Among all the rumoured Bollywood news of the films that Sushant Singh Rajput was supposed to be a part of, the only one that can be truly confirmed is Romeo Akbar Walter as it came straight from the horse’s mouth. Announcing that he had quite the film, Sushant had said in an official media release, “Unfortunately, I will not be part of Romeo Akbar Walter due to changes in my prior commitments. I wanted to be part of the project because I love the story, and believe it must be told, but, that will not happen.”
And Sushant Singh Rajput’s statement was also corroborated by producer Ajay Kapoor who had earlier told DNA, “Nothing went wrong except that the dates Sushant had given us were clashing with another film so we decided to part ways amicably. Obviously one feels bad as we had finished most of the prep and were ready to roll. But everything is sorted now, Sushant is like a brother.”
In fact, a source close to the project had also told Mid-Day, “The script (of RAW) is powerful, and could have been be a turning point in Sushant’s career. He requested Ajay to give him time to sort out the schedule conflict. Sushant wanted to shoot for his films over 15-day schedules, but, Ajay felt it would affect the continuity. He wanted two 30-day schedules to complete Romeo, but that wasn’t possible for the actor.”
Expressing shock over SSR’s exit, RAW’s other producer, Bunty Wali, had said to Mumbai Mirror back then, “We had signed Sushant in February and had his dates too. His sudden exit came as a shock to us, in particular to Robbie (Director Robbie Grewal), given that he had given his nod right away.”
And that’s when John Abrahm had stepped into Sushant’s role, with the film eventually turning out to be moderately successful at the box office. Well, thank god everything is clear on that front so that another controversy and conspiracy theory can be avoided.