Sushant Singh Rajput had starred in many successful films like Shudh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Chhichhore, and others. But recently while talking to NDTV, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap revealed that how he had offered Sushant a couple of films and he decided to go ahead and star in YRF and Dharma movies.
Kashyap, who had completed the casting of Gangs of Wasseypur, said, “(Casting director) Mukesh Chhabra used to operate from my office. Sushant aaya, maine kaha, ‘Yaar, tu Bihar ka ladka hai. Mujhe pehle milta toh main tujhe film mein kaam de deta (When Sushant came to meet him, I said, ‘Oh, you are from Bihar. If I had met you earlier, I would have given you a role in the film).’”
Then Kashyap offered him Hasee Toh Phasee which was co-produced by Dharma. But Sushant opted to sign a deal with YRF and did Shudh Desi Romance. The filmmaker said, “YRF called him and said, ‘We’ll give you a deal. You do Shuddh Desi Romance.’ Sushant, who used to sit in my office with Mukesh and all of us used to sit together, signed up with YRF and dropped Hasee Toh Phasee, a film of an outsider because usko validation YRF ka chahiye tha (he wanted validation from YRF). It’s with every actor, so I am not holding any grudges.”
“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,” he added.
Kashyap says that when outsiders come into the industry they seek validation from YRF, Dharma, or Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He said, “That validation you are seeking, and one can’t blame you. It’s a choice you have made but you also have to deal with this. The boy was very talented but at that time, he chose Drive over a film that I was doing because he was dying to work with Dharma.”