Veteran Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor revealed that he took inspiration from MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli while preparing for his upcoming movie Jersey. Even as Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket back in August 2020, Kohli remains as India’s Test skipper after relinquishing T20I captaincy and subsequently getting sacked as the ODI captain.
Jersey, also featuring Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Kapur, and Geetika Mehandru is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 31. On MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, the 40-year-old Kapoor said that he was awestruck with the aura of the two Indian stalwarts.
During an interaction with Bollywood Hungama, Shahid Kapoor said, “As a batsman, there is no point in taking inspiration, because you will never be able to play as well as professional cricketers. But there is something about the presence and the personality of certain people which appeal to me.”
He further added, “And I think MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli are two batsmen who I felt have a certain aura when they walk onto the pitch.”
Shahid Kapoor lauded Kohli and Dhoni for their immense passion and dedication towards the sport.
Elaborating the same, Shahid Kapoor said, “Those were two people that I saw a little bit before playing this guy (Arjun Talwar) because I connected with them not just as cricketers, but I connected with their passion for the sport. I could feel that every minute when they are on the ground and that is very inspiring to see in any sportsperson.”
In the movie, Shahid will be portraying a role of a failed 36-year-old cricketer, who makes a comeback to the sport to fulfill is son’s wish. The film is a remake of a Telugu hit that featured Nani in the lead role. The movie was slated to release earlier this year, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to its delay.