M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story starring Sushant Singh Rajput in lead has released with a lot of hype on 30th September 2016. Here’s our detailed movie review.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is a quintessential story of an underdog who makes it big in the cricketing arena without any god-father. While the story definitely is inspiring and evokes a natural connect because of the historic world cup 2011 win, the director, Neeraj Panday fails to explore the untold incidents and events that took place in Dhoni’s life.
The movie has some brilliant shot cricketing sequences as well as a Goosebumps evoking background score. The romantic sequences (Far and Few in between) are surprisingly the high points of the film set against the backdrop of cricket. There is a certain amount of innocence in the romance which makes it fresh and something not seen in a Bollywood film since long time. We wish there was a little more emphasis on romance.
Pandey has narrated the film within the template of sport based drama and does not give any insight about Dhoni: The Person. The film merely chronicles the ups and downs of Dhoni’s life, and ones expecting a glimpse into his personal life would come out disappointed.
The music blends well with the screenplay with Beesabriyaan being the best of the lot. The background score as mentioned above lifts the impact of many sequences in the film.
Dhoni Biopic is a bit too long and stretched. It is rather a story which could have been easily told within a crisp runtime of 2 hour 15 minutes to 2 hour 20 minutes. In terms of screenplay as well as the dialogues, the makers have taken many cinematic liberties. Rather than using the green screens, the cricket sequences have been shot at real locations which add on to the impact and create the ambience.
Talking about the performances, Sushant Singh Rajput slips into the character with ease. The actor has got the nuances of Dhoni right and his hard-work is visible on the big screen. He has delivered one of years finest performances till date. Anupam Kher does justice to the character of MS Dhoni’s father from a middle class family. Disha Patani and Kiara Advani don’t have much screen time however do leave an impression with their short cameo. The rest of supporting cast lend the necessary support.
To sum up, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story serves the purpose of being a fairly entertaining film however does not stand onto the mammooth expectations. The makers seem to be overtly dependant of Dhoni’s journey to reach the top and we have seen similar struggles in many fictional sport films as well. A glimpse about Dhoni’s temparament would have had a better impact.
Watch it to know Dhoni’s struggle, but don’t expect knowing Dhoni!