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Dhoom 2 – Back in action November 25, 2006

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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I didn’t have a very high opinion of Dhoom but I did find it entertaining in parts and could see why it became a big blockbuster. It was escapist action fare with some likeable humor and action sequences of a quality that wasn’t common in Indian cinema. I wasn’t too enthused when I heard about a sequel to Dhoom. However, the inclusion of Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai to the cast changed all that and I watched the movie at the first opportunity I got.

Dhoom 2 is much much better than its precursor. Director Sanjay Gadhvi, writer Vijay Krishna Acharya and producer Aditya Chopra aim higher with this sequel and they succeed. Gadhvi and Acharya improve on their previous work while Chopra triples his budget to support them. The basic structure is still the same for this movie. Hrithik plays an international thief called A and Abhishek Bachchan plays Jai, the cop who is after him. Uday Chopra reprises his role as Ali and he is now working for the police. Aishwarya plays Sunehri, a thief who wants to be Hrithik’s partner while Bipasha plays Shonali Bose, another cop. I don’t want to give away anything so I’ll stop there.

The first half of the movie is truly thrilling with some sensational action sequences. The introduction scenes for the actors are pretty exciting. The humor seems a bit forced at times but this half of the movie rolls out at a frenetic pace with more action than I expected and sets up a promising clash. However, the second half doesn’t manage to top the expectations that the first half generates. The lackluster attempt to create a plot in comparison to the focus on action and style before the interval brings the excitement down. Despite its drawbacks this movie isn’t as predictable as it predecessor and if you liked the original, you’ll definitely love this (you might like this even if you hate the original).

Hrithik is superb as Aryan and makes the stunts look more beautiful. Abhishek and Aishwarya are wonderful. Except for a couple of scenes, Aishwarya’s performance is good. Before the movie was released, there was a rumor that Aishwarya will be seen in a bikini. Though that doesn’t happen, I am sure I would have been a lot less surprised if that happened. The Aishwarya is this film is bolder than most would imagine. Uday Chopra makes sure he doesn’t get lost in the movie. From Uday’s first film, his brother Aditya has made sure that his strengths (body and comic timing) are utilized well. His comic timing is much better than more reputed actors like Vivek Oberoi and he delivers the laughs. Bipasha doesn’t get a great role but she does fine. John Abraham and Esha Deol aren’t part of the sequel but Rimmi Sen gets a cameo.

Acharya’s writing is partly inspired (not lifted as far as I know) by many flicks in the genre. Nevertheless, it is an improvement over his previous work. Gadhvi does a better job with the direction but he should have presented some scenes much better (an example would be the scene where Abhishek talks about the pattern in A’s heists which, to me, looked quite stupid). There are many contrived sequences in the film. The humor in the movie works but stops you from taking the movie seriously. The music by Pritam, like his work for its predecessor, is foot tapping but nothing extraordinary. Salim-Sulaiman’s background score is good. The theme used for Hrithik (part of the Dhoom Again song) is great. The choreography by Shiamak Davar (Dhoom Again) and Vaibhavi Merchant (Crazy Kiya Re) deserves mention. The make up in this movie is excellent as is the cinematography. The special effects are quite good except for few minor glitches (most notably the spiders). The main draw for the movie is the action by Allan Amin. He is definitely one of the best in Hindi cinema and deserves great praise. I am not sure if any of the stunts are lifted from Hollywood but to me they don’t seem to be.

Dhoom 2 is undoubtedly going to be a blockbuster and I would strongly recommend against overanalyzing this movie. If you are one of those who needs a good story, strong characters or logic, you can give this one a miss. If you are enamored by the cast and want to watch a fun film without engaging your brain too much, watch this. If you like the idea of watching high quality action sequences in an escapist flick, don’t miss this!

Comments»

1. Naresh - December 7, 2006

dhoom2 rocks like hrithik

2. FEMY - January 25, 2007

OH OH!!!!!!! I Iike dhoom2 very much. At first i disliked Hrithik but now i love HRITHIK so so so much! he is so cool. i am so interested to talk with him.i want to watch this movie again, like 30 times. i want to HRITHIk’s email number. my name is FEMY

3. S - February 20, 2007

I luv both of the Dhooms..and watched Dhoom 2 at the first opportunity I got! I think that it’s a great movie. Hrithik’s role is so ironic to his role as Krishna in Krrish. It’s a great movie! I highly recommend it. Bispasha does great in her double role as Shonali/Monali Bose, Abishek is still a little bit too uptight…but it works for him, Uday does great…and deserves his laughs…and Ash is awesome!!


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