‘Sushant Singh Rajput was just fabulous right from the start’, says Abhishek Kapoor as ‘Kai Po Che’ clocks 8 years

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Abhishek Kapoor’s directorial ‘Kai Po Che’ was released in 2013 and marks 8 years today. The film that marked the debut of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the film industry also starred Rajkummar Rao, and Amit Sadh, who also made their debut with the film. Now, on the 8th anniversary of the film, director Abhishek Kapoor, who is also known as Gattu, spoke about the film, its success, and his connection with Sushant.
Remembering the beginning of his first association with Sushant, Abhishek said, “I’d never seen any of Sushant’s previous works before casting him. Back then, the industry wasn’t very accepting of television actors. But post-Rock On!!, people had faith in me and I just went for it As for the efforts, there wasn’t any out-of-the-ordinary effort involved when it came to molding Sushant. He was just fabulous right from the start and from the first day itself I knew we’re going to fly together. It was a scene where he teaches the students about knocking the bat and I could gauge from the body language that he had just sunk his teeth into this character.”
‘Kai Po Che’ remains one of Abhishek Kapoor’s most celebrated films, and the director feels that one must get to have a conviction in their story to do justice to it. 
Abhishek said, “There’s a certain intent with which you set out to make a movie, and before everything else comes your faith in what you’re out to say. I just happened to fall in love with the story.”
He also explained the idea behind casting three new actors for the film and said that right from the word ‘go’, he was convinced that he needed to cast a set of friends and not a particular character.
“Having a palpable, genuine equation between the characters was as important as their individual merit as an actor. So, the question was never about having new faces or stars, but rather to get the intricate chemistry between the boys right. I discovered the three boys together and didn’t really go about casting each of the characters individually. They were simply a great fit together as a team and had the right kind of energy that I envisioned for the respective parts,” Abhishek said.


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