‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ review: Less of biopic, more hagiography
‘MS Dhoni The Untold Story’ cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Rajesh Sharma, Bhumika Chawla, Kumud Mishra, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Harry Tangri
Director: Neeraj Pandey
The long-awaited biopic on Indian ODI team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’, had a dream opening in over 4,500 screens across India, on Friday beating the records of both Sultan and Kabali.
Sushant Singh Rajput brings to life, Dhoni’s life on celluloid –his passion and love for cricket and his iron grit, that made him one of the most successful captains India ever had. The movie captures phases of ups and downs in Dhoni’s life.
The first half of the movie focuses on Dhoni’s childhood and early struggles without a godfather in cricket — hailing from an ordinary family and coming from nondescript town without any great cricket lore or history.
It shows how his conservative father (Anupam Kher) forces his son to find some job instead of becoming a cricketer.
But, the young Dhoni decided to fulfill his dreams with the support of his mother and sister (Bhumika Chawla) and a few childhood friends.
Sushant Singh Rajput really shines in the role of Dhoni and “he has been at pains to explain the lengths to which he went to understand Dhoni and the hard work pays off. Their resemblance works in film’s favour too”, says a review by Indian Express.
But, the second half almost ruins the movie with its romantic plot (played by Disha Patani and Kiara Advani), the squabbles in selection and others.
It projects a one-man image for Dhoni, who sidelines everyone, including the great Sachin Tendulkar, to script victory for India.
There is not a single dressing room scene in the movie to describe his skills or strategies, and he is made as a happy singing, dancing Bollywood guy.
The movie also avoids major controversies during his career and captaincy, by only focusing on the superman image of Dhoni.
The film falters at this stage and instead of becoming a biopic on Dhoni, it is just reduced to a hagiography of the player.
Rajput does a commendable job and he infuses life and passion into Dhoni’s character and steals the show, though the movie fails to impress as a good biopic on Dhoni.