wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)
The film is more a story of middle-class India than about the most successful Indian cricket captain. And that's its charm.Read more
The idea of watching the beginnings and struggles of one of India's most successful cricket captains is extremely exciting. That too one whose career is not closing in, just yet. But, we don't really want to see what we already know, do we? I am very keen on what is not very well known through newspapers and interviews.
A better peek into the man who fought it through. Maybe a glimpse of his thoughts when he lost his first match or he hit that sixer to win India the world cup. Sushant Singh seems to be geared up well, alright!
Interestingly, even the romantic in me, is hoping that not much time is spent on his love life. Unfortunately, the number of songs in the film indicate that that's unlikely. I surely hope the background music doesn't add too much drama. Even if the music isn't all that enticing.
Bollywood Life – "3.5/5"
filmfare - "4/5"
indiatoday.in - "mostly interesting"
Milliblog - "In his first solo soundtrack, Amaal hits a century."
Music Aloud – "2.5/5"
Times of India - “3/5”
- meeta, a part of the audience
A biopic usually chooses to paint a larger-than-life picture – and it would be justified because hey, the person has achieved enough for a biopic to be made on his life. A biopic usually elaborates the well-known, key moments of success. A biopic rarely goes beyond what newspaper headlines cover. M S Dhoni – The Untold Story does none of the above. It chooses to impress with details of a more than humble beginning. It chooses to inspire rather than merely awe. The pace is slow. At 185 minutes, the film is long. A person waiting for the scoop on Dhoni's controversial decisions will have to wait longer.
Of course, they promised us things we didn't already know. And a lot of the first half's charm comes from those little details. In fact, the makers might have taken advantage of the reverence his fans have for him. Had this been a fictional story, the details might or might not have been as interesting. We'll never know. But as it stands, the film is cute, refreshing, surprising and inspiring. Not only because Dhoni had to fight a lot of odds. He did so with humility and gratitude. It almost feels like Dhoni chose this medium to thank the people who helped him reach where he is now and told the filmmakers only about those situations and moments.
The writers also give us these philosophies that he had, developed and lived by. Unfortunately though, we are not made privy to his strategy, his thought process. They even tease the audience with an instance of how he took his teammates in confidence but they never tell us exactly what he thought or said. That I was looking forward to and sorely missed.
That Mahi bites his nails, is afraid of commitment, wants to please his father, is a prankster, gets frustated – make him human – like you and me. These tidbits keep him from becoming a superhero and instead show his level-headedness.
Ok, I will stop myself from making this into an essay on Mahendra Singh Dhoni. One last thing - I loved the romantic flirt in him. Not to mention, the couple of romantic scenes in the film do much more than feature length romantic films. Of course, if it were not for Sushant Singh's cutesy boy-ness, these scenes might not have worked. Otherwise too, he carries the character and the film well, never once seeming unconvincing.
However, there are quite a few things that kept me from enjoying the movie more than I did. The background music. The occasional use of slow-motion and other dramatic elements. Sure these elements worked to bring a smile. Of course, a reaction shot of a non-believer of Mahi's shot is bound to bring a smile. I digress again.
There was a slack in pace at the beginning of many sequences. There is attention to detail and there is detail. You can appreciate the simplicity of the clothes that Mahi's family wears, the pains taken to show a true-blue middle-class household, the characters that make small-town India and so on. The movie fills you with warmth for the hard-working, dedicated working class of India. But the movie also begins to annoy with too much detail. The audience enters almost every scene a little too early. Way too many scenes have a character enter a room, open a door, sit, exchange pleasantries and so on. Precious screen time spent on setting the mood, and it doesn't really happen.
And yet, when the second half picks pace it sorely lacks detail. 35 years isn't a very long life. However, when you have achieved a lot in those 35 years, it can warrant a film. When one sets out to make that film, they have lots to pick from. Biopics could be interesting or not depending on what was left out. M S Dhoni – The Untold Story picks a lot of lovely details from before the man's rise to success and stardom. However, life after success is skimmed through in a rush.
Maybe it is intentional, metaphorical even. The struggle was long. The success, once it came, happened all too quickly. Or maybe the last 8-10 years are too “current”; a little risky to have the details open for public scrutiny. Maybe it is an opening for an untold story - Part 2, when this will all be history. Yes, I am a fan and I can't have enough.
