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Dishoom

by P Sinha

 Posted on 30-Jul-2016 11:56 AM


Rohit Dhawan must have thought he has a winner on his hands. After all, he has spiced it up with every masala under the sun – an India-Pakistan cricket match, a brave infallible cricket star, girls in bikini, flying motorcycles in slow motion, car/motorcycle chase and dangling in mid- air from planes. He has hit them all in this film. Alas, he forgot to include a few things that matter – a cohesive screenplay, sequencing or proper casting. Without a compelling storyline, the above masala ingredients hold your attention only for so long.

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Indian cricketer Viraj is kidnapped 36 hours before an India-Pakistan cricket match somewhere in the Middle East. The Indian government sends Kabir Shergill (John Abraham) of the Special Task Force to locate the cricketer. Kabir kicks ass so much so that he orders around the police department of the host country, even putting a gun to their head and getting away with it. He teams up with a local cop Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan) who is of Indian origin. Junaid is a rookie whose sole assignment to trace a missing dog has been a dud. So far so good, reminding me a little bit of Rush Hour and Bad Boys and promising some good comedy.

The hope is soon shattered. There’s not enough fun and the chases get mundane. The story sails away from any realism. There’s even a fictional country called Abudeen where the leading men go looking for the villain and the leading lady cavorts with men with guns. In the quest for gags, logic has been thrown out of the window. Seemingly bad guys appear and disappear with no consequence. From a whodunit, the film suddenly turns into a nab-the-villain once Akshay Khanna appears.

The buddy comedy has been seriously let down by John Abraham with his permanent scowl and lack of any other expression. In one of the scenes he reminds me of Robert Patrick of Terminator 2. Robert played a humanoid, hence the deadpan expression. Varun Dhawan is earnest and charming. He has the ability to connect with the audience. Jacqueline Fernandez has little to do, yet her acting limitation is evident in the little screen-time allowed to her. It is hard to carry off a slightly silly character when emoting is not your forte. Akshay Khanna has always been a good performer, but his incredibly dim-witted character in the movie doesn’t do him any justice.

Rohit Dhawan obviously wants to take the mantle over from his father David Dhawan who has a string of mega-hits behind him. However, senior Dhawan has a method to his madness. The junior has yet to find that magic touch. In the meanwhile, we have Dishoom, an assault on our brains.


Rating : 2/5

Starring: John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshaye Khanna, Saqib Saleem

Director: Rohit Dhawan


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