Sushant: Dhoni Was Very Comfortable Opening About His Love Life To Us

SpotboyE.com catches up with the cast a day before the film hits the silver screen

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Sushant: Dhoni Was Very Comfortable Opening About His Love Life To Us
A day before Neeraj Pandey’s directorial venture M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story hits the theatre we caught up with the cast of the film for a freewheeling chat.

Carrying a huge responsibility on his shoulder of playing the most loved cricketer of India-MS Dhoni’s character onscreen, Sushant looked confident as he spoke. Read our full interview with Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, and Disha Patani to know about their journey through this film and more.

Sushant, you’re playing the role of someone who is worshipped in India. MS Dhoni is a huge name. Are you nervous since it is a big responsibility?
Sushant: I am a bit nervous now because the release is right here. But it is more of an excitement than nervousness. For the longest time, I have been Dhoni’s fan and the most important thing is that I always wanted to understand how he thinks. That was a big question in my mind past 10-12 years. And now to get the first hand experience of understanding that is something which is exciting beyond words..

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Sushant, for almost two years you just focused on him. So, what kind of research went behind this role?
Sushant: One of the most important things for an actor is to convince himself that he is actually the character he is playing on-screen.
Now if you’re extremely talented you can do that in a month but it took me 1.5 years as I had to inculcate few skills which required me to give a certain amount of time. So 360 degrees – I was looking at him, listening to him or behaving like him and that’s how I spent my last two years.

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How did Dhoni help you in this process? Did he come on the sets and tell you what to do?
Sushant: No, he didn’t come on the sets or during the training days but on and off whenever he was free he was more than welcoming. I used to ask him many questions. So much so that after a point, he became the ‘not-so cool’ captain.

(Disha: He didn’t want to see you after that)
Sushant: Very honestly, genuinely and patiently he answered all my questions.

Disha, how did the movie come together? Was it difficult playing Dhoni’s ex-girlfriend?
Disha: The credit goes to Neeraj sir for giving me a chance to play this role. The character is very special and very close to my heart as I play someone who stirred so many emotions in Dhoni. The whole journey has been very exciting and this part especially was very challenging because a lot of people were watching me. I had to make it look so convincing that people believe that there is a girl called Priyanka who actually loved Dhoni so much that his life changed in some or the other way.

Neeraj sir made everything very easy, he had a clear idea of what he wants and he also gave me the space to experiment with the character. So, whatever he told me and taught me, I followed his instructions and I added some part of mine to make it more real.

Kiara, you made your debut with Fugly and it’s been a while since we saw you on the screen. What kept you away from the spotlight?
Kiara: I think just being patient. It is said that you don’t choose your first film, the film chooses you and then when you go ahead with your second film, you start laying the foundation of your career. I was being patient and I think patience really paid off.

Sushant, a film like this can be a risky affair. Did you face dark days when you thought you can’t pull it off?
Sushant: Yes. Felt like this each day while I was preparing for the role. It takes a lifetime to understand yourself and here I had to understand a different person altogether.

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Since I am also a big fan of Dhoni, it was very hard for me as an actor to convince myself that I am Dhoni. Every day I was figuring out something, but then you just have to make sure before the first day and the first shot of the shoot that you’re fully prepared.

How was your first meeting with MS Dhoni?
First meeting happened long back. In 2006, India was playing a match against Pakistan in Mohali and I was in Delhi. My brother-in law, who is in the police department, helped me click a picture with Dhoni.

Did you ever imagine that time that you would be playing him onscreen?
That time I didn’t even think I would be an actor.

Girls, have you all met the Captain Cool?
Disha: No, I haven’t but I have met him (Sushant)
Kiara: I have met him. I watch cricket. After shooting our first schedule, I met Dhoni. When I saw him, I was shocked! Sushant picked up his traits so well, it was unbelievable! So, his two years of training really paid off!

Which playing grounds did you shoot at?
Sushant: Many! We have shot at almost all the grounds that he was playing on – for school, for the state team, for the national team. Not just the grounds, we have shot at the house he was staying in Ranchi, back in Khadakpur. Used the same bike– everything is being taken care of.

