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Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma on Their Role in Million Dollar Arm

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma portray Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh in the film “Million Dollar Arm.” Both of the talented actors have never played a role like this before, “I think it gave both of us a chance to showcase something different from what people have seen us do in our last films,” said Mittal.

The story is finally being shared with the world in the film “Million Dollar Arm.” Both Mittal and Sharma had not heard of the story before working on the film, “I was kind of upset that nobody knew about this story,” said Mittal. None of his friends or family had heard of the story before. “Their story needs to be told, and people need to know this. It really is very inspiring,” said Sharma.

The actors portrayed the characters so well in the film and did not play baseball before filming. “We had zero baseball experiences. It was quite hard, but we had a lot of fun training,” said Sharma. The actors had 3 1/2 weeks to train, and trained for four hours a day from coaches flown from the states. When they were not training, they were working out at the gym and eating a strict diet to prepare for the roles. “It was quite physically challenging,” said Mittal.

Another key part of preparing for the roles was the time the actors spent with Dinesh and Rinku. One of their biggest challenges was that Rinku has changed a lot over the years, “he’s become a completely different person, so talking to him didn’t help, but Dinesh helped,” said Sharma. Dinesh spent time with the two actors in Delhi while they were training for baseball. “He would tell us stories and anecdotes of what happened when they were really going through all this that we’re portraying in the film,” said Sharma.

The actors had a great time working on the film. “They would literally have to drag us on set, but we had a lot of fun in a lot of the scenes,” said Sharma. The only struggle that they had was dealing with the intense heat in India. “It was like 140. John probably changed his shirt 20 times,” said Mittal. “It was really hot, but people managed. People really did – especially John,” said Sharma.

See Madhur Mittal and Suraj Sharma in the film “Million Dollar Arm” that is currently in theaters now.

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