Till then though, we can bank on Bollywood to deliver the predictable. And this once we are thankful. You know how this specific biopic is going to begin. In fact, you want it to begin and end so, and no other way. And yet you have goosebumps when you watch it. That is the power of your fandom and your love for the game. The makers would have to really mess it up to take that away from you. They don't.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, M.S. DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY hits it out of the park with a huge six on the account of its engaging narrative and a brilliant screenplay. In a nation where Bollywood and cricket are considered as religion, the amalgamation of both will work wonders at the Box-Office, setting new records. Don’t miss it for anything in the world. O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...The film ends with 2011 World Cup final match, where Dhoni hits that brilliant six to seal the deal. If you loved that moment and the man who made that moment real, then MS Dhoni: The Untold Story should be your weekend watch. Also the fact that it is Sushant Singh Rajput‘s best film to date. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle : ...The movie ends on a high with Dhoni’s six at Wankhede stadium and it does give you goosebumps. Tight screenplay and good performances makes this one a good watch. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Sharmaakash, Desi Martini : ...Overall movie is worth watching and gives the value of your money of ticket. Not to forget ... mentioning the work of boss I.e. Neeraj Pandey awesome direction. If you are not a fan of Sushant then you will become one after this product. It has the potential to be a money spinner at Box office. 3.7/5.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA : ...Watch it if you love cricket. Watch it if you love movies. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story leaves you with a high that only a winning match can give you. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Swaroop Thotada, fullhyd.com : ...Despite everything we've said, ardent Dhoni fans will however have a ball. The film gives them plenty of elevations of their hero, more than plenty references to many other cricket legends, and original cricket footage at accurate moments, and more than everything, relives the best highlights from Dhoni's cricket career. Watch it if you are a fan. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...But you have to give to Pandey to keep it intriguing enough for you to get hooked throughout the three hours. Unquestionably entertaining. Also, it’s the role of a lifetime for Sushant, and he has aced it. ... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Conclusion: MS Dhoni is the perfect story material for a Bollywood movie of this scope and size. His story lends itself naturally to the underdog spirit and the director didn’t need to do much to get it right. The lack of a soul is something which is bothersome, but what it lacks in intimacy is made up for by the goosebump moments of Dhoni’s life. The 3 hour plus runtime doesn’t feel too long because there’s so much ground covered in the movie and the expanse is so vast. Everything that needed to be showcased of his life is there. If you’re a fan of cricket, MS Dhoni is a must watch, and if you’re not it still makes for compelling viewing. ... full review
Thumbs up, by ANISH MOHANTY, Kia Gia : ...The film is more of a tribute to Mahendra Singh Dhoni than one which helps you get a deeper insight into the man. Dhoni deserves all the success he has received as a sportsperson but instead of a hero-worshipping vehicle, one was expecting a film that would, apart from highlighting his achievements, explore a more vulnerable side of his personality. Despite the film not delivering all that one would have liked it to, it still turns out to be a largely engaging fare. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...M.S.Dhoni -The Untold Story is certainly a must-watch if you’re a fan of Indian cricket. Get to know the man behind the composed, confident, match-finisher of Indian cricket team.... full review
Thumbs up, by Mayank Shekhar, MiD DAY : ...Would this have been an easy to movie to make, keeping all my initial apprehensions in mind? Far from it. The fact that the filmmakers really pull it off, I’d say, That’s the way, Mahi way! ... full review
Thumbs up, News18.com : ...Overall, the film is a must watch for every cricket lover because it aptly tells the tale of an extraordinary man. The struggles are real and so is Sushant's acting. There isn't any shocking revelation, just inspiration and determination of a born talent who along with right people by his side, became the legendary captain. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...It is a fleeting scene, but teases the idea of a truly good film. We could have had something special, something close to Rush, a proper sports film with conflict and heart and internal struggle. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu : ...The film catches the game at the grassroots—but instead of the usual portrayal of bureaucratic stranglehold what you see is an unquestioning commitment and passion for the game in the many officials. In a way, the film then becomes a piece of nostalgia, harking back to the innocent days of cricket. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Raghav Jaitly, ZEENEWS.COM : ...In the end, we can only say this 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' is a masterstroke by Sushant Singh Rajput that is a treat for all the cricket and Bollywood lovers. It is a family entertainer and we expect it to work wonders at the Box Office. ... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Overall though, the screenplay lacks insights and depth. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story starts off well but does not seem to know where to go from there. ... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Kali Prasad Mukherjee is fantastic. All the supporting actors are. The girls (Disha Patani, Kiara Advani) who make the romantic tracks as painless as possible. Rajesh Sharma (Gruff Coach). Kumud Mishra (Gruff Official). Anupam Kher (Gruff Father). And the various locations from small-town India – they’re so vivid, they practically deserve membership in whatever our version of the Screen Actors’ Guild is. ... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...As a personal conclusion I would like to call M. S. DHONI as a Sushant Singh Rajput film much more than a Neeraj Pandey baby giving him the much deserving credit. The project is certainly not a six hit out of the park, but a four for sure, making M. S. Dhoni much bigger hero than he earlier was in the eyes of his numerous fans and countrymen appreciating this ‘made to order’ film. ... full review
