The amalgamation of cricket and Bollywood, India’s two passions, has worked in the favour of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, making it one of the biggest hits of the year. A biopic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the film has set a new benchmark for Sushant Singh Rajput who had previously shown interest in cricket with his Bollywood debut in Kai Po Che.
Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#MSDhoniTheUntoldStory [Week 2] Fri 4.07 cr, Sat 5.20 cr, Sun 5.90 cr, Mon 3.40 cr. Total: ₹ 112.70 cr. India biz. Note: Hindi+Tamil+Telugu.” He had earlier written, “#MSDhoniTheUntoldStory [Week 2] Fri 4.07 cr, Sat 5.20 cr, Sun 5.90 cr. Total: ₹ 109.30 cr. India biz. Note: Hindi+Tamil+Telugu versions.”
“#MSDhoniTheUntoldStory collected ₹ 15.17 cr in Weekend 2, taking the 10-day total to ₹ 109.30 cr. Note: Hindi+Tamil+Telugu versions,” he said in another tweet.
The film took nine days to reach the Rs. 100 crore mark. At least two things are clear — Dhoni is a winner and that’s not just in the cricket arena, and given the right script and idea a film can enter Rs 100 crore box office without the presence of a Khan. The film may not have been able to break records like Sultan, nevertheless, Sushant Singh Rajput managed his own publicity for the film.
The film has been directed by Neeraj Pandey who previously treated us with thrillers like Baby and A Wednesday. Much like actor Sushant Singh Rajput, director Neeraj Pandey too attempted to experiment with his directorial skills, while undertaking the effort to make a film out of his comfort zone of taut thrillers.