On the film’s 4th anniversary, ETimes got in touch with Kranti Prakash Jha, who essayed the role of Sushant’s friend Santosh Lal in the film. His character taught him the signature helicopter shot to Dhoni.
Reacting to the completion of 4 years, he said, “It feels incomplete. The way it was made and the person who put in his hard work and efforts is not here. Yesterday, someone messaged me that the film is completing 4 years tomorrow, I had tears in my eyes. We had spent some good quality time with each other. Without him, the celebration is not complete. It’s up to the fans now, how they take his legacy forward.”
The actor spoke about his precious memories with Sushant on the sets. He even revealed he had messaged the late actor on May 29 but he didn’t get a reply from him. Kranti Prakash averred, “I have good memories with him. I used to go to his house to meet him (his first house in Bandra).I had come back from my hometown and bought some Bihari food and singhara. We used to call each other ‘Bhaiwa’. He used to often ask me, ‘Bhaiwa kya leke aaya tu, kuch khaane ka mann’. We both were health freaks but at times we used to eat and enjoy our cheat day. I used to take samosas, mirch, singhara and chicken, we used to enjoy all this. I used to keep texting him once in 3-4 months but there was no reply from his side, maybe his number got changed. I had also texted him on May 29 before my web series ‘Raktanchal’ released saying, ‘Bhaiwa, please have a look at the new work of your Bhaiwa and let me know kaise laga’. But I didn’t get a reply from him.”
The ‘MS Dhoni’ star also reacted to the current situation and stated that the way things are going on, they are not right. He hoped that Sushant gets justice and the truth comes out soon. He said, “The way everything is going on currently, it is not right. Since the matter is in court, I don’t want to comment on it. He was a positive man, he was someone who never used to think about money. He used to talk about spirituality and astronomy. There are times when you don’t talk to a person but you know that there is someone who is close to you. I have lost someone who was close to me. We had common friends in Patna and we bonded over it. I have been praying for his peace and I just want that he gets justice and truth comes out soon.”
On being asked if Sushant had any mental illness or did he witness anything like this on the sets, he mentioned, “The time I spent with him, I didn’t feel that that he had any mental issues. Everyone has their ups and downs, and maybe he might too have faced that. But to say that he had some issues, it is wrong. He has given a lot to us and the industry. I am getting goosebumps even while talking about him. We had such a great time in Ranchi while shooting. He was constantly busy on the sets because the film was on his shoulders. But whenever he used to get time, he used to come to us and chat.”