My Review : M.S Dhoni : The Untold Story

Prelude :

I clearly remember, it was 2011, I was in Bangalore Final Year MBA. Sitting along with my classmates at the hostel Mesh, witnessing History.
Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed the history of world cricket, India recaptured the crown that Kapil Dev and his men first lifted at Lord’s in 1983, MS Dhoni trumped a poetic century from Mahela Jayawardene to pull off the highest run-chase ever achieved in a World Cup final.
But run by run, over by over, minute by minute, India picked themselves up, dusted themselves down, and defeated Sri Lanka with a determination that a lesser group of men could not have begun to muster, amid the sure knowledge that several billion countrymen were investing all their hopes in their actions.
The man behind this success was non other than our very own Ranchi born Living Legend ‘Mahi’ MS Dhoni.

So the movie talks about ‘The Man you know..the Journey you Don’t’

Film One Liner :

The movie follows the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a budding cricketer from Ranchi becoming the most successful captain of Indian Cricket Team .

Technical :

The film opens with the 2011 World Cup..esp the turning point.

We see the back of the captain’s head, as he, watches a wicket fall and pulls his Number Seven jersey on, & chooses to bat instead instead of letting the padded-up batter walk out to play.

The ending is known…we won the World Cup.

Neeraj Pandey focuses more attention to what came before & how Dhoni became the living legend Dhoni.

The screen-play only focuses on the details of his days of struggle than from his tenure as star wicket-keeper-batsman-captain of the Indian cricket team.
Barring few interesting good scenes, the movie is entertaining but doesn’t have much to offer,.

The 3 hour long film doesn’t discuss or show us about the controversies: There is only one scene where he and a young Yuvraj Singh walk past each other, post that scene, there is not a single scene with any other cricketer. ( there should have been)

The portion talking about Dhoni’s first love who dies just as the relationship was about to turn serious, should have been totally avoided as it was not necessary to the film at all. It seemed forced, just to show Dhoni as a vulnerable character.

The best part of the film, is the first half, which talks about the life in a small town (Ranchi), a family getting by on humble means and yet being able to support the super talented lad who dreams big & is willing to work for it.
Up till here, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s story, the mostly untold part for most of us, holds us. It inspires us & tells us that anyone can do it The second half begins the movie begins to falter, as it has nothing much to offer.
We introduced to Two romances arrive back to back (Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, both immensely gorgeous, but reduced to small roles). There are songs & romances which unfortunately increase the duration of the film.

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The movie now entirely focuses on Dhoni who is shown as the one man army.
His teammates, which include Indian cricketing greats (Saurav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and others), are seen in replay footages, either from the back or as voice overs.
Frankly speaking,There is no dressing room conversation scenes with his team-mates.These scenes, if incorporated, could have been interesting.

In few parts, the films has all its details in place—the many stadiums in small towns, the coal mines, the railway stations, the Mecon colony etc..everything looked so real.

The film brilliantly shows Dhoni’s family members and friends watch Dhoni bat on television, sitting superstitiously in the same positions each time, developing their own rituals & getting angrily each time Dhoni gets out.

The cinematography by Mr Santosh was okay..the following camera treatment often turned blurred in most of the scenes causing irritation to your eyes-(

Performances :

Sushant Singh Rajput nails the character Dhoni with a lot of perfection..getting the body language & voice perfectly. This will be hi s career defining role for sure.

Kiara Advani & Disha Patani look immensely gorgeous…but do not have much screen presence.

The amazing support of other characters in the background adds a lot to Sushant’s performance at the centre—be it Anupam Kher as the insecure father, or Rajesh Sharma as the funny bengali coach Banerjee.

All the performances looks genuine & well performed.

Verdict :

MS Dhoni – The Untold Story is more of a Hagiography than a biopic.An entertaining film for the masses. Worth the watch.

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