Flashback: Year 1991, Amitabh Bachchan plays a cop struggling to catch a thief. Although he nabs the thief, he can’t put him behind bars for want of evidence. Later, Bachchan discovers a damning truth about the thief and manages to expose him.
Today: Year 2013, a similar situation! Abhishek Bachchan plays a cop and he’s also struggling to nab a thief. He knows who the thief is but can’t do anything about it. He too discovers a damning secret about the thief and manages to expose him.
No prizes for naming the first film. Yes, the story of Dhoom 3 is similar to that of Ramesh Sippy’s Akayla.
Coming to Dhoom:3 per se… Given its stellar cast and the success of the previous instalment in the franchise, expectations are sky high. And why not? If Dhoom entertained us, Dhoom 2 took entertainment to a different level. Yes, the plot of Dhoom:3 may be similar to Akayla but no other plot could have done justice to the third instalment of the Dhoom franchise.
If Dhoom was about a bunch of youngsters trying to steal money and get rich, Dhoom 2 was all about a thief trying to prove a point about his intelligence plus, of course, stealing big money. In Dhoom 3, the thief is not really a thief. Motivated by his love for his father and overwhelmed by emotion, he does what he does. If Dhoom and Dhoom 2 were all about style with glamour, Dhoom 3 is where style meets emotion. The film has the perfect balance between slickness and emotion.
Keeping this contrast between Dhoom 3 (barring the chases) and the other two Dhooms in mind, there may be a difference of opinion on the balance of elements. While some may appreciate the subtle injection of emotion into this action-thriller, others may be disappointed as the glamour quotient has taken a backseat here.
To start with, the film kicks off with a bang, with the emotional attachment between father and son, followed by a big chori at Western Bank of Chicago. It’s the scene that follows that puts you off. The introductory scene and the fight between Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra and the goons is not only unbelievable but also laughable.
The phenomenally executed first chase followed by an amateurish action scene is not the only inconsistency in the film. Rather, the film is full of ups and downs. If one scene impresses, the next is weak. That’s the biggest problem with this film. And apart from glamour, this installment also lacks humour. Every time Uday Chopra tries to crack a joke or attempts to deliver a funny line, it makes you cringe. Yes, it’s that awful.
Story: The film starts with the young Sahir (Siddharth Nigam) who along with his father (Jackie Shroff) are ready to showcase their latest new act at their Greatest Indian Circus for the top rung of the Western Bank of Chicago, which is threatening to shut down the circus. After they fail to impress their patrons, Sahir’s father kills himself in front of his son, which fires hatred in his heart for the bank.
Twenty years later, Sahir is back with a vengeance to destroy the bank. Meanwhile, ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali Akbar (Uday Chopra) are called to Chicago from Mumbai to help the police catch the thief and thwart his next robbery.
Sahir also restarts the Greatest Indian Circus with his new find Aaliya (Katrina Kaif). After another robbery and a failed attempt to capture Sahir, Jai and Ali plan a different approach to nab him. What follows is a cat-and-mouse chase, which forms the crux of the story.
Vijay Krishna Acharya promises execution with finesse but is found grossly lacking with the script. Acharya, who wrote Dhoom and Dhoom:2, is directing an installment of the series for the first time. He has fleshed out each action scene to the fullest, making the sequences a pleasure to watch, from hair-raising bike chases to cars blowing up. Oddly enough, he excelled as the writer of the first two instalments but as captain of the ship, he’s come up with a very weak screenplay this time.
As a writer, Acharya focuses on the chase rather than the actual robberies. Remember, the heists were the highlights of Dhoom and Dhoom 2 but here it’s all in the chase. A missed opportunity!
Having said that, the film has plenty of moments, apart from the chase sequences. The emotional scenes, the funny chat between Sahir and Samar, the Sunday outing and last but not least the dance and gymnast scenes are the highlights of the film. Even if the film is low on content, there are many moments that are enough to entertain the audience. There is one more drawback; the length of the film is a serious hindrance.
Music by Pritam follows the current rage, the Sufi genre, especially the electrifying Dhoom title track which rolls with the end credits. Dialogue by Acharya is generally good. Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is superb. Editing by Ritesh Soni could have been crisper.
Performance-wise, Aamir Khan’s character is the story of Dhoom:3. In other words, his character is the essence from which the film unravels. Khan is an all-rounder, and, as always, woos the audience with his acting prowess and flawless portrayal of character with layers of emotion. Abhishek Bachchan is superb. He knows his character like the back of his hand and stays true to his part. Uday Chopra irritates.
Katrina Kaif looks beautiful and dances fantastically but that’s it. Jackie Shroff is splendid. Child actor Siddharth Nigam is fabulous. The rest of the cast plays their part well.
Verdict: Although low on content, Dhoom:3 is high on visuals. Also, the sequel is part of the Dhoom franchise, and, above all, the presence of Aamir Khan is enough for the film to make it one of the biggest successes of all time.