Dhoni has played many marvellous innings but if you have to single out one, which one would it be?
Sushant: It is slightly tough to choose but his first match, which I saw was when he was playing against Pakistan and he scored 140 runs. I was looking at him for the first time – he had a swag, confidence and long hair and he was hitting sixes! And then the 2011 World Cup!

Sushant, it’s a big risk that you have taken with this movie because Emraan Hashmi’s Azhar didn’t work well at the box-office. Are you confident about this one? Are you nervous people will make comparison between the two?
Sushant: It’s on them. We have tried our very best to honestly portray a very compelling story of the most popular Indian captain.

Disha, what separates Dhoni from the other cricketers?
Disha: I remember Sushant telling me that Dhoni is someone who lives in the moment. He’s not someone who’s planning for the future or thinking about some other day. He thinks about today and how he can make that very day better and this is something that makes him Captain Cool – this needs patience and it makes him special.

Kiara, how was your first meeting with Sakshi (MS Dhoni’s wife)?
Kiara: The meeting happened after we got talking on the phone. I met the entire family and my eyes just got stuck on the baby, I couldn’t look anywhere else. But, honestly, I felt like I knew Sakshi from a very long time, she’s like any other girl. The quality of being grounded in spite of being a star wife was very endearing. Portraying her was lovable. Their relationship is like any other normal couple.

Sushant, how comfortable Dhoni was opening about his love life?
Sushant: He was very comfortable. Once he decided that he will give us the right to make a film on him, I don’t remember him telling no, or it’s personal for anything. He talked about everything at length.

Disha, does it become difficult to focus on work when things are written about you and Tiger?
Disha: No, it doesn’t matter. I am only focused on my work. I am here to work; I am here to become something, to have my own identity. Such things don’t bother me. I would rather be associated with my work than such things.

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Sushant, was it difficult to act in love when you yourself were going through a rough patch in your personal life?
Sushant: That’s what we are paid for, right? We will convince you of something else that we are not! We are actors after all.

Tell us about the music of the film and which one is your personal favourite?
Kiara: Entire album is super soulful. I love Jab Tak. The way it is shot, it sums Dhoni and Sakshi’s relationship in a perfect way.
Sushant: I have 3 favourite songs for different reasons. Kaun Tujhe is the first song that was composed. I was teary eyed when I first heard it. Besabriya is a song I can relate to because it tells my story – when I was in Delhi, I was going to one place to the other because I was just chasing my dream. I was not proving a point to anybody. Jab Tak, because I was shooting in Cape Town! I just wanted to do a film where I could go out – all my films were in Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi or Mumbai – I just wanted to go somewhere! I was finally going abroad for a song, I had a blast!

Disha and Kiara, how was it working with Sushant?
Disha: He is not a tough guy. He is very sweet. You don’t even feel for once that he’s a senior actor, he made me feel so relaxed but at the same time he doesn’t tell you what to do, he gives you your space. He’s very hard working. I had to be prepared all the time.
Kiara: He is a motivating guy.

Which is your personal favourite Neeraj Pandey film?
Kiara: My favourite is Baby
Sushant: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. I am big cynic when it comes to my work.
Disha: Special 26

Why do you think the world should listen to Dhoni’s story?
Sushant: To have a good time! And then, it talks about cricket which is so popular in India. And it has a message, no matter where you are from, you can dream big and never give up!


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Hema Malini Birthday Special: 7 Iconic Films Of Bollywood's Dream Girl

Age is just a number for this gorgeous actress, who celebrates her 70th birthday today. Action, drama, dance - she has done all of it with grace and perfection. Here's taking a look at some of her iconic roles through the years

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Hema Malini Birthday Special: 7 Iconic Films Of Bollywood's Dream Girl
Hema Malini has been growing even more beautiful with age. When she began her filmy journey, it was her beauty that charmed her fans, but soon enough, people all over were talking about her brilliant performances. Starting right from the late 1960s, she slowly and steadily surpassed the other heroines of that era and by the mid-1970s she had become the numero uno. Her good looks coupled with her superb dialogue delivery and nuanced emotional performances were winning hearts everywhere.

