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Sushant delivers a match-winning knock as Dhoni
The biopic on India’s celebrated skipper, MS Dhoni (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) is the cricketer’s ode to his well-wishers, friends and family, who stood by him at all times - in success and failure. Their immense contribution in fulfilling his dream, his faith in himself and ability to battle professional and personal setbacks, forms the story.
If you are a diehard fan of MS Dhoni and cricket (in that order), you are bound to love this film, which reveres its protagonist. Despite the glorification, what works is Sushant’s impeccable portrayal of a stoic Dhoni and the latter’s inspiring untold story - his journey from being a ticket collector to a renowned attacking batsman/wicket-keeper/captain.
Sushant internalises his character and becomes MSD, without heavily mimicking the cricketer. He even nails his iconic helicopter shot and restrained personality. The actor scores a winning knock. The film also boasts of a spectacular first-half, which showcases Dhoni’s initial struggle as an aspiring professional cricketer. It reminds you why sportsmen deserve the fame and money they get.
Neeraj Pandey recreates Dhoni’s Ranchi life beautifully. He keeps it authentic and relatable. This one scene shot at Kharagpur station particularly stands out. Sushant is seen trying to make his way through a sea of people. It’s him going against the tide, summing up Dhoni’s life journey as well. Supporting actors deserve a special mention as their performances tug at your heartstrings. A scene featuring Yuvraj Singh (Herry Tangri) is outstanding.
However the biopic loses its momentum in the second half with Dhoni’s love life getting undue prominence. Also, the cricketer’s questionable decisions or possible vices are mostly overlooked. His tiff with the senior players (Sehwag, Gambhir), rivalry with Yuvraj Singh, love-hate relationship with the media, team politics and criticism faced on occasions, barely find a passing reference. As a full-fledged biopic, this one-dimensional approach towards the lead character leaves you a tad discontented. But since you see the film through Dhoni’s eyes, it’s justified as one rarely sees faults in oneself.
Nonetheless, this cricket movie hits sufficient sixes making the ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ chants reverberate in the theatre.
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
The film has been shot in the same school where MS Dhoni studied. Dhoni's real life teachers have played teachers in his biopic too
Akshay Kumar had shown interest in playing Dhoni's part but since his looks did not match Dhoni's, director Neeraj Pandey politely denied his request
Director Neeraj Pandey hadn't seen any of Sushant Singh Rajput's films and he finalized him after a general 20-minute conversation with him. Dhoni himself had suggested Sushant's name to play him in the biopic
The film has also been dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi languages
There is a scene in the film where Dhoni is being lambasted by the selectors for ruthlessly dropping three senior cricketers. While in the trailer, the names of the cricketers aren't revealed, reports claim that they are VVS Laxman, Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. The portion where the cricketers have been named has now been removed from the film, as the producers felt it was "disrespectful" to them
Sushant Singh Rajput had a long list of questions for MS Dhoni at the time he was doing research work for his character. Dhoni revealed that being asked so many questions annoyed him at a point
The film marks the Bollywood debut of Disha Patani
The film was earlier supposed to release on September 2, 2016
The biopic on Indiaâs celebrated skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) is the cricketerâs ode to his well-wishers, friends and family, who stood by him at all times - in success and failure. Their immense contribution in fulfilling his dream, his faith in himself and ability to battle professional and personal setbacks, forms the story. The movie follows the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a budding cricketer from Ranchi, who became the most successful captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He was a ticket collector before he became a cricketer. The movie begins with the ICC Cricket World Cup Final (India vs Sri Lanka) in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai where Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) is watching the match live on screen. He decides to take the stand, and tells the authorities that he would go for batting if the wicket falls down. Dhoni takes up his bat and leads down the stairs amidst the roar of the crowd. The movie then goes into a flashback in Ranchi, Bihar in 1981, the year Dhoni was born. Dhoniâs alleged rivalry with Yuvraj Singh and a few senior players also finds a mention in the film.
Neeraj Pandey's biopic on Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story,' has turned out to be a superhit at the box office. The film, starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the title role, has earned Rs 116.21 crore if its Hindi version's collections are to be considered. On its third Monday, the film collected around Rs 85 lakh.