Shekhar Kapur’s project ‘Paani’ is finally proceeding. The director has signed the-much-in-demand Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead, and Hrithik Roshan is no longer a part of this venture. Here’s what Shekhar had to say about this- “Years ago, as I sat down to write ‘Paani’, I had one image in mind to play the male lead. Hrithik Roshan. As the years passed, the script kept evolving. And Hrithik changed too. He went from being a young man uncertain of himself, a young man looking for his identity in this world, with no understanding of the power, the rebellion inside him that would change his life.”

sushant singh rajput in shekhar kapoor's paani

The director showered many praises on Sushant- “Sushant Singh Rajput is one of the most inspiring young actors to emerge out of India. It’s going to be an exciting director-actor collaboration with him on ‘Paani’.” As for the actor, he’s indeed having a dream run for a new-comer. With Kai Po Che and Shuddh Desi Romance tagged ‘hits’, the actor has an impressive portfolio with projects spanning from Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay to Dibaker Banerjee’s Byomkesh Bakshi.

Produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Raj Films, Paani is a futuristic story where international corps shall employ thirst as a ‘weapon of control’ that’ll result in wars. A western actress shall be paired opposite Sushant. The music of the film is helmed by Oscar-award winning A R Rehman, and the film hits floor mid-2014.