Production house Fox Star studios and Bollywood director Neeraj Pandey have announced that in a fitting tribute to arguably India’s greatest cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, their upcoming biopic on him, “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” would be open for advance booking only a minute before the start of the first day first show of the movie.
“We know we’re likely taking a big risk here. But it dawned upon me quite late, that after having done as much as a full-fledged movie on the man, we might as well go an extra mile ahead by giving him this tribute. We’ve spoken to all theatre owners as well as BookMyShow and they were more than glad to comply with our request. So for all the first day 10 am shows throughout the country, ticketing at the counters as well as online, will begin only at 9:59 am. I was wondering why I never got this idea until now, when there’s just a month left for the release, but then it struck me – planting the idea in my head at the fag end is probably God’s own way of paying tribute to the legend,” director Pandey told The UnReal Times.
When asked to comment on rumors that hero Sushant Singh Rajput would, in fact, not appear on screen until the last minute of the movie, a smiling Pandey said, “Well, we can neither confirm nor deny that.” The Baby and Special-26 director also laughed off concerns that the movie might not open to high collections upon release due to the sudden tribute development. “I’m pretty confident that even if we don’t hit 100 crore by 10:01 am, we’ll definitely hit the mark by 11:59 pm on the first day. Even if God isn’t with us now, I’m sure he’ll be with us by then,” he smiled.
With promotions for the movie not expected to go in full swing until the release day, former sportsman and Yuvraj Singh’s father, Yograj Singh has announced that he will be releasing his own book with the same title, on the same day. Commenting on the production house, Yograj thundered, “We are working on the same thing – the untold story of MS Dhoni, the only difference being that their version is borderline fictitious, while mine will be as authentic as my hatred for the #%@$%@%!” Yograj also added that he eagerly expects the book to be launched by Indian swashbuckling opening legend Virender Sehwag.
Editor: Just about a minute before publishing this article, our sources told us that the biopic might, in fact, see a whole new scene being added to it a day before the release. According to sources, lead actor Sushant is busy shooting for the scene based on Dhoni’s legendary press conference, wherein he calls a reporter who asked him about retirement and has a chat with him.