Mumbai: Kabir Khan has documented the fairy-tale comeback of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) last Indian Premier League (IPL) season, following a two-year suspension for spot-fixing, in the upcoming, ‘Roar of the Lion’ and the director says the series will see a ‘very personal’ side of MS Dhoni.
CSK, the Chennai franchise of the IPL, had served a two-year ban for its management’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
The Hotstar Special docu-series, directed and executive produced by Kabir, chronicles how the Dhoni-led team made a comeback, winning Indian Premier League 2018.
The director says the series is a human exploration, one beyond the obvious, to show what the phase did to the people involved.
“We know all about the broad strokes, the legal side and the uproar. We don’t know what was happening to the individuals beyond those headlines. This is a story behind the headlines. Were these headlines affecting Dhoni? Of course they were, but he never spoke about it, until now,” Kabir said.
The critically-acclaimed filmmaker said the series aims to bring out the emotional journey, which the mainstream narrative missed out.
“The controversy was hurting other players but we never heard their perspective. That’s what the USP of the show is. It’s a story we all know how it played out, but we don’t know the details and layers of the emotional journey of the protagonist,” Kabir added.
The episodic series was shot on a tight schedule of three months and involved a series of intense, honest and long discussions with Dhoni.
“Our interviews with him on tape lasted sometimes seven to eight hours. He trusted me and had the confidence that I’ll be sensitive in the way things are going to be portrayed. He was ready to bare his soul,” he said.
“You’ve never seen Dhoni speak like this. He has always been silent about these matters. You’ll see Dhoni in a very personal, emotional way on this series,” concluded Kabir.
‘Roar of the Lion’ starts streaming on Hotstar from March 20.