(2006) Dhoom 2 Reviews
Bollywood Hungama Review
Cut the crap… Cut the gyan… Let’s come to the point straightway: Is DHOOM 2 as big as its hype? Does it meet the monumental expectations? Or is it a gas balloon with a leak?
Yes, DHOOM 2 works big time and here’s why…
Very rarely do you come across Hindi films that marry form and content so beautifully. DHOOM 2 is cool, but beneath the sheen there’s substance too.
Mounted on an extravagant scale, the film is a visual delight. The film travels from one breath-taking locale to another in those 16 reels, often making your jaw drop to your knees thanks to the sweeping impact it makes.
For any sequel to score high marks, it ought to be embellished with pulse-pounding moments. DHOOM 2 is a hi-octane thriller and the thrills, stunts and pace — vital for any thriller to strike a chord — are sure to keep you on the edge from Scene A to Z.
Most importantly, DHOOM 2 delivers what it promises: Escapist cinema at its best!
Any hiccups? Not really, but the music could’ve been better. That’s about it!
So, what’s the verdict then? A film like DHOOM 2 raises the bar for Hindi films. If you’ve tasted the best, you would never settle for anything komsi-komsa stuff later, right? That’s the DHOOM 2 effect. For film-makers that tread a similar path, it’s going to be an added responsibility to go beyond DHOOM 2.
In terms of business, DHOOM 2 is bound to create dhoom at the ticket window. It’s a box-office triumph all the way. Time for Yash Raj to pop champagne yet again!
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Ali’s [Uday Chopra] dream of becoming a police officer has come true. He is now ACP Jai Dixit’s [Abhishek Bachchan] right hand man. Together, they are trying to keep a tight leash on the crime in India. Little do they know what they are going to be up against.
Enter Aryan — Mr. A [Hrithik Roshan]. A hi-tech international thief. After pulling off a series of impossible heists all over the world, his next target is Mumbai, India. The case is given to ACP Jai and Ali. Helping them put the pieces of the puzzle together is ACP Shonali Bose [Bipasha Basu], Jai’s college mate, now a police officer in her own right. For the last two years, Shonali has been tracking these amazing thefts and is now an expert on this thief, who no one has seen.
Once in Mumbai, Mr. A finds his match in Sunehri [Aishwarya Rai], a petty yet clever thief. She makes him an offer he finds very hard to refuse. A partnership! Aryan accepts. And so the game begins, a game of cat and mouse, a game of good v/s bad.
The cops — Jai, Shonali and Ali — are after the robbers — Aryan and Sunehri. From the deserts of Namibia to the backwaters of Goa, the mean streets of Mumbai and the ancient forts of Rajasthan and finally to Rio, Brazil.
DHOOM 2 is modeled on the lines of the chor-police sagas that Hindi films specialized in the 1970s and 1980s. In essence, it’s not a path-breaking/inventive story, but what takes the film to dizzy heights is the sequence of events that unravel at a feverish pace. Right from the start of the film [Hrithik’s first heist in Namibia; the robbing of a crown from a moving train] to his next target [robbing a precious diamond from a museum in Mumbai] to the theft in Jamnagar [Hrithik and Ash come face to face for the first time], the film whets your appetite from the word ‘Go’.
If the first hour focuses on the cat-n-mouse game, the second hour changes tracks as it transforms into a love story. While the scenes between Uday and Bipasha [in a dual role] are cute, the ones between Hrithik and Ash build up slowly. The pace drops intermittently in this hour since the thrills are reserved for the penultimate reel, but a number of worthy sequences in this half conceal this tiny blemish.
Note the turning point in the tale — the revolver sequence between Hrithik and Ash and the lip-to-lip kiss that ensues; it’s an outstanding sequence from the writing, execution and performance point of view. The pre-climax — the robbery of man-made gold coins — as also the climax chase are breath-taking as well.
The end is distinctive and will have its share of advocates and adversaries. Yet, in all fairness, it’s one of the highpoints of the sequel. Any scope for the third installment? Oh yes, there is. Don’t be surprised if Abhishek and Uday embark on their third mission. As for the climax shot vis-à-vis John Abraham’s surprise appearance, it’s an unfounded rumor!
