Bhansali Planned to Cast Sushant in Four of His Films: Police

The filmmaker had been summoned by the police to record his statement.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali has been questioned by Mumbai Police on his relationship with Sushant Singh Rajput.

The investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput's death by suicide is still going on. Sanjay Leela Bhansali was summoned by the Mumbai Police to record his statement on 6 July. As per a report by ANI, Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP (zone IX) Mumbai Police said that the filmmaker had planned to cast Sushant in four of his projects.

"Sanjay Leela Bhansali wanted to cast Sushant in four of his films. However, because of unavailability of dates, other actors were roped in", Trimukhe said.

He further informed that the police have taken CCTV recordings of the building where Sushant was staying. "There weren't any CCTVs in Sushant's house. We are waiting for the forensics report". The DCP added that Mumbai Police is also looking into the alleged tweets that were circulated on social media from SSR's handle.


Earlier, sources in the police had told Mumbai Mirror that Bhansali had almost finalised Sushant for the lead role in Goliyon Ki Raas Leela - Ram Leela. However, the plan fell through as Sushant couldn't accept the proposal given his tie-up with another production house.

The sources also revealed that Sushant was very upset that he could not work with the veteran filmmaker. "Sanjay Leela Bhansali was questioned for nearly two hours at the Bandra police station. He spoke about the film/s that he offered to Sushant but which could not materialise given the latter's contractual agreements with other production houses".

Nearly 29 people have been questioned regarding Sushant Singh Rajput's demise. They include friends Rhea Chakraborty, Mahesh Shetty, Sandip Ssingh, Dil Bechara director Mukesh Chhabra, Sushant's co-star Sanjana Sanghi, his family members, house staff and manager.

Shekhar Kapur, who was supposed to make Paani with Sushant, has also been summoned to record his statement. Earlier, the Mumbai Police had asked for Sushant's contract with Yash Raj Films to help them in the probe. Sushant passed away on 14 June at his residence in Mumbai. The actor was 34.

(Inputs: Mumbai Mirror and ANI)

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