18/08/2015 11:49 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Actress Kiara Advani Will Play Sakshi Dhoni In The Upcoming M.S. Dhoni Biopic

HuffPost Staff

Casting an actress to play the First Lady of Indian cricket cannot be an easy task, but it's definitely not impossible.

According to a Bombay Times report, director Neeraj Pandey has finally zeroed in on an actress to play Sakshi Dhoni in his upcoming biopic MS Dhoni - The Untold Story, based on Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's illustrious career. After months of auditions, Pandey has selected actress Kiara Advani to play the role of Dhoni's wife opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, who's playing 'Captain Cool' himself.

Advani, who is 23 years old, debuted last year with the poorly received drama Fugly. She is connected to the film industry in many ways. Aside from the great-granddaughter of yesteryears actor Ashok Kumar, she is also the great grand niece of Saeed Jaffrey, the niece of ex-model Shaheen Jaffrey as well as actress Juhi Chawla. When she first joined the industry, she was also reportedly supported by Salman Khan, who once dated her aunt Shaheen.

Finding the right actress to play Sakshi was apparently a challenge, according to an unnamed source, as the director was insistent on finding an "actor without baggage". "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," added the source.

Reportedly, the chemistry between her and Rajput during the audition is said to have been what made her land the role. The film will be going on floors by the end of this month.

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