DYK Not Kartik Aaryan, But Sushant Singh Rajput Was FIRST Choice For Chandu Champion?

June 14, 2020, marked Sushant Singh Rajput's untimely death. Four years later, Chandu Champion, a biopic on Paralympian Murlikant Petkar starring Kartik Aaryan, releases with a poignant connection: the role was originally offered to Sushant, reflecting his legacy and passion for inspiring stories. The film has been directed by Kabir Khan.
DYK Not Kartik Aaryan, But Sushant Singh Rajput Was FIRST Choice For Chandu Champion?

DYK Not Kartik Aaryan, But Sushant Singh Rajput Was FIRST Choice For Chandu Champion?

June 14, 2020, marked the untimely departure of the beloved actor Sushant Singh Rajput, leaving a void in the hearts of many. Four years later, the release of Chandu Champion, a biopic on India's Paralympics Champion Murlikant Petkar, brings a poignant connection to the late actor. While Kartik Aaryan is playing the titular role, did you know that it was originally offered to the late Sushant Singh Rajput?

Sushant Singh Rajput: The First Choice for Chandu Champion

Kartik Aaryan in Chandu Champion
Kartik Aaryan in Chandu Champion
Sushant Singh Rajput, who captivated audiences with his stellar portrayal of MS Dhoni in the cricketer's biopic, was initially the first choice for the role of Murlikant Petkar. The actor had expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, "The minute I heard his story I was on. I wanted to do it without a second thought. What an inspiring story! After playing Dhoni, I’m looking forward to playing Petkar, who never allowed his physical hurdles to stand in the way of his dreams. I like playing characters who dream big."

Kartik Aaryan Fulfills Sushant’s Unfinished Dream

On the fourth anniversary of Sushant Singh Rajput's death, Kartik Aaryan now steps into the role of Murlikant Petkar, bringing to life the story that Sushant was passionate about. The Kabir Khan directorial, Chandu Champion, has hit theaters today, fulfilling what Sushant once envisioned.

Director Kabir Khan’s Journey to Bring Petkar’s Story to Light

Director Kabir Khan had in an earlier interview shared the serendipitous discovery of Murlikant Petkar’s story stating that he came across Murlikant’s story by chance. “Someone gave me an old article and asked if I had read the story. When I read the article, my first reaction was that it couldn’t be true–so many things happening in such a dramatic way in one person’s life seemed impossible. And if it was true, it was hard to believe that we didn’t know about him. If he was such a big hero, how could we not know him?" He was quotes as saying.

A Tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput’s Legacy

In many ways, the release of Chandu Champion on the death anniversary of SSR serves as a tribute to Sushant Singh Rajput’s legacy, honouring his passion for storytelling and his commitment to portraying inspiring real-life characters.

Kartik Aaryan and Sushant Singh Rajput Connect

Interestingly, when Kartik Aaryan was removed from films like Dostana 2 and Mr and Mrs Mahi, many fans drew parallels between him and Sushant Singh Rajput. In the wake of these events, fans of Sushant rallied behind Kartik, pledging their support for the actor. This wave of support extended online and was bolstered by a few celebrities, reflecting a strong community standing by Kartik through his challenges.
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