Post his performance at IIFA, Sushant Singh Rajput will head to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of his prep for Viki Rajani’s Chanda Mama Door Ke, India’s first space odyssey.
Created to oversee US space exploration and aeronautics research, NASA is a US government agency, responsible for science and technology related to air and space. Sushant will train at the centre from July 21 to July 24.
Directed by Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, Chanda Mama Door Ke, is based on a team of astronauts whose mission brings the country together.
A source says, “As part of his preparation for the space adventure, Sushant will undergo training in the spacesuit (designed by John Palmer), practicing the moonwalk, experiencing zero gravity, docking the shuttle to the ISS, flying a space shuttle simulator and training in other simulations programmes at NASA.”
The source adds, “The actor has been going all out to get under the skin of his character and has impressed the makers with his dedication and enthusiasm.”
Says director Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan, “Sushant is extremely dedicated and goes above and beyond as an actor. His relentless efforts to hone his craft and vigorous dedication is very rare. Filming a space odyssey is a challenge in itself. Sushant is just making it easier for me.”
Given that the film is one of the most anticipated 2018 releases, with other names like R Madhavan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui on board, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the film’s leading lady, with several names being thrown around.
However, the makers are yet to make a formal announcement. Adds producer Viki Rajani, “The casting for the film is still underway and an official announcement of the female lead will be made soon. The film will go on floors in September. An extensive international team will be working on the film and we are fully charged up.”
Sushant’s last film Rabtaa couldn’t do good business at the box-office, despite his pairing with Kriti Sanon. The actor will also be part of Abhihshek Kapoor’s next Kedarnath.