- Director:Neeraj Pandey
- Writer:Neeraj Pandey,Neeraj Pandey
- Cast:Sushant Singh Rajput,Kiara Advani,Anupam Kher
- Time:3h 4min
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Sushant Singh Rajput||-||M. S. Dhoni|
|Kiara Advani||-||Sakshi Singh Dhoni nee Rawat|
|Anupam Kher||-||Pan Singh Dhoni|
|Disha Patani||-||Priyanka Jha|
|Bhoomika Chawla||-||Jayanti Gupta|
|Sanjay Dadich||-||Satya Prakash Krishna (as Sanjay Dadhich)|
|Kali Prasad Mukherjee||-||A K Ganguly (as K P Ji)|
|Mithu Chakraborty||-||Mrs. Banerjee|
|Kranti Prakash Jha||-||Santosh Lal|
|Brijendra Kala||-||Commentator Tiwari Ji|
|Mukesh Bhatt||-||Commentator Shukla Ji (as Mukesh S. Bhatt)|
|Jitin Gulati||-||Gautam Gupta|
|Sahil Gyan||-||Akash - Jvm school team captain)|
The school shown in the trailer is the actual school of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the same classrooms and fields have been used.
Before signing of the film cast, Akshay Kumar was showing lot of interest for playing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's role but, due to less similarity between Dhoni and his looks, the director of the movie Neeraj Pandey politely denied him.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's favorite and famous helicopter shot was taught to him by his childhood friend, and school and club teammate, Santosh Lal as shown in the film sadly Santosh passed away in 2013 due to pancreatitis.
The film's teaser trailer was released on March 15, 2016 - the day the 2016 ICC World T20 started.
Former cricketer and current selector Kiran More had trained Sushant Singh Rajput for the role to play Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Sushant Singh Rajput got injured while practicing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's famous helicopter shot. And later was trained by Dhoni himself.
Bhoomika Chawla's comeback film to Hindi Cinema after 9 years her last film was Gandhi, My Father (2007).
As you can see in the film, The Yamaha RX100 was Mahendra Singh Dhoni's first ever bike which he got for Rs 4,500 and being away on cricket tours meant the bike needed some attention. MS went on to restore this particular bike to all its glory.
India tour to Pakistan in 2006 where President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf was quite impressed with hairstyle of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and asked him not to cut a footage of this is also shown in the film.
The film was made tax-free in Uttar Pradesh after a day of its release.
In 2016 there are two Bollywood movies based on the real story of 2 Indian cricket captains. The first one was Azhar (2016) based on the biography of former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin. The second one was M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) based on the biography of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (former Indian Cricket Captain). In both the movies Rajesh Sharma was also casted. Sharma has played the role of a bookie in 'Azhar' while in' M.S. Dhoni 'The untold story he played the role of Dhoni's mentor.
Disha Patani, who is actually the girlfriend of Tiger Shroff debuted with Sushant Singh Rajput (not the debut for Sushant), while Kriti Sanon, the girlfriend of Sushant Singh Rajput debuted with Tiger Shroff in "Heropanti".
Decided not to feature Sourav Ganguly shirtless.
Anupam Kher plays father of a lead character playing cricketer for the third time earlier he played father to Harman Baweja in Victory (2009) which was also a cricket based film and father to Shahid Kapoor in Dil Bole Hadippa! (2009).
Neeraj Pandey scrapped the Marathi version of the film as it's dubbing wasn't completed in time.
It is Neeraj Pandey's fourth critically acclaimed film after "A Wednesday", "Special 26" and "Baby" as the director and Anupam Kher has appeared in all of these films in lead or supporting roles.
Debut of Disha Patani.
The film's release date has been postponed from 2nd September to 30th September.
Sushant Singh Rajput had to grow his hair long for the character as Mahendra Singh Dhoni sported long hair in his early career which became quite famous.
Film starts with India batting in finals of 2011 world cup and ends with India's victory in 2011 cricket world cup.
All international matches including the world cup t20 final which India won against Pak and the finals of 2011 were real and the replacement was only made of Mahendra Singh Dhoni which was played by Sushant Singh Rajput hence giving an original touch to the movie.
When the BCCI centre, Mumbai is shown for the first time, the 1983 World Cup trophy won by Indian team in captaincy of Kapil Dev is briefly seen.
Mrs. Sakhshi Dhoni gave her actual Wedding dress for this movie's wedding scene.
Anupam Kher and Sushant Singh Rajput are working together for the first time.
In the scene, where BCCI executives talk about performances of Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and the shirt removal incident of Sourav Ganguly, they are actually talking about India's victory over England in Natwest Trophy final in 2002.
