Directed by Neeraj Pandey, the film shows the struggles faced by Mahender Singh Dhoni and his rise as one of the finest Captains in World Cricket. The film also stars Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani and Bhoomika Chawla in key roles. While the makers have stayed away from the controversies surrounding Dhoni's life, his personal life has been fully explored.
The cricket biopic started with the stadium and crowd, capturing the essence perfectly. “Hum log ko cricket se zyada politics pasand hai.” These words from Bihar Cricket Association VP make perfect sense at the opening scene. The story plot deals with the other side of Dhoni’s life. A young man from Ranchi to the Indian Cricket team is the story. The struggle and hard work he did to become one of the most successful batsmen cum Skipper and how he transferred as a cricketer from the Railway Ticket Collector. It deals with all his helicopter shot, his small smile and his calmness in field. It begins with a promise. Young Mahi is more interested in football, badminton and tennis, and tries to blow off his first coach (Rajesh Sharma) who spots his potential. The entire ‘bachpan’-adolescence section, featuring the father (Anupam Kher) who thinks a job will take his son much further than sports, the mother who believes in her son, the sister (Bhumika Chawla) who is a solid support to him, his bunch of loyal friends who just know he can do it, has been crafted with heart and feels authentic. We see Mahi (Sushant Singh Rajput) trying and failing and trying again, despite all the roadblocks, to keep his eye on his goal: to be part of the Indian team and play for his country, and we root for him.
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M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story has an interesting and inspiring screenplay that keeps the viewers engaged right from the beginning till the end. As Dhoni, Sushant Singh Rajput has delivered brilliant performance, which is the main highlight of the movie. Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Herry Tangri, Anupam Kher, Shreyas Talpade, Bhumika Chawla and Rajesh Sharma have done justice to their roles. M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story has superb production values. Amaal Malik and Rochak Kohli's songs, Sanjoy Chowdhury's background score and santosh Thundiyil's cinematography are the attractions on the technical front.
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M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story does not mirror the captain cool’s batting style. It is neither strikingly unconventional nor particularly effective. It is too starchy and deferential to be anything more than an effete paean to the life and times of India's most successful cricket captain. Instead of delving into the complexities of an international sporting career with its share of controversy, the patchy script glosses over the grey areas and concentrates squarely on lionizing Dhoni as a model sportsman. M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story is targeted at fans of the cricketer and they are legion.
Music for the film is composed by Amaal Malik. The album begins on a relaxing note with a thought provoking number rendered par excellence by Armaan Malik. Manoj Muntashir’s lyrics are quite inspirational and speak of life’s truths on a lighter note. The film’s background score (Sanjoy Chowdhury) is gripping, especially during the film’s climax. Overall, M.S. Dhoni is an impressive album which stays perfectly true to the film’s genre.
On the whole, M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story hits it out of the field with a huge six on the account of its engaging narrative and a brilliant screenplay. In a nation where Bollywood and cricket are considered as religion, the blend of both works wonders at the box-office, setting new records. Sushant Singh Rajput is terrific in the film and Neeraj Pandey’s direction requires a special mention; his detailing is simply great. M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story deserves a watch for its brilliant execution and Sushant’s knockout innings as Mahi.
Bollypedia ratings - 3/5 stars