M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story: Strikes An Emotional Chord!
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'M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story' is a film that portrays the life of a man who is known worldwide for his cricket feats as well as for his alleged controversies as a captain and the IPL spot-fixing charges. The film's title draws curiosity due to two reasons - one because of the man himself and two to know what is 'The Untold Story'. Well, the film and its makers prefer to toe a line of caution and non-controversy by terminating the film at that momentous occasion of winning the '2011 World Cup' for India. Dhoni himself in one of his film's promotional media interaction recently has said that it is good that a sequel of the film is not made because he knows that his career is mired in controversies and alleged charges of involvement in match-fixing.
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Sushant Singh Rajput as M.S. Dhoni is strikingly similar to the man he portrays onscreen and is successful in aping many of Dhoni's mannerism. Sushant has done justice to the biopic by his presence. What keeps you glued to your seat is the positivity the film emanates which is quite inspiring. A school kid who is hooked to a range of sports other than cricket because he feels there is no fun playing with a small ball is slowly maneuvered into cricket by his school coach Banerjee (Rajesh Sharma). The boy lovingly called as Mahi is always under the watchful eyes of his father Pan Singh Dhoni (Anupam Kher) who believes that sports doesn't promise a secure future and therefore, he needs to study hard to get into a government job. Caught between his dream to become a cricketer and his father's expectation out of him to secure a government job, Mahi treads a path of challenges and uncertainties.
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Backed by a bunch of childhood friends Santhosh (Kranti Prakash Jha), Chittu (Alok Pandey), Sandip Nahar and Jitin Gulati, a supportive mother, sister and a reluctant father, Dhoni slowly inches towards becoming one of the most successful cricket captain of India. The scenes of many real time footages of cricket and the film's background score creates a similar euphoria of a cricket stadium in the theatre. I found many in the audience behaving as if they were in the galleries cheering for the Indian team and their favorite MSD.
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Neeraj Pandey scripts Dhoni's journey from a ticket collector to a cricketer very cleverly by only touching upon those areas and achievements that lauds him as a model sportsman. Well, it works for the film sans controversies and it seems that the viewers are enjoying too. Anupam Kher as MSD's father is outstanding in portraying the life of a typical middle class man concerned about his children's future. Bhumika as his sister Jayanti enacting the role of an ever trusting and loving sister is too good. The sister-brother relationship portrayed in the film is beautiful. Kranti Prakash Jha an actor who is known for films like 'Deswa' (Bhojpuri), 'Once Upon a Time in Bihar', 'Mithila Makhaan' is noticeable as one of the friends of MSD in this film. His film Mithila Makhaan directed by Nitin Chandra bagged the Best Maithili Film in the 63rd National Film Awards under the language section. Kranti Prakash Jha is an actor who is on the move to prove his mettle. Rajesh Sharma as the quirky Bengali cricket coach gives us some wonderful laughable moments and stays in our mind as a man who first spotted the prodigy and became instrumental in gifting Dhoni the cricketer to our country. Disha Patani as Mahi's ex girlfriend and Kiara Advani as Sakshi Dhoni are good but have less to offer because it's all about the man called Dhoni.
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In short, it seems Neeraj Pandey and his team has struck gold once again by making 'M .S. Dhoni - The Untold Story'. They would have done much more justice to the title 'The Untold Story' if this film would have also covered those alleged charges of IPL fixing, rifts between cricketers, his rumored unholy nexus with the man called N Srinivasan and his cronies. It seems that the 'Untold Story' shall remain 'Untold Forever'. Nevertheless, the film is entertaining and can be seen by both the fans as well as those who doesn't know much about cricket and sports. It is a story of friendship, mentoring, dreams, family bonding, challenges and triumph.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3.5/5
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput (Mahendra Singh Dhoni), Kranti Prakash Jha (Santhosh), Jitin Gulati, Sandip Nahar, Alok Pandey (Chittu), Herry Tangri (Yuvraj Singh), Anupam Kher (Pan Singh Dhoni), Bhumika Chawla (Sister), Disha Patani (Priyanka Jha), Kiara Advani (Sakshi Dhoni), Rajesh Sharma (Banerjee), Kumud Mishra, Ashrut Jain ( Shabbir Hussain)
Based On: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Producers: Arun Pandey, Fox Star Studios
Story by: Neeraj Pandey, Dilip Jha
Screenplay: Neeraj Pandey, Dilip Jha
Dialogues: Neeraj Pandey
Music by: Amaal Malik, Rochak Kohli
Background Score: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography: Santosh Tundiyil
Edited by: Shree Narayan Singh
Production Company: Fox Star Studios, Inspired Entertainment, Friday FilmWorks
Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Release Date: 30th September, 2016
Duration: 190 Minutes