Sushant Singh

Mumbai: Sushant Singh Rajput is set to essay 12 real-life characters, including political strategist Chanakya, poet Rabindranath Tagore and former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, in a series biopic.

The yet-to-be-titled project will celebrate the Indian geniuses spanning 2,000 years – from 540 BC to 2015 AD.

All 12 biopics will be part of season one. It will be backed by Innsaei, a venture recently launched by Sushant along with his business partner Varun Mathur. Commenting on the endeavour, Mathur said, “We are excited to bring to the audience a new series presenting the most magnificent stories of India. These 12 geniuses have made a paramount contribution in forming the India that we live in today.

“Sushant has always been extremely passionate about learning new things and following the philosophies of these people, hence, he decided to bring them to life on screen.”

The series will be launched next year. Sushant is not new to biopics, having played former Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a critically acclaimed Bollywood film.

In 2016, Rajput appeared in Neeraj Pandey’s biographical sports film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, in the lead role of Indian cricketer MS Dhoni. The film was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2016. Rajput’s performance was widely praised by the critics and his portrayal of the cricketer was applauded even before the film’s release. For his performance in the film, Rajput got his first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

In 2018, Rajput will appear in Tarun Mansukhani’s action comedy Drive opposite Jacqueline Fernandez. He was to appear in a science-fiction space film, Chanda Mama Door Ke, along with R Madhavan, but the film was shelved temporarily due to budget issues. Rajput will appear in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath, opposite newcomer Sara Ali Khan, slated to release in June 2018. He will also appear in Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya opposite Bhumi Pednekar. He has also signed on to star in Mukesh Chhabra’s remake of The Fault in Our Stars.