MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was released on September 30 and since then has been rocking the box office. The movie has already earned 200 crores in just three weekends. In the movie, Sushant Singh Rajput appears as MS Dhoni, Kiara Advani as Sakshi Dhoni, Disha Patani as MS Dhoni’s ex-girlfriend Priyanka and Anupam Kher as Paan Singh Dhoni. But there is one more prominent character in the film and also in MS Dhoni’s life — his longtime colleague and cricketer Yuvraj Singh, played by the very talented and glamorous actor Herry Tangiri, who is famous for his role of Loki Local in Love, Sex Aur Dhokha.
Awesummly team got into a candid conversation with Herry Tangiri over coffee and penned down his untold story.
Herry is in Bollywood since 2009 but only after Yuvi’s role, a lot of people are interested to know more about him and his journey. More so, how he bagged this coveted role. A lot of them don’t even know that MSD is his 10th release. The fame and popularity he is getting through this one movie is much more than all his previous nine movies combined. That’s the power of cricket, that’s the magic of cinema and that’s the persona and aura of Yuvraj Singh.
The MSD actor from Ludhiana bagged his first role in Love, Sex Aur Dhokha in 2010. Later, he went on to do small parts in Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 2012 and 2013. But when he found out that a movie on MS Dhoni is being made and there is Yuvraj’s character in the film, he made every effort he could to get a shot at the role and kept buzzing the casting director Vicky Sidana, emphasising on his striking resemblance with Yuvraj Singh. Ever since Yuvi shot to fame, his friends had often complimented him that he resembles the cricketer. Once he was in Rajasthan, a group of kids approached him for an autograph, mistaking him for Yuvraj. During the success bash of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, even Yograj Singh had told him that he resembles his son a lot. No doubt he was the best-suited candidate for the role. Finally, after trying for so long, he got a call from Vicky Sidana and he was told that director Neeraj Pandey wanted to meet him. Neeraj had seen his work in his unreleased horror film Bhaangarh (2014) and liked it too. He, therefore, offered the role of Yuvraj Singh to Herry without even taking an audition.
Bagging the role was not the end of Herry’s struggle. Preparing to portray the character of Yuvraj, much younger than his own age was an actual challenge for him. Though their features resemble, it was difficult to copy Yuvi’s batting style, body language and mannerisms. Herry himself is a district level cricketer from Dehradun but he is a right-hander while Yuvi is a left-hander. For that, Herry had to undergo two-month training with cricket coach Mohit Chaturvedi. That apart. He had to watch and learn all the Yuvi’s shots from videos and practice them as a left-hander. In the end, all the efforts paid off when the 30-year-old Herry nailed it as the 19-year-old Yuvraj. The chemistry between Yuvi and Dhoni too looks as real as it was — a healthy competition rather than slit-throat rivalry. Remember, Yuvi owned Dhoni’s team when they face off for the first time.
Herry has showcased his ability to portray a variety of contrasting characters — from negative roles in LSD and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana to positive ones in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and MSD. That’s not all. To do full justice to his roles, he had also put on weight for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and shed those extra kilos again for MSD. He is currently working on an upcoming murder mystery Vodka Diaries. He is challenging himself by playing roles in different genres and is excelling at all of them.
Definitely when the actor shared screen space with Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, he got noticed as the army man Taran Singh. But with MSD, his popularity soared several notches higher. Not only he received immense appreciation for his performance in MSD but also became a social media sensation with more than 100 internet memes on his role in the movie. It is an interesting trivia that he has acted in two sports biopics, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and MSD and both have earned more than 100 crores at the box office. Won’t be wrong to say that he is probably the lucky mascot for biopics.
Since his childhood, he has been a big fan of left-handed batsmen, first Brian Lara and now Yuvraj Singh. He expected that he might get a chance to meet Yuvi during or after the film but sadly he didn’t. We, Awesummly Team, too are a big fan of Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and successfully revived to form after defeating Cancer. We wish in one or two years, we get to see another biopic, but this time on our favorite Yuvraj Singh, and our Herry Tangiri playing the lead role.