Bollywood has seen much money minting, but quality, with a touch of commercialisation, plus the aptitude to earn money, this is a rare kind of cinema which we do not get to see much in the Indian film industry. This famine might end with one movie, the much awaited biopic on Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
With much fanfare, finally the trailer of ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ was launched, and was it worth it? You bet it was. The wait and anticipation had started, ever since the first news had seeped out of media channels that a biopic on Dhoni was in the pipeline. For this was one Indian skipper, who was rarely seen losing his cool, was rarely noted making a derogatory remark, and effortlessly led his team towards victory, and motivated them after a defeat.
We did not know how Sushant Singh Rajput, an actor so fresh in the arena of Bollywood would do justice to such a rich character, but one look at the trailer, and we were convinced, that he is the man. The dilemma of a boy who belongs to a middle-class family, of whether he should get stuck in the never ending circle of job security, or should he achieve his dream of becoming a cricketer, has been portrayed amazingly well by Sushant.
Anupam Kher as Pan Singh, Dhoni’s father, and Bhumika Chawla as his sister are pillar like supporting characters to the film, and play their parts so convincingly in the trailer. The dilemma of a father who has seen nothing beyond the ordinary toil for a better life, and wants the same security for his son too, is perfectly evident in Kher’s manner.
There are clichés as well, some song sequences, but then that is the quintessential Bollywood touch for you, the way we depict romance. The background score of the trailer actually adds that edge to the journey that Indian skipper’s life is. Plus, the fact that we know very little about Dhoni, prior to his selection in the Indian Cricket Team, and the movie trailer promises to unravel the life of this simple boy who went on to become one of the most successful captains of the Indian Cricket Team.
Cricket fans like us, are particularly hopeful, as not only the trailer is tight and crisp enough glimpse into what a wonderful film this is going to be, the project has been helmed by ‘A Wednesday’ director Neeraj Pandey, whose expertise in handling facts makes his movies a must-watch. Plus, Sushant Singh Rajput is absolutely winning our hearts in the three-minute-trailer, and we just can’t wait to watch him in the full movie.
The trailer ends on the note of India lifting the World Cup after a hiatus of 28 years, with Sushant/Dhoni’s shot in mid-air. The goosebumps that we experience are the same ones we had that fated night when we were glued to the TV screens, and with one six, Dhoni made our dreams come true, as shouts of victory rang throughout the country.
‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ is a story that needs to be told, and the trailer has given all the Cricket fans something great to look forward too. Especially after the disaster that Emraan Hashmi starrer ‘Azhar’ was, we really have huge expectations from this one. The journey of the Indian skipper looks like a treat worth watching, and Sushant has really done a fabulous job. The trailer has gripped us in a World Cup like fever, and whether this will hit a six on the box office or not, let’s all see on Sept 30.