Jun 14, 2020, 06:47 PM IST
Sushant Singh Rajput’s closest friend from the film industry was Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan. With him he was to make India’s first space film ‘Chanda Mama Door Ke’. Sushant also went to NASA to prepare for that character. But due to the budget, that film stopped. Ronnie Screwvala later announced the space film ‘Saare Jahan Se Achcha’ under his banner. She was first to be with Shah Rukh Khan and then later Vicky Kaushal. Sanjay Puran went to Sushant Singh Rajput’s house on Sunday evening. Sanjay has shared his last meeting with Sushant with eBioPic.
How was your last meeting?
I went to his house on Sunday evening. It is very difficult to say exactly what happened. It was not felt from anywhere. Two or three days ago I was talking to him on the message. We were talking and always talking. There was a gap in the middle, but then they used to talk at an interval of 15 to 20 days. There was always talk about all these with regard to books on films.
What was the last conversation?
He looked very excited to me. He told the effect that you narrate me on the zoom call. By the way I like listening more than reading the script. We used to meet regularly, but man this is shocking. To take such a drastic step in the industry, it is shocking.
Is suicide or murder?
As long as there is a police investigation, the actual reasons will be known, until then it is very difficult to say anything. It will be appropriate to say something only after the police gets more evidence.
Which feature of his will always remain in your mind?
He was more like a brother to me than a friend. The warmth of them, the ability to stay connected to the ground, the spirit of hard work and amazing performance. His departure has resulted in the loss of filmmakers who used to produce experimental films and risk-taking stories. If he understood the script, then he did not make any difference whether you are a third generation filmmaker or have just come to Mumbai after taking a bag from the village. He used to back you up completely, which Star Kid never does. I can’t forget that guy for my whole life. The time we spent with him was a very amazing person. Who was hungry about his character, where is the hunger inside people?
Depression and financial crisis are the reasons for suicide?
I don’t think there was anything like that. Because when it came to the project, it did not seem from anywhere. Was completely full of life. Sitting at his desk, discus things. He looked very happy. Although we were chatting on chat. However, it is also a matter that if a person wants, he talks about a lot of things by putting a curtain on it. He does not allow what you are in private and what if you are meeting? But I did not think he was in any kind of depression.
It is not that he has never been troubled in life, but he is part and parcel of our life. If things happen according to you then you are not happy, then you are upset.
Live alone at home or were there from their family together?
Mom was not Sushant, whom he was very close with. He came to Mumbai only after his death. His sister and friends also used to visit Aya. By Sunday evening, no one from his family could reach him. All will be in preparation. I myself had come under the condition that all these things might lie and everything would be fixed. unbelievable. I still can’t believe it.
How and where did the first meeting take place?
He was shooting Rabta in Hungary in 2016. My producer told him that I want to meet him. He gave 15 minutes time to meet. He came in gym clothes but when our conversation started, there were talks about the film and other things for 8 hours. He liked the script and wanted to do it wholeheartedly.