There are just a few days left for the release of the much-awaited biopic on Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Reportedly the makers have decided to omit the names of three cricketers from an important scene in the film.

There was a scene in the promo where a selector says “Yeh teenon ko nikaalke rukne wala nahin hai,” of Dhoni, to which he retorts over a video call saying, “We’re all servants, and we’re all doing national duty.” That particular scene referred to Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. But now, in a last-minute decision, the makers have censored the names to avoid creating any unnecessary controversy.

Dhoni and Ganguly

Director Neeraj Pandey confirmed this to a tabloid saying, “The sequence from the promo is very much there in the movie. All we have done is knock off names of the three cricketers who were mentioned. This is as per the original plan, discussed with Dhoni a year and half ago, where we had decided to shoot the scene with the names, yes, but take a call on this only in the final edit.” Pandey says the reason behind this decision is to prevent “unnecessarily ruffling feathers, when that is not the intention or tone of the movie.”

When the director was asked to name the cricketers who were originally mentioned in the scene, Pandey chuckled asking, “Are you seriously asking me that question? Obviously I can’t. That would be highly disrespectful of me to do.” This make us wonder what does Dhoni who has watched the first cut of his biopic last month think of this move… “Well, he just sat in silence for 10 minutes, didn’t speak a word. It was quite an awkward feeling for him, watching his own self, being played by an actor, on the big screen.”

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