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Dreams, agony, controversy and history! MS Dhoni: The Untold story trailer promises it all


Trailer of the keenly-anticipated biopic of the Indian ODI captain covers his journey from being a budding talent to lifting the 2011 World Cup in India.

Mayur Lookhar

The theatrical trailer of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was launched on Thursday. It's been in the making for four years and its release date was delayed twice. The Neeraj Pandey-directed biopic on Indian ODI (One-Day International) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead.

A modern day icon, Dhoni’s cricketing prowess, his incredible achievements are known to all, but as shown in the trailer, the film promises to cover the remarkable journey of MS Dhoni, especially his struggles to pursue his dream of playing for India.

What stands out instantly from the trailer is that Rajput has had to work hard on his body to play the part. He’s lost a lot of weight trying to look a 16-year-old Dhoni. And later, added on the pounds to play the 30-year-old World Cup winning captain of the Indian team in 2011. Before the trailer launch, there were doubts over the struggling actor’s ability to play such an iconic role. Body to hair, Rajput has really worked hard trying to look like Captain Cool. As revealed by Dhoni himself at the trailer launch, Rajput’s worked hard on mastering his trademark helicopter shot.

The trailer is likely to create controversy with a scene where Dhoni tells the selectors to drop three Indian players from the ODI team. Naturally, this scene reminded the fans of the crucial team selection for the inaugural 2007 World T20 that was held in South Africa. The obvious reference is to the three Indian greats — Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid — who reportedly opted out of the World Cup in favour of young blood.

Well, there was a huge roar in the media then as rumour had it that it was Dhoni who wanted the three seniors out of the team following the disappointing first round exit in the preceding 50-over World Cup in West Indies. It must be recalled though the trailer mentions three players being unfit for the ODI team, but the South Africa event was a maiden global T20 extravaganza. So, the three players could be anyone who played under Dhoni’s captaincy. Nevertheless, expect the scribes to run after Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly to get their reactions on it.

What strikes you about the MS Dhoni: The Untold Story trailer is that there is no dramatising, over romanticising in any of the assimilated scenes. Humility, passion, perseverance and even agony is reflected on Rajput’s face albeit, like the real Dhoni, Rajput doesn’t look ruffled in these scenes. No politics, no bias, no patriarchal diktats deter him from achieving his goal.

Also depicted in the trailer is Dhoni’s love for bikes, his penchant for big sixes, early struggles to balance work (railway ticket collector) and passion. The most defining moment of Dhoni’s career is the historic six-over long on to win the 2011 World Cup. Rajput appears to display that shot and the subsequent moment where the Dhoni remained motionless, to perfect reality.

Among the surprise factor in the trailer is forlorn actress Bhumika Chawla, who plays Dhoni’s sister Jayanti Gupta. Time may have worn her out a bit, but Chawla still displays the innocence in her eyes the kind we saw in Tere Naam (2003).  Perhaps, the only thing that remains a mystery is the supposed tragic tale of Dhoni’s first love. Disha Patani has a blink-and-you-miss scene in the trailer.

Dhoni left the stage early and both Rajput and director Pandey refused to comment on the tragic love story part. If they did speak of it, there would be no 'untold’ in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. We have to wait and watch till 30 September, 2016.

For now, the fans can watch an awe-inspiring trailer.