Direction : Neeraj Pandey
Production : Arun Pandey, Fox Star Studios
Cast : Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Bhumika Chawla, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani
Music by Songs : Amaal Mallik, Rochak Kohli
Score: Sanjoy Chowdhury
Cinematography : Santosh Thundiyil
Editing : Shree Narayan Singh
When someone writes an autobiography or perhaps a biography, it would obviously indulge us into the journey of a personality, where we witness everything from his childhood, ups and downs, the mistakes and blunders finally followed by redemption and victory. But MS Dhoni rigidly sticks to a genre called ‘Hagiography’, where MS Dhoni is portrayed as a saint, where he performs miracles with his helicopter shots and making the balls disappear beyond boundaries. Yes, the theatres flooded with youngsters and teens that are fantasy bounded and to whom MS Dhoni is an icon as he emerged as a winner without any background from sports or support, it surely engrosses them. After all, the Indian film industry has never missed to turn hard working ordinary men into Superstars, who have no support or influences. For the complete three hours approximately, the theatres leap with whistles and applause. Even when they try to settle down, the background score and the sound effects of ‘Dhoni’ chanting instigate them to cheer up. Well, this is a biopic of MS Dhoni and all spotlights are supposed to be nurtured on him, but just remember a fact, ‘Cricket is not a one man show and it’s all about Team Spirit.’
Had Neeraj Pandey tried to throw some lights upon the dressing room discussions, bring up the turmoil that broke into the team with controversies, the film would have actually gained more momentum. Replaying what Dhoni has achieved over the years, which is still repeatedly viewed on YouTube (Especially, the ICC World Cup Final between India Vs Srilanka). Moreover, the fact that MS Dhoni actually insists Yuvaraj to stay up in the order to face Muthaiah Muralidharan remains vague. Actually, if a real cricket fan is following up what actually happened in the dressing room that crucial moment, Dhoni actually didn’t want Yuvaraj to face Muralidharan as he personally monitored his bowling USP when teaming up in CSK, the latter would actually lift up the shots. It turns out to be a huge question on why such detailed brainy moves of Dhoni aren’t revealed. Is that because that team CSK isn’t tentatively active? The first half of this film proceeds with more intact appeal for it brings us the untold story of MS Dhoni till the film’s intermission. But sooner aftermath, we find it little sluggish with back to back love lives imbibing with the latter one Sakshi, who is now his wife.
One more noteworthy point about the film is that Neeraj Pandey has emphasized more upon the CG works, where we find real cricketers juxtaposed with Sushanth Singh Rajput in real life like visuals. There were times, when Dhoni had actually faced the downfalls, but it all gets diminished in flashes, where we find his image like dolls burnt with oppositions. When Yuvaraj Singh’s role gets a great prominence, it would have been nice to see if iconic Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly had got their dues too.
Overall, MS Dhoni much more than a biopic comes as a collage of cherry picks of his best moments, where we find the sequences to hail ‘Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni....’ There are few emotional quotients were missing. His friends in most of the interviews have cited Dhoni to be a loveable, generous man, but more than all a prankster, who had even fooled cops posing like ghosts in his neighbourhood. A humble request to Neeraj Pandey! Dhoni isn’t just known for his helicopter shots, but something more beyond that. At least a running lines by end credits to mark his achievements like Third Captain in the entire Cricket history after Adam Gilchrist and Allan Border to win 100 matches would have more enlightening than to repeatedly see his scoreboards in every match throughout the film.
Verdict : Throws lights on ‘Brawny Dhoni’ than ‘Brainy Dhoni’ and fun-filled, emotional side of MSD.
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