New Delhi: With no major Hollywood or regional releases this week, the stage is pretty much set entirely for filmmaker Neeraj Pandey’s M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story, a biographical drama on the Indian cricketer.
The Sushant Singh Rajput-starrer may not be the best Bollywood innings of the director who has given us some memorable taut thrillers in the past but it’s definitely watchable, says Gulf News. Things move at a languid but engaging pace until interval. It’s the second half that lets this biopic down. Ideally, Dhoni’s innings as the captain of the Indian cricket team playing in the World Cup should have been explosive. But precious screen time is squandered away in bringing to life the women that entered the former Indian captain’s life. What then elevates the patchy screenplay is Rajput’s charismatic performance. He’s so assured that it’s compelling to see him transform from a diffident ticket collector in an Indian railway station to one of the world’s best batsmen and captains.
The Indian Express agrees this one’s a good knock but there needed to be much less focus on the popular cricketer’s love life and more cricket and controversies. Rajput has been at pains to explain the lengths to which he went to understand Dhoni and the hard work pays off. Their resemblance works in the film’s favour too.
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In the south, Telugu romantic actioner Hyper, directed by Santosh Srinivas and starring Ram and Rashi Khanna, is a typical commercial outing which has some entertaining moments. The interesting narration, Ram and Rao Ramesh’s confrontational scenes and a breezy first half are huge assets, says 123telugu.com. The film makes for a decent watch if one ignores the slight glitches and predictable storyline during the second half.
Marathi comedy A Dot Com Mom, directed by Dr. Meena Nerurkar and starring the director along with Sai Gundewar, Apurva Bhalerao and Vikram Gokhale, is a feel-good film but would have worked better with a more contemporary approach and real world issues, says Pune Mirror. The budgetary issues are apparent and most characters are one-dimensional.
Several releases this week haven’t elicited any reviews yet. These include Telugu action film Ism, Malayalam movie Koppayile Kodumkaattu, Kannada film Doddmane Hudga and Punjabi movies Nikka Zaildar and Desi Munde.