MS Dhoni Movie Review
The big release today all over India was MS Dhoni: The Untold Story directed by Neeraj Pandey, based on the life of one of the best crickets we ever had in India. Neeraj Pandey and Dilip Jha had written this movie together and it has been produced by Arun Pandey and Fox Star Studios. Popular Bollywood Actor named Sushant Singh Rajput had played the character of Dhoni in this movie. Neeraj Pandey had given us movies like A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby in the past and the expectations on this biopic from him was very huge.
As you all know, the plot of the movie is all about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life, who is the most successful Indian Captain ever and also the two time world cup winning captain for India. The film begins with the 2011 Cricket World cup final and then it takes us towards the time when Dhoni is born to a pump operator named Paan Singh Dhoni in Ranchi, a small town. Then the film shows us how Dhoni becomes a cricketer from Football Goal Keeper and then to one of the most feared batsman in world cricket. It showcases the struggles, misfortunes etc through which he went on before he become an established cricketer.
We can say that as an entertainer, Neeraj Pandey had succeeded in giving a decent movie. But as a biopic, he failed to provide the right intensity and details which the viewers expected from it. It ended up like a film to glorify Dhoni’s effort and nothing much to do with the so called “Untold” part of his life which they mentioned in the title. They made it too dramatic and at many parts it really looked like a usual Bollywood commercial potboiler. But still it was a decent entertainer which will surely give some goosebumps moments for Dhoni fans. They made the film as a tribute to Dhoni. The screenplay could have been better and the detailing of many important incidents in his life has been missing. They focused more on his romantic life at many parts rather than giving the audience the untold part of his cricket life.
Performance of Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni was the real highlight of this movie. He had lived as Dhoni in this movie and his body language as Mahendra Singh Dhoni was just terrific. Performances from artists like Anupam Kher, Bhoomika Chawla, Rajesh Sharma, Disha Patani etc were also very good.
DOP from Santhosh Thundiyil was terrific and the VFX team of this movie need a special mention as well. The parts in which they showed the matches played by Dhoni were just cool. Shree Narayan Singh’s Editing was also decent. Songs from Amaal Malik and Rochak Kohli were decent and background scoring by Sanjoy Chaudhary was also decent.
In Total. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is an average experience as a biopic and a decent one as an entertainer. If you are a fan of Dhoni, then you can enjoy the film and Neeraj Pandey could have done better than this.