The third edition of the Dhoom franchise, Dhoom 3 has received highly positive responses from cine goers and many critics as well. Now having seen the film myself, I have to say this is the best of the three editions of the Dhoom movies – with a better story, a more fleshed out plot and more surprises. Because it has Aamir Khan in it, I hear you say? Well you may well be right there.
First things first – this message has been doing the rounds on Whatsapp and other messaging services: “Dhoom 3 – Amir Khan dies in the start of Dhoom 3. Only Uday Chopra knos this, He makes the master plan by teaming up with Kamal Hassan and robbery is done by Kamal Hassan wearing Aamir’s mask. He reveals himself at the end of the movie.” This message is complete rubbish. It’s probably only a clever marketing gimmick and is total nonsense.
What is true is that this is a move worth watching for the spectacular visuals, the grand scale of the chases and the stunts – and yes it is worth watching if you’re an Aamir fan – he is seen here in yet another of his new avatars.
Rating – ***1/2
Film – Dhoom: 3, release date 20 December 2013
Starring – Aamir Khan, Abhisek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Tabrett Bethell
Producer – Aditya Chopra
Director – Vijay Krishna Acharya (Dhoom and Dhoom 2 were directed by Sanjay Gadhvi)
Story/Screenplay – Vijay Krishna Acharya, Aditya Chopra
Music – Pritam
Dhoom 3 Review
The story goes like this: The magician/circus proprietor of The Great Indian Circus is Jackie Shroff – an Indian who lives and performs in Chicago. He is deeply in debt and decides to put up one last spectacular show for the benefit of his bankers. The bankers are not moved however, in spite of the tricks performed by the father son duo and in spite of the son’s earnest entreaties. The indebted father, seeing a situation of hopelessness proceeds to kill himself.
The son grows up and decides to avenge his father by destroying the bank and the banker who was so pitiless and cruel to his father. To this end the son (Aamir Khan playing Saahir) carries out some daring bank burglaries and leaves scrawled at the scene of the crime, some words in Hindi and a joker’s mask. So then, the Americans call in the Indian police to try and help solve the crime (supposedly because the thief leaves a Hindi message). And that is how we see Jay and Ali (Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra’s characters from the previous Dhoom movies) on the scene in Chicago. And that is the extremely tenuous link connecting the Indian cop duo to the Americans.
This film is a pure entertainer – a veritable feast of chases and stunts, and spectacle. It has a huge surprise just before the interval and there are few if any dull moments. But it is also implausible, over the top and has several “Kuchh bhi!” moments – such as when the rickshaw carrying Abhishek and Uday trundles down the huts of a basti, or when Aamir’s motorcycle turns into motorised dinghy and then into a sort of submarine and some of the more unbelievable but engaging stunts.
There are some impressive chases – slick, fast and very well shot. There are a few comic moments too. Katrina Kaif is in the best shape of her life, though it must be said that there wasn’t all that much of her in the movie. The two cops played by Abhishek and Uday are likeable – particularly Uday the tapori cop with a soft corner for the ladies and the propensity to lapse into exotic daydreams. But the movie belongs to Aamir, who is, as usual, very impressive – not only his intense acting but also his physique. Clearly he worked hard on it.
Dhoom 3 Music
The song Malang is easily the pick of the lot, however the other songs are also competent. The track Kamli is meant to be a showpiece for Katrina’s newly acquired gymnastic skills and her amazingly toned body and it certainly performs that function. The title track of Dhoom 3 featuring some very athletic dancing from Katrina Kaif is right at the end. The background music with the recurrent Dhoom theme adds to the punch of many of the scenes, particularly the fast paced chases.
So if you do have the time do go at catch this one in the theaters – more than once, one found oneself wishing that this movie had been made in 3 D – it may have been even more spectacular!
By – Reena Daruwalla
Videos courtesy – The Official YRF Channel on Youtube