MS Dhoni biopic was no untold story. Will its sequel show his controversies?

first_imgIn 2016, Sushant Singh Rajput brought the “untold story” of former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, alive on celluloid. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was lapped up by the audience and went on to hit a double century at the box office, earning over Rs 200 crore.According to the grapevine, the film is all set to return with a sequel, produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films. Sushant will reprise the role of the wicketkeeper-batsman. While MS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with India lifting the World Cup 2011 trophy, the sequel will focus on Dhoni’s achievements after this victory.”There is the [Dhoni-led Chennai’s] thrilling win against Bangalore at the T20 [this year, that can be depicted in the film]. Apart from that, India’s steady run, up to the semi-finals, at the 2015 World Cup will find a place in the narrative,” an insider told a leading daily, adding that moments from his personal life, like the birth of his daughter Ziva, are also likely to be shown.As in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the second installment of the biopic will see “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process,” according to the source.But will the film (finally) show any of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s controversies?Even though critics praised MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, many felt that it was little more than a puff job, as it steered clear of venturing into any grey areas in the cricketer’s life.advertisementWhile the film shows MS Dhoni urging the selectors to drop Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman from the Indian team, it stops short of actually naming them. “We have to let these three go,” is all the audience hears. No names. No controversy. And if an odd member of the audience still disagreed, the dialogue “We are all servants and we are all doing national duty” ought to placate them.’NO GREY AREAS IN DHONI’S LIFE’Interestingly before MS Dhoni: The Untold Story released, Arun Pandey, producer of the film, had vociferously dismissed the idea of sugarcoating the story and told, “Ask Neeraj, when he came on board and how difficult he found to find the grey areas in Dhoni’s life. He was surprised that there was hardly any negativity in his life. He was appalled that he had to work so hard, talk to so many people, and he still couldn’t find any grey areas in MS Dhoni’s life.”2013 IPL SPOT-FIXINGMS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with the Indian cricket team’s victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup, the sequel takes off from there. One major controversy that the makers cannot turn a blind eye to was the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL). Skeletons came tumbling out of the closet and three players of Rajasthan Royals – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – were arrested.The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team also came under the scanner. “Team principal” Gurunath Meiyappan was accused of having links with bookies and betting on matches of his own team – a charge tantamount to insider trading.INDIA CEMENTSIndia Cements, which owned the CSK franchise, distanced themselves from him and said in a statement, “Mr Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor the CEO/Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings. [He] is only one of the members (honorary) of the management team of the Chennai Super Kings.”Incidentally, India Cements is headed by Gurunath Meiyappan’s father-in-law and former BCCI president N Srinivasan. MS Dhoni was appointed as the vice-president (marketing) of the firm in 2012, a position he holds till date.He avoided answering any questions related to the scandal and it is more than likely that it will not find a place in his biopic, especially since it will have “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process”.RHITI SPORTS MANAGEMENTThe same year, while the cricketer was still the captain of Team India, he stirred up another storm. Fingers were pointed at his 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports Management, the company which managed him and three other players – Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha.As skipper, MS Dhoni had a say in selections, leading to a clear conflict of interest, as some of the players in the running were managed by a company in which he was a shareholder.Immediately, promoter of Rhiti Sports Management, Arun Pandey (yes, the same one who produced MS Dhoni: The Untold Story) clarified that MS Dhoni had a stake in the company only briefly and no longer had any business interest in it.advertisementDon’t be surprised if this controversy too does not end up in the sequel. Who cares about the grey areas, when you have MS Dhoni hitting six after six and saving the day?ALSO READ: MS Dhoni doesn’t take himself seriously and I don’t like that, says Sushant Singh RajputALSO WATCH: Sushant Singh Rajput on MS Dhoni, what he hates about him and his break-uplast_img

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