DHOOM 2 is director Sanjay Gadhvi’s finest effort so far. The execution of the subject is such, you just can’t help get transported to a world of make-believe. Gadhvi has handled a number of sequences with aplomb. The Hrithik-Ash sequence mentioned above is one of them. The dialogue between Hrithik and Abhishek — after they’ve known each other’s true identities — is another. The final scene of the enterprise [it would be unfair to reveal it here!] is yet another sequence that indicates that the director has done his homework well.
Pritam’s music is fair. Barring the ‘Krazy Kiya Re’ track and the title track [filmed on Hrithik], the score is outright mediocre. However, the saving grace is the vibrant and energetic picturization, which takes the songs to another level. The choreography of the title track by Shiamak Davar is outstanding. Vaibhavi Merchant’s choreography of ‘Krazy Kiya Re’ is admirable as well. Salim-Sulaiman’s background score is highly effective.
DHOOM 2 is peppered with good looking visual effects [Tata Elxsi], besides a stylish décor/look. The action sequences as also the stunts [Allan Amin] do complete justice to the genre and the Indian audiences are bound to gasp with disbelief. Cinematography [Nirav Shah, Vikas Shivraman] is impeccable. The camerawork can easily match international standards. Dialogues [Vijay Krishna Acharya] are wonderful. Costumes [Anaita Shroff Adajania] are upmarket. In fact, the styling of Hrithik and Ash [the tanned look et al] deserves distinction marks.
Hrithik’s casting as the antagonist can be accurately called a masterstroke. He’s the actual star of DHOOM 2, the real scene stealer. In fact, you can’t imagine any other actor enacting the cool robber with such precision. If there’s anyone who’s bound to benefit the maximum from DHOOM 2, it’s Hrithik. No two opinions on that!
Abhishek in DHOOM 2 is what Shashi Kapoor was in Amitabh Bachchan starrers. Important yes, but relegated to the backseat. Abhishek does a fine job nonetheless. Only thing, he needs to take care of his appearance and posture when he’s pitted against someone with a personality like Hrithik.
Aishwarya evolves into a different person in DHOOM 2. Her tanned makeup, her styling, her performance, it’s a different Ash here. It’s a complete departure from what Ash has done in the past. Does it work? Of course, she is in form!
Bipasha is just about okay as the cop, but is lively as the twin sister. Uday irritates at times, but handles a few scenes well. His portions with Bipasha’s twin sister in Rio are sure to bring a smile on your face. Rimi Sen is hardly there.
On the whole, DHOOM 2 is a winner all the way. At the box-office, the film has already embarked on an earth-shattering initial and with multiple shows being conducted at multiplexes [16/18] with inflated ticket rates, the film will set new records in days to come. For Yash Raj, who’ve not only produced but also distributed the film, DHOOM 2 should emerge as one of the biggest hits of their career. Blockbuster!
Hand it to him, he’s whooshed out of la-la land. Wearing a paisley-patterned bandana, major attitude and cool threads, he strikes dread. Stealing a batty Brit aunty’s crown jewels, jazzy Junagadh swords and Mumtaz Mahal’s gold choker, he makes the security personnel look like jokers. Ha ha.
Or ho hum? To be fair Sanjay Gadhvi’s sequel to the biker hit Dhoom, doesn’t exactly spell gloom. It’s super slick, smart and speedy. Its visuals are straight out of the Riviera fashion mags even when the plot sags.
The lip-gloss camerawork, the editing chops, the imaginative sets, the branded costumes and the picture postcard locations are boss. Yahoo for gloss.
Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan and Bipasha Basu in a still from Dhoom 2.
The storyline and script, errr, however go for a full toss. Cadging elements from Hollywood’s Steal (ironical title that), Heat (cop and robber conversing over coffee cups) and dear Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (a cat burglar turns out to be a woman with a remixed past), the outcome is, well, pretty derivative.
Disappointingly, the eye candy bikes from the first part aren’t the USP anymore, vroooming in prominently only towards the do-or-duh climax. Oh well.
Out out such worries. Forget logic and sense. Just go with the flow, or the world’s most charismatic thief (Hrithik Roshan). This dude dances like a dream, switches disguises with cosmetic perfection, and hangs out ever so lonely in plush rooms, planning his next attack.
