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Dhoom 2

Dhoom-2 Review: ‘Thief-Police’ Drama with High Visual Treat

Reviewed By SiraSri

Film: Dhoom-2
Rating: 3/5
Banner: Yash Raj Films
Casting: Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Bipasa Basu and Uday Chopra
Story: Aditya Chopra
Choreography: Vaibhav Merchant
Editing Rajeswar
Action: Allan Amin
Music: Pritam
Direction: Sanjay Gadhwi
Theatrical Release: 24th November 2006

The film is a mere showcase of Digital Effects, Heavy Background Score, Sparkling Stars and Suave Stunts.

It lacks the flavor and fragrance but stands only as a colorful synthetic blossom. The spirit in the film is completely down due to unconvincing scenes and incredible sequences.

It’s only a visual treat for early teenagers. The narration never holds any logic but goes like a fairy tale.

It must have carved with more shrewd and brilliant elements. Except a few dialogues and a small number of scenes, rest of ‘Dhoom-2’ is relatively downward to its first part.

Story:
The film starts with a train passing through a vast Namibian desert. The train carries a precious crown of a queen. Amidst tight security, Mr. A (Hrithik Roshan), the international robber, robs off the crown from that fast moving train. He makes a series of great robbery and the Mumbai Police Officer, Jay Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and another special officer (Bipasa Basu) sketch a strategy to catch the robber. Ali (Uday Chopra), a Mumbai Police Cop assists them in the mission.

Mr. A leaves a mark of letter ‘A’ wherever he accomplishes a robbery. He also keeps on changing his appearance after a successful robbery. After coding and decoding, Jay Dixit comes to conclusion that the next robbery of Mr A will be in Mumbai. Jay’s guess turns true and Mr. A lands in Mumbai. Rest of the film is how Mr. A accomplishes robberies and how Jay and Co chases him till the end.

As a part of mission, Jay Dixit deputes Sunehari (Aishwarya Rai) to act as a partner to Mr. A and trap him slowly. But she falls in A’s love and that drives to narrate some sentimental track.

With several twists and turns the film takes to the end with ‘two climaxes’!

Performances:
High score of marks goes to Hrithik Roshan who depicted several getups and looked very easy and cozy with all. His dances rocked the screen with electricity. But still, the director couldn’t exploit him to the full.

Abhishek Bachchan played a monotype role with seriousness all the way.

Uday Chopra tried to make the viewers laugh but he failed. His antics and frolics didn’t work well.

Bipasa Basu looked steaming with her routine façade while Aishwarya is not apt in the role she played. But, it can be considered as mere experiment of Aish. It’s only Bipasa who showed herself in skimpy two-piece bikini. Aishwarya appeared in shorts and tops but nothing skimpier than that.

Editing demonstrates the subtlety while cinematography substantiates to be sharp and pointed.

Make-up deserves a very grand mention and Costumes are just ok.

There are few worth mentioning sequences in the film:
1. Hrithik Roshan hiding in the camouflage of white sculptors getting dressed up as a statue.
2. Bullet-Gun sequence between Hrithik and Aishwarya
3. Hrithik appearing as old police cop and queen.

Dialogue that can be remembered:
Uday Chopra says a ‘doha’ that goes:

Ishq Ki Umar Hoti Hai Awaara
Pandrah, solah, satrah aur attaarah!

(‘Age of love’ becomes aimless wanderer. And that age is 15, 16, 17 and 18)

Audience Response:
• It’s putting down for audience as the much publicized ‘Aishwarya with bikini’ is absent in the film.
• The much expected comedy is also missing in the film which proves to be another thumbs-down factor.
• Audiences stirred to the lip smooching scene between Hrithik and Aishwarya.

Thumbs-Down Factors:
• Story is pretty meek
• Narration is bleak and
• Conviction is weak

Thumbs-Up Factors:
• Pledged with visual treat
• Edged with few characters
• Sledged with technical muscle and
• Merged with dance and tussle

Bottom-Line:
Nor a firm ‘No’, neither a strong ‘yes’

(SiraSri can be reached at sirasri@gmail.com)