Updated: February 22, 2021 1:02:52 pm
Director Abhishek Kapoor went on a nostalgia trip remembering his critically acclaimed film, Kai Po Che, that completes 8 years on Monday. The movie marked the Bollywood debut of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. Adapted from Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel The 3 Mistakes of My Life, it also starred then newbies Amit Sadh and Rajkummar Rao.
Taking to Twitter, Abhishek Kapoor recalled how the film was made by people who were at the dawn of their careers, and hence, gave it their best. He also mentioned about loosing “our crown jewel”, referring to Sushant, who died on June 14, 2020.
— Abhishek Kapoor (@Abhishekapoor) February 22, 2021
“The thrill of starting this journey with a new team hungry 2 give their best at the dawn of their careers stands most vividly in mind..One cant quantify the love our film continues to receive over the years, neither can we quantify the pain we feel at the loss of our crown jewel,” wrote Abhishek Kapoor on Twitter.
Kai Po Che’s songs continue to find place in the playlist of fans. Its music composer Amit Trivedi also shared a clip with “Shubhaarambh” playing in the background, to celebrate the movie that released on this day in 2013.
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Sushant Singh Rajput, in an old behind-the-scenes video, had shared how he lived with his character Ishaan for four months before getting on the sets to shoot Kai Po Che.
Pointing at how he got immersed in playing the role of Ishaan, a failed cricketer in the movie, he said, “I’ve been thinking about Ishaan 90 percent of the time, for the past four months. Nowadays, it seems that I’ve started living and thinking like him. It is not that it happened because of this reason or that reason. It just happened.”
He further shared, “My character of Ishaan is a cricketer, impulsive, transparent, and not a hypocrite. So you’ll find very less people like him who are clean at heart. He’s a very interesting character and I loved playing him.”
Sushant entered Bollywood with Kai Po Che, after playing the fan favourite role of Manav in hit TV show Pavitra Rishta. He went on to do movies like Shuddh Desi Romance, PK, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, Raabta, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Kedarnath, Chhichhore and Sonchiriya.
Sushant’s last onscreen appearance was in Dil Bechara which released post his demise on Disney+ Hotstar last year.
Sushant was recently conferred the critic’s best actor (male) at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival Awards, posthumously for his outstanding contribution to Hindi cinema.
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