Director Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday, Special 26, Baby) is one director who is supremely particular when it comes to casting for the characters in his films. The director has been auditioning many – for months now – for the role of Sakshi in the official biopic on the Indian cricket captain.

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And now, finally, as confirmed by Neeraj, he has chosen newbie Kiara Advani of Fugly fame to play Sakshi in the film MS Dhoni – The Untold Story, Sushant Singh Rajput plays the title role of Dhoni.

Kiara Advani
Kiara Advani

A source close to the project confirms, “It was quite challenging to find the right casting for Sakshi as people at large have seen enough of Sakshi and the comparison is very obvious. The director always wanted a young actor in the film – not someone who has done many roles and audiences have seen enough of her to form an impression or an opinion about her. He basically wanted an actor without a baggage. Kiara’s audition was just amazing. Her chemistry with Sushant during the auditions and rehearsals made her land the role. Kiara has been rehearsing non-stop to look and act the part.”

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is set to go on the floors by the end of this month.

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