So-So, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...MS Dhoni – The Untold Story is an extremely clever amalgamation of two favourite national past times: cricket and patriotic jingoism. Director Neeraj Pandey adopts the voice of a serial director, going through episode after episode in Dhoni’s life with reverence. ... full review
So-So, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ... We all need to believe that dreams can come true with hard work and confidence. This movie does that for you. Buy a big tub of popcorn and enjoy. ... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is a long film but it does well to both entertain and engage its audience despite its length. While it may not draw on major insights into Dhoni's cricketing career, it does make for a compelling story through his personal life. If you ever wanted to get up close and personal with MS Dhoni the person, this is the film to watch. Its a solid biopic, one that makes a true hero out of its subject. ... full review
So-So, by Rajesh Tiwary, FirstPost : ...I am no movie critic, so I will refrain from out star ratings. Instead, I would like to hand out a "man-of-the-match" award to Sushant Singh Rajput for a memorable portrayal of Dhoni. The movie had set out to chase a stiff target set by Dhoni fans and despite falling short, it can claim a moral victory and take a lot of positives from it. Cricket is the real winner at the end of the day! ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The first half moves along at an eventful pace even though it’s about a life less ordinary but the second half loses steam and becomes quite shifty with its romantic overtures and rabid flourishes in the cricketing arena. The cricketing aspects have been worked on beautifully and Rajput is imminently believable as the rookie cricketer gunning for gold standard. ... full review
So-So, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...Neeraj Pandey's MS DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY is similar to this. It is not a bad movie by all means but it's a miss opportunity to score a significant mark in the world of Indian biopic on screen, looking at the caliber of Pandey as a film maker and potential of MS Dhoni as an inspirational sports phenomenon ... full review
So-So, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Neeraj Pandey's fourth film is his biggest yet but it is not his finest work. That honour still goes to his second feature, Special 26. But with a physically committed and emotionally measured performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and enough untold and lighter moments, MS Dhoni manages to give us a glimpse into the cricketer albeit only till 2011. MS Dhoni The Untold Story may not bowl you over, but it is an inspiring tale which reminds you that the road to success is mostly prolonged like a test match and not as entertaining as a Twenty20 tie.... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Also, Dhoni's life is not as dramatic as that of Mary Kom or Milkha Singh or Paan Singh Tomar, so there are limits to the amount of intensity and drama the makers can add to the narrative. The cricket sequences are quite well shot, (The special effects applied in the movie during the cricket match sequences are way too good and the makers of the film deserve a hearty pat on their backs for their technical wizardy in that department) but again, there is nothing about the controversies that surrounded Dhoni's life or his interaction and bonding with his team-mates and other things that might have made the film more interesting and multi-dimensional. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Director of films like A Wednesday, Special 26 and Baby, Neeraj Pandey steers this story with the conviction and game of a conveyor belt handler, loading one sequence after the other in succession, with little thought to the overall impact. Seamlessly merging his lead with match footage, he adds a touch of docu-drama to this biopic. ... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...So even though your head knows 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 finely executed cricket scenes, and to the film’s terrific ensemble of actors led by Sushant Singh Rajput who does some of his best work here. ... full review
So-So, by Karan Bali, Upper Stall : ...No doubt having its strong moments and enough crowd-pleasing sequences, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story still finally falls short of being there, unable to convincingly knock it out of the park. More importantly though, the wait for that perfect Indian biopic, shorn of all righteousness and hero worship, still continues… ... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...There are most definitely some moments that will give you goose bumps and the Dhoni’s frustration often tugs at your heartstrings. But this story – the tale of one of India’s favourite sons – could have been much more. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...M.S. Dhoni is a blandly professional piece of work. This might be enough for fans of the man, but for anyone who’d hoped that the first ever film about a still-active Indian cricketer might have traces of insight or daring, this will likely be a disappointment.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...But so what? M S Dhoni - The Untold Story is targeted at fans of the cricketer and they are legion. Some might also want to watch the film for Rajput's spirited and spot-on performance. ... full review
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amishra77: Saw the film 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story' - Irrespective whether you are a Cricket fan or not, you would find it to be an excellent film.
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kd_jk91: M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story is boring, overhyped and definitely nothing extra ordinary.
dshaileshsingh: Watched M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. Didn't liked direction and acting much. Far behind the class of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag....
ajitsingh0902: M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story remains the same untold story even after 3 hours. Bad biopic. #MSDhoniTheUntoldStory
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