Is he the baddy or the goody gumdrops? Can’t say but the dialogue does pop up with the non sequitur, “If there were no crime breakers, then who would give cops their jobs?” Huh.
So, hot on the theif’s trail, there’s a cop with a high IQ (Abhishek Bachchan), a cop with no I or Q (Uday Chopra) and a law keeper cutie (Bipasha Basu) whose hips don’t lie, ever. All these Charlies and Charlizes are introduced in slo-mo, a storm studio fan blowing their hair photogenically.
Late entrant: sultry Sunheri (Aishwarya Rai) who could either be a police undercover agent or someone eyes which are so oceanically deep blue that boats could bob in them. Sigh.
Till the intermission, the cat-`n’-mouse chase is tremendous fun and fabulously loony. Then, it all turns nonsensically sluggish (witness: the Russian roulette scene between Boy Bandana and Blue Eyes). The action finale has a techno-edge, but good golly, the epilogue with a surprise twist leaves you as cold as an ice lolly.
Gadhvi’s direction is first-rate during the drama-lite moments but ordinary when the proceedings get emotionally heavy duty. Pritam’s music is deja hear; most of the songs seem like a variation of the original Dhoom title track.
Doubtlessly, this is Hrithik Roshan’s big show. He dignifies the most brain-scrambling scenes with his overpowering conviction. Deadly is the word for performance. Uday Chopra, ham-hamming away, is not likely to be a threat to Rajpal Yadav. Bipasha Basu, in a ditzy double role, fits the bill as well as she does a much-flaunted bikini.
Aishwarya Rai is drop-dead gorgeous. Even while dealing with an underwritten role, Abhishek Bachchan is correctly restrained, opting to be on low simmer than on a blazing bonfire. Yeah, so the technical sophistication and star value are enough reason to go towards Dhoomsday again.
Times of India Review
Man o man! Just look at what these men can do! They fall from the sky, roller-coaster down super highways, stroll across speeding train tops, get fast and furious on their mean bikes, bungee jump off precarious cliffs and simply take your breath away. Why? Because they do all this without losing a hair off their hunky heads and make all the girls sing ‘Crazy kiya re …’ And when they are not showing off their mard-no-dard skills in the adventure sports department, they rip off their shirts and showcase their rippling bods on the dance floor, making the girls scream ‘Crazy kiya re !’ all over again. And yes, it ain’t the gaga gals alone who are reeling; the guys are whistling too.
Because Dhoom 2 brings to Bollywood its first full blown action flick where the adrenalin just keeps pumping and jumping and the daredevilry almost outstrips Hollywoodian heights. The wannabe ‘mards’ are wonderstruck!
More importantly, with Dhoom 2 ’s sequential splendour (it’s truly a sequel that carries the charisma forward), Bollywood gets its first fundoo film franchise: Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan), as the diehard cop and his archrival, the perfect chor who made a dashing debut with John Abraham in Dhoom 1 , sky-rocketed with Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 and might just explode with Shah Rukh Khan (isn’t he chor No.3) in Dhoom 3 .
Needless to say, the highlight of Dhoom 2 is its brilliant and breathtaking action sequences. Kudos to stunt director Allan Amin for making the Mission Impossible series seem kid’s play. With it’s opening sequence itself — a near-impossible heist in the African desert — the film sets the pace and simply never lets you slip away from the edge of your seat. Each time you think you might just sit back, that mindblowing ball of energy (they call him Hrithik Roshan) explodes in your face with some new bit of super-human stuff, like blasting in and out of manholes, leaping up and down cliffs, vrooming ahead at unimaginable speed on his bike which almost becomes a body part for him or displaying his unrivalled dancing skills. Yes, Hrithik’s the hero of the show and you know it when even our proverbial ice maiden sheds her icicles for her first screen kiss. She simply can’t resist him and sizzles with passion whenever she spots him. As Sunehri, the small time thief who joins our ace robber as his partner, Aishwarya pitches in her hottest portrayal till date. And together, the Hrithik-Ash pair ends up as an almost perfect screen pair, leaving nothing to be desired. Can we have some more tangos together, puhleeze!
