‘M S Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is arguably the most anticipated new film in Bollywood this year – seeing as it combines India’s two great obsessions, cricket and cinema.
But according to acclaimed actor Sushan Singh Rajput – who plays the title role of the living legend Dhoni and who bears an uncanny resemblance to the cricketer – the film is even more and taps into a part of India that has made itself evidence in recent years: that of the young, thrusting, hard-working and aspirational India.
“We are punctuating the belief Dhoni had in himself. There was not even an iota of doubt that if this thing doesn’t happen, then there is a plan B. One should not dream or work to achieve something to get a high status in society”, Rajput says.
“You work for your dream because that’s the only thing that drives you. That’s the only thing that keeps you awake for that extra five minutes and wakes you up five minutes early in the morning,” he adds.
The actor also shared that through the film they were not glorifying Dhoni the cricketer and have shown all the important instances of his life exactly the way they happened.
“We are not trying to glorify Dhoni. We are not over-glamourising anything. Right from his birth to the 2011 World cup six that he hit, we are showing everything”, Rajput says.
The actor – renowned for really getting his teeth into his roles – also addressed the uncanny resemblance between him and the cricketer in the visuals of the film released so far. He said that it was as much down to mimicry as it was the duo’s similar personalities.
“I stay in the present, I don’t really plan things. For me the journey is very important and not the achievement. As an actor the most important thing I did to become Mahendra Singh Dhoni was to convince myself that I am the character”, he said.
“For last 12 years I have been a big fan of Dhoni and that was tricky, so the bottom line was complete immersion. I used to watch his videos for hours and hours and subconsciously adapt few of his nuances”.
‘M S Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is in cinemas 30 September.