The Mumbai police, investigating the death of Sushant Singh Rajput, has revealed that filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali had offered four films to the late actor. Out of the four films offered to Sushant Singh Rajput, three turned to be blockbusters, while the fourth one didn’t work out.
Bhansali, according to the police, said in his statement that he had offered Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat to Sushant Singh Rajput. Sources revealed that Sushant was offered lead roles in Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Bajirao Mastani, while he was offered the role of the Rajput King, ultimately played by Shahid Kapoor, in Padmaavat. According to Bhansali’s statement, things couldn’t out because Sushant Singh Rajput didn’t have free dates.
Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, grossed over Rs 220 crore at the box office. It was shot on a budget of around Rs 48 crore and had won over 19 awards and accolades at various Bollywood award functions after its release.
Bajirao Mastani also became a blockbuster, grossing over Rs 350 crore. It was made on a budget of around Rs 146 crore. The film won 62 awards at various forums, including the National Film Awards. Ranveer Singh, who was cast after Sushant Singh Rajput couldn’t do the film, won the Best Actor Filmfare award for the film, while the Best Film and Best Director award went to Bhansali.
Padmaavat, another film offered to Sushant Singh Rajput, also turned out to be a huge box-office hit. It was shot on a massive budget of Rs 215 crore and grossed around Rs 585 crore. The film won over 25 awards and over 60 nominations.
Sushant Singh Rajput was under contract with Yash Raj Films (YRF) till 2015. It was a three-movie contract, of which two films – Shuddh Desi Romance and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy – were made. The third film promised to him was a major film project, titled Paani. The film was to be directed by Shekhar Kapur. The production of the film cost around Rs 150 crore. The pre-production work of the film had started, and even though Sushant Singh Rajput eagerly waited for the shoot to take off, the film was later shelved due to creative differences between Kapur and YRF’s Aditya Chopra.
Sushant Singh Rajput missed out on some major films offered to him while he was contract-bound with YRF. His dates were blocked for Paani, however, the film didn’t take off.
The police could also bring in some other people to join investigations, including Shekhar Kapur and others who had been vocal about a conspiracy and rivalry leading to Sushant Singh Rajput ending his life. Sources claimed that the police is yet to record statements of some key persons who were professionally associated with Sushant Singh Rajput in the past, and they could be called in to join the investigations soon.
Meanwhile, two former top officials of YRF, Ashish Singh, Vice President, Production, and Ashish Patil, who was handling talent management at the time at YRF, have recorded their statements. Shanoo Sharma, Casting Director at YRF, has also recorded her statement with the police.
Shekhar Kapur after the actor’s death had tweeted, “I knew the pain you were going through. I knew the story of the people that let you down so bad that you would weep on my shoulder. I wish Iwas around the last 6 months. I wish you had reached out to me. What happened to you was their Karma. Not yours. #SushantSinghRajput (sic).”
Few other actors have also made allegations regarding some camps targeting Sushant Singh Rajput because he was an outsider.
Around three or four Bollywood news journalists have also been summoned by the police and their statements have been recorded to check on the source of the stories they had done on Sushant Singh Rajput in the past. As statements of some of the close friends pointed out, Sushant Singh Rajput was very concerned about his image and the negative stories about him would affect him deeply. He would regularly share his concerns with his friends and told them that someone was trying to target and destroy him, especially his career.
India Today Television, in an exclusive report earlier, had said that Mumbai police had contacted Twitter India to get details on the late actor’s account. There were some reports which said that the actor had deleted some tweets from his account. The last tweet mentioned in his account @itsSSR is from December 27, 2019. Mumbai police, on Tuesday, said that the nodal office of Twitter is yet to respond.
Police have also taken into custody the recordings from the CCTV cameras in Sushant Singh Rajput’s building. The recordings will be analysed with the help of forensic experts to probe on who all had arrived at the late actor’s residence on June 14 and a day prior. There were no CCTVs installed in Sushant Singh Rajput’s house.