I must confess that not many films have managed to give me the goosebumps. MS Dhoni, the Untold Story, did despite me watching a dubbed version of the film. That by itself must speak volumes of how good the movie is and what one can expect as a viewer.
For long, people have known Dhoni only as Team India captain or as one of the best finishers of the game or as someone who has the potential to unleash powerful, in fact, lethal shots that can skyrocket the ball into oblivion. What this movie does is showcase the difficult journey a young kid had to undertake to reach the position that he now holds and the respect that he now commands.
It gives precious insight into how Dhoni as a kid took to cricket, the difficulties he had to face at every stage to pursue his passion and the personal equations he had with people. It also tells about a brutal blow that fate dealt to Dhoni, at a time when he was unsure if he was in love. The movie also gives sweet and interesting details of how Sakshi met Dhoni and how they got to grow fond of each other.
The movie has several factors in its favour. First among these is the casting. The casting director has done an exceptional job as most characters on screen resemble the real life people they play. For instance, be it Sushant Singh Rajput who plays Dhoni or Herry Tangri who plays Yuvraaj Singh, it’s not just the looks that match. Their body language too does and thereby gives the film a shot in its arm.
Next in line is the performance of the actors. Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni nails it. His acting is perfect as is each shot that he plays in the film, including the famed helicopter shot of Dhoni. That apart, the subtle expressions he puts out seems to suggest that the man has keenly observed the cricketer in close quarters for a while.
B hoomika Chawla as Dhoni’s sister and Anupam Kher as Dhoni’s dad impress as do the guys who play his friends in the film. There are two heroines in the film Disha Patani (who plays Priyanka) and Kiara Advani (who plays Sakshi Dhoni) but there is nothing exceptional about their performances.
It is difficult for a filmmaker to make a film about a player, who is still playing for the country. For, doing so will mean not only having to put out details of certain difficult situations, but also of what exactly transpired between the powers that mattered behind closed doors on such occasions. Taking this into account, Neeraj Pandey has done a brilliant job. Neeraj’s motive behind making this movie is clear. His intent is not a fault-finding mission. On the contrary, his intention is to tell the story of a determined youngster from a small town who, with a lot of help from friends , goes on to achieve his dream of playing for the country. And boy! has he told that story well!