Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is applauded by the world for his cricketing skills and trademark ‘helicopter shot’, is equally brilliant with his acting chops, says Sushant Singh Rajput. Sushant plays the role of the Indian skipper in the upcoming biopic, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
The Kai Po Che! star says he realised that Dhoni is a “very good” actor when the duo were shooting for an ad film together regarding the movie. “He (Dhoni) is a very good actor. If you watch one of the videos we did, where he is asking me what’s there in the film, the scripted lines were just five-six. I came up with some lines, just like that and he reacted on them. Then I reacted, then he did. So he is a very good actor”, Sushant said in an interview.
To slip into the role of Dhoni and to successfully portray it on screen, however, was a task, which Sushant realised early on in the film. The actor, for whom the happiest moment was “signing the contract” of the movie, had to be careful to imbibe minute details of the cricketer which have made him iconic over the years.
“Normally when we do fictional characters, we don’t have a reference point. But when you’re playing Dhoni, you have a reference point. Body language, mannerism or may be playing style,” Sushant said.”I had to take care of that too. Because very quickly I realised that I could be very good in the film as an actor, but I could still not be convincing if I don’t remind you of him. Those were the things which we took care of, so that there is no jerk,” he said. The preparation for the film, Sushant said, was in three different stages. The script, to understand the importance of the story, mannerisms and diction, and lastly cultivating the skill of cricket.
Now that the film is up for release, the actor is confident of a “well made movie” and insists the motive in storytelling is not to over-dramatise any situation.
“In the film, we don’t glorify anything, or over-dramatise anything. We don’t want to hide anything,” he said. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, also starring Kiara Advani and Disha Patani, is scheduled to release on September 30.