Aamir Khan, Kiron Rao, Mukesh Ambani and Nita Ambani appear in a scene in the Wankhede Stadium attending the World Cup final, which is an original footage of the match.
Of the many VFX shots delivered for 'M.S.Dhoni: The Untold Story', the VFX team predominantly worked on 250 complex shots requiring head and body replacements to create a skinny version of Sushant Singh Rajput as the teenage Dhoni. Another challenge the team undertook was matching the head size, posture and body frame of Sushant to Dhoni's on live broadcast footage of the various cricket matches featured in the film, which entailed months of planning, preparation and extensive VFX. A production team of 120 artists worked on the project for 90 days to deliver a total of 910 VFX shots for the film
Fox studio paid BCCI for the real scenes of match shown in the movie.
film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey.
The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, along with Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, and Anupam Kher.
It is based on the life of former Test, ODI and T20I captain of the Indian national cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The film chronicles the life of Dhoni from a young age through a series of life events.
The idea of the biopic was put forward by Dhoni's manager, Arun Pandey, after encountering an incident at an airport after the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final.
Development began two years later, with the consent of Dhoni.
Neeraj Pandey was later approached to helm the film while he was working on Baby.
Pandey recruited a number of people for researching into Dhoni's background and his life events.
Dhoni eventually became a consultant on the film
In addition to being released in Hindi language, it was also dubbed in Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi languages, although the Marathi release was later cancelled due to opposition.
The film was released on 30 September 2016 by Fox Star Studios and received the widest release ever for a Bollywood film across 61 countries.
Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success.
Dhoni was at an airport when a child approached him and asked him a question on motivation. Dhoni sat down with the young boy and spent 5 minutes answering the question. His manager, Arun Pandey, asked why he spent that much time and Dhoni replied how his answer was pivotal in benefiting and motivating the boy. This incident then prompted Pandey to make a film about him saying [to Dhoni] that his story has the power to motivate millions of children like him.
It is currently the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016 in India with 1.16 billion Rs. (USD 16 million).
Development of a Dhoni biopic began after the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final and the discussion about the idea went on over the following years but remained dormant.
After the idea coalesced, Pandey began to convince Dhoni himself in order to adapt his life into a full-length feature film.
According to International Business Times, the film carries a production budget of around 1.04 billion Rs. (USD 15.6 million).
Pandey was attracted to Dhoni's story not because of his successful cricket career, saying that "it's foolish to chase MS Dhoni's life story only because it's about cricket," but rather to instances and factors that made him the person he is today.
Dhoni wasn't involved in writing the script.
The filmmakers decided that they would only green-light the film once they had a convincing story to tell after the research.
Pandey recruited a team of researchers who collated data and background information while the director was busy directing Baby (2015).[According to International Business Times, the film carries a production budget of around 1.04 billion (USD 15.6 million).
Arun Pandey says 98% of the content in the film is reality.
The team undertook two years of research on the various incidents and how they took place.
Pandey revealed several prominent aspects of Dhoni's life that were hidden before including the fact that Dhoni initially disdained cricket and had a predilection for football instead, his signature "helicopter shot" was taught to him by his friend Santosh Lal, he likes women who don't recognise him, he and Yuvraj Singh had close ties even before their respective stardom and it was Dhoni who ousted Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid from the team since he wanted to build a young team for the 2011 World Cup with better fielders and he wasn't too happy with the 'fitness' levels of the aforementioned cricketers.
Pandey says "such authenticity would be hard to find even in Hollywood."
Neeraj Pandey was in the midst of shooting Baby (2015) when Arun Pandey, the manager of Dhoni, offered him an opportunity of making a biopic based on Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Pandey met with Dhoni numerous times over a span of eight months and by the eighth month of their meetings, in 2014, the main arc of the story began to form.
During their sporadic meetings, Pandey chose not to record and tape their conversations which prompted Dhoni to open up more.
It was only after meeting Dhoni personally during the second schedule of Baby that he was convinced to helm the film.
Pandey explained how not being a fan helped him direct the movie impartially, "I think if you are fan, as a director it would be difficult to be objective and impartial.
Pandey decided to end the film with the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final since he felt "the arc of the story had a natural high at the 2011 World Cup win."
Every question that came from the director or any member of the team working on the script was directly answered by Dhoni.
Pandey admits that he is not a fan of Dhoni and doesn't feel guilty about it. But he does have a predilection for cricket and other renowned cricketers like AB de Villiers and Sachin Tendulkar.
