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Sushant’s Favourite Sonechiriya To Be Re-Released ?



By far,  Sushant Singh Rajput’s life’s  best performance  is to be seen in Abhishek Choubey’s Sonechiriya . The  film and  the  performance remain among the most underrated in the history of Indian cinema.

Apparently Sonechiriya  originally  released in  February 2019  will now be  re-released  on  the  OTT platform and  in theatres(when they eventually open).

I  remember how proud  Sushant was  of this  film. When I had said it is by far his  best film and performance  till date Sushant agreed with me. “I’d have to go with you on this. Though I’ve worked really hard on most of my roles I have to say I worked specially hard  on Sonechiriya. I’d like  Sonechirya to be  appreciated  for all  the hard  work that our director Abhishek Choubey has  put in…In fact all of us actors and technicians  slogged  in the Chambal heat.”

 The  bad reviews and  boxoffice  failure didn’t  damnpen Sushant’s spirits.  “It feels  nice when the  reviews appreciate  one’s efforts. I’ve never sought fame or fortune.Never been enamoured  of  the  100-crore club,”

Sushant  made it clear that boxoffice  success was not  important to him.  “I work entirely for my job satisfaction.  Otherwise  I could have made money in any other  profession. I am here to make  a difference, firstly to myself. When I  look back on  my body of work I  want to feel a  sense  of pride.Whether  it is Kai Po Che, Byomkesh Bakshi, Dhoni,  Kedarnath or  Sonechiriya, I am happy and proud  to be associated with these  films.”

Sushant admits he likes  to surrender  completely  to his  characters. “I wouldn’t be able to  sleep peacefully  if I didn’t  give all  of myself  to every character  I accept. Agar main apne kirdaar  ko theek  se pehchan na  paaon usski antar-aatma  ko choo na loon toh yeh toh beimaani  hogi(if I  don’t  get to know my  character well and  touch its  essence it would be  a betrayal). Either I  don’t accept a  film.Or  if I do,  I surrender  to it completely.”

Shooting for  his outlaw’s role in Sonechiriya Sushant spent  days and weeks  preparing himself, staying unwashed , unfed, unattended. “My character  wanted to surrender to the  law. I surrendered to the  law  of  selfdiscipline that I’ve  made for my job.  What I found  in  common between  my characters  in  Kedarnath and Sonechiriya was  that core  of humanism. Mujhe woh pakadna ttha(I had  to catch that).Baqi success  or failure is not something  I understand.”

Does  the  lack of boxoffice success not bother Sushant at all? “Like I said, I feel there is  appreciation  for all the hard work  being put  in my films. Maybe in my case it doesn’t show in boxoffice  figures. But as  long as I’ve the freedom and  power to do the  kind  of films I want  to I am in a  comfortable place.”

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