‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ emerged as a winner at the box office, but it wouldn’t have been possible if not for Sushant Singh Rajput’s sublime portrayal of the Indian cricket legend. Of course, the movie is one of the highest points in the actor’s career.
The journey from a television actor to films has been difficult for Sushant but he proved that he deserves to be where he is today.
Actor Sushant Singh Rajput has hit the ball out of the boundary by delivering a superb performance playing Dhoni in the movie. The biopic on the ace Indian skipper’s inspiring life had put forth multiple challenges in front of Sushant and he proved himself as one of the finest actors of our generation by overcoming all of them.
MS Dhoni, the most loved captain of team India, has a huge fan following. In order to gain acceptance from Dhoni fans and the audience Sushant not only had to observe and adopt the mannerisms and nuances possessed by Dhoni but had to practically slip into the skin of the character to the ‘T’.
Director Neeraj Pandey’s supervision and guidance played an important role helping Sushant with his in-depth research to play his part in the film. Sushant’s portrayal of Dhoni is garnering mentions from across quarters with many fans finding it difficult to distinguish between the two personalities.
This is how various reviewers summarised Sushant’s depiction of Dhoni:
‘The actor scores a winning knock’, ‘Role of a lifetime for Sushant, and he has aced it’, ‘Sushant Singh Rajput doesn’t put a foot wrong. Literally’.
The actor has left no stone unturned to mirror Dhoni.
From multiple physical transformations to identifying with the varied phases of Dhoni’s life. The actor adopted heavy workout and training sessions to look closest to Dhoni in the movie
The intricate details, as have been rightly pointed by film critics, includes the way Sushant internalises his character and becomes MSD, without heavily mimicking the cricketer, and the finesse with which he nails the iconic helicopter shot and restrained personality.
The actor has also been lauded for wonderfully catching qualities such as drive, focus and steadfastness, all in his gait, demeanour, attitude, and gaze.
It is only Rajput’s incisive performance that keeps one believing in the character, especially as he stands in front of a mirror and self-consciously practices precisely how wide his grin needs to be. Sushant’s power packed performance has not only been celebrated by the audience but also by M.S Dhoni himself!
The actor’s depiction of Dhoni is touted to be one of the best performances of 2016.
His performance has also been scoring sixes at the box office with the film minting a whopping Rs.82.03 crore in India and witnessing an exceptional run in the international markets.
Overcoming a number of obstacles, Sushant Singh Rajput has emerged a winner by delivering a performance which has been etched in the audience’s memory.