Pandey knew that they were chronicling almost 30 years of a sportsman's life "in a highly compressed manner" and said that had he extended the script to his sudden retirement during an ongoing series, the run time of the film would shoot up to six hours.
However, Pandey was sceptical and didn't wish to tackle such a subject until he met Dhoni himself.
When Dhoni met Rajput and chatted with him for 15 minutes, he knew that the accent, the setting and the milieu they needed to capture would not be a problem.
Rajput admits that he is a fan of Dhoni, and describes himself as an "ardent" cricket fan.
It is the director's first biopic film.
Dhoni would clear any doubts of the director and Rajput.
Dhoni did not want the film to serve as a whitewash of his life, "One thing I told (Neeraj) Pandey is that this movie should not be to glorify me. It's about the journey of a professional sportsperson and that's what it should depict."
Director Pandey, who has not seen any of Sushant Singh Rajput's films, followed his intuition when it came to casting him.
Rajput's sister is a professional cricketer who once made it to the women's national team, while he himself wasn't very good at the sport no matter how hard he tried, even failing to get selected for the school team.
Rajput was always his first choice given how both Dhoni and Rajput hail from the same part of India, which made it easy for him to get the dialect right and the fact he has a predilection for sports like Dhoni.
Training sessions were recorded and compared with the cricketer's real game.
It took a further six months for Rajput to feel confident that he looked and played like Dhoni.
Former wicketkeeper Kiran More personally coached Rajput for thirteen months, including wicket-keeping and batting before he started learning Dhoni's body language.
Rajput said that he did not pretend to be Dhoni, but actually felt like the cricketer while essaying the title role.
Rajput met Dhoni thrice before filming commenced.
Dhoni's batting style was scientifically analysed, learnt and practised and an analyst was called on board for this.
Rajput practiced for four hours, starting at 6:00 every morning.
In order to prepare for his role, Rajput had to go through an exhaustive prolonged training for a period of 18 months before shooting began and watched his videos for hours, to a point that he subconsciously started picking up some of his traits.
For instance, in order to grasp Dhoni's trademark "Helicopter shot," the team would carefully analyse it and fix the bowling machine into one spot and then play the same shot at least 200 to 300 times a day for a week to a point that it came naturally to Rajput.
Rajput found it difficult to get Dhoni's mannerisms right.
Dhoni's real school teacher was cast in the film.
The filmmakers were also shown his former social hangout as well as introduced to the food he liked eating whilst growing up
Rajput learned Dhoni's signature 'helicopter' shot by the end of the first day, but suffered a hairline fracture and had to leave for two weeks.
Rajput described More as a "tough taskmaster," who treated him like a professional cricketer rather than an actor.
In an effort to stay true to the crux of the biopic, Neeraj also shot scenes from the film in Dhoni's real home in Ranchi, Jharkhand where his parents and brother Narendra currently live.
Filming also took place in Aurangabad.
The film was shot mainly in authentic and real-life locations where Dhoni spent much of his childhood and teenage years, with Pandey saying that 95% of the locations in the film were authentic.
Shooting also took place at Kharagpur railway station where Dhoni once worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE), his old school, Jawahar Vidya Mandir and at the quarter number 142 of Mecon Limited he shared with his four roommates while studying engineering.
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story received the widest release for a Bollywood film receiving a day-and-date release both in India and internationally in a total of 61 countries across approximately 4,500 screens worldwide on the week ending October 2, 2016.
Sabina Islam, media and marketing manager of the distributor IMGC Global Entertainment in Pakistan told The Express Tribune, "We wouldn't want to release anything that can aggravate the current situation of the two countries. Dhoni is India's hero so it's risky."
The film was not released in Pakistan due to problems following the 2016 Uri attack.
Maharashtra was declared this film tax-free on October 5 by chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
The film was declared tax-free in Uttar Pradesh by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav a day after its release, and in Dhoni's home state, Jharkhand, a few days later.
As a part of the association, Maruti Suzuki ran a series of customer engagement activities on social media.
The filmmakers organised large promotions, which later helped the movie register good advance booking.
Internationally, the film was released in 60 countries across 1,000 screens in conjunction with its Indian premiere.
Maruti Suzuki released two MS Dhoni inspired special edition of Alto cars the Alto 800 and Alto K10 as part of the company's association with the film.
According to Vijay Singh, that marks the biggest-ever release for a Hindi film in Tamil and Telugu and one of the widest for any Indian film internationally.
The film was not released in Punjabi and Marathi languages. This was because Fox had wanted to release the film on the same day-and-date but a dubbed version in the two aforementioned languages could not be produced at that time.
