The inevitable happened.I watched Dhoom3 this weekend.
Gearing up for all the action and bike races, we reached the theater to hear that the tickets were sold out for the show.I never thought a Bollywood movie would have ticket sold out an hour before the show in a small town in US.
But, we did not lose our zest and bought tickets for the next show which was at 9:40 pm.Since it was only 6 pm,we went back home for dinner.But it was Dhoom 3 that we were going to watch and the nature sure must have decided to spice up our ordeal!
So there came a tornado warning and an alert was issued that everybody needed to take shelter till 9:15 pm.
But how could we give up, we fought against all the odds and reached the theater by 8:40(and it helped that the tornado did not actually turn up, it just ended up being little windy) and to our surprise found that the tickets were sold out yet again(but this time we were smart enough to buy our tickets early!).
I am not going to bitch about the movie(if you feel that way then it was not my intention). I read a few reviews which had smashed down the performance of Abhishek Bachan and Uday Chopra.It is not fair.The duo did their fair share in the movie.The previous two Dhooms had shown us the charectors of Jai and Ali from all possible angles and there is nothing more left to be revealed.It is just the old things.Ali’s dream sequences were tiring to watch, but other than those Uday Chopra’s screen presence was not that bad.In fact some of his lines were indeed funny!!
When the other Dhoom’s had Abhishek’s charactor Jai as a calculating manipulative cop, in the third movie his intellect seems to have suffered a serious set back( may be a serious head injury from previous fight sequences or just the after effect of Aamir’s screen presence) and the cop is portrayed as weak and almost naive in a few scenes(Aamir even gets to take pity on the cop and spares him from being smashed by a iron pipe)!!
Coming to Aamir Khan- he certainly has a marvelous physique in the movie.There were a few moments in the second half of movie when I felt genuine dislike towards his character “Sahil” and I guess he did succeed to portray the dark shade quite well! But throughout the first half of the movie, the guy is seen to flaunt the same smug expression on his face.
I couldn’t help comparing Aamir’s second character in the movie to SRKs character in “My name is Khan’ and (pardon me all Aamir fans) I would give Shahrukh more marks for the acting.(Ok, I am a Shahrukh fan, so what? :))
Katrina too looks absolutely gorgeous.She does so many acrobatic dance moves(with adequate grace) and does justice to what is expected from her (though nothing much is expected from her character-Aaliya- except singing and dancing like ‘liquid electricity’,what ever it might mean :)).
Performance wise I would give ten on ten to the boy who portrayed Aamir Khan’s childhood.The villain, the president of the Bank, had a convincingly crooked face and looked bad enough to earn the viewer’s wrath.
As far as the stunts are concerned , it felt like the makers were trying to fit in all the stunts known to them in to the plot.An auto jumping off the roofs of buildings in Delhi,a bike – ride on a rope, Aamir running down a building wall in slow motion, a bike to boat conversion, a bike crossing a running train, a bike going under a truck ,Abhishek dangling from a helicopter, Uday Chopra dodging the wheels of a twirling auto,and all kinds of acrobats you can imagine (or cannot even imagine) are there in the movie.
The plot has gaping holes.The only target of the robbery is a bank.The bank has branches only in one city.The police know about this and there is tight security around the bank. In spite of all this , not only the thief carries out the robbery, he gets a generous amount of time to engrave on the locker wall ,in decent handwriting ,a long message in Hindi!Not even once it is shown how the robbery is done, unlike other Dhooms.The whole emphasize is on how the thief escapes on his super bike.
So the thief leaves a message in Hindi and the US police doesn’t think twice before calling in two Indian cops for help.A message in Hindi should mean that the thief is from India and in that case how can US police catch him ? If Indian thief, an Indian cop is needed! I wonder if the US Police department always does the same when ever they encounter a non-American criminal!
So Dhoom is a one time watch(if you are brave enough) as it is evident that the crew had definitely worked hard( for totally unnecessary things) to pull the whole movie together.(Not to forget a very fit shirtless Aamir and a sexy skimpy dressed Katrina,which ever appeals to you ;-))
Two ‘SOLD OUT’ shows on a night with tornado warning definitely points towards a box office success, but it is just a strong punch on your common sense!