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Very inspiring movie
Fresh, entertaining and motivating to move on, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story effectively captures the screenplay and enhances the performances. Thankfully, Sushant Singh Rajput looks and acts exactly like Dhoni. The girls are not given to do much, but that's totally okay, since the biopic talks about them in good amount. But you have to admit it's tad overlong, and Neeraj Pandey the director is to be accused.
We know him as Dhoni, but this is the tale of Mahi.
Usually Indian film fans are divided according to the regions. Because if you turn any corner in that country, there's another film industry, another English alphabet replaced to rhyme with Hollywood. They have got their own bunch of actors, filmmakers and films. They might be divided over films and film productions, but they always united when it comes to cricket.
Remember one and a half decade ago an Indian film about the same sport made into the Oscars, but did not win. This film was based on the life of one of the greatest Indian and world cricket player. So length into breadth of the India, it was a highly anticipated sport-biographical film. India has a long history of cricket. It was brought into the country by the British nearly half a millennium ago. It is called a gentlemen's game, which means only rich and royal people can play.
So in India, cricket was always been a game highly influenced in big cities. Players from those places are high in demand till recently. Talents from second and third tier cities never been noticed. But some player made it because of political and other sort of influence. That's changed forever when Mehendra Singh Dhoni's success inspired millions of people. Made youngsters to take bat and ball believing someday they can play for their state or in the national team.
If you are an Indian, I'm sure you had heard many things about him, his difficult path to stardom. There's nothing much difference in the life journeys of his and Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. They both were ticket sellers/collectors. Struggled through to initiate their profession, but in a different field. Now they're superstars.
In Indian films, it's only recently the trend had started in biopics. For a cricketer, it is an ideal initiation. Remember Sachin Tendulkar's documentary film is due to release in this summer, but it is an international project. It can't be neglected because of his hardcore fans, not just in India, but across the world. He had retired a while ago, but still fans chant his name during the recent games.
I know this director, since one of his films was remade as 'Someone Like You'. Bollywood films are always very stylish, but slips away while depicting realism of India, Indian society and culture. That's where I lost interest in them. I watched it for MS, since he plays/played for my team CSK who is known as Thala.
Seems funny, some of the lines that translated into Tamil. But culture wise, it is understandable. A boy was born on the 7th of July '81, but soon the narration shifts focus on his childhood in the late 80s. A fine football goalkeeper, but changed his sport after an unexpected offer. Extremely interested in batting, but his opportunity was being a wicket keeper.
?You won't face the same ball always in your life. You've to play on your merit and just hang in there. The scoreboard will keep ticking along.?
When he enters his teenage, he had learnt to play his own method. Particularly in batting which is the least given privilege to him by his coach. Supportive parents, but from above that, the great friends gang, he had with him at all the good and bad times. The first half is all about the cricket. In fact the whole film was about him and the cricket, the rest of his life was not concentrated enough. I mean on other stuffs, except the romance that takes off during the beginning of the second half. So basically that's where you will come to know this guy is a man with feelings and emotions like you and me.
We all knew him as a cricketer, a great cricketer to say. Since his romance parts come into play, for a brief moment the sport was set aside. A love story kick starts. All those who believed he's a superhuman, will come to realise after witnessing Bollywood style of romance, which is basically how happens in real India. He's not an emotion showing type, especially in public or during the game. But there's a scene in the film and when it appears, that's really heartbreaks. No offense, but it looked Sakshi demanded a proposal than expecting it to come her way naturally.
The three hours is too long for a film, but for this film I felt they had left out many things with short scenes/events, otherwise it would have gone past the four hour mark or even higher. So two part film would have made it a better product, but I'm happy for it to be a single film.
I was bothered about the songs, but they smartly merged them with the storytelling. Particularly commercial films can't afford to lose the blue print of Indian cinema, since songs are the free television commercial, to popularise the film prior to its release. All the actors were great. The lead actor was at his best, especially when it comes to the technics in the games to match the Dhoni's style of play. Most of the locations are the actual locations, including the school, grounds and house(s). I think it was a good move.
