Dhoom 2

*may contain spoilers*

Phew, I needed that! Round after round of serious drama has made it's way onto my DVD player, so I was beside myself after watching this movie - a movie with plenty of vigor, sex appeal beyond what any mere mortal should be exposed to and the finest action sequences I've seen from a Hindi film yet. Right from it's opening sequence, Sanjay Gadhvi has directed a film that you know is going to be much more than a standard cops-n-robbers movie. This film is loaded with style, smarts and humor. Dhoom 2 is chalk full of beautiful locations (can someone just move to Copacabana, which, until now I thought was just a Barry Manilow song), state of the art gadgetry usually reserved for the likes of James Bond and stunts that are perfectly executed (sand surfing anyone?). It certianly is a thrill ride from the word go and I loved it!

Hrithik's character Aryan is extremely intelligent and suave beyond belief - comparable to Pierce Brosnan's Thomas Crown or Val Kilmer's Simon Templar (though Simon Templar's disguises were MUCH better). I remember posting a while back that the more I see Hrithik, the more I enjoy him, and this movie did it for me. The man can certainly dance and he pulls off the loverboy image with as much aplomb as Shah Rukh, but I wonder if he'll hold up to the testament of time or if his pretty boy image and his rock hard abs will slowly fade away with age. Well, no matter, even as the so-called villain, Hrithik ruled this movie much to the chagrin of Abhishek, whose role was completely overshadowed. The only thing that bothered me about his character, and this is due to lack of story rather than acting ability, is that the movie fails to produce any kind of motivation for Aryan's chosen career path. Also we are supposed to believe without question when he gives it all up so suddenly and without relapse.

Abhishek Bachchan plays Jai (a reprisal from the first Dhoom, which I haven't seen), the hero cop very solemnly and soberly. His is a role that seems to be reduced to a mere supporting player. Why is he after this "A" with such vigor? Are there implications we don't get to see in this case, and what of his pregnant wife at home (I think I forgot he was married by interval). Bipasha Basu is smoldering as the tough lady cop, but her character Shonali is disappointingly and inexplicably dropped at the interval point in which another character, an identical twin called Monali, is introduced. Both Shonali and Monali have little significance to the movie’s story.

There's no doubt that Aishwarya Rai is one hot lady with legs that any woman would die for. Though no one should be allowed to refer to themselves in third person and get away with it, I definitely felt the chemistry between Sunehri and Aryan (the revolver scene with the kiss was one of the most intense I've ever seen in a Bollywood movie. Hot stuff!). I haven't seen Aish in much else, but she pulls off the role of girl caught in the middle convincingly enough even if I somehow sense that this bad girl image is somewhat forced. If anything else, her moves in 'Crazy Kiya Re' are worth emulating. I've heard nothing but bad things about Uday Chopra, but as the sidekick who wears his heart on his sleeve, he manages to raise a few laughs, even if the jokes tend to become a little too repetitive and you feel like he's got way too much screen-time than his character deserves.

As for the music, I thought that each of the tracks were likable in their own way, though I was way to distracted by Uday's disjointed and jerky dancing in 'My Name is Ali' to appreciate that one. Most memorable for me were the title song 'Dhoom Again' and 'Dil Laga Na', but that may be due more to the dancing than the music and lyrics.

So, a big round of applause to Sanjay Gadhvi for giving us a shiny bright action packaged present. Now, next time, he just needs to pay greater attention to the story.

11 Response to "Dhoom 2"

  1. theBollywoodFan says:
    June 17, 2009 at 7:45 PM

    I have such a love-hate relationship with both the Dhooms. I love it for the music, of which I have fond memories because the songs made for rather good party tracks while in college.

    But, and as you say, the justification for the robberies, and Abhishek's character, made it so not fun to rewatch (I tried, recently). Part of me likes Dhoom more than Dhoom 2, despite Bips in such fine form in the second!

  2. shell says:
    June 18, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    Can one forget lack of story and character development for good tunes and hot bodies? I think so... once in a while.

  3. theBollywoodFan says:
    June 18, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    I agree. But does that forgetfulness have to come at the expense of appreciating a less than well packaged product? I think action films like Dus, Race, and Ghajini, all do better at balancing decent character developments with good bodies and music. Ghajini, especially -- I think the film excels in those departments (and we'd might as well mention violence; but it's justified there!).

    I guess my biggest complaint with Dhoom 2 is that the emotion seemed to be missing from it all. That's inexcusable. Then again, I did use 'love'-hate, so it's not like it's all bad. :)

  4. shell says:
    June 19, 2009 at 6:38 AM

    Point definitely taken! I haven't seen Dus and Race is here just waiting to be watched, so then I'll have something to compare to.

  5. bollyviewer says:
    June 19, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    For a smoldering Hrithik+Aish (and they smoldered waaaaay better here than in Jodha Akbar) I can waive all requirements of plot/character development/music/etc.! I saw this one on the big screen and the experience was awesome. Just Hrithik alone provides enough eye-candy for half a dozen films - add Aish and Bips and well, words fail me!

    And Uday is quite bearable in side-kick or comic-side-plot characters (I found him good in Mujhse Dosti Karoge, too). Its when he wants to play hero that things get unbearable.

  6. bollywooddeewana says:
    June 20, 2009 at 5:40 AM

    A very fast paced energetic fun film, i loved this movie at first go, just what you want in a commercial hindi movie, i watched it with a non bollywood fan, and she couldn't stop talking about it for weeks, she kept singing 'Crazy kiya re' and lamenting about how Hot Hrithik is, i think this is definitely a movie to show to non bollywood fans, as an introduction of some sort

  7. shell says:
    June 20, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    @Bollyviewer - I didn't get the chemistry in 'Jodha Akbar' between them at all. Hrithik is an actor that certainly grows on you, however I'm glad that I saw him in some more serious roles before this or he could have ended up as just one of those actors who's nice to look at.

    I've only seen Uday in 'Mohabbatein', but I can not see him in any kind of leading role. He's almost cartoonish for me. I guess we'll see how he does in 'Pyaar Impossible' - it may be up to Priyanka to salvage that one on her own.

    @Bollywooddeewana - I was thinking the same thing about this one. I have a friend who is a moderate fan, but has yet to become addicted - I thought this movie might do it for her. I would have LOVED to see this one in the theaters for sure!

  8. Bhargav Saikia says:
    June 20, 2009 at 8:50 AM

    Dhoom 2 was infectious. Absurd but a highly enjoyable story.

  9. shell says:
    June 20, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    I totally agree! Makes me wish the rumors about SRK being the next villian were true. Too bad.

  10. Jules says:
    June 20, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Really, you think that Simon Templar's disguises were MUCH better than the awesome one where he was all white and blended in to the rest of the wall statues? I thought that was incredible!!

    I loved the movie, thought it was without a doubt the best action Hindi film I've seen. Thanks for bringing it over, Shell!

  11. shell says:
    June 21, 2009 at 7:45 AM

    The wall statue was terrific, granted, but I was talking more about the geek in the theatre and the long hair hippie. Those ones fail in comparison. Simon Templar's characters were so good they looked like completely different people, not just someone with different hair.

    I really liked this one. We'll have to check out 'Race' next.