Neeraj Pandey's MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The film, which chronicles Dhoni's journey from a boy from Ranchi to the second captain to lift the world cup, has hit big screen across the globe.
With a film on a national icon like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it becomes easy to overlook the flaws in the screenplay and get carried away with the emotions. Let's try and analyse the positive and negative aspects of the film:
What may work of the film:
Rather than recreating the important matches of Dhoni's career, the makers have used old clippings of the matches, thus keeping the authenticity intact. Apart from that, this is one of those rare films where the cricketing sequences are not shot using 'The Green Screen', thus making them seem real and effective.
One will instantly connect with Dhoni's journey because of his never-say-die attitude. And yes, the romantic sequences do provide a breath of fresh air.
The background score towards the climax i.e. World Cup 2011 finale, is hard-htting. Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni fits the bill from the word go! Rajput has imbibed Dhoni's style of walking and speaking, which proves that he did his home-work right.
Dhoni's cameo in the last frame is the cherry on top.
What may not work of the film:
The biggest issue with MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is the predictability. We all know what will happen towards the climax.
Director Neeraj Pandey, rather than exploring the untold aspects of Dhoni like 'what keeps him so cool through-out matches' or 'what made him take the decision to promote himself in the World Cup Final' or 'what actually made him take the brave decisions through-out his career', gets stuck with the commercial trappings.
Rather than knowing 'Dhoni: The Person' better, one comes out with a feeling of I-knew-all-this-even-before-watching-the-film, as the screenplay follows a well-established template of films from a similar genre.
Will it do well at the Box Office?
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story will definitely find wide acceptance from the youth and will revive memories of the World Cup 2011 victory.
The opening weekend in all probability will be the second biggest of the year. However, given the high economies it will be essential for the film to record a healthy trend after that. Reactions from family and the female audience hold the key for Dhoni to hit the ball out of the park in the long run.
Given the content, Rs 200 crore (which might have been achieved with exceptional word of mouth) looks out of sight, however it will be interesting to see if it just manages to sneak past the Rs 150 crore mark in its lifetime run.
Box Office Prediction (Hindi Only):
- Opening Day: Rs 20 crore
- Opening Weekend: Rs 65 crore
- Lifetime Collections: Rs 130 - Rs 135 crore
Expected Verdict is Hit.
The producers will break-even at Rs 120 crore and overseas share would be the profits.