Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, who trained Sushant Singh Rajput for the role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the latter’s blockbuster biopic titled MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, said an “unbelievable journey” has been cut short by the young actor’s shocking death.
Rajput allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his Mumbai residence on Sunday morning, the police said. He was 34. “Shock and disbelief are the two words I can remember. When you work closely with such a young talent, the question you will always ask is why? Why he has taken this step?” More told PTI.
It is a shocking moment for me personally, @itsSSR was someone whom I trained for the role as @msdhoni. I don’t know how I or anyone who knows him will be able to recover from this shock, gone too soon my friend #SushantSinghRajput #RIPSushant
— Kiran More (@JockMore) June 14, 2020
“We lost a lovely kid, a hardworking, educated and successful person.” More recalled the time he spent with Rajput while preparing the Patna-born actor for Dhoni’s role in the 2016 blockbuster. “He was really involved, he used to train just like a cricketer. He practised regularly for nine months for the role. He mastered Dhoni’s helicopter shot,” the 57-year-old former national selection committee chairman said.
“Wicket-keeping is a completely different ball game. He got hit many times in his hands, arms, thighs but by the end he was absolutely ready to play.
“It was an unbelievable journey cut short,” More said.
More stressed on the importance of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Mentally we have to be strong, especially the way things are going currently. We need to keep good connection with our family and friends,” More said.
“It is especially very important for people who are staying alone. We need to keep ourselves engaged in something what we love to do,” the diminutive former India stumper added.
(With HT inputs)
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