Dishoom - Review

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A thriller that cannot be bogged down by details. An action film that cannot be bothered to even attempt innovative moves.

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You cannot even call the events in Dishoom convenient coincidences. Because there is no attempt in showing cause and effect. The story of a top Indian cricketer being kidnapped before an important match by itself isn't very engaging. That's not to say that it couldn't have been. If only the writers had that much focus.

I won't say that the writers were all over the place because you know there is a lot of things they could've done that they didn't do – like item numbers during the film or slapstick and so on. But within it's genre, it has little head or tail. A couple of sequences in fact, seem like they were shot just because they were conceived. For example, a chase sequence on bikes in a theme park has completely no head or tail within the context of the film.

Similarly, Ishkiya's (Jacqueline Fernandez) existence has no head or tail within the context of the film. Especially, in the second half, it looks like she is there to provide some variety in terms of gender. Another reason could be to stand at one place and smile goofily at the characters who pass her by. Even so the lady makes the most of it, trying to provide whatever variety in expressions as is possible within the limitations of her character. She seemed a lot more comfortable than she has been in her earlier films.

John Abraham is as expressionless as is possible. And Varun Dhawan is as comic as a sidekick comic relief usually is. Neither of these mean a thing, right? Varun Dhawan barely makes you smile and for all the grimness John Abraham might muster, you still can't take the film seriously.

No wonder then, that when a bomb is counting down 3..2..1...you can't muster an iota of anxiety. Akshaye Khanna does bring in a tad bit of fear for a few seconds on his entry into the film, but that doesn't stay too long. That is why it is difficult to give Dishoom any benefit of doubt. For even in a comedy, you can take it seriously and laugh only if it has real comedy in it, right?

- meeta, a part of the audience

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Lots of gun fights. Nothing very gory though.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None except that the story has a girl friend cheating on her boy friend
  • Concept: A cricketer is kidnapped.
  • General Look and Feel: An arid feel creating the atmosphere of a desert

Detailed Ratings (out of 5):

  • Direction: 2
  • Story: 1
  • Lead Actors: 1.5
  • Character Artists: 3
  • Dialogues: 2
  • Screenplay: 1
  • Music Director: 3
  • Lyrics: 3

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Fan:

Two consecutive days, two films, and both do a mediocre Houdini act. The one in Now You See Me 2 wins by a slight margin.

David Dhawan is known for making the most ludicrous Hindi films. Luckily for him he had Govinda, Satish Kaushik , and Kader Khan to rely upon. His son Rohit continues the trend but sans Govinda. And doesn't succeed to recreate the absolute nonsense that David was able to churn out. Some of you might consider it a success for Rohit.

Starting with the acting department, John Abraham is most likely a nice human being, an even better model. But what he is definitely not is an actor. And least of all a comedy actor. I have always marvelled as to how does he bag so frequently a lead role in out and out comic films??? Varun seems to have taken the challenge to outdo Uday Chopra as the jester in a home production. And in that objective he excels. Was looking forward to seeing Akshaye after a hiatus. But he was in continuation mode of Tees Maar Khan. And Akshay (without the 'e') didn't have any punch neither. The girls, in skimpy outfits in the middle east region (!!!!), were just for eye candy purposes (I believe Meeta used a gender variety analogy).

The story, if there is any, got dishoomed out. A Virat Kohli - Tendulkar amalgamation cricketing hero is kidnapped just before the finals with Pakistan in a tournament in which only India, Sri Lanka. Bangladesh and Pakistan are playing. India's reply to Rush Hour's Jackie Chan, a tough cop Kabir (K), is called in to trace the star. He is partnered by sidekick Junaid (J) on the wild goose chase through the deserts. A bar dancer / pickpocketer / druggist / ... Ishika completes the party. Together, I J K make a complete mess of the film. Even Satish Kaushik's Mirchi Murga / whatsapp gag failed to garner enough laughters as there was no novelty in it. With too many explicit and implicit sexual jokes the film seems to be targeted at upper teens and early 20s youth in metros. But those youth are much smarter to fall for this rubbish.

Save money and skip this one. If you are keen to spend the money then you are better off donating it to charity.

ehinome okojie:

It is nice watching John in action films, Varun is icing on the cake, lets not add the Akshays lest we get a reason to watch it more than twice.

Abhishek Sagar:

I have seen this movie and i feel its a full entertainment filled movie. John is a real super hero, varun was funny as hell. big thumbs up

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