Neeraj Pandey’s biopic of one of the most successful Indian Cricket captains, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, scores a six with the audience! And if you are a die-hard fan of Dhoni and more importantly of Cricket, then you are bound to love this film. M.S. Dhoni’s journey from being a ticket collector to a renowned cricketer is well captured and presented by Neeraj Pandey, a gem of a film maker!
The final match of ICC World Cup 2011 which is the highlight of Dhoni’s career is exactly where the film starts and ends. The film is shot in flashbacks. It starts with a quiet afternoon in July of 1981 in a Ranchi hospital ward, where Dhoni was born to Paan Singh Dhoni – a hard working lower middle class man. Dhoni was seen playing football but coerced by his coach and friends to take up cricket. His father was of conservative thinking and wanted his son to take up a secure job. Sushant Singh Rajput’s portrayal of Dhoni started when he was 16 and from here we are shown how Dhoni gave up his love for football, began to play cricket, worked as a TC, and eventually went on to become the Indian skipper. In between, there were two romantic interludes of his life – the first involving a girl named Priyanka (Disha Patani), who dies in a car crash, then with the cricket-indifferent Sakshi (Kiara Advani), who goes on to become his wife.
Source – DNA India
Sushant Singh Rajput could not have asked for a better role so early in his career. He portrayed the cricketer with so much of finesse that in few scenes we forgot that he is not Dhoni. He sank his teeth into the character and became Dhoni so effortlessly. He even nailed the helicopter shot of the cricketer in the film. Rajput scored a winning knock with Dhoni. No doubt, M.S. Dhoni is the hero of the film, but the show stealer was Sushant Singh Rajput’s brilliant performance. Both the ladies, Disha Patani and Kiara Advani were good in their parts. However the track with Disha Patani could have been easily dropped from the already long film which lasted for 3 hours 5 minutes.
Source – Indian Express
The film celebrates M.S. Dhoni and Cricket! Nothing can stop a Dhoni fan to head towards theatres! For the rest, watch M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story for Sushant Singh Rajput’s exceptional performance!