Salman Khan set to play MS Dhoni in a Bollywood movie

Prakash Raj’s Tamil version of ‘Dhoni’ is set to release soon Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jan 31, 2012

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan is set to play the role of Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Mahesh Manjrekar s Hindi remake of his own Marathi film Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho.

Media reports suggest that Salman has been calling off the decision to be a part of Manjrekar s Hindi version. However, later he quickly decided to give time to Manjrekar as the Tamil version of Dhoni is about to be released.

In a jocular manner, Manjrekar said, “The current trend is that of Southern remakes in Hindi. So before someone in Bollywood buys the rights of Prakash’s Dhoni, which is a remake of my Marathi film, I will make the film with Salman, as planned.”

Manjrekar was happy to give the film rights to Prakash Raj for the Tamil remake of his film.

The film is about a teenage boy who is interested in cricket, however, faces academic pressure to pursue a career in his favourite sport.

“Prakash Raj is a friend. When he told me he wants to direct a Tamil version of my film, I readily agreed. The film has a strong message about our education system and I am only too happy to spread it,” Manjrekar was quoted as saying in MiD-Day.