More than 75 percent of the people anticipating the release of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story in the state are only interested in this for it being the cricketer’s biography. This mad craze towards the movie is mostly attributed to the fanbase of the cricketer. His detractors are also finding it hard to avoid the same and would probably watch it anyway just to nitpick a few things.
The point here is, the Dhoni factor has seriously undermined the other important aspects of this film that would still be magnificent on its own. Here’s why:
1. The brilliance of Neeraj Pandey
For those down south who are not even aware of this director before this movie’s poster was first released: He is the maker behind A Wednesday, the original of Kamal Haasan’s Unnai Pol Oruvan, Akshay Kumar’s critically acclaimed films Special 26 and Baby. Notably, he won the Indira Gandhi Award for Best First Film of a Director at the 56th National Awards for A Wednesday.
His narrative style in Baby (2015) was fresh and highly effective, spinning an engaging screenplay with a team of secret agents operating to shield the country from terror. With just three films as a director, Pandey has already joined the list of directors to keep an eye on, and this being a biopic of this magnitude only adds more weight to the expectation.
2. Rising star in Sushant Singh Rajput
To be honest, MS Dhoni’s name and personalization have immensely out shadowed this actor who would’ve to wait for the film to hit the screens to show how good an actor he is. I can barely forget that smile at the back end of Kai Po Che! A touching little role in PK that still stays on the memory amidst the performance of Aamir Khan and content.
He has undergone immense struggle and dedicated a lot of time to adapt himself as Dhoni, practicing the helicopter shot and other on-field mannerism of Ranchi’s golden boy to near perfection. Another report is that Akshay Kumar wanted to play Dhoni and approached the director he has previously worked with in Special 26 and Baby, but Pandey declined to his interest and went ahead with SSR.
“The most important thing for an actor is to convince himself that he is the character, that’s where you start from. For MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, he is so fit that I had to train for a year,” SSR said in an interview earlier in the month.
“He (Sushant) has worked very hard. He was practicing every day for more than nine months. He was batting every day for over three hours when it comes to portraying the (cricket) shots. Also, the way I walk, the way I talk, he has copied almost everything. In fact, I was amazed to see him do all these things,” Dhoni said earlier in a statement.
3. The inside story/Dhoni’s version of the selection controversy
‘These three don’t fit the ODI team anymore,’ Sushant will utter as Dhoni in a selectors meeting as shown in the trailer. Is that so simple? Dropping legends, sidelining crowd favorites that still has earned him a handful of haters?! What really happened within the closed walls? Are we in for some locker room rifts to be exposed? Even though we may not be exactly seeing what actually happened, it might certainly give an overall idea of what affected Indian Cricket over the last decade or so, either positively or negatively. A whole lot of reasons to book a ticket.
Watch: MS Dhoni – The Untold Story trailer (with subtitles)
4. Notable cameos
The film has a few big stars in guest appearances or extended cameos. Since it deals with a cricketer’s story, his friends will obviously be his teammates who spend more time with the player and Tollywood’s Ram Charan is playing Suresh Raina, Fawad Khan plays Virat Kohli and Herry Tangri is doing Yuvraj Singh’s character.
There might also be one or two surprises in store with casting.
5. Get inspired
This is something that comes naturally when one watches a truly great biopic. It’s extra special when it’s made on a sportsperson. Bhaag Milka Bhaag, Paan Singh Tomar were rated highly by the critics and there is a pretty high chance that this might rank up among those if this lives up to the director and casting lives up to the promise.
The man you know, the journey you don’t: This tagline conveys that the movie isn’t going to be some visualization of his Wikipedia page but some content that’s really uncovered concerned with Dhoni’s personal life and career, struggle to fame and winning the ICC tournaments.
It is said that the Tamil version of the movie will get more screens than anticipated, thanks to Dhoni’s promotional acts in Chennai.