A biopic on Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life will hit the theatres in 2015, according to the Hindustan Times.
The film will be directed by Neeraj Pandey, the director of ‘A Wednesday’, and it has been reported that Sushant Singh Rajput will be cast as Dhoni in the film.
“Dhoni has already given his go ahead to the film,” an insider revealed. “Even as Sushant is shooting for Dibakar’s [Banerjee] film, he is studying Dhoni’s mannerisms as much as possible through his interviews and match clippings. In fact, he has also visited Ranchi [Dhoni’s hometown] and interacted with the locals as part of his preparation.”
The biopic will cover Dhoni’s journey throughout his career and personal life, which will include his wife Sakshi. “They are considering Deepika Padukone or Shraddha Kapoor to play Sakshi,” the insider added.
Even though the release date of the film is not yet confirmed, it is most likely to be screened in early 2015.
“He has to transform his body before filming. Since he also has to wrap up Dibakar’s and Shekhar Kapur’s films, which require different physiques, it’ll take some time for the biopic to get started,” the insider concluded.
It is being suggested that both Dhoni and Sushant have already met at a five-star hotel in Bandra, Mumbai, to discuss about the movie.
“We don’t know the reason, but we had seen the two of them together right before Dhoni left for the New Zealand series,” a hotel staff said.
A budget of Rs 95 crore is said to be allotted for film production, and it will be shot in Dhoni’s native Jharkhand along with other locations such as Durban, London, and many more.