Dishoom – Movie Review
Dishoom is an action, comedy, “Buddy Cop” film, written and directed by Rohit Dhawan (son of director David Dhawan). The film stars John Abraham, Varun Dhawan (Rohits’ brother), Jacqueline Fernandez, Saqib Saleem and Akshaye Khanna. The movie’s score is composed by Abhijit Vaghani and the movie’s musical numbers were composed by Pritam Chakraborty.
My expectations going in were that this was going to be an exact copy of some Hollywood movie. I couldn’t picture which one, but I figured many, cause you know – THAT’S BOLLYWOOD! It took me a moment and then I realized that besides some 80’s buddy cop movies, this is basically the Bollywood version of “Rush Hour” (Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker) with a splash of “Lethal Weapon” (Mel Gibson and Danny Glover).
The movie takes place when one of India’s top cricketers, Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem), who while playing, dislocates his shoulder. He then pops it in place by slamming it into a wall (Lethal Weapon anyone), and wins the match, cause you know, cant let the people down. But right after the game, he goes missing – dhan dhan dahaaan!!. The Indian authorities get a message, telling them that they kidnapped Viraj and will hold him till the match is over unless he gets MONEY! To avoid mass panic, the Indian authorities keep the news away from the public and media and send a no nonsense, “I am the Law”, Indian police officer, Kabir Shergill (John Abraham), to U.A.E to find Viraj. Kabir, who wants full control of everything (even in another country that has its own laws), then gets assigned a rookie Emirates police officer Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan), who has never solved a major case, but has a good knowledge of the town. Can anyone say RUSH HOUR???
So the whole film, Kabir and Junaid roam around the town to try to find Viraj, who is actually kidnapped by a bookie Wagah (Akshaye Khanna). On their journey to complete the mission in less then 36 hours, they meet a gay partyboy, Sameer Gazi (Akshay Kumar) who happens to have met Viraj at a party. There are some over the top, unneccasry scenes, but Akshay seem fun in his character. He adds slightly to the otherwise drab one liners of the movie. After some audience boredom, they also end up getting help from a local pick-pocketer, Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez) who had Viraj’s phone – Cause you know, you also need some beauty with these beasts.
The two lead characters have good chemistry, and their buddyness is handled well by the director. It’s basically what you’ve seen before in every 80’s and 90’s Hollywood cop movies. The story is fairly weak, so to fills the holes, we get alot of action – DISHOOM. The screenplay could have been better, but I can definitley see this type of bromance getting a sequel or more. Rohit’s direction does give it a Hollywood feel with your typical Bollywood random dance numbers thrown in. After all he did study film in New York. Overall its a somewhat entertaining watch, especially if you miss those 80’s, 90’s buddy movies.
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