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  • ...hits it out of the park with a huge six on the account of its engaging narrative and a brilliant screenplay.

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  • Neeraj Pandey is such a brilliant story teller. His vision, clarity and structure makes Dhoni the film it is.

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  • The fact that the filmmakers really pull it off, I’d say, That’s the way, Mahi way!

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  • ...this cricket movie hits sufficient sixes making the ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ chants reverberate in the theatre.

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  • Tight screenplay and good performances makes this one a good watch.

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  • Rajput steps forward and tonks it out of the park, but it would matter much more if this wasn't an exhibition match on a conveniently doctored pitch.

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  • We want to see heroes on screen. We want to see victory on screen. And when it's got cricket and MS Dhoni as the subject, who cares about problems in a film.

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  • It is not a bad movie by all means but it's a miss opportunity to score a significant mark in the world of Indian biopic on screen, looking at the caliber of Pandey as a film maker and potential of MS Dhoni as an inspirational sports phenomenon.

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  • While it may not draw on major insights into Dhoni's cricketing career, it does make for a compelling story through his personal life.

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  • The film is more a story of middle-class India than about the most successful Indian cricket captain. And that's its charm.

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  • Neeraj Pandey’s telling of Dhoni’s life is in equal parts, thrilling, moving and utterly exhausting.

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  • It would have been interesting to see Dhoni’s engagement with what it has become over the years—a world of big money and bigger misdemeanours. However, the film lets him remain in an idealistic bubble.

    59

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  • ...the film is overlong and far from perfect. But climaxing with Dhoni’s incredible performance in the 2011 World Cup, Pandey pushes all the right buttons and leaves you, your chest swelling with pride.

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  • What we get is all peaks and no valleys. An engaging but forgettable T20 instead of a memorable drama filled Test match.

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  • While this would qualify as an average watch, in a cricket-crazed nation like ours, this hagiographic tribute serves as the highlights of an iconic match — packed with best shots, wickets and commentary to match.

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  • There is a test-match quality to the efforts taken to highlight every bump and curve on the way of the journey of a quick scorer. Yet, Dhoni remains an enigma.

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  • ...we want to know about his growth from getting selected in the team to becoming a captain. We get Bollywood style romance instead and then we begin to look at the time: 190 minutes. Cricket wins, but...

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  • ...there aren’t many cinematic highs and lows in Dhoni’s life so far, which is why Neeraj Pandey is hard put to bring drama into a bland story.

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  • If Neeraj Pandey needed to be this careful, perhaps he should have manufactured a bottle of antiseptic instead of making a film.

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  • Instead of delving into the complexities of an international sporting career with its share of controversy, the patchy script glosses over the grey areas and concentrates squarely on lionizing Dhoni as a model sportsman.

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  • This film had potential to present us with the recent Indian cricketing story, warts and all. Sadly it’s more hagiography than biography: the cricketer is reduced to a being singing-dancing Bollywood hero rather than a top-flight cricketer, a master strategist, and a captain who led from the front.

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  • ...is a blandly professional piece of work.

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  • The Achilles heel of this film, a sporting injury and a Greek myth of a tragic flaw that makes a hero mortal, is, ironically, the refusal to see MS as a man, once he has been turned into a God.

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