MS Dhoni biopic producer says he’s not a fan of the cricketer

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Pandey: I wouldn’t have been able to direct film in an unbiased fashion  if I was his fan.

Neeraj Pandey, who directed M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story biopic confesses he is not fan of cricketer Dhoni.

Neeraj said in an interview, “I am not a fan of Dhoni. I like AB De Villers and Sachin Tendulkar. But I am not a fan of these players as well. Dhoni also knows that I am not his fan.”

Explaining his reasons for not being a fan, Neeraj said, “To put things in perspective, had I been a fan of Dhoni, I wouldn’t have been able to direct the movie in an unbiased fashion. Because I am not a fan, I could remain objective.”

The director who chose Sushant Singh Rajput to play Dhoni was all praise for the actor.

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“Sushant was always my first choice. He comes from the same place as that of Dhoni. So he understands the dialect well. He is a keen observer of the game of cricket and above all, he is a brilliant actor.”

The film explores the life of Dhoni during his struggling days, before he bacame the captain of the Indian cricket team and the film has been shot at real locations connected to the cricketer’s real life.

For Neeraj directing a biopic was no different from all the other genres he has successfully tried his hand at till now. “Genres are not challenging to me. Stories and telling that story in the best possible manner is what I focus on.”

While the biopic will also see other popular cricketers apart from Dhoni, Neeraj refused to reveal the names and suggested that one should wait for the movie to find out.

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Neeraj also dismissed talks of the film taking digs at Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman and suggested one shouldn’t draw conclusions based on what one thinks the trailer possibly indicates. – CINEWS

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