Sushant Singh Rajput playing the character of M.S. Dhoni in the former India skipper's biopic is etched in every cricket lover's memory.
In MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, at times you forget whether it was Sushant or MSD on screen. The late actor had worked overtime with former India wicket-keeper Kiran More as well as with Dhoni's childhood coach Keshav Banerjee for the signature ‘helicopter shot'.
Rajput's death has left many in shock. Dhoni too has been deeply affected by the tragic news. The director of the film Neeraj Pandey, speaking to Xtratime, said, "Apart from calling Mahi bhai, I have also called two of his best friends Mihir Diwakar and Arun Pandey. They all seemed very upset with such a piece of terrible news. Mahi bhai was in a shock to hear the news and got shattered."
For an actor to become a cricketer is a big challenge. Then to copy MS Dhoni is equally tough as the expectation is always very high. A lot of biopics had come but none was as successful at MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
It's a well-known fact that Dhoni had spent a good amount of time with the late actor, preparing him for the role, during the filming of the biopic
“He (Sushant) put in a lot of hard work to depict the character to perfection. We are grateful to Kiran More sir as he worked with Sushant, grooming him for almost nine months. Even Mahi Bhai was spellbound to see Sushant’s dedication for his biopic,” the director added that Dhoni was key while choosing the right actor to play him.
Earlier, it was reported that Arun Pandey, a close friend and business manager of Dhoni had said that the cricketer was 'morose' after hearing the news.
Sushant, 34, passed away on June 14, 2020 at his Bandra residence.
With inputs from agencies