So I’m done watching ‘MS Dhoni, the untold story’. Wanted to add ‘Spoiler alert’ at the beginning of this post. But… don’t you know what happens at Wankhede? Don’t you know what happens at Johannesburg? Anyway, #SPOILERALERTTTTTT (If you don’t like reading it now, or if you don’t understand few stuff I’m talking about, bookmark it! Watch the film. Read it later, maybe)
From Animesh Ganguly to Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, the film was too perfect in depicting Dhoni’s cricketing career. However, I don’t remember Mahi’s brother being mentioned anywhere in the film. Not a big deal!
“Do you like to play cricket”, a little guy asks Mahi. “Oh come on. Who plays with such a tiny ball”, he replies standing at the football goal post. Needs a special talent for transforming from a not-so-big-fan of the game to mastering the same.
Actually surprised to observe minute details on the screen like Dhoni playing for Bihar. Yeah, you read it right! Jharkhand wasn’t partitioned from Bihar, back in that time. Dhoni’s craze for the bike & love for the bat is super perfectly put on screen.
If you ask me, “How did it feel to watch the film in the midst of so many ardent Dhoni fans on first day?”, I would say “awesome!”. The cheer wasn’t only for Dhoni. Everytime a cricketer is shown, be it Dada or Sachin or Viru or GG, the crowd erupted with roars. Such a fantastic time with so much of cricket fans. “If cricket is a religion, then Tendulkar is its God” proven right once more by this film, when you find Sachin’s picture hanging in the middle of other Gods and Dhoni pointing that to his mother for buying that. Humongous cheering for that scene, I tell you.
Half way through the film, I was in a serious confusion if Yuvraj Singh had a twin or something (Watch it yourself to know why)! From the feel of dejection ’cause of the rejection to turning everything in future to perfection, the film was total attraction in the first half (Pardon the TR in me)
Dialogues were pukka. Every dialogue. You can relate it to the man we know & the man it is based on. For ex, Random guy- “Get out or he’ll bowl all day”; MS- “I won’t get out to get a job”. At one point of time in the film, you’ll be like, “Paar. Muzhusa, Dhoni’a ve maarirka Sushant’a paar” _/\_
That one thing I realised after watching the film. No job. No job in this world is an easy stuff. Kanla thanni to see all the struggles he went through to play cricket. If that’s the level of impact for me, ardent fans of Dhoni can’t sleep at all for minimum two more days.
Somewhere between ‘Finolex pipes’ to ‘Boost’ ad, McDowell’s ad was missed (excuse the critic in me :p ). And some life hacks like “hit where the selectors are sitting” cracked me up! 😀 And that typical Indian dad in Anupam Kher. The man who added liveliness to the film. “Did Musharaf say something else?”; “he should cut his hair”; “2hrs learn, 2hrs play”. Haha! Such innocent 80’s dad.
The second half where the female leads get in were kinda boring. In fact, the only boring portions were they! And the film is very predictable and has zero twists. This isn’t a David Fincher film. What more do you expect in the biopic of a man who is known to every nook & corner in India? (Dhoni’s both the love interests being the exceptions to this :p ) There is even space for the Chennai Super Kings jersey on screen.
So the lesson you learn thro’ this film is “If it’s a full toss, whack it. If out swing, leave it. If inswing, defend it; If bouncer, duck it” which goes the same with one’s life.
One more time to listen to the ‘Voice of India'; One more time to relive the World Cups; One more time to the past. Give this your time. It was such a beautiful journey. The man you know, the story you’ll know!
Actually as a cricket fan, one’ll like it, not that very sure for hardcore movie freaks.