Biopics seem to be the flavor of the year for Bollywood which started with the superlative ‘Neerja’ and continued with an over glorified ‘Azhar’ and the over dramatic mess called ‘Sarabjit’. This one on India’s most successful captain was long in the making and eagerly awaited. Biopics of famous people have been made long after If the person has passed away or when not in their prime. M.S Dhoni has a unique distinction of a biopic being made when he is still in his prime and may be around for a few more years and the biopic has been well made.
M.S Dhoni Biopic was long in the making and was eagerly awaited for a reasons that It is being directed by Neeraj Pandey (‘A Wednesday’, ‘Special 26’, and ‘Baby’) helming it. People believe in luck and complain only successful people get opportunities and since they don’t get the opportunities they are not successful. The fact is that everybody gets opportunities but we are so happy in our comfort zone that we ignore them and don’t bother to grab it with both our hands.
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M.S Dhoni starts with the skipper’s most important match : the 2011 world cup final against Srilanka. As Dhoni enters the field to defend a formidable score, the movie quickly flashbacks to his childhood and gives us valuable insights on his journey to become the only Indian captain who has won India world cups under both formats – one day and T20.
The amusing mix up at time of his birth, Dhoni’s initial interest in football, his almost accidental entry to wicketkeeping, mastering his trademark helicopter shot, his struggle as ticket collector at Kharagpur station leaving him hapless and frustrated are all chronicled effectively in the first half.
There are many touching moments like Dhoni worrying about his future to his supportive sister (Bhoomika Chawla; earnest) and his friends pooling in money to drive him to Dum Dum airport for a crucial selection match. Undoubtedly, the first half is throughly engaging, captivating and moving.
Post intermission, Neeraj Pandey shifts focus to Dhoni’s love life and this is where the film starts losing its grip. This is not to suggest that those plots are irrelevant but Neeraj has spent a tad too much in the romantic buildup and those needless songs which perhaps, could have been invested in scenes showing Dhoni’s ascent to captaincy and his equation with his teammates. There is a scene where as a captain, he is shown taking a tough call on “senior” players and I would have loved to see how he faced the dissent in the dressing room. But this behind-the-field politics is conveniently unexplored. Never mind!
On the acting front, Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role, delivers his career best performance. The actor has visibly worked very hard in understanding the character traits and translating it fantabulously in form of mannerisms and body language. I am sure the real Mahi would be happy to see himself as Sushant on screen. Anupam Kher is expectedly competent as Dhoni’s caring father. Rajesh Sharma leaves an impression in his short role. Disha Patani and Kiara Advani look pretty as the love interests.
To sum up, M.S. Dhoni is certainly not Neeraj Pandey’s best but definitely worth a watch for Sushant Singh Rajput and a truly touching first half.
M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story Ratings on some of the key aspects –
1. Acting: 4/5
2. Direction : 3/5
3. Music : 3.5/5 (background score)
4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue : 3/5
5. Cinematography : 4/5
6. Production Quality : 4/5
MS Dhoni The Untold Story box office collection:
Sushant Singh Rajput starrer M.S Dhoni Biopic which collected Rs 24.10 crores on Sunday might just become one of the highest grosser of 2016. According to a statement by the makers of the M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story collected Rs 20.6 crore on Saturday taking the two-day collection to Rs 41.9 crore.