Sushant Singh Rajput’s death gutted everyone and soon after, investigations began in full swing to make sense of the tragedy.
The Bandra Police has interrogated 27 people so far, including Sushant’s ex-manager Rohini Iyer, Yash Raj Films executives and casting director Shanoo Sharma among others.
Sanjana Sanghi, Sushant’s co-star in the upcoming Dil Bechara was also brought in for questioning today.
The police also summoned a copy of the actor’s contract with YRF as a part of the ongoing investigation.
Details about his contract with YRF
The contract, signed in 2012, stated that Sushant Singh Rajput and YRF had a three-movie deal. Sushant was to be paid Rs 30 lakhs for the first film and Rs 60 lakhs for the second film, if the first one proved to be a success. If not, he was to be given the same amount as his first film.
If both films fared well, he would get Rs 1 crore for the third film. If the first movie became a hit but the second failed, he would get Rs 30 lakhs for the third one, and if the vice versa happened, he would get Rs 60 lakhs for the third film. And to decide which film was a hit or a flop was YRF’s prerogative.
Where the confusion arises
Let’s look at the trajectory of their movies. Sushant Singh Rajput’s first venture with YRF was Shuddh Desi Romance opposite Parineeti Chopra and debutante Vaani Kapoor. The film did moderately well at the box-office and Sushant reportedly received the promised pay of Rs 30 lakhs.
Next up was Detective Byomkesh Bakshy. Despite being only their second one together, Sushant received Rs 1 crore for the film instead of Rs 60 lakhs as decided, for reasons unknown.
The fate of their third film – Paani
Given the above record, it seemed like YRF and Sushant had got off on the right foot. Sushant was very ambitious about and completely devoted to their next – Paani, which was later shelved. Shekhar Kapur, who was to helm the film, recently revealed that the producers declared one fine day that the film would not be made, throwing years of labour down the drain.
As per police reports, the movie never saw the light of day due to creative differences between Aditya Chopra and Shekhar Kapoor.
When asked about the contract, a former YRF official Ashish Singh told India Today TV, “I cannot divulge details of the contract as it is mentioned in the contract itself”.
“The parting was on very cordial terms and we had been in touch after that. We made two films. Some projects, some films don’t work out. He had left YRF five years back and even after that we were in touch. There were no issues. We should pray for him,” he added.
The contract raises a few eyebrows when compared to what actually transpired. Nevertheless, the undying thirst for answers continues.
Meanwhile, Sanjana Sanghi, Sushant’s co-star in the upcoming Dil Bechara, made a touching appeal to fans to stop requesting for a theatrical release of his last film.
“Let’s not make it about the size of the screen we get to watch this labour of love on.. Let’s instead make it about the size of our hearts.. Let’s cherish it. Relish it. Celebrate it. In any and every way we can,” she said.