‘Dumdaar’ Movie Review – Thriller

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aditya Pancholi, Bipasha Basu, Rana Daggubati, Prateik, Govind Namdeo and Deepika Padukone (Special Appearance)
Director: Rohan Sippy
Writer: Sridhar Raghavan, Jaideep Sahni
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Genre: Thriller
Budget: Rs 20 Crore
MPAA Rating: R

Synopsis: In the movie Dum Maaro Dum Lorry (Prateik Babbar) has got a chance to go to US to study in one of the prestigious universities there. Life seems set for him as he makes the most remarkable trip that he has ever taken. The best part of this is that he is also accompanying his girlfriend in this. But his world turns upside down when his scholarship application gets rejected. Ricky offers him a route to happiness by making him a deal in drugs. ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) has taken a vow to fight the drug mafia operating in Goa. But he is held back by the ghosts of his past. What he confronts is nothing that he was prepared for. DJ Roki (Rana Daggubati) is a mute spectator to all that is happening in the beach. He is a musician and wishes that he could take a stance on matters that require his attention. Zoe (Bipasha Basu) on the other hand is cynical and yet loves Roki secretly. Meanwhile the kingpin among all of them is the boss Biscuit (Aditya Pancholi) who spearheads the drug racket in Goa. The punch of the story lies in how each one will come to terms with a shadowy figure of the ultimate boss of the drugs, lies and deceit that is Goa.

Review: A story that is set in Goa has to have a lot of spice because after all Goa has an irresistible air of the unknown and mysterious about itself. The characters are introduced by the director in an unconventional manner. The motley group of characters gets a bit confusing because there are just too many of them. But the director does not waste time in introducing them but rather he gets down to the details of what each one does. The gripping sequences blend in well with the theme of the story. The director resorts to a racy screenplay where events are difficult to comprehend at one go. The second half of the film however lags in its speed and story-telling ability. Songs are positioned at the wrong places. That however does not salvage the film’s sagging storyline because there the element of suspense is lacking. The director could have created thrills with the character of Micheal Barbosa but then he is left for the climax. The climax however feels a tad long and would have gripped the audience if it was a bit short. The dialogues are a fresh take on the drug and cops story that Bollywood audiences have got used to. Punch-lines like ‘Mere paas maal hain’ (I have drugs) lends an unmistakable air of attitude to the film. Cinematography of Amit Roy shows Goa in a different light as the haven for the drugs capital of India. Aarif Shaikh’s editing is in-your-face and makes the audiences’ pulse racing. Pritam hits the right notes again with the numbers Jiyein Kaun and Jaana Hai. But the star of this film is Abhishek in the tough cop act. Rohan Sippy has directed Abhishek before but nothing can match the stellar performance that he has delivered this time. His portrayal of a cop pushed to the limits of the system is superb. The others are good, though Aditya Pancholi’s performance lacks lustre. Overall, the film is set to get the action rolling for Bollywood.

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