|Directed by||Prakash Raj|
|Produced by||Prakash Raj|
|Written by||T. Gnanavel (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Prakash Raj|
|Story by||Mahesh Manjrekar|
|Based on||Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho
by Mahesh Manjrekar
|Cinematography||K. V. Guhan|
|Edited by||Kishore Te.|
|Distributed by||Duet Movies (Tamil)
Sri Venkateswara Creations (Telugu)
Dhoni is a 2012 Indian drama film written and directed by Prakash Raj. A bilingual, simultaneously made in Tamil and Telugu languages, it features Prakash Raj in the lead role, along with Aakash and Radhika Apte. The plot illustrates the conflict of interests of a father and his son; the father wants his son to study MBA, but his son is more interested in sports and wants to become a famous cricketer like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Based on the Marathi film Shikshanachya Aaicha Gho by Mahesh Manjrekar, Dhoni released on 10 February 2012 to positive reviews.
Subramaniam (Prakash Raj) is a lower middle class widower with two kids. He works from dawn to dusk to bring up his daughter Kaveri (Sriteja) and Karthik (Akash). He wishes to give them good education. He wants to see his son become an MBA graduate.
Fourteen-year-old Karthik wants to become a good cricketer. His inspiration is Mahendra Singh Dhoni and like him, he wants to be an attacking wicket keeper-batsman.
While Subramaniam enrolls him in a good school, Karthik 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). Accidentally, Subramaniam gets to know that Nalini earns her living through prostitution and strictly orders his daughter to stay away from her. As Karthik is poor in studies, the principal tells Subramaniam to take his son out.
Immediately Subramaniam takes Karthik away from cricket coaching and makes him to go a series of tuition classes. Karthik fails to cope with studies even after leaving cricket, which makes Subramaniam lose his patience. He beats him and injures his head by mistake for which he gets arrested. As Karthik goes into a coma, Subramaniam is very upset. He thanks Nalini for helping him pay the hospital bill.
When Subramaniam goes to his school to collect things from Karthik's locker, he finds many trophies and certificates which makes him to argue with the teacher that if his son is not good at studies it does not mean that he is good for nothing. Soon he goes for TV shows to debate. As he is working in a government office they ban him from going to the office and cancel the loan for his son's operation. Subramaniam cannot bear it any more and he goes to a function where the chief minister comes, he talks with the minister about all this. The minister promises him that there will be changes and he will get the money for his son's operation. Karthik's operation is successfully done. Karthik plays the final tournament in his school he hits the last ball which goes for a six and he wins the match, the movie ends as his coach and Subramaniam carry him.
- Prakash Raj as Subramaniam
- Aakash Jagannadh as Karthik Subramaniam
- Hema as History Teacher
- Radhika Apte as Nalini
- Brahmanandam as Subramaniam's boss
- Nassar as Karthik's coach
- Tanikella Bharani as Karthik's School Principal
- Murali Sharma as Ghani Bhai (dubbed by Samuthirakani)
- Thalaivasal Vijay as Doctor
- Sarath Babu as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (Tamil version)/Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh (Telugu version)
- Sriteja as Kaveri (Karthik subramaniam's sister)
- Pasanga Sivakumar
- Gollapudi Maruti Rao
- Prabhu Deva in a Guest appearance
- Neeya Naana Gopinath as Special appearance
Prakash Raj announced that he would direct a bilingual named Dhoni. He quoted: "The film deals with the pressure that children undergo these days in schools". Mumbai-based model-actor Mugdha Godse was reported to have been signed on to essay the opposite lead role, while Ilaiyaraaja has been roped in to do the musical honors. Radhika Apte confirmed that she was playing a pivotal role in the film. Telugu film director Puri Jagannath's son Aakash was selected to portray Prakash Raj's son. The first look of the film was unveiled in August 2011. In November 2011, choreographer-actor Prabhu Deva shot for five days for a cameo role.
Dhoni received positive response from critics. The Times Of India rated it 3.5 out of 5, saying, "...thanks to a combination of inspired acting, stimulating writing, a stirring background score and fine camera work, the film rises above the ordinary to make for a compelling cinema experience."  Oneindia praised Prakash Raj's "electrifying performance", as well as his directorial abilities. Rohit Ramachandran of Nowrunning.com gave the movie 2.5 stars out of 5 stating "Instead of reaching the potent climax that the film had set itself up for or giving its characters the opportunity to evolve, Dhoni becomes a social statement we've heard before."
fullhyd.com praised Dhoni's middle-class touches, and said Dhoni has "Prakash Raj written all over it — the man coats his film with the intensity and integrity we're used to seeing in his performances", but said that some of the film's outrage is off-topic. Sunita Chowdary of Cinegoer.com, said that Dhoni is "a perfect picture of hope and redemption", but also added that the film is predictable.
|Soundtrack album by Ilaiyaraaja|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
The soundtrack and background score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The album was released on 28 January 2012 with a special live performance by Ilaiyaraaja. Behindwoods reported that the music was a "treat for Raja fanatics" and that the emphasis on melody was "there all through".
- Tamil version
|"Chinna Kanniley"||Shreya Ghoshal, Naresh Iyer|
|"Vaangum Panathukkum"||S. P. Balasubramanyam|
|"Thaavi Thaavi Pogum"||Ilaiyaraaja|
|"Vilayaattaa Padagotty"||Shreya Ghoshal|
- Telugu version
All the songs were written by Sirivennela Sitarama Sastry.
|"Chitti Chitti Adugaa"||Naresh Iyer, Shreya Ghoshal|
|"Endhaaka Nee Payanam (In a Female voice)"||Surmukhi|
|"Endhaaka Nee Payanam (In a Male voice)"||Sathyan|
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||Prakash Raj||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role||Radhika Apte||Nominated|
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