My Rating: 3.0/5.0
I’d begin by saying that I don’t like the idea of a biopic of somebody who’s still in action and hasn’t yet got time to reflect on his own life and his own decisions. That apart, I think the movie was only very average and did not make even a vague effort to be precise and concise.
The movie’s plot is chronology of the MSD’s life in that exact sequence without even missing out that he stayed with 5 people in a 2 bedroom quarter just behind AK Ganguly’s bungalow who had a concrete pitch in there for railway cricketers to practice. That’s a painful amount of detail getting packed into a 3.5 hours movie. What pissed me even further was that the movie focuses on the struggle of Dhoni much more than his success.
It left me with more questions than answers: Why was there a rivalry between Yuvi and Mahi? Why did Mahi take off senior players from the team? How did Dhoni reach captaincy in just first few years of his international career?
I like Dhoni as a player, as a captain and as a human being. And I think that’s the reason why I would’ve loved to see a much better version of his biopic. I think he should not rush into making money by selling the royalty for his biopic to under-graded film-makers.
It looks like Bollywood has entered an era of sports biopics, and the best part is that people like them. First Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and now Mary Kom have proved to the film-makers that if made well and with creativity, the biopics can be made into successful movies and they necessarily not be limited to being documentaries.
Following the suite, Neeraj Pandey has launched a movie on the current captain of the Indian cricket team – MS Dhoni – obviously expecting and hoping that the audience will like it and love it. But will that actually work? The first question that came to my mind was – Why Dhoni? Yes, he might have been the most successful captain of Indian cricket team, but Ganguly’s role was no less in transforming Indian side from a defensive side to an attacking team. And what about the ‘God’ of Indian cricket – Sachin Tendulkar? If you mean to say that Dhoni deserves to have a biopic more than Tendulkar, you must be joking. For that matter, I’d rank Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Rahul Dravid above Dhoni for their fan following, inspirational personality and impeccable character.
I guess, I’m just thinking a little too much here. A country that helps movies like Kick and Chennai Express to earn more than Rs 400 crores, how many people will actually be thinking of this movie as inspirational, motivational and ‘Biopic’. Let’s see what happens.