Dishoom - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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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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33 reviewers have given Dishoom an average rating of 2.3/5.0 (?)

4 yays
7 nays
22 so-so

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Thumbs down by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...But then, you could make the case that none of this, ultimately, matters. You could say that Dishoom’s only concern is to present a prototype of the Modi-era masala movie... full review

Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...In the performances, where Varun tries his best to evoke some timely laughter, I really didn’t find John acting in even a single scene and also couldn’t spot the merit Akshaye Khanna found in the film’s script selecting it for his comeback after a long gap. In short, it seems as if fast-pace was the only thing Rohit and his writers were concerned about while making the film. But frankly that isn’t anything for which this poor and casually made product can be recommended for. ... full review

So-So by Prarthna Tiwari, Bolly Spice ...The suspense/thriller element in Dishoom works to keep you engaged and a fast paced screenplay helps in ensuring you are never bored but sadly the lack of chemistry between the male leads (not for a lack of chemistry between the actor but rather because of a fault in the writing), the lack of comedy, and the obvious Varun Dhawan fanfare take a toll on the whole film. Dishoom may not be a waste of your ticket money but at the end of the day it does not deliver all that it promised. If only Rohit and team had further developed this script instead of penning down half baked concepts, Dishoom had the potential to be every bit of a winner as Desi Boyz was. ... full review

Thumbs up Bollywood Hungama ...On the whole, DISHOOM has a predictable storyline. However, the engaging narrative, coupled with rich visuals and high octane action work in the favour of the film. Add to this the star power of John Abraham and Varun Dhawan which will definitely attract the youth. At the box office, the film faces no competion for next two weeks and hence it will ensure good returns to the makers. ... full review

So-So Bollywood Life ...The first half is entertaining, thanks to the mystery behind the disappearance, Varun’s buffoonery, a few punchlines and Akshay’s cameo. John Abraham’s muscles do the talking for him, and he is good as the cop who himself breaks the rules be it in any country. Varun continues his Dilwale act, and he cracks a few smiles. John and Varun’s camaraderie is also of the first half’s highlights. However, it’s Akshay Kumar who gets the best laughs, though his act could offend a particular community. Akshaye Khanna makes an entry near the interval, and makes an impact immediately. ... full review

So-So by Tania Rana, BookmyShow ...Watch Dishoom if it is a fun time you are looking for. The jokes may be a little repetitive, but you are bound to love the action sequences, and will absolutely love the Dhawan-esque flavor of Dishoom. Go book your ticket, you will NOT regret it! ... full review

So-So by Mehul S Thakkar, Deccan Chronicle ...This is Rohit Dhawan's second film after Desi Boyz and as a director he too has evolved. Unlike his debut film, where the pace of the movie was slightly slow, this movie is much faster. He has shot scenes from various angles that has allowed the editor to keep the film edgy and fast paced. The climax scene has been shot well but doesn't appear too effective. This is an out and out pot boiler film which does have its moment where logic can be questioned. But as long as the film keeps you entertained, it won't hurt watching this film. ... full review

So-So by Zinia Bandyopadhyay, Desi Martini ...John just keeps it simple, he would smoke, give that tough looks and would finish the baddies! The surprise performance comes from Akshaye Khanna and Rahul Dev. The baddies gave a great competition to our heroes! A lot of sexiness oozed from every frame. And we totally loved Bradman.... full review

Thumbs down by Mohit Patil, Desi Martini ...Director Rohit Dhawan makes sure he keeps blowing up random things at regular intervals, keeps staging uninspired chase sequences every now and then to create an illusion of urgency; but Dishoom is a frustratingly pointless film... full review

Thumbs down by Ameet Bhuvan, Desi Martini ...Dishoom paces itself fast, thankfully, has a good sprinkling og street side smart assery that comes easily to Varun Dhawan. A few good songs here, a lot of good bodies all over and Rohit Dhawan is good to go in his attempt to establish himself as this era's David Dhawan. Whoa that was confusing aint it? Well so is the film.... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ... You will enjoy watching Dishoom if you don’t overthink it. I enjoyed it.It doesn't have mcuh substance but neither does candyfloss. A good time pass watch for a rainy weekend evening. ... full review

So-So by Sarita A Tanwar, DNA ...Despite the potholes, Dishoom is a fun for most part. Watch it for the John-Varun bromance and Akshay Kumar’s outrageous cameo. ... full review

So-So by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare ...The basic requisite of enjoying Dishoom is to not have any heavy duty expectations. This film by director Rohit Dhawan is the same brand of easy entertainment that his dad was known for. The movie starts with a song (Toh dishoom) and it ends with a song (Jaaneman). The new age filmmaker has just added a whole lot of style to the same old substance. And as it did 20 years ago, the gimmick still works out. ... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ...John Abraham makes for a stylish turn while Varun makes do with the sidekick cracks. And Ayananka Bose’s cinematography covers up the warts oh-so-well. Rohit Dhawan may give Rohit Shetty a run for his money in the action department, but beyond that there’s very little engagement within his craft. ... full review