The film was not entirely true. They have changed the events to suit the cinematic. A man's 30 years of life journey to put into a 3 hour film, it has to be done and they did it neatly in Indian style. Some people are complaining about this and that, but that's understandable if you understand the concept of filmmaking, particularly money making film.
Only the first two acts were very gripping. The final act was predictable, if you are an ardent cricket follower. Because you know everything on field about this man which is what covered in those parts. And the rest of the film was like behind the scenes of a film called his life. This is a wonder film, and I know the majority of the Indians won't miss it or had already watched it. But for the outsiders, this is not a bad flick, even if you don't know the sport or the player. Worth a try, otherwise definitely recommended.
Cringeworthy! What a waste of a biopic. Watch the real MSD instead.
When I first heard that director Neeraj Pandey was making a biopic on a man who's widely regarded as the greatest ever captain to have served Indian cricket, I couldn't help but wonder if he had got his timing disastrously wrong.
Dhoni, after all, continues to serve the national team in all limited overs formats, and a film of this nature would probably have been better served if it delayed its production until the point when he, as is inevitable, walks into a glorious sunset - one that's destined to remain unparalleled in its magisterial beauty.
This skepticism, however, was dispelled when I watched MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Pandey, after all, is the man who made the wonderful A Wednesday, and his magic touch remains intact.
The film remains effective for the most part, thanks in large measure to the incredible life story that it addresses with an almost reverential eye for detail.
The best parts of the film are those that underline Dhoni's struggles as a young man, and the many difficult decisions that he had to make over the course of his rather dramatic life.
Sushant Singh Rajput is excellent as Dhoni - he brings a much-needed touch of vulnerability to a man whose aura, to this day, remains one of calmness and detachment.
If there's one major grouse I had with the film though, it's the fact that the treatment of its source material remains largely soap-operatic in nature.
Indeed, the film is replete with caricatures- ones that are painted in the broadest of strokes.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is a solid, watchable film that deserves to be celebrated for the perennially uplifting theme that it highlights: the classical rise of the underdog.
There's no denying this fact though: Captain Cool deserved a little better.
Good Fun and Well Made Movie. What was missing was more of how Dhoni got the Captaincy and how we brought the team together, how from a oridinary person he became a leader. That is missining
Entertaining biopic this. Avoiding all controversy,its interesting and shows some good insight into his life. Rare to see one when the career is still going, a good marketing ploy by the team. Hoping to see one which shows the reality of some of the controversies sometime.
A Biopic for a currently performing personality makes this one of a kind, but whether the artistic nature of a movie is compromised or not is a big question, you will find the answer below...
The movie starts with a small middle class boy called Mahe being dragged into cricket and in a fraction of second, he becomes a well polished batsman... the dialogues are neatly poised with a mass factor and the young boy with cricket in his breathe grows up... A scene where Dhoni praises yuvraj in a local match is like icing on a cake for cricket lovers... 1st half is terrifically paced and you don't know how it had reached in a short while... the way Shushanth had done this role is applaudable, credit for the director too... over to the second half, there is a very few of Sushant and lot of Dhoni... still India is struggling to morph a perfect face, at some points - it looks clumsy... the romance itself has 1st & 2nd half dragging the movie to a near 3 hour mark... yes, length is a serious concern with could have been avoided scenes & songs... you can notice that the camera is always in motion and plays a vital role in keeping up the pace... above average music, OK kind of casting makes this movie worth a watch... coming to negatives, the director failed to portray big achievements from him and the people really wanted the controversy thing in detail... A movie made for a specific brand of people (Cricket Lovers) breaking all odds and flying high... some movie factors are indeed compromised but as far it has a target audience, it is acceptable...
Watch & enjoy the worldcup in theatres...
Not bad. I guess specially if u like cricket.
Lack of powerful script and absence of real time controversies makes this film a little pile of boredom .
Even for a MS Dhoni fan like me, this biopic is just cliche after cliche, straightaway borrowed from Wikipedia even though in certain times it can be little inspiring.
Only SSR performance is applaudable and everyone else stinks.
Could have been much much better