Star Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Rajesh Sharma, Kumud Mishra, Bhumika Chawla and Harry Tangri
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Producer: Arun Pandey and Fox Star Studios
Claps For: Performances, Fast-paced storytelling, Background Score and Editing
Slaps For: Nothing ‘Untold’ about this story- just a dramatized presentation of what we all know!
What’s New: Taking clips from various cricket matches and using Sushant Singh Rajput’s face on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s body to make the movie a better experience for the audiences.
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: You have seen M. S. Dhoni finish it off in style. But it’s time to know how the Ranchi boy became the most successful Captain of the Indian Cricket Team in a journey filled with emotions, friendship, romance and smashing boundaries!
Performances: This movie belongs to Sushant Singh Rajput. The young lad lives and breathes as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team, and delivers an endearing and honest performance that will stay in the hearts of the junta for years to come. Yes, he can carry a movie on his shoulders and how! Right from getting his expressions and tone of voice right to the way he moves his eyes while thinking – HE IS DHONI! He truly smashed it out of the stadium with his terrific performance and is the ‘Captain’ of this movie in each and every sense.
Even though he has been playing a father to the hero since ages, Anupam Kher’s small-town father act with the right amount of humor will win your heart once again! Bhumika Chawla is impressive.
Rajesh Sharma and Kumud Mishra are at their usual best and deliver yet another honest performance. Sharma’s comic act with a Bengali accent ensures a few light-hearted moments.
Both Kiara Advani and Disha Patani look gorgeous on-screen and have played their part with complete conviction. However, their acting potential could have been used in a better manner rather than just restricting it to a few scenes and a romantic song each.
About The Movie: ‘M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is a must watch for all Mahendra Singh Dhoni fans as it would give them yet another opportunity to be proud of their idol and his struggle. But at the same time, it’s not a watch for cinema lovers who once had faith in Neeraj Pandey!
Filled with various light-hearted moments, family-oriented emotions, tale of loyal friendship and cricket match sequences- the first half is a complete delight to watch and will put a smile on your face. It follows the journey of Dhoni from being a child who was least interested in cricket to a railway station TC who quits his job and jumps on a train because he loves nothing more than cricket!
But then comes the second half. Let’s come straight to the point- I am a huge Dhoni fan. Needless to say, I am very much aware of how much he scored in his matches (be it state level matches or the world cup match). Yes, we are aware about how he lost his first love and then he got married to Sakshi Rawat. And yes, we do know how many advertisement offers his kitty was filled with.
But what about his inner conflicts? What about showing what goes on in the mind of the ‘Captain Cool’ while taking decisions on-field? What about making strategies and having a chat with his team mates? And yes, what about the accusations of being partial towards certain teammates and making sure that the committee drops out the players he’s not on good terms with?
All we get to see is a scene that was already included in the trailer where our reel-life Dhoni gives a justification for the same by saying that he is just doing his duty as a national servant.
While Rajput’s dreamy and fairy-tale romance with Disha Patani, and the sparkling chemistry with Kiara Advani does wonders- it’s not the only thing one would have expected from the movie in second half.
The M. S. Dhoni biopic moves at a fast-pace and makes sure that it covers every important aspect that has been crucial in shaping up Mahi’s life. But the direction disappoints. One surely wouldn’t have expected this kind of handling from a man who has given us films like ‘Baby’ and ‘Special 26’.
Pandey’s direction looks confused at places. Despite a predictable plot, he could have used his narrative skills to the best to make this a gripping and compelling tale about a small-town boy and his success story, that would have inspired all across the nation. Lekin afsos…he fails to create magic.
The songs too are a letdown. Cinematography is fine. The background score is good and ensures goosebumps time and again.
Overall, the film is a decent one time watch that will entertain you for three hours long. But DO NOT expect it to bring out Dhoni’s flaws or show something that you haven’t known.
Combo-On-Offer: Drama + Romance + Cricket Matches
Verdict: We give ‘M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ CLAPS for bringing Dhoni’s life on the big screen, for 3 hours of pure-entertainment and for heart-felt performances by all…especially the ‘Man of the Match’ Sushant Singh Rajput.