Sushant Singh Rajput says the upcoming biopic on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is not just a depiction of the cricketer's life story but also an inspiring tale of hardwork and success.
While the film portrays the Indian cricket team's hardwork, it also speaks volumes on the amount of work put in by the actor to get the portrayal of the Indian cricket team captain right.
The actor says that the director Neeraj Pandey chose him for Dhoni's role in 20 minutes and after that he lived his life just being Dhoni.
"As an actor the most important thing I did to become Mahendra Singh Dhoni was to convince myself that I am the character. 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."
According to a report in The Times of India, Sushant went through 1,000 hours of footage observing Dhoni on and off field.
Sushant may be seen promoting the film with Dhoni now but the actor said he never got trained by the cricketer while prepping for the movie.
"Dhoni never taught me his cricketing style or his mannerism. There were only three instances when I met him. The first time I met him I was just talking to him about how he feels about his own story. Then I met him to ask 250 hypothetical questions about how he would react to some situations."
"It was just to understand him better and the third time I spoke about the instances mentioned in the script."
The actor trained with former Indian cricketer Kiran More, who he said was a tough task master.
"I trained with Kiran More sir for 13 months and he is a tough task master, he treats you like a professional cricketer and not an actor."
A film on MS Dhoni cannot be complete without his iconic helicopter shot and Sushant had to learn to perfect that as well.
Speaking to DNA, the Kai Po Che actor said, “That (helicopter shot) had to be there and I knew that from the day I signed the film. But thankfully, I picked it up really quickly. Because I had seen him do it so many times already. Then I played some 10-12 good helicopter shots in the year, but after I returned home, my ribs started hurting. This was in the sixth or seventh month of my entire training course when I got a hairline crack. All the other shots are about the timing and angle of the bat. But the helicopter shot is when the ball is pitching very close to your left foot.”
Sushant finally had to look like the stylish actor and for this he had to work on his body. The same report reveals that the actor had to follow a strict diet to get a fit body like Dhoni. The cricketer's much-talked about hairstyles were managed by the stylists.
Watch the video here to see how Sushant transformed into Dhoni:
With inputs from PTI