While it’s nearly unimaginable to gauge what goes within the thoughts of the enigma that Dhoni is, Sushant left no stone unturned to do justice to his character.
Whether it was spending 9 months with former India wicket-keeper Kiran More to study the tips of commerce or tirelessly making an attempt Dhoni’s trademark helicopter, Sushant gave his all and ultimately, his on-screen efficiency was effectively accepted by the Indian captain’s legion of followers.
“He was very concerned during the making of the movie about whether he would be able to live Dhoni’s life on the big screen. He was under a lot of pressure before the movie release (in 2016),” Pandey instructed PTI.
“He used to say it often to me that ‘I hope I am able to deliver, else Mahi’s millions of fans will not forgive me ever’. But the hard worker that he was, I was sure that he would do a fine job and he did,” Pandey, who’s but to return to phrases with Sushant’s surprising demise, mentioned.
Sushant spent months with the cult cricketer to prep for his position and Pandey mentioned the actor’s penchant for element helped him immensely in enjoying Dhoni in reel life.
“One day he was practising the helicopter shot and he suffered a strain. We thought he would take some rest and come back after a while but he said “there shouldn’t be a delay due to me” and was back practising that shot in a week’s time,” recalled Pandey.
Such was his dedication that by the top of the film shoot, Sushant turned greater than an honest cricketer, one thing Dhoni additionally acknowledged.
“He used to ask a lot of questions to Mahi, the little things that make the difference. The fact they both had a Bihar connection also helped them develop a bond,” mentioned Pandey.
Pandey would always remember the time when he and Dhoni re-lived their cricketing days by way of Sushant. Dhoni, who used to play for Air India, stayed in Delhi for a major interval.
“I all the time cherish the time when Mahi and I took Sushant to his Air India Colony home in Delhi. He went with us as Mahi recollected his previous days and issues like the place he used to sit down and eat, Sushant would do the identical to really feel the character.
“There was a spot in the home the place Mahi used to lie down on the bottom and Sushant did that too. He all the time felt very fortunate to be enjoying Dhoni’s character.”
Now that he’s gone too quickly, Pandey mentioned the slight risk of a sequel to Dhoni’s biopic goes out of the window.
“There have been no plans for a sequel and with him not being us, I do not suppose it’s even a risk. The information of him passing away is unbelievable. I by no means anticipated him to do one thing like this, he was so energetic. Before the lockdown, we had a gymnasium session collectively and we have been in common contact.
“But this can happen with anyone and just shows why it is very important to not lose your old self when you reach the top,” added Pandey.
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