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‘Difficult to read Dhoni’s mind’

Sushant Singh Rajput who plays Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the upcoming movie, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story , says he found it difficult to understand what goes on in Dhoni’s head.

 MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, releases on September 30.

Rajput said, “More than his cricketing skill, it is difficult to understand him as a person. The hardest part was to understand how he is calm from the outside, but there are so many things going on in his head. What is his thought process like? His mindset?” The actor said that before playing a fictional or real character, “the most important part is to convince yourself that you are the character.” He says, “If you have such a strong thought process like Dhoni, then regardless of where you come from, you will make it in life.”

On preparing for the role he says, “I spent hours watching M.S., talking to him, knowing him. Then I sat with Neeraj [Pandey, director] sir. I hope M.S. likes it and everybody gets to know the real story.”

Rajput says his cricketing skills have now improved. “For the past two years, while preparing for the movie, I trained under Kiran More, an Indian ex-wicketkeeper. My abilities have improved so much that I can play good shots in a Ranji match. I was inclined towards cricket since childhood. Now, I can pull off the helicopter shot. — PTI

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