Director: Neeraj Pandey
In the pre-credits sequence there is a scene of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Final. MS Dhoni, India’s captain, walks out to bat after Kohli’s wicket.
The film begins in Ranchi, 7 July 1981. At the hospital maternity unit, Pan Singh is confused whether he has got a girl or boy. He later names his baby boy Mahendra. Dhoni’s father is a pump operator who waters the practice ground. Fourteen years later, Dhoni is spotted by a cricket coach while goalkeeping in a football game. He invites him to try out for the school cricket team as a wicketkeeper and selects him after being impressed. Dhoni improves his batting and becomes a regular member of the team.
Three years later, Dhoni helps win an inter-school cricket match. After achieving much fame, Dhoni is selected for the Ranji Trophy but his draft notice is held up due to which he is late in reaching Kolkata despite his friends’ help. But Dhoni does not give up and, to please his father, he joins the Kharagpur Station as a ticket collector. Years later, Dhoni’s sister Jayanti is married.
After some time, Dhoni is depressed with his job. With the insistence of his manager, Dhoni decides to play cricket alongside his work, and after his day-shifts he goes to practice cricket. He participates in different tournaments and as a result he gets selected for the Railways. After a good performance, he tries-out for the India national under-19 cricket team selections. Bihar loses to Punjab where Yuvraj Singh scores 301 and Dhoni does not succeed though he is selected for the Duleep Trophy.
Dhoni leaves his job and admits to his father that cricket is his only ambition and he wants to become a professional cricketer. He works hard and is selected in the national team and makes his debut. He meets and befriends Priyanka Jha, an office consultant, and scores a century after meeting her. She buys a watch for him as a Valentine’s Day gift but dies in a truck accident on her way. Dhoni again goes into depression and has bad form in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. As captain of the national side, he wins the T-20 World Cup, and leads India to the number one ranking in Test Matches.
In 2010, Dhoni arrives at a hotel. Sakshi Rawat, a hotel official fails to recognize him and later apologizes to him. They soon start dating and Dhoni eventually proposes marriage to her after she mentions buying him a Valentine’s Day’s gift which he refuses. They marry and Dhoni begins training for the 2011 World Cup. He eventually develops the team with new players. The film returns to the final where Dhoni eases the pressure with a crucial innings. With 4 runs required, Dhoni hits a six and India wins the final. His family, friends and coaches watching the match cry happy tears.
After the credits, the real Dhoni walks by the boundaries.