You have seen the cricketer. You have seen his sixes. You've danced every single time, he delivered a helicopter shot! But how much do you really know about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the current captain of Indian Cricket team, whom India lovingly calls 'Mahi'?
Today, (September 30, 2016) is the release of one of those rare movies, which has welcomed a huge crowd into the theatres and let me tell you, its popularity is way beyond a Khan movie. A movie based on a man, who treats Cricket no less than God!
M S Dhoni has hit the theatres and it stars Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role. Since the day, the trailer of the film has released, the movie is in terrific buzz! Now, the D-day has arrived, we will finally get to know whether the movie is actually worth the hype. Has the actor done full justice to his role? Will the film live upto the over-expectations of the audience? Read our review below..
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher & Others
Coming to the plot of the film, Neeraj Pandey has conceived the film around the life of M S Dhoni from his childhood till date! How a common guy named Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) hailing from Ranchi realises his dream and the hurdles he goes through while achieving his only dream form the crux of the story.
The script highlights the journey of a budding cricketer becoming the most successful Captain of Indian Cricket Team. What hindered his dream of becoming a national level cricket player? And in spite of having such a big dream, how did he end up as a ticket collector? The film also reveals that unknown reason that brought Dhoni back to the sport.
Apart from his struggling days, the plot of the film also throws light on the tragic love life of Dhoni and how yet again, he found the love of his life in Sakshi (Kiara Advani). How Dhoni met Priyanka Jha, his ex-girlfriend (Disha Patani) and how an unfortunate incident changed Dhoni's life forever!
In the second half of the film, Neeraj Pandey has unveiled Dhoni's equation with his teammates and many inside details related to dressing room talks and cricket politics, which are finite details you desperately want to know.
To unlock the answers of the above questions related to the personal & professional life of Dhoni, you gotta rush to the theatres!
'Sushant Singh Rajput is an average actor,' if you're one of those, who used to say that, be ready to eat your words. You won't stop raving about this extremely hardworking actor after watching this film! There isn't a single second in three-hour long film, where Sushant lost the grip.
From Dhoni's body language to his typical tone, from those long hair to the helicopter shot, Sushant Singh Rajput has nailed it! His genuine acting throughout the film is the solid proof for how dedicated this actor is and no one could have pulled out this legendary character on-screen better than Sushant!
On the other side, the leading actresses of the film, Kiara Advani and Disha Patani have done a good job. Disha & Sakshi, both plays the love interests of the Dhoni and their chemistry with Sushant is very fresh and balanced.
The film also marks the comeback of Bhoomika Chawla, who plays the character of Dhoni's sister and it was delight to see her after a long time on-screen. Actor Anupam Kher, who plays the role of Dhoni's stern father is the perfect choice and even in the little screen space, his acting is on point!
Having said that the performances are brilliant, one can't take away the fact that the duration of the film might play the mood spoiler for you. Sitting through three-hour long movie is not an easy feat, especially when movies these days hardly cross two hours.
However, Neeraj Pandey has shot the film amazingly, but there are a few minutes where he loses the crispness leaving the audiences little bored (especially in the second half of the film).
Dhoni's struggling period looks more convincing than his victorious days.
The another drawback of the film is that being die-hard cricket fans, we had expected a few crucial scenes from the cricketer's dressing room but alas, you would be highly disappointed!
Probably, the director chose not to highlight the real life controversies of Dhoni in the film. However, you will get a little glimpse of much hyped 'Dhoni-Sehwag' rift.
Songs and its picturization is simple yet fresh and beautiful.
There's a scene where Sushant tries his first helicopter shot and it will give you gossebumps! And yes, the director scores the brownie points.
And viewers, you are in for a small surprise in the film!
Overall, it's a different experience to watch the struggles and lesser-known truths about Dhoni's life. This movie is one of a kind and it's an instant 'Yes' from our side!
PS: Be ready to whistle and clap, because the crowd will not let you sit silently! After all, it's Dhoni on the screen!