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M S Dhoni: The Untold Story – movie review

A Biopic of the most successful cricket captain in Indian History


MS Dhoni, movie review

This film inspires the youth of today and further shows the importance of taking the right decisions at the right time. The film is about the man you know, but not his journey. That’s what this biopic is about.

M S Dhoni – The Untold story follows the journey of this outstanding wicket keeper and acclaimed cricket captain in India – Mahendra Singh Dhoni, right from his origins as a budding cricketer from Ranchi and then becoming the most successful captain of Indian Cricket Team.

Some of the several prominent aspects of Dhoni’s life that we weren’t aware about was that he initially disdained cricket and his penchant for football instead and then his signature “helicopter shot” which was taught to him by his friend Santosh Lal.

The film begins with the ICC Cricket World Cup Final played in 2011 between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) watching the match live on screen in his dressing room while waiting for his turn to come for batting.

With conviction he informs the authorities that he is ready to go for batting right now, if the wicket falls as India was reeling under trouble and that is where this lion hearted sportsman lifts his bat and leads down the stairs amidst the roar of the crowd.

After this glorious moment, the movie then sets to a flashback in Ranchi, Bihar, India set in 7 July 1981 where this young kid is watching his father operate the water supply for watering the pitch. One could feel the determination in the eyes of this young kid wanting to make it big in life.

Dhoni’s life has been very well documented. It has an interesting first half making one yearn to long for more and more excitement towards the latter half where it appears a bit stretched. It is marketed as a biopic, yet it appears as a celebration of India’s hero by showing Dhoni’s larger than life image. That could work favourably with the Indian audiences.

Here is one lad, in his early twenties, who has a secure job with the Indian Railways, yet he takes a bold ‘stride’ in his career and longs to reach the selection center despite reluctance from his sister who advised him that he could have reached the top position in the Railways if he sticks to his government service. But destiny had other story to narrate about this “Sherdil Jaanbaaz”.

Sushant Singh Rajput does not pretend to be Dhoni, but actually looks like the cricketer while essaying the title role. No wonder as it is informed that Sushant had to undergo serious training for several months in cricket with the hard taskmaster wicket keeper Kiran More. Sushant is brilliant!

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Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Kiara Advani as Sakshi (Dhoni’s wife)
Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha (Dhoni’s ex-girlfriend)
Anupam Kher as Pan Singh (Dhoni’s father)
Bhumika Chawla as Jayanti Gupta (Dhoni’s sister)
Rajesh Sharma as Dhoni’s coach Baneerji
Kumud Mishra as Dowal
Deepak Dutta as Dilip Vengsarkar
Ravindra Mankani as Jagmohan Dalmiya
Kiran More as Chief National Selector
Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the actual 2011 World Cup footage
Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh
Zeeshan as child MS Dhoni

Directed by Neeraj Pandey
Produced by Arun Pandey, Fox Star Studios
Dialogues by Neeraj Pandey
Story and Screenplay by Neeraj Pandey, Dilip Jha
Music by Amaal Mallik, Rochak Kohli
Background Score by Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography by Santosh Thundiyil
Edited by Shree Narayan Singh
Production Company – Fox Star Studios, Inspired Entertainment, Friday FilmWorks
MS Dhoni, movie review

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