Indian cricketer MS Dhoni’s biopic, MS Dhoni – The Untold Story released all over India on the 30th of September to an absolutely overwhelming response from all corners. The biopic depicting the Indian Cricket Team’s captain’s journey from a school kid from a small town in Jharkhand (Then Bihar) to leading the Indian team to a world cup win has had audiences enthralled.
Screens all over the country were pre-booked as fans were desperate to get the first glimpse of the much-awaited Neeraj Pandey directed film. On day 1, the film raked in a massive 21.3 crores, way more than any biopic has ever earned in Bollywood history.
In further good news for the producers, the movie is the second highest grossing film on day 1 in 2016, bettering the likes of Housefull 3 and Shah Rukh Khan’s fan. The only movie to have done better than MS Dhoni – The Untold Story so far this year is Salman Khan’s Sultan.
The movie starts out with a scene from the Wankhede Stadium with the crowd expecting Yuvraj Singh to walk in after the departure of Virat Kohli, only for MS Dhoni to intervene and take things into his own hands by walking in at #5. As the Wankhede crowd erupts with chants of ‘Dhoni Dhoni’, we immediately cut to Dhoni’s school days and the story builds from there.
The director perfectly captures his growth from a kid who had just had his first associations with the game to a young man, who had to juggle between being a Ticket Collector for the Railways and trying to make a break in the world of sport.
The film also divulges details of Dhoni’s personal life, describing in detail the women in his life and the relationships he shared with them. The film builds towards the climax of the film, which is also the first scene, the Wankhede Stadium, with Dhoni walking out with the team in trouble.
All-in-all, it made for fantastic viewing and the audience were gripped through the course of the 3-hour rollercoaster.
As positive reviews pour in from all corners, the interest in the movie is only going to build and full houses are expected across the country in the days and weeks to come.
They would still have a long way to go to eclipse Sultan as the highest-grossing film of the year. In all, Sultan raked in an astounding 584 crores while the second highest grossing film of the year has been superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali.
Industry expert Taran Adarsh expects the movie to do very well and there is no reason why it shouldn’t.
If you have seen the movie already, you are sure to have revelled in the sheer delight of recalling the man behind arguably India’s greatest moment on the grandest stage. If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? MS Dhoni – The Untold Story is a delight.