Sunday, July 31, 2016

Movie Review: Dishoom

Dishoom: Bromance in the Middle East!

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Rohit Dhawan’s second directorial venture ‘Dishoom’ entertains despite its clichés and often seen action scenes. India’s top cricket player Viraj (Saqib Saleem) vanishes in thin air from one of the host country in the Middle East before a crucial and decisive final match between India and Pakistan. The alleged abduction set the alarm bells ringing at higher levels of the government. And a lady Minister heading the External Ministry is found puffing and fuming on this news and trying to put her point - the need to act quickly because there is an imminent possibility of communal riots if Viraj is not traced back.

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On her behest, the case is handed over to an ace cop Kabir (John Abraham) of the Indian Special Task Force, who works on his own terms and charts his own path to find his hunt. Kabir, a burly man with a swagger points a gun at an officer who comes to pick him up from the airport just because he was asked to report first at the police headquarters before he starts his investigation which was contrary to Kabir’s wish.

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Kabir doesn’t like a ‘no’ and doesn’t heed to dictums. He can throw a man from an elevator for asking him not to smoke; he picks his ‘Man Friday’ Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan) against the wishes of the host country’s top rank boss; he can break and damage a car stereo just because he only likes Mohd Rafi and Kishore Da. But surprisingly this bull-headed cop along with his side-kick gets ready to strip down in their fluorescent briefs and walks into a swimming pool on being instructed by a party animal - a gay donning a man-bun (Akshay Kumar) - to extract some important leads. Akshay Kumar in a cameo pulls of his act well but then he has nothing to deliver to propel the story further.

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Varun Dhawan and John Abraham seem to enjoy the camaraderie and have a perfect comic timing. Varun Dhawan reminds Uday Chopra’s side kick act in Dhoom. Saqib Saleem as Viraj Sharma does his bit but he is not so remarkable. Interestingly, both brother-sister duos’ films got released this week. Huma Qureshi stars opposite to the South Indian Super Star Mammooty in a Malayalam film titled as ‘White, which released on the same date.  The female brigade - Nargis Fakhri and Jacqueline Fernandez – unfortunately are just ornamental props. A small time pickpocket Ishika gets entangled in the man-hunt pursued by Kabir and Junaid and tags along with them to all those locations for what, God knows.

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Akshaye Khanna as Wagah, the antagonist is a caricature of what we saw in him in Race. To be honest, this talented actor whom we saw in Taal, Gandhi My Father and many more could have been better in his act after such a long sabbatical. Having said this, he should stop taking breaks and continue to entertain us with much better roles and acts.

This buddy-cop story of Rohit Dhawan and Tushar Hiranandani is full of loopholes but packaged with all predictable comic and fights sequences to make it look entertaining. The only song and music that stays with you is ‘Sau Tarah Ke Rog’. Pritam’s peppy music and Abhijit Vaghani’s background score is pretty ok.

Go and watch Dishoom without much expectation and see how Rohit Dhawan continues to hold on to David Dhawan’s forte of brainless entertainment.

Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 2.5/5

Cast: John Abraham (Kabir Shergill), Varun Dhawan (Junaid Ansari), Akshaye Khanna (Wagah), Saqib Saleem (Viraj Sharma),Jacqueline Fernandez (Ishika), Akshay Kumar (Cameo), Nargis Fakhri (Samaira Dalal)

Genre: Action Adventure

Director: Rohit Dhawan

Producers: Sajid Nadiadwala, Sunil A Lulla

Written by: Hussain Dalal (Dialogues)

Screenplay: Rohit Dhawan, Tushar Hiranandani

Story: Rohit Dhawan

Music by: Pritam (Songs), Abhijit Vaghani (Background Score)

Cinematography: Ayananka Bose

Edited by: Nitin Rokhade, Ritesh Soni

Production: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment

Distributor: Eros International

Release Date: 29th July, 2016

Duration: 124 Minutes

Language: Hindi