Will Sushant make a better lead than Hrithik in Paani?

Sushant Singh Rajput has been roped in for Shekhar Kapur’s ambitious project Paani

In the morning I read about Shekhar Kapur changing his lead from Hrithik Roshan to Sushant Singh Rajput in his ambitious project Paani. The movie, which is set in near future, is a story about how with a decrease in water supply international corporations will corrupt the system in order to control people and which will eventually lead to a war. While the story sounds intense it will have a backdrop of a love saga, just like it did in Dil Se.

Shekhar Kapur had begun writing this story in 1988, as says his blog. But when the first time he imagined the scenes it was only Hrithik that he had in vision who could play this role. Interestingly, over a period of the time he confesses that the story evolved and so did Hrithik who is now all set to play a superhero in Krrish 3. While we have been reading about Paani from many years finally Shekhar Kapur has tied up with Yash Raj Films to produce Paani, the blue-eyed boy of the production house, Sushant Singh Rajput, has achieved a direct ticket to this movie and it will see a release in 2015.

Frankly I really can’t imagine Sushant stepping into Hrithik’s shoes be it for any role. Yes, he is a good actor and he proved it really well in his debut role in Kai Po Che. But is it enough for him to take Hrithik’s place? Sushant has shown he has the charm and that mesmerising screen presence which will make you  forget who else is on-screen but it’s Hrithik on the other hand who took the nation by storm in his debut in Kaho Na Pyar Hai.

I agree with Shekhar Kapur when he says that Hrithik has evolved as an actor and quite clearly we have seen that in movies like Guzaarish, Agneepath and so on. But let’s not forget Sushant is only two movies old out of which Shuddh Desi Romance didn’t really highlight his acting prowess. I am not saying he can’t pull off a Shekhar Kapur project but maybe Hrithik’s maturity as an actor could be much suited for the role. He is one of those few actors in the industry who believe in playing their character to the T and in a Shekhar Kapur movie nothing less is expected.

What I also found more interesting was the director’s blog on Hrithik in which he clarified that he was looking for a raw, inexperienced actor who is still finding his way through the industry to play the lead in Paani and Hrithik has supposedly surpassed that point in his career. I couldn’t agree more, Hrithik has definitely now risen as a Superstar but something about Sushant’s naivety as an actor doesn’t seem to fit in an intense project like Paani.

In any case, I would love to see Shekhar Kapur and Hrithik working together for a movie, maybe a Hollywood project as suggested by the director himself? I am going to watch out for this one!

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