MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, which was released on Friday, September 30, has received overwhelming response from critics.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story will showcase the journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni from working as a ticket collector to becoming the captain of the Indian cricket team. It will also highlight the struggles and lesser-known facts about the Indian skipper's life before he attained success as a cricketer.
Sushant has delivered a brilliant performance with his portrayal of Dhoni on screen. His hardwork and dedication towards the film has been depicted in the movie. Critics have also been lauding the real shooting locations, which has given a realistic look to the film.
Helmed by ace director Neeraj Pandey and produced by Arun Pandey and Fox Star studios, the film also has Kiara Advani as Sakshi Dhoni and Disha Patani and Anupam Kher in key roles.
We bring you some critics' verdict for the movie. See them below in the MS Dhoni: The Untold Story review round-up:
Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express said: "This film had potential to present us with the recent Indian cricketing story, warts and all. Sadly it's more hagiography than biography: the cricketer is reduced to a being singing-dancing Bollywood hero rather than a top-flight cricketer, a master strategist, and a captain who led from the front. True champions have that edge that no one else does: on that score, the real-life Dhoni hits it out of the park, every single time. Too bad the reel Dhoni gets stumped just when he is getting started."
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf New said: "Apart from a couple of scenes touching upon Dhoni's unconventional decisions taken as a captain such as removing a couple of established players from the team, the film doesn't offer any insight into the interesting episodes on the professional front. We don't want the dirt, but at least give us the gritty bits."
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV said: "But overall, M S Dhoni - The Untold Storydoes not mirror the Indian skipper's batting style. It is neither strikingly unconventional nor particularly effective. With the director's focus firmly on amplifying Dhoni's greatness, the cricketer's many career missteps are swept under the carpet. This film is, in the end, only a fanboy account of the journey of a Ranchi lad who went from the anonymity of being a railway ticket collector in Kharagpur to becoming one of the brightest-ever stars of Indian cricket."
Anna MM Vetticad of Firstpost said: "Overall though, the screenplay lacks insights and depth. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story starts off well but does not seem to know where to go from there.Through the film, there are flashes of humour and pleasant touches that show us what might have been if Pandey had not been constrained."