Cast: Prakash Raj, Akash, Radhika Apte, Nazar, Tenikella Bharani, Brahmanandam, Murali Sharma, Gollapudi Maruthi Rao, Melkote, Hema, Talaivasal Vijay, Ananth, Kasturi Suchi, Sriteja, Prabhu Deva (guest), Dhoni (cameo)
Cinematography – KV Guhan
Editing – Kishore Te
Lyrics – Sirivennela Sitaramasastry
Music – Illayaraja
Producer – Prakash Raj Productions
Story and direction – Prakash Raj
Watched at Cinemax, Hyderabad
Dhoni is Prakash Raj’s home production where he has handled acting and direction too. The film is based on the emotions and dreams of a middle class father and a son. Telugu director Puri Jagannath’s son Akash does the lead role, a school boy whose only passion is cricket. Prakash Raj dons the role as a middle class father. Let’s check out the review…
Karthik is a 14-year old son of Subramaniam. Karthik wants to become a good cricketer. His inspiration is Dhoni and like him, he wants to be an attacking wicket keeper- batsman. While Subramaniam joins him in a good school, Akash fails in most of the subjects. However, his cricket coach (Nazar) is in all praise, as Karthik played the major role in winning a cricket tournament. Kaveri often spends time with Nalini (Radhika Apte). As Karthik was poor in studies, the principal tells Subramaniam to take his son out. How did Prakash React then? What Happens next? How did he solve the problem? Form’s rest of the storyline.
Kudos to Prakash Raj for the way he handled direction, screenplay and acting department’s individually. Prakash Raj delivered his best in every department to give the movie a realistic approach. It was tailor made character for Puri Jagannath’s son Akash. He was just perfect in every emotion. Radhika Apte performed well, Nazar does a praiseworthy job. Bhramamnandam provided some laughs. Murali Sharma is good as a soft hearted goon. Prabhu Deva’s cameo was nice. Rest of the cast was supportive.
Storyline of the movie is strong that what keeps audience congealed. A strong screenplay could have made it a master piece, but screenplay lags a lot. Cinematography by K.V.Guhan is just brilliant. Music by Maestro Ilayaraja is a master piece. Lyrics by Sirivennela Sitaramasastry are meaningful. Editing by Kishore Te could have been crispier. Production values were good.
Dhoni starts off good with realistic mode. Lags a bit near pre and post interval episodes, but comes back strong with emotional and moving scenes. Positives of Dhoni are Performances, Prakash Raj, Music and Cinematography and on the flip side, its slow narration, Predictable script and lags in-between. On the whole, Dhoni won’t be a commercial hit, but a movie that will be remembered for a long time. Kudos Team DHONI..
Final Word: A Must watch movie for those who can’t answer 17 X 8 = ?? in SPLIT second..
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