Mumbai, Jan. 20 -- Playing a fictional character on screen must be relatively easier for an actor as there are no set behaviours to follow and there's scope to experiment with the portrayal. But when you are playing someone in a biopic, where you need to get into the skin of a person, doing the homework in terms of learning the mannerisms, getting the right physique, look, accent and body language are quintessential to make the character look authentic.
Sushant Singh Rajput, who will play the role of the current captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in his next, is working hard to learn the nuances about the latter. Apart from growing his hair (Dhoni used to have long hair in the early years of his career), he is apparently spending hours on the cricket pitch to perfect Dhoni's batting style and learn his signature shots (the helicopter shot hot is the skipper's trademark ark shot).
"Just a few days ago, he hurt his ribs while attempt a shot that Dhoni is known for," says a source close to the actor. Also, Emraan Hashmi, who will be portraying former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mohammed Azahruddin, is also working hard for the character. He has met the cricketer several times to practise the sport under supervision. "The film is being made with a lot of preproduction research. I have been meeting Azhar quite often. It will take me more than a month to prepare for the role," Emraan told HT Cafe in an earlier interview.