Review: M.S. Dhoni – The Untold Story

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Poster and still courtesy: http://www.ilubilu.com/ms-dhoni-the-untold-story-posters.html

 

Among the many movies that I have watched, this must be the one with the longest title. And with 3 hours running time, one of the lengthiest ones too.

The biopic on the charismatic Indian cricketer brings out hitherto unknown aspects of his life. Not many know that his is more or less a rags-to-riches story. It is for this reason, the movie is sure to inspire many youngsters who hail from modest backgrounds to pursue a game which many think is a rich man’s preserve.

The movie also drives in a strong message to Indian parents to allow their children to pursue their passions. Undoubtedly, there is more to life than just academics. It is criminal to waste one’s talents.

Dhoni’s climb up the ladder has been anything but rosy. This is best portrayed in his stint as a ticket collector in the railways. The international cricketer in the making went through quite a few phases of uncertainty bad enough to break a man. Resilience, will power and a good circle of friends came to his rescue.

Sections on the cricketer’s relationships complete with the signature Bollywood flavour add to the romantic element in the movie. The actresses portraying Pallavi Jha, his first girlfriend, and Sakshi, his wife, are stunners.

The editing of the movie has been done very skilfully. Match footage moves fast which is not a bad idea considering that the focus is on the cricketer’s meteoric rise from his lower middle-class moorings to the star he is today

The choice of cast is very apt. Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni has perfected the art of playing a cricketer, this being the second time, the last one being in “Kai Po Che!” The same applies to the make-up artistes. It is not easy to make a 30-year-old actor look like a 15-year-old high schooler (in the portions related to the cricketer’s school days).

A movie worth watching for both the young and the old.

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