Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput's Chhichhore made the right amount of noise and the critical acclaimed film went on to impress the fans for its simple and unique narrative which was relatable to many.
Now, ahead of SSR's first death anniversary, his Chhichhore co-star Prateik Babbar recalled their time on set and said that Sushant was an approachable person, but could drift off into his own world occasionally.
“I was fortunate to work with him, even if it was for just one film. It became such a success. It’s a special film for all of us in the team. Sushant and I were acquaintances who would bump into each other at events. I’d even seen him at the gym a couple of times. I had noticed that Sushant had an aura about him, which was not like anyone else’s in the business. He was unique and he stood out. My experience of working with him was very short, restricted largely to the time we spent shooting or rehearsing our scenes together. That was the only time we bonded and got talking,” said Prateik Babbar, as quoted by ETimes.
Intrestingly, Babbar's career took an upsurge when he joined Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, and Nitesh Tiwari for Chhichhore (2019), which also went on to win a National Award.
Elaborating more about Sushant and how they bonded, Prateik said, “We did our readings and rehearsals together simultaneously as the shot was being set up. He was an extremely warm, fun-loving, and an easy-to-talk-to kind of person. But he would also drift away sometimes into his own world. Sushant loved having conversations; not only was he always trying to have a good time on the set, but he would ensure others were having fun, too. Sushant loved talking about quantum physics, planets, stars, and sciences. I still remember he wanted to visit Antarctica after shooting the film. I was blown away with that; who would think of doing that really? He did! He was curious about life and exploring it through all its avenues. He was one of a kind, who saw things differently and had priorities that were different from the herd. He was a gem of a guy.”
Sushant passed away in an apparent suicide on June 14, 2020 and his death is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, with the Enforcement Directorate and the Narcotics Control Bureau looking into the financial and drugs-related angles in the case.
On the other hand, SSR's family has accused his girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, of abetting his suicide and misappropriating his funds. She has denied the claims and had filed a counter-suit against two of his sisters.