Sushant Singh Rajput’s ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ has finally made its way to Indian theatres today and the public is swarming to get a sneak peek into the lives of their much loved (and hated, too!) cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
It is a well-known fact that Dhoni worked as a ticket collector at the Kharagpur station of Indian Railways before making his way into the Indian cricket team. What was not commonly known were the nuances of his struggle before his glory days began.
A bunch of friends who always had his back, a father who wanted nothing but a normal life and job security for his son, and an ever-supporting sister, ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ brilliantly puts out on screen the life of Dhoni, the commonplace lad from Ranchi before he became Dhoni, the face of Indian cricket.
Many people are criticising the movie for showcasing Dhoni romancing an actress and singing songs, but, why are we even forgetting that it is a Bollywood movie after all?
That’s how Bollywood movies are and that’s how this industry works. Remember how SRK’s ‘Fan’ was criticised for not being ‘Bollywood-y’ enough for the lack of songs in the movie? The makers of ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ stuck to the prevalent format and let us give them credit for the good work they have done.
Also, let us take a moment and appreciate Sushant Singh Rajput’s brilliant work with the bat, those shots and that language and accent. From catching the right tone of the dialect (that we are assuming is what MSD must have conversed in, given that he was closely involved with the making of the movie) to displaying real MSD’s batting and keeping skills effortlessly on screen, this movie will definitely be one of the major highlights of Sushant’s Bollywood journey.
Some people are calling this movie a hagiography instead of a biography, but the reason for that could be that MSD is a widely loved and worshipped cricketing icon in our country.
In bringing his journey to life through a movie, concentrating on his earlier days and the highlights seems to be a wise choice. Of course, we are curious and we want to know it all, but there’s only so much that can be wrapped into three hours of cinema and put out to the public.
‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is a movie that will move you to tears at certain places and leave you with a smile. Watch it for how many believe the Indian cricket evolved in the recent times, for what taught our young players to take risks rather than being safe, watch it for the beloved MS Dhoni.