Yuvraj look-alike Herry Tangri to essay the cricketer in M.S. Dhoni biopic

The makers of biopic ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ have roped in Herry Tangri to essay the role of cricketer Yuvraj Singh in the Neeraj Pandey directorial. The Punjabi actor will essay both the younger and mature version of Yuvraj in the film.

The actor who is popular for his roles in ‘LSD: Love Sex Aur Dhokha’, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ and ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’, holds a striking resemblance to the team India all rounder, which landed him the role.

"The film's casting director, Vicky Sidana, introduced me to Neeraj sir in October. He had seen me in the unreleased film ‘Bhaangarh’ and was so impressed, he didn't even take my audition," Herry told Mumbai Mirror.

The actor added that due to his resemblance to Yuvraj Singh, he is often mistaken as the 33-year-old cricketer who recently got engaged. Recalling an incident, he said when he was in Rajasthan,  a group of kids approached him for an autograph, mistaking him for Yuvraj and he quietly obliged.

Even the cricketer’s father Yograj Singh had noticed the similarity with his son when they met ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ success bash.

Herry has already shot for the film as the younger Yuvraj, in Jamshedpur. "It was for a state-level under-19 match which Yuvi played against Dhoni in 1999. The match was never aired but the selectors were watching the match closely so it's really important in the film," he revealed.

Although Herry too has played cricket for a long time, it was tough for him to essay Yuvraj’s role. "I played cricket till the district level but I am a right hand batsman and Yuvi is a lefty. My coach, Mohit Chaturvedi, had to train me for a month before I got the stance right. The first few days were really difficult," the actor said.

His second schedule of shooting will begin in January when the portions of a matured version of Yuvraj will be shot. The shooting will mostly take place in Mauritius, he said.

Sushant Singh Rajput plays the role of Mahendra Singh Dhoni while Kiara Advani will be seen in the role of the cricketer’s wife Sakshi Dhoni. Veteran actor Anupam Kher will essay the role of his father Pan Singh in the biopic.

Produced by Rhiti Sports Management, Inspired Entertainment and Adarsh Telemedia, the film will be released sometime next year.

MS Dhoni: The Untold Story