“The journey matters more than the destination. This was the only thing Mahendra Singh Dhoni and I had in common. I felt it when I started filming the movie ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ … The late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who brought the character of a famous cricketer to life on the big screen with his strong acting, said this. Things were said during the premiere of the biopic of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It’s been five years for this, but even today, every time the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is mentioned, Sushant Singh Rajput is reminded of it. The late actor played the character of MS Dhoni in this film directed by Neeraj Pandey.
The movie MS Dhoni was released in theaters on September 30, 2016. At that time, Sushant Singh Rajput’s career was going at a very slow pace, but after the release of this movie, her chart of success increased rapidly. He has acted in such a way that people forgot about Mahendra Singh Dhoni and became convinced of Sushant Singh Rajput. It happened for the first time that the actor got such popularity in a biopic. Alam was that Dhoni himself got upset because after Googling his name, the image of Sushant Singh Rajput started to appear in his place. Along with Sushant Singh Rajput in the film, many veteran actors, including Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, and Bhumika Chawla, were in the leading roles.
Let’s know, 5 lesser known facts from the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story …
The movie ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ turned five years old today. (Photo credits: Hotstar)
1. Sushant Singh Rajput
When the conversation began about making the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the biggest challenge filmmakers faced at the time was which artist should be cast as Dhoni. Everyone knows that Dhoni is a resident of Jharkhand. An actor was needed who could cultivate his speech, behavior and thinking, who could act fluently in his character. In such a situation, the director of the film, Neeraj Pandey, got the idea from Sushant Singh Rajput. He felt that he could be the perfect choice for this character. Because Sushant has the same background as Dhoni. The successful journey of both is also almost the same. After Sushant’s name was discussed with Dhoni, he immediately agreed. After this, Sushant was selected for the role of Dhoni.
2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni)
As it often happens that the person whose biopic is made, if he is alive, then his participation in the script of the film is still very high. But this did not happen during the filming of the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. The content needed for the story and script of this film was compiled by the research team for the film itself. The characters were elaborated in their own way according to the need of the film. There was no involvement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in this. After the release of the film, some people had said that Dhoni had deliberately not included his brother’s character, while he did not, the filmmakers had prepared the entire script according to their own. Dhoni showed himself only after the final. This was done so that the script could be prepared according to the need and demand of the film.
3. Anupam Kher
Veteran actor Anupam Kher plays Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s father in the film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. The actor shaved his mustache after a long time for this movie. Anupam Kher, who has made more than 500 films, has been seen without a mustache in very few films. On this, he himself said: “After many years, my mustache was shaved for my character in the Neeraj Pandey biopic, MS Dhoni. I am very moved by this character.” Let’s just say that like Anupam Kher, actors Anil Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, and Jackie Shroff have also been seen without a mustache in very few movies.
4. Helicopter shot
Cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni is known around the world for his helicopter shooting. Dhoni’s close friend Santosh taught him this shot. Santosh used to make this shot when Dhoni was playing a game with friends. Dhoni was very impressed with this shot. He asked Santosh to show him this shot. Later, in international cricket, helicopter shooting became synonymous with the Dhoni name. It would also be filmed in the movie MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. But it seemed difficult to hit a natural shot like Dhoni. In such a situation, the creators thought of using VFX, but Sushant said that he would like to play it himself. After a few days of practice, when he got to the shoot, he shot a helicopter like Dhoni. Everyone was surprised to see this. Dhoni himself also praised it.
5. Film budget and Dhoni fees
The film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was jointly produced by producer Arun Pandey and Fox Star Studios. The total budget for this film was kept at Rs 80 million. In this, Mahendra Singh Dhoni took his fee of about 45 million rupees. While Sushant Singh Rajput, who played his character, got only Rs 2 crore. Not only this, when the creators asked BCCI to use the actual footage of the cricket matches in the film, they made a claim of 15 million rupees. After this, the filmmakers refused to pay that much money. In a way, it took very little money to make the movie. The film grossed 216 million rupees.