| Movie Review | Malaysia | 1 Oct 2016 | Asia Samachar |
• FILM RATING: 4/5
• Biopic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the greatest to take the field for Team India in cricket. (No spoilers)
• A journey through the ups and downs of MSD till his eventual success. An inspiring story!
• Main Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Anupam Kher, Kiara Advani, Disha Patani, Bhumika Chawla.
By Jagmeet Singh
Usually biopics are made for retired superstars but not this time! MS Dhoni is truly one in a billion! After all, it was his performance in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 that helped India defeat Sri Lanka to lift the trophy that eluded them for decades.
It was luck that my first visit to India was shortly a week after Dhoni had helped India win the Cricket World Cup on home soil in April 2011. The cricket bug had bitten me. I had fallen in love with a sport I grew up criticising. My admiration for MS Dhoni grew deeper with every step I took into the sport.
Naturally, I was elated when the film was announced in 2014. The excitement doubled when Sushant Singh Rajput was cast for the lead role. His debut performance in Kai Po Che was convincing to say the least. Ex-Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More played a huge role in Sushant’s transformation into a cricketer for his role in the film. Kiran More trained Sushant for three hours every morning for nine months. (Source: Circle of Cricket).
His grit and determination to prepare him for his role deserves praise. It justifies the credit and rave reviews he’s been receiving post the film’s release. It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Sushant and he aced it. Reel Dhoni was just as good as real Dhoni. His performance was flawless, Sushant had perfected everything from Dhoni’s walking and talking style to his signature helicopter shot. The entire cast deserve credit for their fitting execution of their roles. Anupam Kher did very well essaying the role of Pan Singh Dhoni, Mahi’s typical Indian father.
Despite her limited role in the film, the charming Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha, Dhoni’s first partner when he initially broke into the international scene will leave a lasting impact on the audience. Meanwhile, Kiara Advani executed the role of Sakshi Singh, MSD’s wife, perfectly. I was particularly impressed with Kiara’s ability to translate Sakshi’s introvert personality trait into her performance in the film.
The film takes the audience on a journey through Mahi’s life from his childhood initially as a goalkeeper in football, to the wicket-keeping gloves he still earns a living from. His journey through frustration and depression early in his career, and him building up the courage and calmness he regularly showed to overcome all kinds of challenges. From his humble small town beginnings in Ranchi to helping India lift the World Cup at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. From a ticket collector to a world famous sportsman, Dhoni’s biopic is a complete package!
Even if you don’t fancy the sport of cricket, Neeraj Pandey’s direction and screenplay of the film ensures its ability to keep you emotionally intrigued to your seat right till the end! The soundtrack of the film also deserves credit. Amaal Malik earned his fair share of glory for the music in the film. The soundtrack matches the ride of the film.
Life often throws various challenges your way, but the man himself, MSD often reiterates, “Till the full stop doesn’t come, the sentence is not complete”.
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