From Raj Kapoor to Amitabh Bachachan and from Rajesh Khanna to Dharmendra, she had worked opposite every leading man of that generation. She was one of the very few actresses for whom characters specifically started being written. Her portrayals onscreen were not only loved by millions but even appreciated by the critics. She had won over hearts not only in India but even globally. Some of these performances have remained etched in our memories.  Today as the actress celebrates her 70th birthday, let's go down memory lane and have a look at 7 of her most iconic performances over the years.

Lal Patthar (1971)

Hema Malini In A Still From Lal Patthar

In Lal Patthar, there is an unforgettable scene where Hema stands menacingly next to a mounted tiger. She played Madhuri, an unlettered adivasi woman in the movie, which was directed by Sushil Majumdar. Hema invested this character with a screen presence that made her almost an elemental tigress of sorts.

Seeta Aur Geeta (1972)

Hema Malini In A Double Role In Seeta Aur Geeta

Hema took up the challenge of essaying a double role in this film. One of her best movies for sure. She essayed Seeta and Geeta - both portrayals with ease and style. Her simplicity (Seeta) garnered sympathy. Her comic timing (Geeta) was flawless.

Sholay (1975)

Hema Malini In A Still From Sholay

"Yoon ki, yeh kaun bola?" is one dialogue no Hema fan will ever forget. She played a bubbly, fiery woman in this iconic film by Ramesh Sippy. Hema is still known for her character, Basanti.

Dream Girl (1977)

Hema Malini In A Still From Dream Girl

With this film, Hema became the rising star of Bollywood. She played five different characters in the movie, which also cemented her status as Bollywood's 'Dream Girl'. She was first given the title after she starred in the Raj Kapoor film, Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), which was her debut.

Satte Pe Satta (1982)

Hema Malini In A Still From Satte Pe Satta

Hema played Indu with perfection. Not only was her comic timing great, she also showed the maturity her character demanded.

Rihaee (1988)

Hema Malini In A Still From Rihaee

Hema gave a touching performance in this Aruna Raje film. Her bold kissing scene with Vinod Khanna also became the talk of the town.

Baghban (2003)

Hema Malini In A Still From Baghban

With Baghban, Hema proved that her beauty and talent are ageless. Romance, grief, warmth -- she brought to life every aspect of her character. The film saw her paired opposite Amitabh Bachchan, with whom she has delivered many a hit.

SpotboyE wishes the super talented Hema Malini a 'Very Happy Birthday.'


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Full Review : Parched

The story is about four women - newlywed wife, widow, sex worker and a barren lady living in a village that doesn't want to progress and has purposefully maintained a conservative thinking which is falsely taken as culture and tradition.

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Full Review : Parched


Hi guys! I am back again and now I am watching Leena Yadav's Parched starring Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Leher Khan, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Adil Hussain.

The story is about four women - newlywed wife, widow, sex worker and a barren lady living in a village that doesn't want to progress and has purposefully maintained a conservative thinking which is falsely taken as culture and tradition.

A society where wife beaters are considered manly. The film started on a serious note and flowed in the same style throughout with very nicely placed candid moments. Women themselves are so mentally caged that find it tough to break away years of slavery. But then they decide to swim against the odds. Obviously they face problems, and looked at one point that they might surrender to it but they leaving their past behind, they cross the barrier.

Though the film has serious content with serious scenes but engages you. Few scenes will make you wince and that's the purpose. Radhika Apte was awesome with bruises and amicable smile. In fact all actors, including supporting cast did their job superbly well.

The film never dragged and you feel what the filmmaker wanted you to feel. The use of suggestions and metaphors are good. The hard hitting screenplay was presented rather in a understandable and non tedious way

For few it might be too dark and heavy too handle.... I give it 3 stars


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