While I never saw Sushant Singh Rajput ever being stressed about money, there is a strong rumour after his death that his plush home which he had rented lately was costing him a bomb to maintain. And apparently Sushant was unable to keep up with the payment.
If this is true, then I can only regret the fact that Sushant never bothered with money. He was the only actor I knew who didn’t hike his price after every success. In fact for the two Yash Raj Films that he did, Shuddh Desi Romance and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, he got paid a pittance. And for the two years that he invested in Shekhar Kapur’s Paani (which never got made) Sushant had no income.
When I brought up money and financial security with Sushant Singh Rajput, he said to me. “I can’t think in terms of mathematics when it comes to my work and that’s why I enjoy it so much.”
What he regretted was being ignored for awards for his sterling performances in M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and Sonchiriya. “If I’m there to witness the awards, I do feel slightly awkward when I don’t win. A bit of acknowledgment from your folks could be a nice feeling. Having said that I am getting or not getting an award does not in any manner affect the way I go about my next project or my equation with my work. I always feel money flowing from irrelevance to relevance is a good thing. Whatever films I will do and people expecting would watch will strive for originality and entertainment value.”
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