Long ago, one of Bollywood’s most gifted young stars, late Sushant Singh Rajput, spoke with a leading daily about how the Bollywood king Khan, Shahrukh Khan, assisted him in striking a balance between what he wanted to achieve and what was expected of him.
He stated that he has been a big fan of Shahrukh Khan. Not only was he inspired by his performances, but he was also inspired by him because Shahrukh assisted him figure out who he should be.
During the interview, he recalled being captivated and perplexed in the early 1990s, when the economy was just getting started and foreign companies were coming to India. He couldn’t make up his mind whether to embrace the west or stick to our traditions. Dilwale dulhania le jayenge, a film starring Shah Rukh Khan, was released around this period. Shushant stated that he learned from Shahrukh’s character (Raj) that it is ok to keep up with the developing world, but it is also necessary to hold on to our culture and maintain a balance. In his own words, “It (the movie) was the perfect marriage of an aspiring India and an India trying to hold on to its culture.”
While discussing his move from television to cinema, he used the example of British athlete Rodger Bannister, who was the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes and inspired other 27 people to do the same. He said that those 27 were able to do it because they believed that if one person could do it, so could they. However, in the entertainment industry, the majority of people think that, “oh this guy just got lucky, and they don’t put in the effort.” “Luck is a factor, definitely, but don’t make it your excuse,” he added.
On June 14, last year, the actor passed away in a suspected suicide, shocking the entire nation. Today marks the first anniversary of his demise. He would have risen to greater heights if he were still alive. Although he is no longer in this world, he resides forever in everyone’s hearts.