MS Dhoni the untold story is like a calendar of events from the life of india’s most successful cricket captain. This happened, that happened, this person helped him, that person encouraged him, he won this match, he fell in love with that girl. But it’s never an insightful character study of a fascinating and largely impenetrable personality.
Special Chabbis director Neeraj Pandey’s film is a rousing drama. Mostly because our protagonist’s journey from a small town boy with big dreams to India’s start wicketkeeper-batsman is inspiring.
Sushant Singh Rajput is riveting as Dhoni. It’s a terrific performance and the key to staying invested in the film even when it charges down by the frankly boring and predictable part in its second half there are two romances and they come in quick succession but these relationships offer little by way of a glimpse under Dhoni’s inscrutable surface.
Clocking in at nearly three hours and 10 minutes the film is over long and far from perfect but climaxing with Dhoni’s incredible performance in the 2011 world cup, Pandey pushes all the right buttons and leaves you, your chest swelling with pride.
So even though your head knows that this is far from a no-holds-barred warts-and-all biopic your heart is happy to settle. Much of the credit for that must go to the finally executed cricket scenes and to the film’s terrific ensemble factors led by Sushant Singh Rajput, who does some of his best work here.
I’m going with three out of five for MS Dhoni the untold story.
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆
Source: Rajeev Masand.com