Rumours have been doing the rounds that Sushant Singh Rajput was originally offered ‘Befikre’ (2016) before Ranveer Singh. However Singh Rajput has denied all talks of this.
Reported in the Hindustan Times, Singh Rajput released a statement to say that even if he had been offered it, he would not have accepted it. “I was never offered Befikre. But had I been offered, I wouldn’t have done it. If the same production house is offering me a niche film like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (2015), I would do it because Dibakar Banerjee (director) has a different interpretation of the old classic; and I would do a Paani where Shekhar Kapur will be raising a very important and immediate issue.”
Continuing he said, “If Befikre was representing the new-age youth of India and romance as what it was claiming, it would have been great irrespective of the box-office numbers. But unfortunately, it didn’t do that and hence I would not be interested. I am not suggesting that films should only reflect reality (like Pink, Neerja or Dhoni biopic).”
“They could also be fanciful films like The Jungle Book (2016), which was also very popular. But it’s extremely important to know and then claim what you have made.It’s a wonderful new India, and it is reflecting in the way we are bridging the gap between our ‘hits’ and ‘good’ films,” Singh Rajput added.
Singh Rajput is currently working on his next ‘Raabta’, starring opposite Kriti Sanon and is slated for release in June 2017.