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Roar of The Lion (web series)

Roar of The Lion is a 2019 Indian multilingual documentary drama web series produced by Kabir Khan and starring MS Dhoni. The series follows the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who returned to the 2018 edition of the IPL after serving a two-year ban for allegedly being involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.[1][2] The distribution rights of the documentary were acquired by the digital platform Hotstar, and it debuted on the platform under the brand of Hotstar Specials on 20 March 2019[3][4][5] [6].


The documentary follows the comeback of the CSK franchise in 2018 after they missed out on playing in the world's richest T20 league, the Indian Premier League, for about two years.[7] The documentary reveals the emotional memories and experiences one of India's most celebrated cricket players, MS Dhoni. Dhoni had faced serious allegations regarding spot fixing in 2013,[8][9] and then led Chennai Super Kings to a title at the 2018 IPL tournament after two years of suspension from playing in the IPL. The trailer of the documentary revealed Dhoni speaking about the bad days of the CSK franchise as it was involved in the 2013 spot-fixing controversy along with fellow team Rajasthan Royals.[7]


The director Kabir Khan revealed that it took about nearly three months to make the documentary. It was his second cricket-related project after 83, which was based on the India's road to glory at the 1983 ICC Cricket World Cup.[10] Coincidentally, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his digital platform debut through this project.[11] The series consists of five episodes, each having a runtime of around 30 minutes. Portions were shot in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, and Australia.[12]


The official teaser for the series was unveiled on 5 March 2019.[13] The official trailer was unveiled on 9 March 2019 by Hotstar.[12]


The documentary web series was supposed to have its special screening on 19 March 2019 at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, as it was based on CSK, but the plan was later dropped due to security concerns, as there were expectations of huge crowds for the event.[14]


The CSK teammates, along with popular actors and actresses, gave extreme support for MS Dhoni and to this web series.[15]


2019iReel Awards[16]Best Non Fiction ShowRoar of The LionNominated (Pending)


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"What did we do wrong"Amir RizviAmardeep Galsin20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
It showcases the different chapters that the docudrama will focus on later. It starts with MS Dhoni recalling the spot-fixing controversy in 2013 and likened it to the 2007 World Cup, when India failed to progress from the group stage. MS Dhoni further says that in 2007, the team didn't play well, but in 2013, the scenario was completely different.
2"We are back"Amir RizviAmardeep Galsin20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
In the episode, MS Dhoni recalls the incident and revealed that he was already emotional before heading to the stage, as he was asked to address the team after a video montage of the franchise and an emotional speech by franchise owner N Srinivasan.
3"We start our journey"Amir RizviAmardeep Galsin20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
The episode showcases the re-entry game of CSK, which CSK dramatically won, and how CSK had to leave Chennai because of Cauvery issues.
4"We fall. We rise"Amir RizviAmardeep Galsin20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
In the episode, MS Dhoni admitted that the 'Dad's Army' trolls, who were going viral on social media at the time, were worrying. "At one stage, I started wondering whether these 'Daddy's army' jibes will come back to haunt us." Another segment shows the birth of Whistle Podu Express.
5"We win. We Roar"Amir RizviAmardeep Galsin20 March 2019 (2019-03-20)
The episode highlights MS Dhoni's cricketing mind. During the segment showcasing du Plessis' match-winning innings, a member of CSK's social media team recalled what the CSK captain had said about the Proteas batsman in the dressing room a few months before. "As I was watching du Plessis, I was just thinking about the time when Mahi bhai had said that Faf will step up in the toughest of situations."

See also


  1. ^ "MS Dhoni bared his soul in Roar of the Lion: Kabir Khan". The Indian Express. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ "MS Dhoni to feature in Hotstar's docu-drama Roar of the Lion". The Indian Express. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Hotstar's original show with MS Dhoni to premiere on 20 March - TelevisionPost: Latest News, India's Television, Cable, DTH, TRAI". TelevisionPost: Latest News, India's Television, Cable, DTH, TRAI. 5 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ "M.S. Dhoni and The Office Remake Part of Hotstar's First Five Originals". NDTV Gadgets 360. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ Kansal, Sonal (6 March 2019). "Roar of the Lion – The untold Dhoni story to come on Hotstar". InsideSport. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  6. ^ SpotboyE. "MS Dhoni's Production Roar Of Lions To Be The First Big Release On Hotstar Specials". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  7. ^ a b PTI (11 March 2019). "Dhoni opens up about Spot Fixing scandal". InsideSport. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Fans Will See 'Very Personal' Side Of MS Dhoni In 'Roar Of The Lion': Kabir Khan". outlookindia. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Roar of the Lion: Was MS Dhoni part of the 'biggest crime' that he could commit?".
  10. ^ "Hotstar Specials releases the trailer of MS Dhoni's 'Roar Of The Lion'". Mumbai Live. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  11. ^ "MS Dhoni makes his digital debut with Roar Of The Lion". Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Roar of the Lion trailer: Hotstar documentary traces MS Dhoni and Chennai Super King's journey to the top". The Indian Express. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  13. ^ "'Roar Of The Lion' Teaser: After Biopic, MS Dhoni To Share His 'Untold Story' In A Web Series". 7 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Security fear cancels screening of film on CSK at stadium". The New Indian Express.
  15. ^ "Roar of the Lion: Celebrities can't wait to watch MS Dhoni's docu-drama". The Indian Express. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  16. ^ "nominations". News18. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
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