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  • Nikhil Bhagwat


 Cast: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and others

Language: Hindi

Runtime: 172 Minutes (2 Hours and 56 Minutes)

Direction: Vijay Krishna Acharya

Nikhil’s Rating: ***

The year’s most eagerly anticipated film is here- DHOOM: 3. It is a story of a circus owner and magician based in Chicago who is unable to repay a bank loan. Iqbal Khan (Jackie Shroff), the owner is accompanied by his young son, Saahir. Due to the unfavorable circumstances, Iqbal commits suicide. Determined to seek revenge, Saahir plans to rob the bank responsible for the incident and revive their business.

I would not divulge any more of the story but I must say that this movie is low on logic even though it is plot-heavy and more sentimental than the previous two installments of Dhoom. It is irreverent and the audience is meant to be entertained.

Aamir Khan is the soul of the film and delivers an out and out commercial character as the older Saahir. His physique is exquisite.  Abhishek Bachchan (Jai Dixit) and Uday Chopra (Ali) are functional. Uday has a few moments of laughter but the emotional track and drama given more prominence than the comedy. Master Siddharth Nigam as the younger Saahir is expressive and hits the right chords. Katrina Kaif does not have much scope as Aliya; she has worked hard on the demanding choreography. It is not a blink and miss role though!

Vijay Krishna Acharya’s screenplay is bland in the first half but picks up post-intermission.  His direction is just about okay but not extraordinary. Acharya and Aditya Chopra’s story is thin but does have its merits especially in the second half. DHOOM 3 is the only movie in the franchise to have an emotional track, which is a breath of fresh air.

Aditya Chopra has not left any stone unturned while producing the film. The cinematography and sets are unprecedented for an Indian film. But the action scenes are disappointing. The songs by Pritam are not that impactful in comparison to the other two films. The credit DHOOM Tap song by Aamir is really great! Malang is visually stunning and a choreographically brilliant song. Although the film’s editing is crisp, it could have been shorter; because clocking in at nearly 3 Hours, it is a long film.  Julius Packiam’s background score is energetic and engrossing.

DHOOM: 3 is a film to be watched without taking it very seriously as the previous two films. Though not perfect by any means, it may just entertain audiences – especially die-hard fans of Aamir Khan. I am certainly one of them!


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