Mumbai: Actor Sushanth Singh Rajput’s untimely death has shocked the entertainment world in India. His co-star and debutant Sanjana Sanghi, when she heard the news, thought it was a “horrible joke”.

Sanjana expressed shock through her social media page saying she can’t digest the fact that Sushant is no more and is refreshing her page several times hoping this turns out only as some joke and not real.

The actress recalled the challenges she faced during her career and how Sushant had helped her. She said they read lines from the film script to each other before acting in every emotional scene.

In her video post, Sanjana wrote, “Abhi toh itna kuch baaki tha, Sushant?.. I refreshed my web pages a 100 times hoping I’m reading some sort of horrible joke. I’m not equipped to process any of this. I don’t think I ever will be... After 2 years of seemingly all the possible difficulties one single film can face, with all sorts of crap constantly being written, and being relentlessly pursued. We were supposed to FINALLY see our film - my first film, and what you told me you believed was your best film yet, together... I simply wish you never left us behind in the first place (sic).”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

. . You gave me a forever, within a limited number of days, and for that. I’m forever grateful. - our beloved novel, The Fault In Our Stars A forever of learnings, and of memories. I refreshed my web pages a 100 times hoping I’m reading some sort of horrible joke. I’m not equipped to process any of this. I don’t think I ever will be. I’m definitely not equipped to articulate my feelings, this is me failing, but trying. After 2 years of seemingly all the possible difficulties one single film can face, with all sorts of crap constantly being written, and being relentlessly pursued. All the times we sat back and witnessed all sorts of narratives were being spun, felt confused, got shocked at the insensitivity of the society we live in and decided that once and for all we’d together with the celebration of our film put an end to them. We were supposed to FINALLY see our film - my first film, and what you told me you believed was your best film yet, together. Amidst your journey, you somehow found a way and had a desire to yell out to me from the opposite side of set screaming “Rockstar, itni achi acting thodi na karte hain paagal!” ; To guide me over things big & small through our film’s process, To tell me to conserve my energy on set; To discuss even the smallest nuance you thought could change the narrative of a scene and would whole heartedly accept my disagreement; To discuss ways in which we could together forge a brighter educational future for the children of India. You were a force Manny, and you always will be. We’re going to spend an eternity to try and make sense of what you’ve left us behind with, and I personally never will be able to. I simply wish you never left us behind in the first place. Just know, you have a country full of millions, looking up at you, smiling at you, thankful for you. As you smile back at us, from up above. The fact that you get to spend the rest of your time by your mother’s side, I know you gives the only happiness you wanted in the world. #RIPSushantSinghRajput

A post shared by Sanjana Sanghi (@sanjanasanghi96) on Jun 14, 2020 at 6:42am PDT

The actress also revealed Sushant’s “insane idea” of turning “Messiah” for poor children and helping the less privileged to get the best education.

Sanjana is set to make her Bollywood debut with the film Dil Bechara, an Indian adaptation of the book The Fault in Our Stars. The yet-to-be-released film turned out to be Sushant’s last project. The newcomer posted a tearful video after the death of the actor on Sunday (June 14), remembering the time she spent with him on the film sets.

Sanjana struggled to keep her tears in check while she quoted Sushant’s favourite line from the book. “You gave me a forever, within a limited number of days, and for that, I’m forever grateful.” She said the actors used to read that line to each other before acting in every emotional scene.

“Everyone who loves you will be grateful for the gift that you have left behind, that is the work that you did. We just wish that you had never done this,” Sanjana said in the video, before adding a clip of her dancing with him on the sets.  

What is this upcoming film all about?

Dil Bechara’s director Mukesh Chhabra is making his directorial debut with the film. The novel is about a 16-year-old girl suffering from cancer, who falls in love with a 17-year-old ex-basketball player and amputee.

The director chose Sanjana for the female lead and Sushanth as male lead.  Earlier, the film was supposed to release in November 2019, which couldn’t happen as post-production was pending. They decided to release in May 2020, but the release was further postponed as theatres shut due to the coronavirus lockdown.