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MS Dhoni turns film producer, to debut with Tamil family entertainer

The cricketer turned producer has served as the captain of the Tamil Nadu based Indian Premier League team, Chennai Super Kings since 2008.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni launches production house Dhoni Entertainment. Image - Twitter @proyuvraaj

Former Indian Cricket Team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MSD) launched a production house called Dhoni Entertainment with his wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni. The company has already produced and released cricket documentaries, ad films and short films.

According to an official statement, given Dhoni’s strong attachment with Tamilnadu and is immense popularity in the state, the production house has decided to foray into mainstream cinema by producing its first film in Tamil.

Conceptualized by Sakshi, the managing director of Dhoni Entertainment  and directed by Ramesh Thamilmani, author of graphic novel  Atharva - The Origin, the film will be a family entertainer. More details about the cast and dates will be announced in future the company said.

“From the moment I read the concept written by Sakshi, I knew it was special. The concept was fresh and had all the potential to be a fun family entertainer. I am honored and very grateful for this opportunity to develop this really fresh concept into a feature film story and to be directing the film as well,” the director said.

Speaking about the decision of starting with a Tamil film, Vikas Hasija, Business Head, Dhoni Entertainment said, "Post Pandemic, the business of the mainstream films in India has become a singular entity, the boundaries are blurred and there is no Regional cinema vs Hindi cinema debate anymore.”

“As more Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada films are equally celebrated in the Nation, Dhoni Entertainment is exploring projects towards the multiple languages. Our priority is to reach our Indian audiences in every nook and corner of our country, through meaningful stories. Though our first film will be originally made in Tamil, it will be released in multiple languages."

The production company said that it is in talks with multiple filmmakers and script writers to create and produce exciting and meaningful content across languages and genres including science fiction, crime drama, comedy, suspense thriller, and more.