The film was released on Friday, September 30, across approximately 3,500 screens and delivered an opening of 213 million Rs. (USD 3.0 million) on its first day.
Even though attempts were made later to dub and release the film in the Marathi language in the state of Maharashtra, this was however not possible. This was because Amey Khopkar, chief of Chitrapat Karmachari Sena, the film affairs wing of regional political party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena told the filmmakers that releasing the film in the language would cause unfair competition for regional movies by giving rise to a scenario where more filmmakers will release Hindi films dubbed in Marathi, prompting Pandey to scrap the plan.
The film recouped around 900 million Rs.(USD 13.5 million) before its release via multiple platforms and ancillary; 550 million Rs. (USD 8.2 million) from satellite rights; 200 million Rs. (USD 3 million) from endorsement brands; 100 million Rs. (USD 1.5 million) for overseas distribution rights; and 50 million Rs. (USD 750,920) for music rights.
The film received mainly positive reviews from critics.
A teaser trailer was released on March 15, 2016, in conjunction with the commencement of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
The first official poster was released on July 7, 2016, on Dhoni's 35th birthday.
The film does not include Dhoni's take on the two year ban imposed on Chennai Super Kings from playing in the Twenty20.
A second poster was unveiled on August 6.
On September 12, Fox Star Studios released a promotional video entitled "Captain Curious", which shows Dhoni and Sushant Rajput engaging in a conversation. The short clip was written by What Works, shot by Shiraz Bhattacharya and released by Fox.
Chanchal Bhattacharya, a specialised cricket coach who used to train young cricketers in Dhoni's school campus pinpointed at a pivotal incident during Dhoni's days which was absent in the movie: Dhoni once scored a century for East Zone in a Deodhar Trophy against Central Zone. Karsan Ghavri, who was the coach of East Zone at that time, praised Dhoni's century saying that "this lad will represent the country one day."
The Hindu said, "of course such sanitisation makes the film lose out on interesting layers and complexity, but, curiously, the focused, unwavering eulogising of Dhoni also helps it get an unmistakeable emotional acuity."
In late September 2016, the cast flew to Chennai to promote the film where Dhoni and Rajput met veteran actor Rajinikanth at his residence and discussed the film.
Maruti Suzuki released two MS Dhoni inspired special edition of Alto cars the Alto 800 and Alto K10 as part of the company's association with the film. The two cars were unveiled by Dhoni and R S Kalsi, Maruti Suzuki India Executive Director of Marketing and Sales in Hyderabad on September 24.
Andy Bull of The Guardian said that not every aspect of Dhoni's life could be included in the three-hour-and-10-minute-long biopic. He quoted John Briley's famous line from the script he wrote for Richard Attenborough's Gandhi: "No man's life can be encompassed in one telling. There is no way to give each year its allotted weight, to include each event, each person who helped to shape a lifetime."
It was released in key markets including the United States and Canada and the U.K. and in the other regular Bollywood diaspora markets in South East Asia, Africa and Europe.
Through a chain of distributors the film also went out in non-regular Bollywood territories such as Japan, Spain, France, Hungary, Poland, the Philippines and the West Indies.
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor gave a positive review of the film, praising the performance of Rajput in particular.
The film was noted for omitting certain aspects of Dhoni's life and in the realm of cricket that were deemed noteworthy such as the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 press conference, where Dhoni brought the entire team and read out a statement of unity, the 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting case and the alleged rift with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.
Several professional Indian sportsmen and sportswomen such as cricketer Mohammad Kaif, and badminton player Saina Nehwal had high regards for the film.
While the film featured his sister Jayanti, there was no mention about his real life elder brother, Narendra Singh Dhoni, who is a politician.
Rachel Saltz of The New York Times gave a negative review of the film saying that "you don't have to understand cricket to enjoy a good cricket movie", e.g. Lagaan (2001), but one does "have to be a cricket fan, and an indulgent one at that" for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story. She found the term "hagiographic" unfit for the film and labelled the film as "long and languid."
The 10 song album features the voices of singers Armaan Malik, Arijit Singh, Siddharth Basrur, Rochak Kohli and Palak Muchhal; it was released in three different language versions: Tamil, Telugu & Marathi.
Amaal Mallik composed the soundtrack for M.S. Dhoni.
Rochak Kohli composed one song as a guest composer.
Tamil lyrics were penned by P. Vijay, Telugu by Chaitanya Prasad & Marathi by Guru Thakur.
All lyrics written by Manoj Muntashir.
T-Series acquired the music rights for the film.
The background music was composed by Sanjoy Chowdhury.