‘Dada Dhoni ka helicopter shot sikha do na’: MS Dhoni’s childhood coach recalls the chat with Sushant Singh Rajput

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Keshav Banerjee, Sushant Singh Rajput (Image Source: Twitter)

Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput‘s suicide has shocked the entire country. Be it fellow actors, cricketers, politicians or ordinary citizens, everyone is stunned, and some still can’t believe that Sushant is gone.


Speaking about Sushant’s Bollywood career, then he was undoubtedly a big star with quite a few successful movies under his pocket. But most people still remember him with his performance in “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” – a biopic of former India captain Dhoni.

While preparing to portray Dhoni on the screen, Sushant interacted with many people who played a vital role in making MSD into a legendary player. One of them was Dhoni’s coach, Mr Keshav Banerjee.


In an interview with The New Indian Express, Banerjee recalled the communication he had with Sushant, terming him as a gentle and well-behaved person.

“He was such a gentle boy. He was so well behaved and I today as I watch news channels, I cannot believe it,” Banerjee said.

While reminiscing the interactions with Sushant, Banerjee revealed how the talented actor would ask him to teach the famous helicopter shot, which is also recognised as the signature shot of Dhoni.


“I remember when he came to Ranchi. We had a long chat. I was there. Mahi’s friends were there. He always used to tell me, ‘Dada Dhoni ka helicopter shot sikha do na (please teach me how to play the helicopter shot),” Banerjee added.

“He was after me, the way Mahi used to play it, what were his facial expressions. He was so focussed. Single-minded determination. That’s why it came out so well. You could not tell it was not Dhoni. Today I have only memories, and I really am in utter shock,” concluded Dhoni’s coach.

Earlier, the producer of the movie, Arun Pandey, had disclosed that Sushant had impressed Dhoni when he first tried playing the helicopter shot.


“I still remember that child-like smile on Sushant’s face when Mahi, after watching a training clip of the actor playing the helicopter shot on his phone, said in jest: ‘Are tu to bilkul photocopy kar diya, Ranji Trophy khel jaoge tum (You copied me brilliantly, and you might end up playing the Ranji Trophy),” Pandey had said.

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