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Sushant Singh Rajput drops out of Chanda Mama Door Ke, to turn director with his own space film

The actor has opted out of the film directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, owing to 'date conflicts'.  

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Actor Sushant Singh Rajput has officially dropped out of the space film, Chanda Mama Door Ke (2018). In a statement from Innasei Ventures Pvt Ltd, to news agency PTI, co-founder Varun Mathur wished the makers of the film luck, while revealing that the actor will not be able to be a part of the project owing to 'date conflicts'. 

The company, co-founded by Rajput and Mathur, plans to develop India's first space film. A PTI report quoted Mathur as saying, "Sushant’s passion for the Moon and space is second to none in this sphere. He has unparalleled interest to learn more about the universe, and to delve into anything that might help him understand this phenomenon further. However, since there was a lot of up and down in this film, Sushant will not be able give his dates to this project (Chanda Mama…) since he has his hands full with many projects." 

Mathur further added, "Having said that, it does not mean we won’t be making a space film. Innsaei Ventures is quite keen on making a space film and Sushant will be working on this very soon. I extend my very best wishes to "Mr Sanjay Puran Singh (the director of Chanda Mama…) and Mr Viki Rajani for this film." 

Chanda Mama Door Ke also stars R Madhavan, and saw considerable interest from Rajput owing to his personal hobby as a science aficionado. The actor even travelled to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Association) training in zero gravity, spacewalking to train for his character as an astronaut. Last week, the actor grabbed headlines by buying a piece of land on the moon.

The small plot of land, located on the 'Mare Muscoviense ' region of the moon. The actor purchased the plot from the International Lunar Lands Registry and registered the plot on 25 June 2018. However, since an international treaty maintains that celestial bodies and planets are a 'common heritage' of humankind, it might be unlikely that the actor gets to claim ownership of his 'land'. 

Tabloid Mumbai Mirror quoted the actor as saying, "I would like to believe that the different ways we answer questions 'are' the answers of those questions. So the variations in the way we punctuate the narratives; the nuance, would create the different versions of reality in future. My mother used to tell me that my life will be the story that I will tell myself. I am just punctuating a nuance right now and already am, over the Moon!" 

Rajput has multiple projects on his table with Tarun Mansukhani's Drive (2018), Abhishek Chaubey's Sonchiriya (2019), and Kedarnath (2018), alongside Sara Ali Khan.