘Paani’, which was supposed to be Sushant’s third project under the banner after ‘Shudh Desi Romance’ and ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’ The actor, reportedly, gave up many projects, including ‘Fitoor’ and ‘Ram-Leela’ after signing ‘Paani’, which was ultimately shelved. Then rumours floated that Sushant was Aditya’s first choice for ‘Befikre’, which he eventually offered to Ranveer Singh. Sushant felt betrayed and left YRF’s talent management team.

However, in an interview to a leading daily, the ‘Kai Po Che!’ actor cleared that airs, saying that he wouldn’t have done ‘Befikre’ even if he had been offered.

"Let me clear it once and for all. I was never offered ‘Befikre’. But had I been offered, I wouldn't have done it. I know it's easier to decide after the results are out but I have a reason. If the same production house is offering me a niche film like ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’, I would do it because Dibakar Banerjee (director) has a different interpretation of the old classic; and I would do a ‘Paani’ where Shekhar Kapur will be raising a very important and immediate issue," he told the daily.

Sushant, who is basking in the success of his last release, the biopic ‘M.S Dhoni – The Untold Story’, gave his reasons for not doing the romantic drama starring Ranveer and Vaani Kapoor. He said, “If Befikre was representing the new-age youth of India and romance as what it was claiming, it would have been great irrespective of the box-office numbers. But unfortunately, it didn't do that and hence I would not be interested.”

“I am not suggesting that films should only reflect reality (like ‘Pink’, ‘Neerja’ or Dhoni biopic.) They could also be fanciful films like ‘The Jungle Book’ (2016), which was also very popular. But it's extremely important to know and then claim what you have made. It's a wonderful new India, and it is reflecting in the way we are bridging the gap between our 'hits' and 'good' films," Sushant added.

He also reflected on the speculations of cold vibes between him and Ranveer and mentioned that since they are contemporaries and had been associated with YRF, comparisons were bound to happen.

"Probably, it's because we are about the same age and also because I opted out of the old management (Aditya Chopra's company) and he (Ranveer) decided otherwise, and so some comparisons can be made. But I feel the choices we young actors make will be a differentiator when it comes to films that are made, our respective careers and the taste of our audience. We should not think about all the present popular trends but should also be willing to take educated risks and should not shy away from failures in trying something innovative."

Sushant will be next seen in Dinesh Vijan’s directorial debut ‘Raabta’ opposite Kriti Sanon, which is scheduled to release on June 9. Ranveer is, meanwhile, shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus ‘Padmavati’.