Akshaye Khanna makes a comeback to Bollywood with this action thriller and is impressive we have to say!
Everyone has been eagerly waiting for Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez’s Dishoom. The buddy cop film is directed by Rohit Dhawan who has earlier entertained us with Desi Boyz which featured John and Akshay Kumar. Does the film live up to the hype? Read on to find out…
What’s it about
Indian team’s best batsman Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) gets kidnapped in Abu Dhabi 36 hours before the India – Pak final. At first, it seems to be a handiwork of a fanatic Paki fan, but later we find out the matter is much more serious than that. The Minister of External Affairs (Mona Ambegounkar channelling Smriti Irani) sends India’s finest cop, Kabir (John Abraham) to find him out. In Dubai, he teams up with a rookie cop Junaid (Varun Dhawan), and together they follow several leads to get on to the kidnapped cricketer and the man behind the disappearance. But they have to do all that before the final of the match. In the process, they also taken in a pretty thief Meera (Jacqueline Fernandez) on the ride and face a dangerous adversary in Akshaye Khanna.
The plot of Dishoom is definitely interesting, and the scale in which the film has been shot also needs to be given a special mention. Rohit Dhawan needs to be lauded for using the resources in hand to make a good looking film. He also has inherited the gift of gab from his father so some of the best scenes in the film involves humour. He also invokes his geeky self in many junctures of the film, like the use of Abudin, a fictional place from Tintin comics, or the use of the Mauka Mauka guy as the decoy kidnapper. The dialogues have an impact, especially those uttered by Varun Dhawan and Akshaye Khanna. Pritam has also given a thumping score for the film with Sau Tarah Ke (though the song placement takes the seriousness out of the situation in which it is placed) and Jaaneman Aah.
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Talking about the performances, John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez give a good account of themselves. John used his physique well for his role as the tough cop. Varun continues his Dilwale act, as he shines best in the comic interludes. Their camaraderie is biggest USP of the film. The first half is entertaining thanks to this. Jacqueline Fernandez is pretty and makes us invested in her character. Saqib Saleem is also good in his limited role. However, its Akshaye Khanna who makes the biggest impact in his negative role. Among the few cameos in the film, Vijay Raaz and Akshay Kumar are fine. We have to admit Akshay’s courage for doing such an unconventional role, though it needs to be mentioned that his act could offend a certain community.
After an entertaining first half, the second half however fails to keep us engrossed, even though it’s more action packed. In fact it’s the action scenes that are surprisingly the film’s biggest weaknesses. The film also suffers from really choppy editing and irreverent background score in places. While John and Varun‘s camaraderie is good, their bromance seems a bit forced and underdeveloped, and so is Jacqueline and John’s romance. Even the direction seems a bit average here compared to Rohit’s more entertaining debut flick, Desi Boyz. The entire Abudin track, despite being one of the trailer’s highlights, is kinda lifeless. We also don’t understand why Kabir, supposed to be India’s cop, is allowed to break so many rules, even in a foreign country. And he is not even a good cop – he is man who beats up people just because they ask him not to smoke in lifts. Also it’s high time our filmmakers need to stop using jingoism just to make their scenes stronger.
What to do
Dishoom may not be the best action spectacle Bollywood has made. However, it is still entertaining thanks to John and Varun’s camaraderie, and a few funny scenes. At two hours in runtime, it can be worth your ticket.
Reviewed by Sreeju Sudhakaran
**** Very good