When it was announced last year that Sushant Singh Rajput will be essaying a role of an astronaut in Viki Rajani’s ‘Chanda Mama Door Ke’, it was a dream come true for the ‘Kai Po Che’ (2013) actor.

However, there is now a question mark over the cost of making the film with Singh Rajput. The ‘Raabta’ (2017) actor started preparations for the film, going to the United States and get training at NASA, but the makers have put this on hold.

According to DNA India, the makers of the film hadn’t realised the huge production costs involved, not even factoring in the promotional costs. A close source says, “Producer Viki Rajani was supposed to bankroll the project, but now, it’s stuck indefinitely. When the makers planned the movie with Sushant, they didn’t understand the landing cost. Once they drew up the budget, they were shocked.”

The source went on to say that it would cost Rs 67 crore to make. “It would’ve cost the makers almost Rs 67 crore, without the additional promotional costs. The recovery for such a film would be extremely difficult. But even then, Viki made efforts to get investors. Nobody wanted to finance it as it seemed like a loss-making project. Everything just wasn’t adding up.”

For Singh Rajput, he still believes the film will go on floors, but the source said it’s highly unlikely. “He has shuffled his dates because of this project. It was supposed to begin last year in between the Kedarnath schedule, but it never took off. Someone needs to make him understand that this movie isn’t happening for sure.”

Another source has suggested that Rs 67 crore is too high for an actor like Singh Rajput, and if it was to happen it would be with a much bigger star. “The makers may revisit it, but definitely not with Sushant. If they make it, they plan to cast a big star in it — either one of the senior actors or someone from the younger generation who is a crowd-puller. Sushant is a terrific actor, but he’s yet to prove himself as a potential money-spinner at the box office.”

Currently Singh Rajput is shooting for Abhishek Kapoor’s ‘Kedarnath’ starring opposite Sara Ali Khan, who will be making her debut.

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