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Directed by : Prakash Raj

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Dhoni depicts the difference in the opinions of a father and a son. While the father wants his song to study MBA and make a name for himself in the corporate world, the sons interest lies in sports and wishes to become a famous cricketer like Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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A melodramatic rendition of a relevant message

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The talented Prakashraj exhibits his directorial facet and proves that he is not bad at it either. A staunch advocate of meaningful cinema, he chooses to make a dig at the inefficient education system which seems to be the current flavor of the season (Nanban did it recently on a larger scale). He picks Mahesh Manjrekars Marathi film, Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho, adds some local flavor, contemporizes it a bit and makes it watchable despite the excessive melodrama at a few places.

Prakashraj plays Subbu,a widower father of two grown up kids and struggles hard to make ends meet. He is a government servant who also sells pickles for some additional income. His kids mean the world to him. He believes that by giving them quality education, he would be able to secure their future. While his daughter reciprocates well to his efforts, his son, Karthik, seems keener on becoming a cricketer like Dhoni. Irked by the constant complains showered on him by the school authorities, Subbu curbs Karthiks cricketing ambitions and forces him to study instead. This culminates in a father-son tiff injuring Karthik gravely leading him into coma. From then on, it is a major struggle for Subbu, not only financially but also emotionally. His repentance and the ensuing public expression of his regret slowly bring back hope. Ably helped by his friends and society, Subbu and Karthik bounce back.

This well intentioned film remains mostly engaging, thanks to good performances from not just the main cast but the supporting ones as well. Prakashraj quite lives the role barring a few sequences where he goes overboard with emotions. Sometimes it is obvious that he is aware of his acting capabilities which brings down the quality of his performance by a few notches. Aakash playing Karthik, the aspiring cricketer son, does a fair job. The supporting cast get decently written roles and they add a lot of value - Prakashrajs drinking buddies, the golden hearted Nalini (Radhika Apte) with a dubious other life, the inspiring cricket coach (Nasser), the doctor couple that lends a helping hand in the end they all enhance the film to a great extent. Prakashraj roping in Telugu actors like Brahmanandam and Tanikella Bharani, guess, to make the film saleable in Andhra Pradesh, dont help much and they seem a little alien in the scenes they appear. The story does drag a bit in the second half, specially, when you know for sure that alls going to be well in the end. And the climax involving the CM is pure filmy.

Ilayarajas much hyped music is passable and has been largely used to push the story forward. Cinematography, editing and art are pretty ordinary and dont contribute anything mention worthy.

Definitely watchable, specially for it relevant message.