Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya
AUDIENCE TURNOUT: Full house for a long time!
RESPONSE: Everybody liked it except those who never
VERDICT: It’s an Aamir Khan vehicle all the way!
The over-the-top plot!
Magician Iqbal Khan (Jackie Shroff) commits suicide when Western Bank of Chicago takes away the building in which his ‘Great Indian Circus’ takes place. His son Sahir (Siddharth Nigam young, Aamir Khan old) decides to teach the evil gora banker Anderson (Andrew Bicknell who played an extra in The Dark Knight) a lesson and robs the bank to win back the Circus through the bank’s money. He writes a message in Hindi – the very words his father uttered before taking his own life – so in order to solve the case, the Chicago Police seeks Mumbai Police’s help (duh!). Things take a rapid turn after the interval and by the time the movie concludes, all’s well that ends well – except for the bank that simply ends (read goes bankrupt, acha hua!).
What I was expecting…
Loads of on-the-road action, smashing cars, jumping bikes (even motorboats) supporting beautiful women and handsome hunks has been Dhoom’s trademark since the first movie (nearly) a decade back! Even Rimi Sen (now Rimmi) and Esha Deol looked sensuous in the first installment where John Abraham was pitted against Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. The second one had the hottest couple of Bollywood- Aishwariya Rai and Hrithik Roshan – who robbed together despite being on opposite sides of law. So in the third one, the producers took a step up and signed Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif (as the ‘sensible’ replacement for Aish!). Since Aamir Khan doesn’t do nonsense movies, I was expecting a lot from Dhoom 3 and I got my ticket’s worth as I came out of the theatre a content man!
What I wasn’t expecting…
The twist just before the interval is likely to shock you even if you have seen Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. There is another moment before the climax of the movie where you inadvertently clap for Aamir Khan (I did, along with many others in the cinema!) because that’s how good he is. Just like Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, Aamir displays multiple emotions at the same time and proves that he really is the best actor in India at the moment.
As for his leading lady – Katrina Kaif – she doesn’t have much to do in the flick, although Aish had a big role in the success of Dhoom 2. She is easily the most beautiful of Bollywood actresses around and must thank her non-Indian genes for that. She fits the bill as the ‘Asian Goddess who can dance’ since she does all the crazy things expected from an acrobat, but sadly, is overshadowed by non-living things such as the motorbikes that might seem straight out of a Bond movie! The vehicles are more integral to the story than the actress who clearly outclasses all in the looks department (except Tabrett Bethell playing Victoria!) but looks out-of-place herself.
Abhishek Bachchan continues to play the no-nonsense ACP Jai Dixit and all he does is threaten the villain, break some bones and come out victorious no matter how hard the other guy tries. He is partnered with Uday Chopra who gets the role of Ali Khan since he is the brother of the producer besides being one of the two surviving actors of the first Dhoom (Abhishek being the other). His role is more polished here because he actually makes you laugh with his tharki antics – be it in India or America. Later in the movie, when Abhishek’s character asks him to do some kaam, instead of kamasutra, he doesn’t instantly work – he goes into his usual ‘future-flash’ mode and does what he is capable of – imagine!