But remember, there’s Abhishek too. Now he’s an actor who holds his own even if he doesn’t have the author-backed role. As the ‘karela’ cop-with-no-social-graces, he’s irrestible and a charmer too. Watch out for the confrontation sequence between the chor and the police. Ekdum magic! And when it comes to the action cuts, he displays a cutting edge too, even as Uday Chopra recreates his Nagpada tapori chutzpah as Ali, the soft sidekick, with consummate ease. So who’s left? Aah Bipasha! Looks great, brings back the bikini to Bollywood, and gently slips into the shadows as a pretty accessory. But who’s complaining. It gets too hot anyway with the Ash-Hrithik cavortings on the dance floor, in the basketball field, in the living room, on the job…
Story? Do we really need one! Let’s say it’s just a simple cops and robbers tale that ain’t simply done. The thrills, the chills and the testosterone twists will keep you humming: ‘Crazy kiya re !’
Time to take a back seat, Mr Bond. Because Bollywood’s Dhoom is bigger, better and goes beyond…
Subhash K Jha Review
Clever… very clever. That’s the impression you come away with from this sumptuous package of gloss glamour glitter and an oomph quotient that starts at the neck and goes to the naval.
It’s the region above the neck and below the waist which Dhoom 2 occupies effortlessly, fluently and virally. If you’ve seen the first installment of Dhoom (and who hasn’t?) you would know Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra carry forward their characters. And that’s not an easy thing to do.
Abhishek is saddled with an aura of solemnity while everyone else has a rollicking time. The others whip a i. Abhishek is clouded in gloom.
Make no mistake. Dhoom 2 is about letting your hair down as far as it can go. The carnivalesque climate is carried all the way to Brazil where the sweaty tropical mood is imbibed into the characters as they play a strangely ambivalent game of cat and mouse. Yes, there are the law-enforcers and the law-breakers. But how do we tell them apart? Certainly not by the glamour quotient which is applied to the antagonist Aryan (Hrithik) and his moll Sunehri (Aishwarya) far more intently than the cop-hero Jai (Abhishek) and his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra) as they go about their law-enforcing antics in the spirit of a chic comic strip.
And if you add Bipasha’s double role to the heady brew , you’ve got a film that’s the equivalent of a glossy calendar.
The film moves from Mumbai to Brazil in undulating movements of yes-yesssssss and no , there are no ‘nos’ in the know-it-all flick that fuses furious action and svelte skin-show in a mix that leaves you dizzy and slightly breathless.
Movies were never meant to be so heady, unsteady and ready to rock at the drop of a hat….not that anyone is in a hat, except Aishwarya (God bless her stunning soul!) in one song where her Barbie-doll movements drive us krazy with a ‘k’. Just to be kool!
Crazily paced and with superbly crafted moments of aerial and grounded stunts, all centering on the one and only Mr Roshan, Dhoom 2 serves up a bigger brighter sexier and sassier gourmet’s dish than the earlier film in the series.
Director Sanjay Gadhvi doesn’t try to please the audience . The optical orgasm happens on its own volition, creating for us a sense of renewed and engaging deja vu. All the chutzpah and chirpy glamour from the first film is back. Plus loads of oomph. The storytelling careens from downright clownish courtship (Bipasha and Uday Chopra are like an new-age Aroona Irani and Mehmood) to the outright passionate.
Aishwarya and Hrithik are arguably the best-looking couple the Hindi cinema has ever seen. That they look and vibe so beautifully together is one of those cinematic occurrences which no one can control or predict…least of all the director whose vision in an adventure-caper of this scale, depends on everything from an actor’s lighting to the light-man’s mood.
The light falls just right on each actor. I can’t think of one film since Sholay that has showcased a bunch of top-notch actors in a more flattering light. Bipasha’s absurd double role as a no-nonsense Mumbai cop and Brazilian oomph –girl notwithstanding she’s in fine shape.
So is Abhishek, lending to his solemn-cop’s role a kind of edgy intolerance that makes him just the right foil for the “perfect thief” played by Hrithik Roshan?
