New Delhi, Feb 10 (IANS) He should be on cloud nine considering his
rapidly growing fan following on 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4', but television
actor Sushant Singh Rajput is disappointed about certain 'nasty' media
reports maligning his name. Nevertheless, he does not let it affect his
performance in any way.
'I know I was popular before 'Jhalak...' thanks to 'Pavitra Rishta', but
I am glad that the popularity has increased manifold ever since I have
come on 'Jhalak...'. I am very happy with the response of the viewers,
but I have mixed feelings about my success as some sections of media are
trying to bring me down through nasty reports,' Sushant told IANS.
The actor was referring to a few reports against him regarding his
absence from a Republic Day special episode for Zee TV, for threatening
Sony TV officials to leave 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4' and for getting into a
scuffle with some college boys, for which he was allegedly held in a
police station overnight.
Finally, experiencing negatives of a celebrity status, is it?
'I really don't know! On one hand, people have been praising me saying
things like 'You're a superb dancer' or 'You're so nice as a person',
and on the other hand, there are these negative and baseless reports.
It's honestly distracting. I knew from the beginning that these things
come with success and I have to deal with it, but people are bringing me
down for no reason.
'My family in Delhi is getting concerned reading about it, and so it is
very disturbing. I chose to ignore the reports initially, but they are
getting very nasty now, and I might be forced to take some legal action
if it goes out of hand,' he said about the reports that is
contradictory to his portrayal of a calm and patient Manav in 'Pavitra
The 24-year-old went against family tradition of being a doctor or
engineer to pursue his passion for performing arts. He started as a
dancer with the Shiamak Davar troupe, and there was no looking back
Opportunities kept coming his way as he even took to theatre, through
which he got his first break on the small screen with Balaji Telefilms'
'Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil'. He was later roped in as the main lead
for 'Pavitra Rishta' and his character Manav made became a household
'I have taken all my projects very seriously. I was very much like Preet
(his character in 'Kis Desh Mein...') in real life; so it was a little
easy. But 'Pavitra Rishta' took me to another level.
'It is very tough to essay Manav because he is totally unlike me - he is
full of emotions, very patient and responsible. I really look up to
Manav and wish I could be like him - but I am more than happy that
viewers have respected and loved me for the way I have played the role.
'Dance is something I have always loved and what better platform than
'Jhalak...' to show it. Viewers got to see another side of me and they
have loved me in that as well,' he said.
These days Sushant has been devoting 12 hours to 'Pavitra Rishta', six
to seven hours to 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa' and has the remaining hours to
After he is done with the dance reality show, he plans to pursue a
short, three-month course in direction from the New York Film Academy -
something that has been on his 'to do list' for long. Sushant has
earlier assisted Mohit Suri in 'Raaz 2' and hopes to assist filmmakers
like Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bharadwaj some time soon.