It is no secret that Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput idolises former India skipper MS Dhoni – but did you know the actor admired the cricketer even before he started working on the biopic? Dhoni’s manager and co-producer of the biopic, Arun Pandey in an interview with Indian Express said that being an outsider and from a small town Sushant always looked up to Dhoni. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Anniversary: Rumoured GF Rhea Chakraborty Shares Heartfelt Note, Says 'You Made Me Believe in Love'
Pandey explained the reason why Sushant could play the role of Dhoni to perfection. Also Read - MS Dhoni Hasn't Given Enough Quality Players Like Sourav Ganguly Gave to Indian Cricket: Gautam Gambhir
“The reason he could play the role well was because even before he was part of this movie, he idolised Dhoni. He was a kind of inspiration for him. Sushant wasn’t from the industry, he too came from a small town like Dhoni. He always thought, like Dhoni, he too can do the same. He too can make it big, and he did,” he said. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput One Month Death Anniversary: Ankita Lokhande Lights up Diya in Memory of The Late Actor
Pandey also pointed out how Sushant got the small details right like that shrug of the left shoulder and the way he pulls the left shirt sleeve.
The movie was a massive hit in the box-office, raking in Rs 200 cr.
Predicting that the actor had a prosperous career ahead, Pandey revealed how Dhoni was impressed by Sushant. Pandey also recalled how Sushant trained with a side strain and how Kiran More helped the actor.
He added, “Sushant was only 34 and a prosperous career was waiting for him, I have no doubt about that. There are ups and downs in everyone’s life. Sushant used to practice under the watchful eyes of former cricketer Kiran More who taught him how to keep wickets, which was very essential to play the role of Mahi. I still remember that Sushant had a bad side strain during practice and even there was a crack in his backbone. But he was confident, worked hard in rehabilitation and recovered within a week. Even Mahi was impressed to see his dedication to work.”