The film belongs to Roshan…make no mistake about that. What an actor, what a dancer! What a screen presence! …In a vital love sequence with Aishwarya where the international thief has to show the desperate anxiety of a lover whose heart has been stolen, Hrithik’s controlled inner and outer movements create a world of strange and stirring impulses for his unmoored thief-with-no-brief character.
The Ash-Hrithik chemistry goes a long way in putting the film’s mood of whooping delight into a humane perspective. The two anti-socials look into each other’s smoldering eyes, whisper about love life and food to each other, play basketball together and even exchange an intense kiss.
At the end of it all , we’re left gasping for breath. Hrithik , Ash and the rest of the cast look bronzed and sweaty… the heat is a killer.
Of course there have been other more well thought-out capers. But has there ever been a caper as good-looking as Dhoom 2? Has Aishwarya ever looked and acted more authentically in any of her masala films? Has Hrithik ever given more substantial proof of his magnetic star power? Has Abhishek had a bigger chance to serve as a foil in a film where’s his male co-star gets the author-backed role?
The answer to all the questions is a big no.
Dhoom 2 is a slick flick with aerial and ground stunts that flatter Hrithik’s star presence , only to deceive the audience into believing it’s all very easy. This is a film that makes the big-screen spectacle look jovial and casual. Look underneath. There’s a method to the smirking madness. The grueling glamour of a stunt-driven drama has never been more fluently placed before us.
Two years ago, Yashraj Films decided to delve into a genre they never touched in the past. The world of action was unfamiliar territory for the production house which was famous for making candy floss cinema. So when they decided to make the film Dhoom, it shocked many and made them curious as well. The rest is history, as after Dhoom released, it became an instant hit all across India. YRF actually were able to deliver in the action genre, further establishing they are the number one production house in Bollywood. The movie was a first of its kind in Bollywood with its bikes and slick action. It made every guy in India want to ride a Hayabusa and you couldn’t go anywhere in India without hearing Dhoom Machale as someone’s ring tone. It brought the careers of the two lead actors to life. All in all, Dhoom created dhoom all across India and it was a film that would surely never be forgotten. Now, the Chopras riding high on this success knew they had to cash in and relive the magic of Dhoom. Thus two years later, we have the sequel to the action packed thriller. They signed some big names along the way to accompany the two protagonists to assure that this Dhoom will be bigger and better than its predecessor. So the million dollar question is, is it? Is Aishwarya Rai hot? The answer to those questions is an obvious YES!!! The original Dhoom set a standard for itself and the new Dhoom absolutely obliterates those standards and goes miles ahead of the original. Get ready for the ride of your life, as Dhoom 2 provides the biggest entertainment of the year!
The movie retains the characters of Jai (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra) as the cops going after new villains this time after the death of Kabir (John Abraham). Joining them in the hunt is Shonali (Bipasha Basu). The crooks this time around are a guy that goes by the name of Mr. A a.k.a. Aryan (Hrithik Roshan) and the femme fatale, Suneheri (Aishwarya Rai). From the first scene where Hrithik pulls off the heist on the train, you know you’re in for one hell of an awesome time for the entire two and a half hours. The action is clearly notches ahead of the first one. I mean they made rollerblading in an action movie look cool. Add to that sand boards, jet skis, and everyone’s favorite dream machine, the returning motorcycles, and you experience one action packed journey. The first half is extremely fast and does not even give you an opportunity to breathe. There are many action sequences in this half and all are done in an amazing manner. The highlight would have to be Hrithik rollerblading all across Mumbai and Abhishek in a helicopter trying to sniper him. The robbery preceding this sequence was outstanding as well. The opening train sequence as well as Aishwarya’s intro sequence in which they heist a sword, deserves high marks as well. Just put it, the action of the film is what makes it so damn good. This is some of the best action and entertainment you will see ever. The only problem in the film is the somewhat slow second half. Compare it to the first half, and it is pretty lethargic. You get so many things happening in the first half that the second half gives you time to relax before the climax. The second half is mainly used to further Hrithik and Aishwarya’s relationship, which was nice, but add the action, and it would have been a knockout. Another interesting development is pre interval regarding Aishwarya’s character and that is another thing that was developed in the second half. The second half was mainly used to further the story line. Many might say there isn’t much as far as plot is concerned, and they would be mostly right because there are some loopholes here and there. But what I say is, these types of films don’t rely on good scripts. All they need is some good action, music, and bodies, and this films passes on all counts. This is a full fledged masala entertainer, and that is exactly what it should be treated as. If people want ground breaking cinema, then spare yourself and watch some art film, instead of bashing a completely awesome popcorn entertainer.
