Dhoom 3

The boring-ass unimaginative poster.

The boring-ass unimaginative poster.

Dhoom 3
Release date: December 20, 2013
Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Cast: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Jackie Shroff, Tabrett Bethel (Is she the totally insubstantial post-colonial Victoria?)

First off, I saw Gori Tere Pyaar Mein recently and I enjoyed it quite a lot unlike many popular film reviewers. I couldn’t post a review ’cause I got a pseudo-anxiety attack after looking at my syllabus for the exam that week.

In a relentless Chicago, Sahir (Aamir Khan) is an illusionist-cum-acrobat-cum-tap dancer-cum-superb motorcycle rider. As the number of attributes attached with the presumed antagonist keep towering over his modest height, it’s safe to assume he’s the uber-cool antihero. He is Iqbal’s (played by Jackie Shroff) son. Trained and nurtured by his performer father, Sahir has a personal grudge to set right and an eternally six-pack flaunting untraceable criminal on a superbike is thus born.

The innumerable SWAT teams and Blue Mustangs are rendered powerless and “Indian Supercop” Jay Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) is invited with his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra) to crack the already high-profile case. Whoa! With their Tom and Jerry shenanigans, they arrive in Illinois to bless us with a very limited range of buffoonery from Uday Chopra’s character. They don’t press on their earlier hot-and-cold gags and go straight for the hunt.

The only somewhat titillating poster.

The only somewhat titillating poster.

And Aliya (Katrina Kaif) joins Sahir’s The Great Indian Circus troupe too. She isn’t exactly Sahir’s romantic interest, but there’s a little chemistry relating Sahir and Aliya which leads to a certain implication. (Hush hush!) The approach of the screenplay towards cracking the case is smart and short, the drama is entirely concentrated on Aamir’s character which is understood given that he’s the attraction of the new installment. The logic and reasoning on the Supercop’s part isn’t exactly amiss in the post-intermission half, but it’s nothing very novel.

The struggles of Sahir’s character are drawn out and are also gripping to major extents. His robberies aren’t breathtaking. He’s the ordinary exhibitionist, it’s his buildup and the payoff which are interesting. Bridging the gap with his persona of a magic performer, there’s some meaty subtext here. Heck, Aamir even carries it off conveniently. He fluctuates his separate characterizations with ease. The rest of the cast is completely secondary. The writing is as unimaginative as the film’s posters. The dialogue ranges between pretentiously philosophical to inaccurately vague.

The songs, at least two of them, appear out of place. Yet, Dhoom 3 isn’t unbearable for a bashing audience-pleaser flick. It brisks fast enough for you to not continuously stare at your watch for it to get over. The fight between good and evil is grayed and as an afterthought, there isn’t any actual punching-kicking between the¬†chor-police. No blood or any hardcore gore either. The stunts and action sequences don’t grate your ears with crushing iron rods and cars, they rather make you laugh (at times) at their ridiculousness. I don’t know what’s the criteria for you liking a film in IMAX, but no blood, no missiles don’t excite me into paying the flashy ticket price.

The Dhoom franchise’s latest offering is a safe film with an end that won’t affect the brand’s future, yet Dhoom 3 is a bearable film just because it doesn’t do a lot of things wrong, instead of doing many things right.

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5)

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