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Dhoom 3


Flying high
ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | Issue Dated: January 5, 2014, New Delhi
Tags : Dhoom 3 | Aamir Khan | Katrina Kaif | Abhishek Bachchan | Uday Chopra | Christopher Nolan |

First it was a charismatic John Abraham. That gave way to an even more charismatic Hrithik Roshan and now, Aamir Khan is definitely a worthy successor to this money minting franchise.

There is a way directors in India need to make a villain, an anti hero to garner the support of the audience and in this one Sahir (Aamir Khan) is no different. His father’s life’s work was ruined by the cruel banker Anderson (Andrew Bricknell) and reaching adulthood, it is Sahir’s mission to take revenge.

And revenge he does take with every strike of his making hundred dollar notes rain from the sky (the dollar is stronger than the rupee even in the film) and then escapes with various techniques, some borrowed from Mission Impossible 3 and some from Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige.

Having said that, the motorcycle chase sequences are done with sufficient detail and skill to evade the stealing tag. And hey the Fast and Furious series is no doubt an inspirer but the director Vijay Krishna Acharya does manage to direct quite a tight bunch of action sequences.

If you had been waiting for Katrina Kaif however, you will be disappointed. Her role is reduced to two stunning item numbers and a romance subplot which is quite half hearted.

The other female character in the film, the Chicago policewoman played by Tabrett Bethell, spends most of her time laughing at the rather stupid jokes of Ali (Uday Chopra), whose acting skills haven’t really improved.

Despite being heralded as the Indian version of the Fast and Furious, it has sufficient Bollywoodisation to render it with a characteristically Indian feel.

Aamir Khan’s star status for example has been used unabashedly. There is no doubt that he is the real hero in the film and Abhishek and Uday are the ones making a great deal of hurly burly without really having much skill. Where as in the first film, this was only mildly referred to, it is quite clear here.

And the biggest problem which seems to happen every time with the escape sequences is the sheer unfeasibility of it. In the second part as well, Hrithik had walked out of museums dressed as a statue of some kind.

Well… being Bollywood we are still quite far away from the Doberman gang, but this third edition of Dhoom will whet your senses to quite a high degree with its fast plot, good plot twist midway and its general feel of machismo and machine.

Director: Vijay Krishna Acharya

Cast: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra


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