Sushant Singh Rajput was overweight during Kai Po Che audition; Abhishek Kapoor recalls 'he worked hard'

Director Abhishek Kapoor reflects on Sushant Singh Rajput's dedication, noting his physical transformation for Kai Po Che and resilience during the harsh conditions while filming Kedarnath!

Updated on Mar 05, 2024  |  09:42 AM IST |  64.4K
Sushant Singh Rajput was overweight during Kai Po Che audition; Abhishek Kapoor recalls 'he worked hard'
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Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor recently reminisced about his collaboration with the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, sharing insights into Rajput's unwavering dedication to his craft. Kapoor highlighted Rajput's remarkable commitment, particularly during the filming of their projects such as Kedarnath and Kai Po Che.

Kapoor emphasized Rajput's diligent approach, recalling instances where the actor demonstrated his professionalism by working tirelessly, even in challenging conditions. 

Sushant Singh Rajput was overweight when he auditioned for Kai Po Che

In a recent interview with Siddharth Kannan, filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor reflected on Sushant Singh Rajput's remarkable dedication. Kapoor vividly recalled that when they first auditioned him for Kai Po Che, he was noticeably overweight. Kapoor shared that he presented Rajput with a picture of an American actor, emphasizing the need for Rajput to attain a similar physique as he portrayed a cricketer in the film. He added, "He wouldn’t say much. He was not a man of too many words. But in 3 months, he worked so hard and he would be there at six in the morning for cricket practice, the gym training and by the end of it, he looked like it.”

Abhishek Kapoor wanted to cast Sushant Singh Rajput in Fitoor

The filmmaker also revealed that he had a personal connection with Sushant. He expressed his desire to cast him in the film Fitoor. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the collaboration did not materialize. Rajput was eventually cast in Kedarnath instead. Kapoor recounted the challenging conditions faced during the first schedule of Kedarnath. They had to film a rain scene all night, getting completely wet.


“Sushant led the way. He did it first and the next day Sara saw him doing it and she also realized that okay if this guy is doing it, I will also do. That’s what drove her to do it,” he said.

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