M.S.Dhoni - The Untold Story Movie Review

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Vishal Verma By Vishal Verma | 18 Mar 2017 15:42:01.6630000 IST

After the super hit, RUSTOM (producer), Neeraj Pandey wields the directorial baton for a biopic M.S.DHONI- THE UNTOLD STORY based on Indian cricket team's most successful and popular captain, Mahender Singh Dhoni. Expectations are plenty from young and superbly talented and hugely popular composer, Amaal Malik, as M.S. DHONI appears to be his most prestigious album.


The first song that one encounters straight up is the motivational 'Besabriyaan' which in a nutshell provides an interesting insight into the struggle of the male lead and his restlessness in his endeavor to achieve his goal. And can also be classified as a theme/ title song due to its narrative nature. Manoj's lyrics are apt. Armaan renders the number with zeal.

Palak Muchal's honey sweet vocals sway hearts in the all-female romantic number, 'Kaun Tujhe'. Manoj's lyrics makes this love song different from the rest, albeit the tune that Amaal chooses is heard before but the treatment and music arrangements certainly make this a good one.

Next up is another love song, 'Jab Tak', rendered well by Armaan. The lively arrangements and flowing rhythm add to the charm of this romantic number.

'Jab Tak' (Redux) makes for a good repeat hear.

Amaal reserves the best romantic song of the album, 'Phir Kabhi' for (certainly) the most popular singer today, Arijit Singh who as always comes up trumps. The song is a delight to listen due to its lovely rhythm and superb arrangements.

Amaal shows his diversity with the hard rock based inspirational number ' Parwah Nahin' which should turn out to be an anthem. The passion, single minded determination of the protagonist, irrespective of success or failure in his dhun to achieve his dreams, is conveyed well through some lovely lyrics. Siddarth Basrur renders the number like a true rockstar and his deep vocals suit Dhoni.

A very old adage commonly heard in the North (especially Bihar and UP) is 'Padhoge likhoge to banoge nawab, Khelego kudoge to banoge kharab' is used superbly by Manoj and Amaal to convert it into a very humorous but situational number, 'Padhoge Likhoge'. It's just the right song that portrays the playful character of Dhoni as a child and apparently his elder sister chiding him for not studying and just playing cricket. Ananya Nanda and Adithiyan A. Prithviraj render the number with zest.

There is another interesting track, 'Har Gali Mein Dhoni' (Rochak Kohli), though not part of the original soundtrack.

Summing up, Amaal delivers as per expectations in perhaps his biggest (solo) album as a composer. Having said that, there are too many romantic songs, though M. S. DHONI- AN UNTOLD STORY is a sports biopic. Our picks - 'Phir Kabhi', 'Parwah Nahin' and 'Padhoge Likhoge'. The music will surely help the cause of the movie which releases worldwide at the end of this month!

Music Review Rating Chart: -
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

Almost doomed by the curse of the second half, Neeraj Pandey's much touted biopic on Indian cricket living legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni - MS DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY starring Sushant Singh Rajput gets to the finish line to make at least the 'fan' happy despite its playing safe, mushy and sloppy running.


Stumped by the fact that it's the A WEDNESDAY, SPECIAL CHABBIS fame Neeraj Pandey behind this divine amalgamation of cinema and cricket with a living legend like Dhoni in the center stage. The expectations are bound to go as high as 'Mahi''s helicopter shots, but BABY the bold and meaningful Neeraj Pandey makes us flabbergasted by playing safe to the gallery where we rarely catch the magic that made Dhoni the MS Dhoni we know.

Instead, this picture makes the Indian captain who brought back India's world cup glory in 2011 after 28 years, a filmy hero, a cricket angel rather than a tough, determined and inspirational sports figure who fought against all odds to become a darling of the nation.

The writers Pandey himself with Nandu Kamte and Dilip Jha (dialogues) open the film with MS Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) sitting in the dressing room and ready to take his stance in the famous cricket world cup finals in 2011. Cut to Ranchi, its circa 1981 a simpleton government official Pan Singh (Anupam Kher) is patiently waiting in an hospital, his wife is about to deliver and the good news comes. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Sushant Singh Rajput) aka 'Mahi' is born and its life as usual. Pan Singh wants Mahi to concentrate on studies and just not end up as a water machine mechanic like him. Mahi loves sports but cricket is not his first choice. Due to non-availability of the school team's wicket keeper due to board exams, Mahi - an amateur teen goal keeper catches attention of the school cricket coach. Mahi's first encounter with gloves and later with the English willow begins that reflects the middle-class milieu and how an extra ordinary talent finally makes it to the Indian eleven by doing odd ticket collectors job and support from his friends who never let him down.

An underdog making it big in the international arena will always remain a favorite amongst audience. But what yorks (read beats) this biopic from being an inspirational insight on how Mahi reached those heights as an influential captain who took bold decisions and what made him do so. What makes him 'captain cool', how he dealt with his short comings (broken English) to become one of the finely spoken Indian captain of our times etc, are surprisingly missing from this film. The detailing of Dhoni's inspirational rise as a player and as a captain is ignored. How he learned the tricks and how he mastered his opponents and made his decisions are not known. Aamir Khan's LAGAAN, though not a biopic had its share of detailing on how he learns the game and forms a team. Neeraj Pandey's biopic falls empty in this department.

As Mahi enters the Indian squad, it's all feel good with two back to back romances first with Kiara Advani followed by Disha Patani that makes this undesirably mushy.

Anyhow the writers manipulate it by playing with the nation's passion for cricket and end up with India's 2011 world cup victory with that memorable image of Dhoni hitting the winning six.

Neeraj Pandey's narration is better in first half but nothing special. It's not a Neeraj Pandey helmed picture I was looking for. Many believed Nearaj is the best bet for MS DHONI : THE UNTOLD STORY but after watching it seems anybody could have made this.

But the same cannot be said for Sushant Singh Rajput who stands tall as a performer in this biopic and gives his best. Anupam Kher is excellent. Bhoomika Chawla is fine. Kiara Advani and Disha Patani are decent. Rakesh Sharma as school coach and Kumud Mishra as top official are brilliant.

Technically sound with Sunil Babu in sync production design and Falguni Thakore costumes. Sanjoy Chowdhury's cinematography is pleasing.

In cricket when a recognized batsman gets a juicy half volley, the spectators expect a swashbuckling sixer, but even if the batsmen miss times it and the ball manages to cross the boundary line, it's still a boundary and a moment of cheers. 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.

Watch it for the love of the game if nothing else.

Rating 3/5

Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher, Herry Tangri, Bhoomika Chawla and Disha Patani
  • Lyrics: Manoj Muntashir
  • Director: Neeraj Pandey
  • Music Director: Amaal Mallik
  • Release Date : 30 Sep 2016