The climax more than makes up for the action-less second half. The much anticipated showdown between Abhishek and Hrithik was awesome. It was great to see the buddies in real life beat the daylights out of each other. The stunts pulled not only in this sequence, but the entire film, were brilliant. You just watch it on the big screen and go, “Wow, what on earth did I just witness?” The climax capped off one hell of a joy ride. Full marks on this department as well. The only thing that will meet with a mixed reaction is the ending of the film. Some, like me, will love it, while others will find it a strange way to end the enterprise.
Sanjay Gadhvi has to be the luckiest man in Bollywood. Not only does he get a chance to direct the coolest movie of the year, but he gets to direct the hottest actors in Bollywood. Life could not be better for this man. I’m not saying it was all fun and no work, but it seemed like he had one hell of a good time directing this one. Like I said before, script does not play a main role in a film like this, but it was a decent story, especially if you liked the original Dhoom. He told the story well, but most importantly he was able to show great chemistry of his stars. The few scenes Hrithik and Abhishek have together show how at ease these two are at working together. Abhishek and Bipasha also looked good together. The scenes Abhishek had with Aishwarya were nice as well, but if there is one highlight of the film, it is without a doubt, the chemistry between Hrithik and Aishwarya. Why these two were never paired together before is beyond me. You can actually feel the electricity and heat when these two shared screen presence together. They even have a little surprise for the viewers pre-climax which I’m sure will shock many. The scene that leads to the shocker was probably the best scene in the film. Very dramatic and well done by Ghadvi. Clearly put, this is your jodi of the year folks. So much props to Sanjay Gadhvi for extracting great chemistry from his actors, telling a good story, and keeping a great pace of the story. Even in the second half when the narrative slows down, you don’t feel bored because there is always something going on to keep your interest.
Also high marks for the cinematography of the film. They made all the exotic locales look absolutely beautiful. Whether it was the deserts of Namibia, the beaches of Rio, or even the streets of Mumbai, everything was shot brilliantly and made the movie look beautiful, as if the stars didn’t do enough. The music of the film is solid as a whole. It is perfectly fitting for a movie of this genre. It has nice beats and can get you up and groove on the dance floor. The best of the lot is Dhoom Again. It is a worthy successor to Dhoom Machale. The picturization on Hrithik during the opening credits and Hrithik and Aishwarya during the end credits were absolutely rocking. Crazy Kiya Re is a funky cool track. But the track is nothing compared to the picturization. This has to be one of the hottest number to hit the screens ever. Aishwarya sizzles and steals many a hearts, including mine, with her sexiness and hotness. Touch Me is a good track that is nice to dance to, but you won’t be able to tell from the picturization. After watching Hrithik do his number, it is a tough act for Abhishek to follow and he just seems a bit off. Bipasha does alright, but Uday’s presence was not needed in the song. My Name is Ali is just a song to further the Uday/Bipasha storyline. The picturization was nice only because of Bipasha’s presence. Dil Laga Na is a great climax song. It surely gets you ready for the big finish. The picturization of the entire cast in Rio was marvelous. Hrithik and Aishwarya are amazing once again. Uday and Bipasha hold their own, and Abhishek, all by his lonesome does solid as well. All in all, Pritam provides a cool soundtrack, even though it’s not his best work. But it surely is good music for the type of film this is. The best part of the music though had to be the background music. It meshed with the film beautifully and totally got you hyped for everything that was taking place. Dhoom is all about pumping people up and getting them excited. That is exactly what the music does.