So-So by Vishal Verma, ...DISHOOM lacks imagination, it's formulaic but John and Varun make it watchable. Go for it if you love John and/or Varun or you are looking for a harmless fun. ... full review

So-So by Rohit Vats , Hindustan Times ...The director knows his strengths and keeps feeding us clichés. With whistles in mind, he makes us wait for the hero’s lethal moves, and increases the background score right before it happens. Been there, done that, but nicely done all the same. ... full review

So-So by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live ...You won’t remember Dishoom for its plot or for its performances. It’s like junk food that’s meant to be savored in the moment, but cannot be counted on for nutrition. At two hours flat it’s that rare masala film that doesn’t overstay its welcome. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today ...Dishoom, however, despite its decent-enough story, doesn't quite make a mark on the mind. The film is a crowd-pleaser, especially when Saare Jahan Se Achha plays in the background and you need to deal with the goosebumps. Watch the film for its comedy and action.... full review

So-So Indicine ...Conclusion: Dishoom is an enjoyable film. If you’re familiar with buddy cop movies you will easily recognise the clichéd tropes used in the movie and overlook it. The film feels breezy and it is light because the stakes are not that high. The makers have set the movie up for possible future sequels and we can only hope that Varun and John will have better chemistry if the sequel gets made. If you are in the mood to burn some steam with humour and enjoy rollicking action then Dishoom is a good recommendation. Just don’t expect a lot from it. ... full review

So-So by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi ...As far as buddy cop films go, Dishoom is partly enjoyable. Varun Dhawan is entertaining and the only highlight other than the action in the film. I go with a 2.5/5 for this film! ... full review

So-So by Shaheen Parkar , MiD DAY ...The film belongs to Varun, who does his bumbling act to the T. He may have done it before, but he is endearing in this one. As far as John goes, since 'Dhoom' (2004), he has been sticking to the name ‘Kabir’ as well as those stoic expressions. Jacqueline doesn’t have much to do and her rescue scenes unnecessarily drag the film. Akshaye Khanna barely makes an impact in his comeback after a four-year hiatus. ... full review

Thumbs down by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies ...The one thing that the film has going for it is the pace, but though the premise of the plot is promising, the shoddy execution manages to ruin the deal. Bollywood has not seen a good 'buddy cop' film since ages and with some intelligent writing and originality, Dishoom could have been an entertaining fare. ... full review

So-So by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror ...Dhawan's last directorial venture Desi Boys (about two accidental male escorts) is theoretically similar to this one. In that one, his two leads were willing to shed to impress, here they're willing to shred their opponents for frontbencher seetis. ... full review

Thumbs down by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV ...The audience sits through the cacophony hoping for a genuine knockout blow to be delivered somewhere down the line. It never materialises. Dishoom doesn't land a single alf-decent punch. ... full review

So-So by Sukanya Verma, Rediff ...It’s not out of lack of opportunity though, which presents itself amply in craggy speedways and gun-totting cardboard terrorists ‘somewhere in the Middle East.’ Except the title is seldom justified in its disappointingly scarce and sloppy action. ... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...The film’s best parts are Dhawan asking a helicopter pilot to pull over 'side mein,' or Satish Kaushik trolling people on the phone. If Dishoom does well, however, I do hope they’ll avoid John in the sequels -- all this film needed was a cop out.... full review

So-So by IANS, Sify Movies ...The songs fit snugly into the narrative. And the background score, which is overpowering at times, gives an adrenaline boost to the viewing experience. ... full review

So-So by Namrata Joshi, The Hindu ...The many chinks in Dishoom’s armour notwithstanding, on this prolonged, dismal monsoon day the film’s infectious cheer seems just what the weather ordered. Whether it lasts beyond the season will be another story. ... full review

Thumbs up by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India ...But as an entertainer, Dishoom delivers. If you're good with laughter, not logic, Dishoom is actually two much fun. ... full review

So-So by Karan Bali, Upper Stall ...Overall, Dishoom is time-pass enough in its better moments but has little going for it otherwise. ... full review

So-So by Rummana, yahoo! India ...It is just that the narrative lacks jus. It just doesn’t come together as a compelling entertainer. In fact, the climax just borders on the absurd. I don’t want to reveal the plot, but for a moment I was reminded of Tuffy (remember, the intuitive dog from ‘Hum Aapke Hai Kaun’) and how crucial he was to the happenings in that film. ... full review

Thumbs up by Ritika Handoo, ZEENEWS.COM ...The only thing which bothers is the fact that a lot of stuff happens while you still try to figure out the scene. But maybe that's because the entire film runs on a 36-hour-long deadlock. Be ready for many highs but do not think on 'how is it possible?'. Do not forget, it's Bollywood and nothing is impossible. Go 'Dishoom' for a weekend blast!... full review