Actor Kiara Advani is gung ho about playing MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni on-screen in the cricketer’s soon-to-be-released biopic starring Sushant Singh Rajput as the lead. While millions wait with a baited breath to see Dhoni’s love story unfold on silver screen, there are lot of bets being placed on Advani.
Talking of research that went behind preparing for the role, the 23-year-old actor says, “I read a lot of interviews of MSD talking about Sakshi, saw photos of her at the matches and partying with friends. (Also) Sushant shared some voice tapes of Sakshi talking about her relationship with MS and how they met. Once I heard those, I already was half way there.”
Kiara was in awe of Sakshi after they spoke over the phone. “She (Sakshi) was so approachable and grounded. I felt like I knew this girl from before. She was like any other young girl in her 20s, totally unfazed by all the hype that surrounds her. I wanted to connect with her, understand her, how she thought, felt and bring out those traits in my character,” says the actor.
Though the script was already given to her, the actor made Sakshi elaborate more on her life and relationship and get a better perspective. “Amid all this, we ended up chatting about everything under the sun. It was like talking to a friend. At no point did I have to worry about how to talk and what to ask, and I wasn’t taking any notes either,” she laughs.
Recounting trivia from their conversation, Kiara shares, “Sakshi mentioned that she and Dhoni both love music but they have very contrasting taste. Sakshi loves everything from house to hip hop whereas MSD likes old Hindi songs of Kishore Kumar.”
It was only in December last year that Kiara bumped into Sakshi Dhoni for the first time at a party in Mumbai. “She was with her daughter, so honestly, my eyes just went on the baby. But I could feel an instant mirror effect and that’s when I realised why I have been chosen for this role,” recalls the actor adding,“(Also) I was not star-struck meeting MS Dhoni but I was totally awestruck by her.”
Whatever we see of Sakshi on the Internet today is very recent but the film goes back to the time when she wasn’t exposed to media and wasn’t a public figure. In spite of this, one wonders how the makers managed to bring out her real image on screen. “A lot of help was given to us by Sakshi herself. She sent pictures of her from college days and of the time when she met Dhoni. Through these photos and with the stylist, we managed to keep it as authentic as we can,” reveals the actor.
Stating that Sakshi has no airs about being the wife of Team India’s Captain, she adds, “Since she’s so grounded, the responsibility doesn’t seem like an added effort that she has to make. She doesn’t seem to be trying to portray anything. They are like any other normal wonderful couple and that’s what makes them so relatable and people want to know about their journey.”