M S Dhoni The Untold Story Review

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not only the most successful Indian captain of all time, but he is also one of the most popular men in India. His rags to riches story is one for the ages. But inspite of all the fame and adulation he has received, hardly anyone knows his story in more depth than is written in the sports pages. So the interest in a movie that is his biography was always going to be sky high and the overwhelmingly positive response to the trailer has promised a huge opening. The buzz for MS Dhoni, the movie, means that the film has to be good enough to keep the audience entertained for the entire 3 hours plus duration. Time to see if it lives up to the expectations.

Story: MS Dhoni traces the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Sushant) from Ranchi who was born in a family of meager means. But his interest in cricket catapulted his life from that of a railway ticket checker at Kharagpur to getting into the Indian cricket team and then captaining it to a world cup within a short span of time. He had to fight with his father (Anupam Kher) who preferred the safety of life as a railway ticket checker to the unstable life of a cricketer. The film also shows us his fiery sister (Bhumika Chawla) and his two love interests (played by Disha Patani and Kiara Advani) and all the familiar characters around Mahi’s life both professionally and personally.

Screenplay and Direction: Neeraj Pandey does a good job of encapsulating the whole life of MS Dhoni from birth to the 2011 World Cup final. The important moments of his life are all there and they are all bound together in time as years pass and MS keeps achieving one thing after another. It is an engrossing film from start to end as the life of India’s favorite son is very interesting. But, and there’s a huge but, the film misses out on a soul as the events start feeling very superficial and the intimacy that biopics deserve goes missing. The hollowness is masked by the large scale events of the movie to an extent. Neeraj Pandey took on a herculean task of showing the life of MS Dhoni and he doesn’t fail at all. He doesn’t score a century but he gets very close to it. Full marks for the effort and for the scale of the movie. It must have been a difficult film to make.

M S Dhoni The Untold Story Movie Review

M S Dhoni The Untold Story Movie Review

MS Dhoni works as a movie because it feels real. Neeeraj Pandey must have taken special attention for realism as the sets, the costumes, the cricket scenes all feel extremely life-like. Unlike movies like Azhar which felt orchestrated, MS Dhoni feels like a really entertaining documentary. But technically, it is not 100 not out as the background score is painfully average. The Vfx too sticks out like a sore thumb. The superimposed face of Sushant on that of MS’ looks fake in a few of the match and celebration scenes. But, general viewers won’t really notice that. The music of MS Dhoni is peppered with 3 breezy romantic tracks (Jab Tak, Phir Kabhi and Kaun Tujhe) and they alongwith the other tracks suit the nature of the movie.

Acting: Sushant Singh Rajput leads from the front and knocks it out of the park. He channels MS Dhoni through his impeccable positioning, body language and expressions. This will be the star making movie for Sushant. Anupam Kher takes some time to get the Bihar lingo but eventually he gets it right. Other actors like Kumud Mishra, Rajesh Sharma and the assorted supporting cast support Sushant ably. This is one of the better cast films of the year. Special marks to the casting director who found the young version of Yuvraj Singh. The resemblance is uncanny.

Conclusion: MS Dhoni is the perfect story material for a Bollywood movie of this scope and size. His story lends itself naturally to the underdog spirit and the director didn’t need to do much to get it right. The lack of a soul is something which is bothersome, but what it lacks in intimacy is made up for by the goosebump moments of Dhoni’s life. The 3 hour plus runtime doesn’t feel too long because there’s so much ground covered in the movie and the expanse is so vast. Everything that needed to be showcased of his life is there. If you’re a fan of cricket, MS Dhoni is a must watch, and if you’re not it still makes for compelling viewing.

Pros:

  • MS Dhoni’s life is so interesting that it never feels too long
  • Sushant is brilliant in his role
  • The realism of the movie is evident
  • The supporting cast is able and talented
  • The goosebump filled moments are worth the ticket price
  • Gives the viewers another chance to experience the magic of the 2011 world cup win
  • The production design is huge

Cons:

  • The background music doesn’t always suit the scenes
  • The vfx is sometimes awkward
  • The film lacks the soul and there’s a lack of intimacy
Rating: ★★★½☆
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49 Comments

  • Thx for rating it 3.5 , but no matter wats the critics say this movie will be watched by each and every MSD fan around the globe. Dhoni is the legend whose story isn’t end yet and still lots of thrills to come. Hope this movie become a blockbuster.

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  • I think ms dhoni will get excellent opening today and hold well in weekend due to dhoni’s popularity but after Monday it will crash at boxoffice. Movie is not up to the mark.

  • Only…concern of mine about… this movie is runtime.According to you its not feel like that…so overall very good review…Going..sunday to watch the movie

  • Well, I saw the movie today first day first show!!! It was amazing! You won’t know how the 3 hours pass by! At one point you might feel Shush ant as the actual Dhoni!! Must watch!!!

  • @Indicine, this is the best and honest review of Indicine in 2016…! its really deserve 3.5 star. nice movie, once again neeraj done best of him

  • Absolutely magnificent film, and great direction by neeraj and acting by sushant , hope he will go high as dhoni .
    beingnostalgic moments in film.

  • movie is a bit long….if it have been short it would have been better…but they had a long story to explain in detail…so i guess this justifies the movie runtime….anyways i enjoyed it a lot, sushant was awesome and i cant forget to mention neeraj pandey for his brilliant direction in the 1st half which was thoroughly engaging.

  • There is nothing about Gambhir,0-8 loss,CSK Spot Fixing scandal & Senior Players???then How It is a Documentary or a Complete & Honest Biopic!!!??????

  • It has “MS DHONI” written all over Sushant Singh Rajput.
    A career defining role as well as film for SSR.
    Such huge response for a film without an out n out masala story, A-lister star cast or super hit dance theme songs, which is just because of one man, MS Dhoni.
    The euphoria for the film is the same from South to North and East to West.
    I need not explain the importance of the man on whom this movie is made.

  • right from the day the trailer released it has hit all the right notes.. there was an evident eagerness to watch the film among the audience of all classes.. n response to the film by the audiences has been terrific.. response comparable to bajrangi bhaijaan.. n m not talking about the so called critics but the general public of all classes who pay their hard earned money to buy tickets.. the day the trailer released I said it has the potential to be a blockbuster n now it has delivered.. will be the second highest grosser of the year by a huge margin before dangal arrives.. a huge n a great achievement.. eagerly waiting for sunday to watch it.. already heard great things about the movie from people around n has been highly recommended by everyone who has watched it..

  • Just think if Dhoni dont promoted himself over Yuvi (man in form & Man Of The Tournament) ?
    Yuvraj &Gambhir is the mans behind both WC..
    Dhoni tried hard to away Yuvi in his biopic (Six Sixes fastest fifty 2011 wc moments) but he choosed Yuvi’s 358 inning against them…
    Yuvraj is suffering from cancer during wc but still that guy choose to play..he vomiting blood against WI in WC but still in the ground…Mahi take away the credits from Yuvi…

    The Guy Man Of The Tournament under 16 wc
    Under 19wc
    Star player if 2007 t20 wc
    Man of the tournament 2011 wc

    This is the reason i hate MSD

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