‘I regret it’ – Digvijay Deshmukh on his promise of not meeting Sushant Singh Rajput till he became a decent cricketer
Digvijay, who has played one first-class and seven List A matches for Maharashtra, said that Sushant was passionate and jovial in nature.
Updated - Jun 18, 2020 5:25 pm
Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise has sent shockwaves across the entire country. After a number of celebrities, including cricketers and film-stars, Digvijay Deshmukh, who was picked to play for the Mumbai Indians (MI) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, has opined on Rajput passing away. Back in 2013, Deshmukh played a cameo in Sushant’s debut Bollywood movie Kai Po Che.
In the film, Sushant played the character of Deshmukh’s cricket coach. Back then, Deshmukh was merely 15 years old and he made a promise to the actor that he won’t meet the latter until he achieves something significant in his career. The now 22-year-old Deshmukh now regrets the decision.
The lockdown due to the COVID-19 didn’t let him meet Sushant even after he made the cut for the IPL. Digvijay said that he refused to meet Sushant even when the actor went to his city for the promotion of Kai Po Che, which also had Rajkumar Rao.
Sushant Singh Rajput was very friendly
“He was passionate about cricket. On the last day of the shoot, I had promised him I’d not meet him till I became a decent level cricketer. This year, when I got selected to play for Mumbai Indians, I decided to meet him but then the lockdown happened and now he is no more,” Deshmukh was quoted as saying to Hindustan Times.
“Even then I did not meet him because I wanted to keep the promise. I regret it. I was 15 then and I shot with him for six months. He would ask me to come to his room after the shoot got over, and train me with scenes and camera angles,” he stated.
Digvijay, who has played one first-class and seven List A matches for Maharashtra, said that Sushant was passionate and jovial in nature. “He was very involved. He was very friendly, happy and jovial and so passionate about his work. Even though he was such a big name, he would ask me about cricket since I was already a professional cricketer than,” Deshmukh added.
Deshmukh made his debut for Maharashtra in the 2019-20 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. In seven matches, he picked up nine wickets with a three-fer against Punjab in Chandigarh. His last appearance for Maharashtra was against Jammu and Kashmir in the Ranji Trophy.