Last June 14, the 34-year-old actor Sushant Singh Rajput was discovered dead in his Bandra apartment under unexplained circumstances. He appeared in a total of 12 films, including Kai Po Che, Kedarnath, and MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, all of which received critical praise. Millions of his followers and supporters throughout the world mourned his untimely demise. On the occasion of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death anniversary, we take a look back at some of the unique attributes that made him an iconic actor of all time.
Academic Life Of The Actor
The late actor excelled in school, earning a spot at the prestigious Delhi College of Engineering (also known as Delhi Technological University or DTU). In the DTU Entrance Examination in 2003, he received an All India Rank of 7. He had passed a total of 11 admission tests in his quest of an engineering degree, including the ISM Dhanbad exam. Sushant Singh Rajput was also a physics Olympiad winner in Physics.
He was forced to leave his engineering career in order to pursue a career in acting. “It was 2006, my final year of college when I dropped this bomb at home,” he stated in 2017, recalling his experience. They were taken aback! They were so surprised that they couldn’t say anything, so I took their silence as praise…. It was difficult at the time, but things have changed since then. My father enjoys it when people recognise him on his walks and show him a recent piece about me…he is really proud of me. But, even now, practically every conversation we have ends with the phrase “beta, degree le leta.”
The prestigious Stanford University has awarded the 34-year-old actor a scholarship. But he turned down the scholarship, withdrew out of college, and moved into his 1RK Versova rented room. In 2015, on the occasion of DTU’s 75th anniversary, Sushant Singh Rajput was awarded an honorary degree. “I am surprised by the invitation,” he had said. Despite being a good student, I dropped out of engineering in my third year to follow my ambition of working in Bollywood. On the occasion of their 75th anniversary, my engineering institution has decided to award me an honorary degree.”
SSR Wanted To Become A Pilot
SSR aspired to join the Indian Air Force as a pilot (IAF). “Engineering wasn’t my choice,” he remarked in an interview with Hindustan Times. I wanted to be an astronaut and then a pilot in the Air Force. When my parents told me that wasn’t going to happen, I tore up my Top Gun poster. I was apparently going to be an engineer. Maybe the drama I put on that day should’ve alerted everyone! But I was actually devastated.”
Sushant Singh Rajput expressed his desire to spend at least one day every six months with the Indian Armed Forces in a tweet in 2018.
SSR’s Passion For Astronomy
SSR was so taken with astronomical science that he bought one of the most advanced telescopes, the Meade 14′′ LX-600. In his spare time, he had positioned the telescope near the window of his house and gazed at Saturn’s rings and stars. Sushant Singh Rajput had also purchased the ‘Sea of Muscovy’ from the International Lunar Lands Registry, a ‘lunar territory’ on the far side of the Moon. On June 25, 2018, the property was officially registered.
“What I automatically recall about Sushant is his how much interest he had in everything in life,” said his co-star and veteran actor Manoj Bajpayee. He was always interested in learning about everything, including the unknown, space, quantum physics, acting, and filmmaking.” SSR was seen excitedly describing the position of planets in the solar system in a video released by Hindi Today.
Sushant Singh Rajput was not a beneficiary of nepotism. He did not attend the famed National School of Drama (NSD) or the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) (Film and Television of India). The late actor embodied the aspirations of millions of middle-class people who aspired to make it great in Bollywood. SSR, unlike most performers with a limited understanding of the world, was a voracious reader of non-fiction books. Sushant Singh Rajput would spend his free time reading and viewing the stars, far from the glitz and dazzle of Hollywood. This made SSR an actor with a difference.
Who Declared 14th June As “Anti Nepotism Day”?
Sushant Singh was adored by all for his work ethic and positive outlook on life; nevertheless, no one realised he was suffering from something far more serious—depression.
Despite their not-so-friendly political relations with Pakistan, Sushant’s Pakistani admirers have blown another wind of justice for him on Twitter. #SushantSinghRajput is once again trending in Pakistan. Sushant’s Pakistani supporters have declared June 14 to be World Anti-Nepotism Day.
Pakistani fans asked Indians to take to the streets and stage a peaceful protest in a tweet. They went on to say, “Don’t let it go to waste; stand up and speak out in support of our beloved Sushant Singh Rajput.”
Written By: Swati Sahoo