Sushant Singh Rajput, currently basking in the wah-wahs for his performance as a cricketing coach in Kai Po Che modelled his character and his performance on his sister Mitu Singh, a state-level cricket player. Says Sushant, “I haven’t told this to anyone. But it was my sister who inspired my character. I’ve played a male version of Mitu didi. She was a state-level cricketer and as hot-headed and impulsive as my character Ishaan.”
The minute Sushant read the script he knew it was his sister he would model his character on. Says the actor, “I couldn’t dream of playing any other character.
I could immediately identify with Ishaan’s passion for cricket, his constant struggle to make himself understood by family friends and society and his struggle to understand himself. It was my sister Mitu I was looking at in the script.”
Ishaan kept the reference/source for his character a secret from the entire team. “The first person I wanted to know about my role-model was my sister. On Friday evening she went to see Kai Po Che. I told her to spot herself in the film. And she did. When didi told me, ‘Arrey, tune toh mujhe daal diya apne kirdaar mein,’ it was my moment of greatest victory.” says Sushant emotionally.