The movie is about Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni (played by Sushant Singh Rajput) hailing from Ranchi, Jharkhand and his journey to the top of the Indian Cricket Team & how he becomes one of the most influential, talked about and magnetic personality in the world of cricket.
- The performance of the whole cast especially Sushant Singh Rajput. He has given an impeccable performance which is undoubtedly the best of his career till date. Seems like the tunes of the Best Actor awards for the coming year must be ringing in his ears right now.
- A brilliant first half which showcases Dhoni’s humble background and his struggle to make it to the Indian Cricket Team is gripping and exuberating. One can easily get goosebumps each time Dhoni crosses a milestone in this phase of his life as well as throughout the movie.
- As I have already mentioned, you are going to get a lot of goosebumps as a cricket fan throughout the movie and the 2007 and 2011 World Cup Finals’ moments are surely gonna get into your nerves and you would be living those moments again!!!
- The first half of the movie can be a source of inspiration to a millions of youngsters out there who can’t pursue their dreams of even playing cricket because of the insecurities imposed by life upon them. A lot of people will find it relatable and this movie will surely be making them revisit their childhood and salad days.
- At over 3 hours, this movie is exhausting!!! The makers of the movie could have easily restricted this movie within 2 or 2 and a half hour. History is a witness that even the greatest of sports movies have been wrapped up within 2 hours (Ex – Chariots Of Fire).
- The second half comes up as a very disappointing entity in the movie. Neeraj probably got confused whether he wanted to show Dhoni’s journey in the Indian Cricket Team or in his love life and this puts down the energy you have gained in a stellar first half.
- The movie completely misses Dhoni’s ascend in the Indian Cricket Team. The makers didn’t show how Dhoni became the captain of our team by superseding seniors like Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvraj. It also fails to discuss Dhoni’s initial troubles in the team dressing room (apparently he was bullied initially) and how he overcame them.
- Dhoni’s cricketing career and decisions haven’t been free of ups and downs as well as controversies. The film rebuked the struggle he underwent as a captain, enduring pain of losses, burden of team selections, etc. The second half should have focused on such aspects of Dhoni’s career. Even in the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni had failed to score well in all the matches but the final. So, the movie could have presented his mental stress for having failed miserably with the bat. This would have made the moments of his blinder knock in the final one of the most memorable moments in the history of Indian Cinema.
- The film forgot to bring to view Dhoni’s wicket-keeping skills. Dhoni may not be one of the greatest batsmen in the world but he is undoubtedly one of the best keepers and it’s sad that this aspect of his talent has been ignored blatantly.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities:-
I have mixed reviews for the script as well as the direction. It’s like a crest and trough situation where one part of the movie is spectacular whereas another is just passable. The heart of the film had everything to make the film one of the best sports drama movies in Bollywood but ends up on a disappointing note. Nevertheless, I can’t help but admire the struggle of Dhoni shown in the first half as Dhoni’s struggle isn’t his alone. It’s the story of millions of Indians just like him who want to make it to a different level but are pulled back by various factors such as economic insecurities and lack of family support.
The love stories added in the second half could have been easily avoided and the movie could have been inclined more towards sports than off it. Even the sudden leap from Dhoni-Sakshi relationship to 2011 World Cup Final was rather indigestible and odd. The film also failed to pursue Dhoni’s friend Santosh’s failure (due to drinking probably) in making a cricketing career. The special effects are fine but the technical team seems to have missed out imposing Sushant’s pic over Dhoni’s in a few places.
The music in the movie is good however and most of the songs match with the film’s mood properly. Manoj Muntashir has done a fine job with the lyrics of the songs.
The strongest part of the movie is undoubtedly the acting of the superb cast. Sushant Singh Rajput has given a stellar performance, his career best infact. He got into Dhoni’s character completely and at times one would feel that he is Dhoni!! Anupam Kher as Dhoni’s father Pan Singh and Bhumika Chawla as his sister Jayanti have given good performances and are indeed likeable. Rajesh Sharma and Kumud Mishra in their short roles leave an unforgettable impact in the minds of the audience. Kiara Advani and Disha Patani too are good. The rest of the cast including Dhoni’s friends, roommates, etc have done a wonderful job too.
Final Verdict :-
Love him or hate him, you cannot deny the honesty of his struggle and contributions to the country. M S Dhoni: The Untold Story is not just a movie, it’s a journey for every citizen of this country especially those who have loved cricket. Although the second half was disappointing, yet the movie can’t be missed for its brilliant pre-interval premise, performances and yes, the goosebumps you get on revisiting the World Cup victories especially the last six Dhoni had struck.