Who said cinema is just a medium of entertainment? It can be used as a tool to discuss an issue that affects a particular community and arrive at a solution. It can be used as a means to tell a strong message. Actor-producer Prakashraj ventures to direction with Dhoni that deals with an relevant issue that needs to be discussed loud and clear.
Besides wielding the megaphone, Prakashraj ventures to play the lead role. The movie sets off a debate that the system of education needs to be reformed and it should create creative minds rather than the ones who become book worms.
Prakashraj has chosen a bunch of artistes who gets under the skin of the character and performs with perfection their part. Though it is preachy at places, Prakashraj managed to lace with feel good elements to make it work.
Venkata Subramaniam aka Subbu(Prakashraj) is a normal middle class government employee, who takes care of his daughter and son Karthik (Akash Jagannath). After the death of his wife, Subbu done the role of both mom and dad. He strive hard to give his children good education. He even opts to do extra jobs to ensure that he earns little more to sponsor their children's studies.
But he gets shock in the form of his son. He loves cricket to studies. For him, cricket is everything. He wants to become a cricketer and is confident of making it big one day. He is admired by coach (Nasser) for his dedication towards the sport. But Subbu wants him to study well. But his disinterest towards academics leaves the school principal calling on Subbu to inform that his son is poor in studies and would be detained in the same class.
In a fit of rage, Subbu returns home to slap his son. In the melee, Karthick falls down and slips into coma.
Subbu settles down to understand his mistake. He understands that he failed to spot the talent of his son in sports. He takes all efforts to ensure that education should not become a pressure on children.
Prakasharaj is at his best. He delivers a strong performance with panache. At best in emotional scenes, he is a real treat to watch. Equally imporessive is Akash. He lets his eyes do all talking. Radhika Apte of Raktha Charithiram fame, veterans like Nasser, Brahmanandham and Thalaivasal Vijay does their best. Prabhudeva appears for a song.
Maestro Ilayaraja's background score provides life and blood to the whole movie. Prakashraj has made an honest attempt that deserves to be appreciated.
Dhoni is a movie that would hold a special place in Tamil cinema.