Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap revealed that Parineeti Chopra refused to work with Sushant Singh Rajput as he was originally offered Hasee Toh Phasee. However, the 48-year-old director also said that late actor Sushant Singh Rajput ghosted him several times after he agreed to work on a project.
The director said that the actor agreed to work in Hasee Toh Phasee but later he went on with a three-deal contract with Yash Raj Films. One of the movies had Parineeti Chopra named Shuddh Desi Romance. In an interview with Faye D’Souza, Kashyap revealed the behind the scene details.
“He was supposed to do the film (Hasee Toh Phasee) and we had to find an actress and we reached out to Parineeti Chopra. She said ‘I don’t want to work with a television actor’. So we explained to her that who Sushant Singh is, he is doing Kai Po Che, he is doing PK and by the time Hasee Toh Phasee comes out, he will not just be a television actor. And she was doing a film called Shuddh Desi Romance and she must have gone and spoken to YRF, they called him and said ‘Why don’t you come and do Shuddh Desi Romance and not do that film?’ And he disappeared on us,” the director explained.
While the Bombay Velvet director agreed that it was a better deal for Sushant, he did not make a big deal out of it. Rajput worked with Chopra in Shuddh Desi Romance while she worked with Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee.
“Years later, in 2016, before the release of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, Mukesh went to Sushant and said, ‘Anurag has written a script looking for an actor who can play someone based out of Uttar Pradesh.’ Dhoni released, became a success and he never called me back. I was not upset, I moved on, I did Mukkabaaz,” the director mentioned in an interview with NDTV.
“Sushant Singh Rajput had six blockbusters. It would take another four years of films not working for him to written off totally. A lot of people at that time didn’t know what he was going through. It is only now that it has come out that he was dealing with depression. But the problem the industry had with him at that time was that he was ghosting people. The problem was not that he would misbehave. People who would meet him would say Sushant Singh Rajput is a great boy, who behaves very well, who is sensitive, who is nice. But he would just ghost and disappear,” Kashyap said further in an interview with Faye.
Fast forward to three weeks before the actor’s death, Kashyap noted that Sushant told his manager ‘If you take my name to Anurag, he won’t answer your call’. The filmmaker believes that the late actor was also feeling guilty for ghosting on him. For more updates, keep watching this space.