The much-awaited biopic of Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be released tax-free in his home state Jharkhand. The Jharkhand government on Saturday declared that the movie “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” will hit screens on September 30 tax-free.
“The Jharkhand government yesterday waived entertainment tax for the biopic on Dhoni, to be released on September 30”, an official said.
“Dhoni was born in Ranchi and that is where his journey began. We are extremely thrilled and thankful to the Jharkhand government, who are welcoming the film on Dhoni’s life with such open arms,” Vijay Singh, CEO of Fox Star Studios (producer) said.
The movie in which Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput plays the character of Dhoni is directed by Neeraj Pandey. The biopic is all about his journey from a railway employee to the captain of India’s national cricket team.
Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Anupam Kher, Bhumika Chawla and others have acted in the film.
Bollywood actor Ashrut Jain reaches in an important role in the movie as Shabbir Hussain, who was the school captain of Dhoni. To play the character, Ashrut had met with Hussain and Dhoni and had tried to own the mannerism of the man he is going to play on screen.
“I met our captain ‘Mahi’ on the sets of the film where he told us to ‘enjoy the game.’ I also met his coach KR Banerjee, who helped me enhance my footwork and told me lots of stories about Dhoni and his initial days. I signed the film as an actor and came out as a cricketer,” Ashrut told.
Meanwhile, the captain cool said that he is very excited about the movie when the release is nearing.
“I don’t feel any pressure about the movie release. I am feeling it only for promoting the movie. Well, it is for the actors and others who might feel some kind of pressure,” he said.
“It shows my childhood, playing football and then cricket. I was slightly lagging behind in cricket. Then, I went to Kharagpur. I am glad that was also there in the movie,” Dhoni said to The Hindu.
Life is all about small decisions, sometimes involving risk and luck too. I always believed in taking calculated risks, backing my knowledge and experienceMS Dhoni
“For me results are not always important. I am aware in India winning matters a lot. If I believed what I am doing is right, I never backed out for what is important is doing right things at the right time,” he said.
Dhoni also said that playing for the nation was always his inspiration. “It is the same for any sportsperson. Not everybody gets a chance to play for India. And, to represent for 15 years is something special and cherish,” he said. “Of course, one has to stay fit and focussed,” he said.