I am no cricket fanatic and Dhoni is no demi-god to me, so the release of M.S. Dhoni did not really mean much to me, except the fact that Bollywood’s loss making year had another ray of hope in the form of a biopic that was awaited. Watching a three hours long movie, in today’s time, requires real amount of patience and once you leave the theaters, the question that you ask yourself is ‘were the three hours spent well enough’? Here is our take on M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story .
M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story – Excruciatingly Lengthy, Brilliantly Enacted
Understand this. There have been several biopics churned out by Bollywood writers but barring Mary Kom, never has a movie been produced that speaks volumes of a star still active, or say super-active in his/her field. Even Mary Kom did not receive the kind of advocacy that M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story had been receiving. But sadly this adoration towards a star keeps the hands of one of the finest directors that we have, tied.
The trailer promises to tell us all, about Dhoni, about his fight for success, his journey from school to cool and a bit more. The movie lives up to that. We get to know of how our captain cool mastered the unconventional helicopter shot, of his ex-girlfriend, of his days working with the Indian Railways and of course his school days where the journey began. M.S. Dhoni’s biopic gives you good detail into his life and you could be surprised how dramatic and Bollywood-movie-worthy, this cricketer’s journey had been. At times you actually forget that you are watching a biopic.
M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story takes you down the memory lanes and brings alive the days when you had witnessed the major world cup victories of the country. But the movie, at the end, turns out to be a fanfare event created specially to please our Captain. What is even more troubling is the fact that this pretentious admiration and approbation goes on endlessly and ends just when you are fed up. National daily, Indian Express has gone as far as calling the movie a hagiography instead of a biography and you just cannot deny them.
This biopic stays away from controversies that have been parceled with Dhoni’s career. The movie is hell-bent on pleasing Dhoni (as if the crores they payed him weren’t already enough) and the entire biopic is packaged to form a garland around Dhoni’s neck. Director Neeraj Pandey does seem ambitious but ends up too far-fetched. After movies like A Wednesday, Baby and Special 26, you wonder if he was bullied into making this. BTW, Neeraj Pandey has refused to call himself a Dhoni fan and considers himself more inclined towards Sachin and other cricketing legends. Not really buying that.
However, what really works for the movie is Sushant Singh Rajput. He is the greatest find for Bollywood from the television industry and this gentleman is absolutely brilliant on the screen. His portrayal of M.S. Dhoni is bang on. Every move and shot that he plays, I mean hammers, out of the field matches what you see on your television sets during the match days. With this top-notch performance, Sushant Singh Rajput has managed to do for himself what most have failed to or have only aspired to.
M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story is supported by some talented cast that include Anupam Kher playing his father, Herry Tangri playing Yuvraj Singh, Kiara Advani playing Sakshi Dhoni, Disha Patani playing Priyanka and Bhumika Chawla playing Dhoni’s sister. To say it in one line, each of these actors have been wasted thoroughly. Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh does get some limelight but it is snatched away almost immediately. However, Rajesh Sharma, who plays Dhoni’s school coach, excels in whatever little he gets to do in this tiring flick.
M.S. Dhoni contains two love stories, both in the second half. One would wonder what exactly has caused the movie to produce two contrasting halves but you are already too tired to think anymore. The movie has a few songs, most of them are forgettable. The background score with constant drumming will pump in enough blood to have you cheering and this exactly is the reason why M.S. Dhoni is just about fine as a masala flick. But was the untold story of M.S. Dhoni supposed to culminate into a Masala flick? Maybe.
Before I leave, just one question to the makers – Why in the world did this movie land straight from Dhoni’s romance with Sakshi to the cherished world cup victory? (But the good part was that the movie finally had an ending).
We go with 3 out of 5 for this Biopic…. Ummm…. Masala flick.