Friday, December 20, 2013

Dhoom 3 review: "Thrills are far & few!!!"

The franchise trend has been in vogue in the West for many years now, but it has been picking up in Bollywood in the past few years. Actually working on a sequel can be like a double edged sword as it could either work wonders or get bogged down by the expectations. Some of the prominent franchise films has been "Krrish" & "Dhoom" to name a few, and incidentally both have releases this year with "Krrish 3" smashing box office records. Can "Dhoom 3" replicate something similar???

The film unfolds in 1990 in the Windy City where The Great Indian Circus is on the brink of  extinction. Iqbal (Jackie Shroff), the owner of the establishment owes a huge debt to the Western Chicago bank but all his efforts for an extension in repayment fell on deaf ears which entices him to suicide. Seeing his father breathe his last in front of his eyes, Sahir (Aamir Khan) vows to avenge his death & embarks on a mission to destroy the bank. The modus operandi flabbergasted the Chicago Police as they had no clue to the identity of the looter except for the image of a clown & a slanderous Hindi statement which prompts them to seek the help of ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) & Inspector Ali (Uday Chopra). So will they be able to nab the mastermind???

After having scripted the previous two prequels, Vijay Krishna Acharya is entrusted with the task of helming the new sequel. For a person who delivered an abysmal film like "Tashan", I frankly didn't have much expectations but he has definitely done better with respect to that. However, when compared with the previous films, 'Dhoom 3" disappoints big time as the thrills are far & few. The action sequences are excellently choreographed but it's pretty monotonous. Sudeep Chatterjee's visuals were impressive but Ritesh Soni should have done a better job with the editing as it's damn long. Vaibhavi Merchant has done a fantastic job with the choreography especially "Malang" touted as the most expensive dance sequence picturised exquisitely. Pritam's music was average at best while the BGM was fine. 

Aamir Khan has done an impressive role as the protagonist along with Siddharth Nigam (young Aamir), though I feel Hrithik was undoubtedly the best villain the franchise had till now in all aspects. Uday Chopra provides the comic relief, Abhishek Bachchan puts on a scowl most of the times while Katrina barely had much to do except for some aerobics which she executed brilliantly.

Verdict:  As expected, the film will have a earth shattering initial & will have the box office records tumbling. The 100 crore mark is barely a benchmark now & it should saunter its way into the 200 crore club. For a movie like "Dhoom 3", we know what to expect & though it has been executed proficiently, I would still prefer "Dhoom 2" any day!!!

Rating: 2.25/5



  1. the rating exactly matches what i have given.But on aamir,i felt he was very much hamming.

    this is what i had written about the movie-But towards the interval things started going downhill with a stupid,mediocre twist.Post Interval portions were extremely boring with Aamir Khan's un-inspired (and often irritating) portrayal of the autistic(or was it something else?) 'Samar' and the beaten to death theme of sibling love acting as the final nail in the coffin.The climax was also quite weak.On the contrary,the production values of the movie and the songs' picturisation were quite good.

    Bottomline- Dhoom 3 has an enjoyable first half half but bad acting and bland writing plays the spoilsport in the latter half! Rating-2.5/5(0.5 for the VFX team/body doubles and the superior production values).Is it really worth seeing in a Multiplex paying 300-400 Indian Rupees?Certainly NO.But is it worth seeing in a DVD(when it comes out) or by paying 100 Rupees or so in an ordinary single screen Theatre?Well,may be..