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Befikre didn’t represent new-age India, I wouldn’t have done it: Sushant Singh Rajput

The M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story actor didn't mince words as he criticised the Ranveer Singh-starrer. 

Keyur Seta

After making a successful debut with Kai Po Che (2013), actor Sushant Singh Rajput got a chance to work with Aditya Chopra for Yash Raj Films’ Shuddh Desi Romance (2013). He then went on to do Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (2015) with the same banner. However, he reportedly had a fall out with Chopra after that. 

The actor, who was last seen in and as M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), is back in the news for sharing his views on Chopra’s last directorial venture, Befikre, which didn’t see much success.

There were reports that he was offered Befikre before Ranveer Singh. Speaking to a publication, he cleared the air that he wasn’t offered the film. He also said that he wouldn’t have done the film in any case. 

He said, “I was never offered Befikre. But had I been offered, I wouldn’t have done it. If the same production house is offering me a niche film like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, I would do it because Dibakar Banerjee (director) has a different interpretation of the old classic; and I would do a Paani where Shekhar Kapur will be raising a very important and immediate issue.” 

But this is not all. Rajput also gave his critical view of Befikre. “If Befikre was representing the new-age youth of India and romance as what it was claiming, it would have been great irrespective of the box-office numbers. But unfortunately, it didn’t do that and hence I would not be interested. I am not suggesting that films should only reflect reality,” he added. 

It will be interesting to see if and how Singh reacts to Rajput's statements.