After depicting the role of Cricket World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni on the silver screen, Sushant Singh Rajput could have brought Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia to life, if not for his untimely death.
Filmmaker Anand Kumar had identified Sushant for to play the lead role in the Bhutia biopic. Anand told The Week, "I am totally devastated by the news of Sushant's suicide. This July, I was planning to meet Sushant and his team to discuss the biopic and the plan ahead. He is such a great guy. I have known him since his days in television."
Had Sushant given the nod, the film would have started shooting this year only, once the COVID-19 situation eased out a little. Anand, who has directed films like Zilla Ghaziabad and Delhii Heights, said that he felt Sushant was one of the few actors who could project Bhutia perfectly on screen. Last year, Anand and his team spent quite a few days in Siliguri and Delhi with Bhutia to know more about the talismanic forward.
"He could have looked like Bhutia because of his eyes and athletic body. I hadn't talked to Sushant about the film. It was in my team's mind and we were all set to approach him," said Anand.
Sushant committed suicide on Sunday by hanging himself at his residence in Bandra owing to depression, the sports fraternity of India came together to condole his demise.