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Dibakar Banerjee on Sushant Singh Rajput: It takes double the hard work for an outsider to convince the industry
Everyone is shell shocked by the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. The industry is mourning the demise of the talented actor. Dibakar Banerjee worked with Sushant in ‘Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!’. In an interview with PTI, Dibakar opened up on why he cast Sushant in the movie, his working experience with him and a lot more.
“His vulnerability and intensity and the ambition to do different things than the usual Bollywood stuff,” said Dibakar.
While talking about his memories with Sushant, he said, “As an actor, he would tense himself up for the scene and then completely plunge in take after take. He would put a lot of value on preparation. He would be up the previous night of the shoot, reading the scene and making notes and land up on the sets all raring to go. He would be on, ready and give his hundred per cent throughout the shoot of Byomkesh – no matter how hard or long the day.”
Dibakar also added that Sushant was sincere and totally focused.
“As a person, he seemed to me a happy dance-loving ‘chhokra’ from an engineering college who had made it in showbiz and now was serious about acting. He was deeply nostalgic about his carefree student days in Delhi. We used to laugh a lot – I remember that quite clearly,” added the filmmaker.
When asked about if Sushant was fighting the battle of nepotistic culture in the industry, he said, “The biggest unfairness in all this is that it takes double the talent, energy and hard work for an outsider to convince the audience and the industry that he or she is as safe a box office bet as a mediocre, unmotivated and entitled establishment elite. The media colludes in this by wallowing in family, coterie and celebrity worship. This leads to deep anger and frustration. Those who can let this slide survive. Those who can’t – those who hurt a little more or are vulnerable and impressionable – they are at risk.”
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