by Amit Upadhyaya
Dhoom 3 begins with a child running to his father with some money that he thinks might help his father pay off the bank debt. Jackie Shroff, who plays his father, tells him that the money is worth more than the debt. The two hug and moments later, Shroff puts a gun to his head.
The film is about the revenge of that boy Sahir, played by Aamir Khan. He is out there to avenge his father and shut down the bank. To stop him come the two lovable characters from the earlier Dhoom films, Jai (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra). Only, there is a major twist that awaits them and I’ll let you to see that for yourself.
Dhoom 3 is arguably the biggest film of this year. It has the big scale canvas that such films need. In fact, set in Chicago, the film is too big by Hindi film standards. Dhoom was a runaway success while Dhoom 2 was a major blockbuster. This one was always expected to be mammoth and mammoth it is.
Only the drama overpowers the thrill and not quite. Dhoom films were easy on story and treatment. They were fun films with a basic but stylish chor-police premise. This one tries to be more. This one attempts to be a story and an emotional one at that. For this of course the drama has to work. It doesn’t. In fact the basic idea itself is lifted from an earlier Hollywood success and that is such a shame.
A father-son story works for me by default. The film is more an exploration of the protagonist than a mere cop chasing robber scheme. And somewhere I felt that the story could have worked for perhaps a more serious film. In a Dhoom film, it plays spoilsport.
And a large part of the blame has to be shared by director Vijay Krishna Acharya and lead actor, Aamir Khan. Aamir is in almost all the frames. He puts in so much effort to such little effect. By the end of the film, you are more exhausted by his laboured performance than the film itself. Other actors are completely overshadowed, even wasted. Katrina Kaif is not there for more than 15 minutes in a 3 hour long film, a terrible waste of the superstardom that she otherwise brings to the film.
Both the carry over characters are not really justified by the screenplay either. Jai’s confident demeanour and Ali’s fun Kya Mummy feel so missed.
Having said all of this, the film has enough ‘bang for your buck’ moments including a fantastic stunt on a bridge. The action sequences including the two chases are pretty well shot. Malang and Kamli, the two major songs are lavishly mounted and neatly choreographed, and stand out.
There is also a very well executed scene where the thief and the cop come face to face for the first time. It is so cleverly done that it looks like from some other film.
The first two Dhoom films had style. This one attempts heart. And gets some of it right. The festive season’s only offering is Dhoom 3 and you may go for it. It is twenty minutes too long but entertaining enough.
Go, Dhoom Machale.