One-film-old Kiara Advani has reportedly been cast as Sakshi Dhoni, wife of cricketer M S Dhoni, opposite actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the work-in-progress biopic. (Also Read: Kiara Advani Wants to do Romantic Films)
Bombay Times reports that 23-year-old Kiara is to play the female lead in the Neeraj Pandey-directed M S Dhoni: The Untold Story. Kiara's only film so far is 2014's less than impressive Fugly.
The part of Sakshi has reportedly been months in casting, with several actresses being auditioned. Bombay Times quotes a source as saying, "It was quite challenging to find the right girl to play Sakshi as people at large have seen her quite frequently on television and in person, so they would tend to compare. Neeraj was clear that he wanted a young actress in this biopic. He didn't wish to cast a leading lady who has done many roles because he didn't want the audience to have a preconceived notion or form an impression about her. He basically wanted an actor without baggage."
Kiara's cast mates will include, apart from Sushant as MSD, John Abraham as Yuvraj Singh, Fawad Khan as Virat Kohli and Ram Charan Teja as Suresh Raina.
Production on the film has been delayed with shooting yet to begin, even though Sushant has been prepping for his role for several months.