Right off the bat, I need to say this. I am a cricket fan and I happen to love MS Dhoni. So, my excitement obviously cannot be stated enough. The trailer gave me goosebumps and I was the person counting off the days till the release of the film. It is safe to say that my expectations, as high as they were, were met very well.
Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role nails it in each and every single frame of the movie. He is Dhoni. He is Captain Cool. Whether it be as the Captain of the Indian cricket team or the ticket collector from Ranchi who dreams of playing the one game he didn’t even know he was interested in because chotte ball ke saath kaun khelega (who’s going to play with a small ball?).
Obviously, I loved the movie. But having said that, the shady CGI work did throw me off for a bit, but I did think it was a good idea on Neeraj Pandey’s part to just add Sushant into the existing footage of the Indian cricket team. Somehow, he makes it work. Bhumika Chawla as Dhoni’s sweet, if somewhat naive sister, is endearing. The shining stars of this film (besides Sushant, of course) are the actors who essay the role of Dhoni’s friends. They are a true representation of the support one imagines Dhoni had back in his days.
The two actresses were good, but not good enough to actually warrant much comment. Frankly, even in the scenes they were in, I was too busy watching Sushant emulate the man I have come to admire over the years. The final shot of the film is beautiful and will be powerful for any cricket fan who remembers being glued to their TV during the 2009 World Cup when India lifted the trophy after 28 years. I know for a fact that that moment was as powerful in the theatre as it was all those years ago.
The music of the film failed to impress me too much, except Besabriyaan, which for whatever reason, struck a chord. Having said all this and more, I do think the film makers could have tried to show some of the more controversial moments in Dhoni’s career and how he came to become Captain of the Indian cricket team, instead of simply jumping to a shot of him already settled in the role. Well, nothing is perfect.
All in all, it is very safe to say that MS Dhoni: The Untold Story impressed me far more than I thought it would! I would most certainly recommend it to anyone who asks!
By Nupur Jaisinghani