Dhoom-3 – Starts with a Vroom but alas runs out of gas midway…..


Vijay Krishna Acharya is the man behind India’s most successful movie franchise. He wrote the first two instalments of Dhoom and writes and directs this one. Before Dhoom 3, he made that half witty, half dumb Tashan. And alas, he ends up doing the same here. Much like Tashan, the film kicks off superbly and by the interval, you are well and truly enjoying. And then the second half plays out like a bore, leaving you perplexed about what really went wrong. And that Ladies and gentlemen, is Dhoom 3 for you. I am a fan of the series and the 2nd part especially left me awed. Hrithik Roshan for me has never performed better and this film just nailed it for him. Aamir alas tries a little too hard here and ends up caricaturing himself. The big twist makes it all the more worse.

7 years it took them to write the next part and all they could come up with was this? Apart from an amateurish reason to rob for Aamir, the film is deeply flawed in a lot more ways than I had hoped for and one of its most glaring flaws in the narrative is the fact that they don’t show Aamir rob even once. In the earlier parts, it was not just the case, but also the way the thief stole his booty which made the films all the more thrilling. But here we have chase after chase through different locations. But how does Aamir steal exactly? You are left asking that question. But I am in no way saying that it isn’t paisa vasool. It provides enough bang for your buck. In fact, the team got carried away so much that they decided to probably keep the film going on and on. At almost 3 hours, the film ends up overstaying its welcome. Another reason the film didn’t work for me was the fact that Katrina wasn’t used at all. In fact she was handed an extremely raw deal where she is given just two lines to speak throughout the film and two songs to dance to. And oh boy, doesn’t she kill it? Her song Kamli is one of the sexiest stripteases I have ever seen in Indian cinema and so graceful and lithe is her performance in that song and I couldn’t really stop myself from shouting an Encore.

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The performances by the lead actors are hardly anything to write home about. Aamir Khan is good for a while before we realize that he is perennially peeved and that makes his character extremely uni dimensional. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra are reduced to side actors who seem to be cast as they are the original members of the Dhoom Club. The cinematography is fabulous and the streets of Chicago have been captured beautifully. The music disappoints and the songs without the visuals are barely hummable.

So why then would this film work? It will because we worship the 3 Khans and when they come out of their zones and give us a masalathon, we simply grab it. And of course the sequel factor would really turn this on. But then again, I hope if there is a 4 th instalment to Dhoom, they go beyond gloss and invest the film with a kick-ass story. Till then, enjoy what has been served as you really dont have a choice. Go DhooM!!!!!

Rating- 2.5/5

R….RajkuMar- A Violent Shahid leaves you silent at the end of it all!!!!


There was a time when films were star vehicles which had no story, no logic but were full of herogiri, hand to hand combats and lovey dovey songs. Then the audience lost patience watching the same thing again and again which gave rise to the Kashyaps and the Motwanes of today. But the tide changed yet again few years back, and the man who was partly responsible for this was Prabhu Dheva. His Wanted set the ball rolling and gave the perennial Superstar in the making Salman Khan a new lease of life. And we all know the box office monster he has become now. Not just that, Prabhu Dheva is also responsible for giving Akshay Kumar his biggest blockbuster, a feat which none of his subsequent films have managed to even come close to. Of course, Ramaiyya Vastavaiya was a minor aberration, but he managed to carve out a decent success there as well with a rank newcomer. So when he decided to cast Shahid, I had reasons to believe that this film would be a game changer for him and give him the hit he so desperately needs. That is for the audience to decide, but Prabhu Dheva gives it his all and serves a piping hot entertainer which strikes all the right notes.

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The story is about Romeo Rajkumar, a roadside tapori who comes to a village with a specific agenda.  He gets into Shivraj’s gang (Sonu Sood in top form) and starts eliminating his enemies one by one, till  he falls head over heels in love with Chanda (Sonakshi Sinha, for the 99th time in the same old role).  Romeo’s attraction towards Chanda is so strong that every time she comes in front of him, he forgets  the world and only focuses on impressing her. The mauj masti and romance take a violent turn  midway when Shivraj also falls for Chanda’s charm. The battle lines are drawn and then begins a fight  to the finish between Shivraj and Romeo. Who wins is anybody’s guess, but this was one fight which  was among st equals. Then again it was refreshing to see a villain who is not Prakash Raj and is an  equal match to the hero.

The film worked for me in most parts. Shahid’s dancing to Pritam’s chart-busters is the film’s biggest  draw. Although when Shahid bulldozes over 50 odd men, it looks a bit unconvincing but he gives it  his all. He is an impeccable actor and his romance, dance, fights and above all his uninhabited style  take the film to another level. Sonu Sood in his nostril flaring role is uniformly good, but has nothing  new to offer. Sonakshi wears the same clothes she wore last week in Bullett Raja,its just that this role has her in a more spunkier avatar.

The direction is top notch and Prabhu Dheva who directs his first original Bollywood film deserves brownie points for his work. The dialogues by Shiraz Ahmad are clap worthy and are in sync with the mood of the film. Pritam delivers two excellent songs and 3 average songs which give Shahid ample scope to exhibit his dancing skills.

This is one spicy masala entertainer, probably the best among the several which have released this year and deserves a watch for Shahid alone whose metamorphosis into a violent killing machine leaves you silent at the end of it all!!!

Rating- 4/5

BulleTT Raja- An ensemble masala film which almost pulls it off!!!!


Tigmanshu Dhulia, the man famous for his trippy title sequences and for his penchant of making statements arrives again albeit in a more commercial avatar this time. He gives us a Saif Ali Khan we have been dying to watch ever since Langda Tyagi happened. And he doesn’t disappoint us. It is vintage Saif in full form supported by an equally fiery Jimmy Sheirgill who has quietly been delivering swashbuckling performances one after the other. This duo alone makes Bullett Raja a thrilling ride.

Set amid-st the badlands of UP, two men drawn together by fate, end up becoming a gang. Saif as Raja and Jimmy as Rudra make life hell for everyone around when they decide to become political commandos. Their mayhem continues till Sonakshi arrives on screen and predictably, Saif falls for her. But it is the way Saif professes his love for the damsel which leaves you charmed. Together, the troika with able support from the rest of the cast boasting of some heavy names like Raj Babbar, Chunky Pandey, Ravi Kissen and Gulshan Grover manage to keep you entertained in the first half. It is when Jimmy is bumped off at the end of the first half, that the film starts spiraling downwards. Even the introduction of our very own Vidyut Jammwal doesn’t bring life to the proceedings and you are left disappointed because you don’t expect half baked dishes from that man,Dhulia.

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Performances are all top notch and if they had been given a better story then they would have wreaked havoc on screen or as Raja fondly says, Pralay macha denge. The film although belongs to Saif and Saif alone and he shines. He sinks his teeth into the role and dishes out a clap-worthy performance, Sonakshi is barely there and acts at best like a scene filler. Mahie Gill is average in an item number.

The music is disappointing and not even a single song registers. The dialogues, the camera work and the action all are good but alas, they are nothing extra ordinary.

I truly believe Dhulia is a director who makes small films look large and maybe a scale of such epic proportions made him deviate more towards the commercial side, hence diluting the impact. nevertheless, the effort deserves respect and for that reason alone, the film should be watched once.

Rating- 3/5