Some (I) were apprehensive about bringing Hrithik into this franchise as the negative character. He has always been known for being the chocolate hero type and a film like this is definitely something we haven’t seen him in before. After actually watching the movie, I can’t think of anybody who would have been better than Hrithik in this role. Hrithik as Mr. A is brilliance personified. He gets the best scenes, the best stunts, and the leaves the biggest impact on the film. Not to mention, this is the best he has ever looked in any of his films. Also, Hrithik makes the villain look damn cool. There will be instances in which you can’t help but root for him. This is one of the finer performances in his career and he totally steals the show. Best villain will be a tight race this year and Hrithik has just become the front runner. It is tough to wonder what Dhoom 2 would have been without Hrithik’s presence. Hrithik is back on top of the mountain!
Abhishek is back with the same role as the original, so we knew what to expect from him. He does a fine job as always, but is completely overshadowed by Hrithik. Dhoom is a series where the villains are the most memorable characters and that is why Abhishek has to take the backseat, just like he did in the original. This does not mean he was barely there or anything. He still has a strong role and does the best he can with it. Watch out for him in the climax and his opening sequence when he gets some great stunts to do.
Aishwarya is in a role we have never seen her in before. We are so used to seeing her in roles where she is supposed to be an Indian girl wearing saris and looking beautiful, and that makes it even more amazing how different she is in this film. Ash has never looked this sexy or hot in her life. She will drive any man insane with her look and expect lots of dropped jaws and major droolage. Yes, she has major (Dh) oomph factor in this one. This is a complete departure from doing mujras in Umrao Jaan. Let me tell you, it is a welcome departure seeing her in such little clothing and such sexified dancing. As for performance, she lends adequate support to Hrithik. The scene between her and Hrithik pre-climax, as mentioned before, is extremely powerful. It was also great seeing her actually get down and dirty and do some action. With Dhoom 2, Aishwarya proves she can be both beautiful and sexy, as well as do drama and action. She is as versatile as they get.
Bipasha disappoints with her role. Her performance was not bad. It is just her role did not provide her much to do. The first half, she looks promising as the cop and you think you’re going to get some good things out of her, but she is completely ignored in the second half. But I’m willing to throw her performance out the window because she looked so damn hot. As if Aishwarya wasn’t enough to increase your heart rate, watch out for Bipasha in a bikini to also drive you mad. We just wish there was more of this sexy body in the second half.
Uday, just like Abhishek, reprises his role from the original so we knew what to expect from him as well. He is kind of annoying, but does provide some laughs, which just adds on to the entertainment. While everyone gives you action and looks, Uday is there for some comic relief. It does not really matter, as I’m sure most people won’t pay attention to him anyway.
Dhoom 2 supercedes the original in all departments: action, babes, bodies, stunts, gadgets, music, and performances. It is not a film to take seriously, so you will be gravely disappointed if you do that. The film is, without a doubt, the biggest and best entertainer of the year because it is an out and out masala film. It may as well be the hottest and sexiest film of all time. Popcorn films do not get any better than this. Come for the action, but stay for Hrithik and Aishwarya. The movie will become one of the biggest winners of the year, and anyone who liked the original shall love this one. So, enjoy the holiday season and buy yourself a ticket to Dhoom 2. You surely will not regret it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the roller coaster ride of your life. Until then, we shall wait to see if there will be a third one.
Business of cinema Review
The precarious thing with a film that’s been built up too much is the question of whether it’ll live up to its hype. Dhoom:2 is very ‘aware’ of its scale and expectation, and is cautious not to let down. It doesn’t!
Traditionally, sequels have been weaker than the original. But here, it’s Dhoom:2 that’s outdone its predecessor. The film is not a sequel in the strictest sense — this is a continuation of the same premise; but it’s not a literal continuation of Dhoom’s story. So this time ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishekh Bachchan) is chasing another chor, one slippery Mr A (Hrithik Roshan) who’s a disguise whiz kid and as slippery as a “geeli macchi.” Uday Chopra’s back as the goofy Ali, goofier and more adorable this time, with the best lines in the film. And yes, bikes do make an appearance, as do helicopters, speed boats, and the rest of paraphernalia.
This “kaabil aur cool chor,” is not interested in the riff raff, instead aiming for priceless coins, antiques and the likes. So there he is, intellect with taste and dashing good looks. Who wants boring nerdy ACP Jai, then? The film has us rooting for Hrithik’s A, unabashedly.
