M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language biographical sports film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It is based on the life of former Test, ODI and T20I captain of the Indian national cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, along with Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, and Anupam Kher. 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.
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. 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. Upon release, the film became a critical and commercial success. It is currently the fifth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2016 in India with ₹1.16 billion (US$16 million).
In the pre-credits sequence there is a scene of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final. MS Dhoni, India’s captain, walks out to bat after Kohli’s wicket.
The film begins in Ranchi, 7 July 1981. At the hospital maternity unit, Pan Singh is confused whether he has got a girl or boy. He later names his baby boy Mahendra. Dhoni’s father is a pump operator who waters the practice ground. Fourteen years later, Dhoni is spotted by a cricket coach while goalkeeping in a football game. He invites him to try out for the school cricket team as a wicketkeeper and selects him after being impressed. Dhoni improves his batting and becomes a regular member of the team.
Three years later, Dhoni helps win an inter-school cricket match. After achieving much fame, Dhoni is selected for the Ranji Trophy but his draft notice is held up due to which he is late in reaching Kolkata despite his friends’ help. But Dhoni does not give up and, to please his father, he joins the Kharagpur Station as a ticket collector. Years later, Dhoni’s sister Jayanti is married.
After some time, Dhoni is depressed with his job. With the insistence of his manager, Dhoni decides to play cricket alongside his work, and after his day-shifts he goes to practice cricket. He participates in different tournaments and as a result he gets selected for the Railways. After a good performance, he tries-out for the India national under-19 cricket team selections. Bihar loses to Punjab where Yuvraj Singh scores 301 and Dhoni does not succeed though he is selected for the Duleep Trophy.
Dhoni leaves his job and admits to his father that cricket is his only ambition and he wants to become a professional cricketer. He works hard and is selected in the national team and makes his debut. He meets and befriends Priyanka Jha, an office consultant, and scores a century after meeting her. She buys a watch for him as a Valentine’s Day gift but dies in a truck accident on her way. Dhoni again goes into depression and has bad form in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. As captain of the national side, he wins the T-20 World Cup, and leads India to the number one ranking in Test Matches.
In 2010, Dhoni arrives at a hotel. Sakshi Rawat, a hotel official fails to recognize him and later apologizes to him. They soon start dating and Dhoni eventually proposes marriage to her after she mentions buying him a Valentine’s Day’s gift which he refuses. They marry and Dhoni begins training for the 2011 World Cup. He eventually develops the team with new players. The film returns to the final where Dhoni eases the pressure with a crucial innings. With 4 runs required, Dhoni hits a six and India wins the final. His family, friends and coaches watching the match cry happy tears.
After the credits, the real Dhoni walks by the boundaries.
Sushant Singh Rajput as Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Kiara Advani as Sakshi Mahendra Singh Dhoni née Rawat, Dhoni’s wife
Disha Patani as Priyanka Jha, Dhoni’s girlfriend
Anupam Kher as Pan Singh Dhoni, Dhoni’s father
Bhumika Chawla as Jayanti Gupta, Dhoni’s sister
Swini Khara as young Jayanti
Rajesh Sharma as Dhoni’s coach Baneerji
Shantilal Mukherjee as Sarkar
Mithu Chakrabarty as Coach Banerjee’s wife
Kumud Mishra as Mr. Deval Sahay
Kali Prasad Mukherjee as Animesh Kumar Ganguly
Kranti Prakash Jha as Santosh Lal
Deepak Dutta as Dilip Vengsarkar
Ravindra Mankani as Jagmohan Dalmiya
Kiran More as himself (Chief National Selector)
Herry Tangri as Yuvraj Singh (During 1999/00 Cooch Behar Trophy final)
Rajendra Chawla as Dhoni’s first sponsor
Monica Mundu as Mrs Shukla
Alok Pandey as Chittu (Dhoni’s best friend)
Sanjay Dadhich as Satya Prakash Krishna (Dhoni’s friend at railways)
Sandeep Nahar as Param Bhaiya (Dhoni’s Sikh friend)
Sarvadaman D. Banerjee as Chanchal
Rhea Sharma as Ritu (Sakshi’s college friend)