âœWho doesnât admire Dhoni?â – Bhumika Chawla
How did MS Dhoni: The Untold Story come your way?
I got a call from the film’s casting director Vicky Sidnah followed by a meeting with the director, Neeraj Pandey. It was an engaging conversation. I had a gut feeling that this would be a great project. And I followed my instincts.
What kept you away from Hindi films for almost a decade?
Post Feroz Abbas Khan’s Gandhi, My Father in 2007, I kept doing Tamil and Telugu films. While I did hear scripts in Mumbai, I didn’t find anything exciting enough to grab my attention.
Do you view MS Dhoni… as the perfect comeback?
I’m happy to be a part of this movie. Whether it’s a perfect comeback or not, let the audience and the industry decide. Terms like ‘comeback’ are coined by the media. There are so many actors who have taken a break, done one film and have gone on a break again. (Laughs) We should use new terms like ‘keeps coming back’. That would keep things open-ended and flexible.
We’d like to know more about your character.
I play MS Dhoni’s sister Jayanti Gupta. She’s an integral part of Dhoni’s journey. They share a special bond. Dhoni always shared his deepest thoughts with her. If you have watched the trailer you will get a sketchy idea.
Are you wary that after this, you might get typecast in ‘sister’ roles?
No, I’m not the kind to worry about these things. Today the industry is coming up with such wonderful scripts. Priyanka Chopra played Ranveer Singh’s sister in Dil Dhadakne Do and then she played his wife in Bajirao Mastani. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played a sister’s role in Sarbjit and now she is paired opposite Ranbir Kapoor as a glamorous poetess in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. People are watching international TV shows in Netflix. This is an age of web series. Cinema too is evolving in its narrative, content and storytelling. It’s a great time for an actor to push his limits.
How was it working with Sushant Singh Rajput who’s playing Dhoni?
Sushant is a mature actor and a great team player. When you are essaying a character like Dhoni there’s a lot of responsibility. A lot of research has to go into the role. It’s easy to buckle under pressure but Sushant held forth. The ease with which he has performed is showing on screen.
Okay, what excited you about the movie?
Cricket is a way of life for us Indians. Dhoni is someone the whole country loves. People who don’t dig cricket on a regular basis are also curious about Dhoni. He’s a household name and his life story is inspiring. We spend two hours in a theatre and eventually go back to the mundane chores of our lives. But if those two hours are well spent, if inspiration comes along with entertainment… I believe one should go for it.
What’s your favourite song from the movie?
I love Besabriyaan. It’s a beautiful melody and well placed in the film. It adds to the character. When you watch the visuals you begin to relate with Dhoni’s character. You get attached to his journey.
Are you a cricket and MSD fan in real life?
I watch cricket with the family. I’m an admirer of MS Dhoni. Tell me who doesn’t admire Dhoni? He’s a hero for every Indian.
You’re still known as the Tere Naam girl…
It was a great debut and I will always cherish it. Salman Khan was patient with me despite being such a huge star. Satish Kaushikji was a mentor. It’s a great feeling to be a part of something that people remember even today.
You’re mother to a two-year old son, Yash. How has motherhood changed your life?
Life certainly changes after motherhood. You are learning every day. The smile and laughter of a child, the pure love and hugs are absolutely invaluable. Yash is the best gift of life. And this is the best role I’m playing.
Any upcoming projects?
I’m waiting for good offers. Till then the train is parked in the station and I’m enjoying my chai at home. On a serious note, unless I get something exciting I won’t do it just for the heck of it. I could have done that long back. Now there is even more reason to pick my roles carefully. They have to be good enough for me to justify my time away from my two-year-old.
Your three recent favourite Hindi movies…
Kapoor & Sons, Bajirao Mastani and Wazir.
Source: Curated From: http://www.filmfare.com
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