Meanwhile, Jai is assisted by ACP Shonali Bose, played by Bipasha Basu, who has French manicured nails, and is silly enough to handcuff herself accidentally. Mr A, too finds a student in Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai).
That the film retains its commitment to masala, and against any sense of adherence to reality, is clear in its first sequence. When Hrithik successfully completes a heist, you have break into the fabulous ‘Dhoom Again’ song. (The song is so good, you end up tapping your foot, and then you want to get up and dance.)
There’s implausibility rife. Like a scene in a bar, where the cop n robber meet, drink and dance, have profound conversations, and no arrest is made! What’s with the nonsense that he can be caught only in the act? Isn’t he wanted for previous robberies? But Dhoom:2 isn’t bothered about boring niceties like continuity (characters disappear without explanation, like the pregnant Rimii Sen and flop cop Bose) and scene justifications.
The only thing more impressive than the stunts are Hrithik’s disguises. You’ll have your jaw drop to the floor for some of them. And the prosthetic make-up is outstanding.
Much has been said about the styling of the film. But the focus is obviously the two actresses. Abhishek has dressed better in other films, and looked better as well. Bipasha looks fab in the bikini scene, and carries it off fabulously.
And now Ash. You won’t believe it’s her. With the smoldering eyes, toned bronzed body, barely-there skirts, glossy lips and big hair, she looks doll-like delicate and molten hot at once. She relishes her role, and looks like she’s having a blast. Abhishek, on the other hand, looks bored. It’s one thing to underplay a performance to look aloof and intense, and another to go about with a single, sulky expression.
Hrithik is the film. In a scene on top of a train, he stands there, hair blowing in the wind, looking like he could be in an ad for anything – shampoos, soaps, perfume, clothing, even, shoes! He’s looking that good, (over muscled though) and he was always a good actor. As the larger than life robber, he adds both fun and mystery to the role, with a dash of good ol’ herogiri. The chemistry between Ash and Hrithik is strange, but it works. It’s not electrifying, but has its moments.
The stunts far outdo those in Dhoom. They’ll have you gasping ‘wow’, more than once, as you keep your eyes glued to the screen; afraid you’ll miss something if you blink.
The soundtrack is a fit tribute to Dhoom and goes ‘dhoom, dhoom, dhoom again’ every once in a while. The songs (Pritam) range from fab to regular and have been insinuated unconvincingly.
The film is chauvinistic enough. While it is Bose who has been ‘studying’ Mr A for two years(!), it’s Jai who realizes that there’s a pattern to the robberies. Ditto on the chor side. Sunehri for all her bravado isn’t really bright like the mastermind A. Again, there’s a basketball scene, where Sunehri puts a fair fight, but loses out in the end to Mr A. Reminded me of the basketball scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, where Kajol loses out to Shah Rukh. I remember how hotly, we as media students, had debated that scene as a class project.
The dialogues, here are functional, except Ali’s, which add to the humour. Corny at times, but innocently so, and will definitely make you smirk at least. Even the Baywatch spoof makes you chuckle at its cheekiness.
The last half lags due to stretched scenes. A good half hour was unnecessary and is such a burden in a fast paced film like this. Also, the cops n robbers game gets less exciting after you’ve watched it for an hour and a half already.
Action by Allan Amin should be considered the standalone hero of the film. Whether it is Jai vrooming out of the water, against the force of gravity; fights on top of the train, helicopter and bike chases, it’s almost like watching a video game and nothing seems impossible. They’ve truly outdone themselves and have definitely pushed the bar for stunts in films. Of course, in keeping with the spirit of the film, there’s not a scratch on anyone’s face and their hair is always perfect.
The camera work (Nirav Shah, Vikas Sivaraman) is competent, capturing both intense scenes and stunts perfectly. This couldn’t have been an easy film to shoot, but one wonders how elevated the film would’ve been, if the camerawork were as daring as the stunts. Director Sanjay Gadhvi has made a film that beats Dhoom several times over. That’s a compliment for a director, who’s made both the original and the always-more-challenging sequel.
The title couldn’t be more apt. I tried to find the literal translation of the word in English, and it seems to be ‘blast’. Yup… and this film is a blast. Don’t miss it. It’s totally dhoomakedaar!