M.S. Dhoni has won over all our hearts with his entertaining batting style and brilliant captaincy over the years. His success story is one of immense struggle which is why people look up to him for inspiration. He overcame hurdles all along the way to establish himself as one the most impactful cricketers in World Cricket history. We have been waiting to get a peek into his life in the move M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. How good is it? Let’s have a glance at it.
Attention to Detail:
The movie has focused a lot on how M.S. Dhoni has struggled to reach the place that he is at now. He overcame hurdles in the form of finances, family pressure, board selections, widespread prejudice and whatnot. However, he showed immense resolve throughout his life and strived to achieve what he truly aspired to. This movie has captured all such moments which will surely earn Dhoni a lot of respect. What is more commendable is that the movie does not overly glorify Dhoni in any way and the accuracy in detail provided is certainly impressive.
Though the movie is a bit slow paced, it does the job of getting the viewer’s attention. The depth of the storyline and avoidance of the usual Bollywood clichés is something that you are guaranteed to like. Amaal Mallik and Rochak Kohli’s songs, Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score and Santosh Thundiyil’s cinematography are the attractions on the technical front The movie is very well directed and Sushant Singh Rajput has proven that he was a perfect fit for the role.
Coming to the performance department, Sushant Singh Rajput has mirrored Dhoni’s mannerisms so well on screen that it is bound to give you goose bumps. His hard-work to get into the character and give us a convincing image of Dhoni is clearly evident. This is no doubt one of his best performances on the big screen. Apart from the male lead, Kiara Advani as Dhoni’s romantic counterpart made her screen presence subtly and assertively which was exactly what was required. Anupam Kher requires a commendable mention for creating the constant feeling of tension on screen which helps us empathize with Dhoni, knowing that this was probably a part of growing up for him.
Where it lacked:
While the attention to detail given to the other side of Dhoni’s life is truly commendable, honestly speaking, we were looking forward to a cricketing story. In some parts, the cricketer we love and respect has been reduced to a dancing-singing Bollywood hero rather than the top tier cricketer, the intense batsman and the master strategist that we all know him to be. This film had the potential to deliver something of great cricketing value but the focus given to his personal life overshadows that a little.
Whatever said and done, no movie critic should be able to stop you from getting an insight into Dhoni’s life and struggles. It is a truly inspirational story in every way and you shouldn’t miss it.