'We wanted to talk about actors who don't have godfathers'
Gupta told The Indian Express that while Sushant's demise came as a shock to everyone, many actors in the past have suffered from a similar fate.
"Many (actors) take this route, and some keep struggling all their lives. So, we wanted to tell a story of how actors from small towns who don't have godfathers in Bollywood struggle," he told the publication.
Gupta, however, clarified that it is not a biopic on Sushant, but is inspired by his life and work.
He said that they will be talking to many other actors who are considered "outsiders" in the film industry, adding that they would work with a "rising star" and star kids would not be a part of the project.
Sushant was found dead at his Mumbai home on Sunday. He was 34. He had been battling depression for the past few months.
His demise has re-ignited discussions around nepotism and bullying in the film industry. Further, there has been speculation that Sushant faced a boycott from some production companies and he lost some of his films to other stars.