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. If you’re listening, you’re an 80 per cent actor,” said Sushant.
The 30-year-old actor believes if the cricketer ever decides to turn his way to Bollywood, other actors might have to think of an alternate career. “Well if he decides to be an actor then we need to think of Plan B, because he is very good at whatever he decides (to do),” Sushant said.
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.