REVIEW: Dhoom 2

Published on Nov 24, 2006 07:05 PM IST

Technical sophistication and star value add zing to the biker sequel, writes Khalid Mohamed. Dhoom 2 Special

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None | ByKhalid Mohamed, Mumbai

Dhoom2
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra, Bipasha Basu
Direction: Sanjay Gadhvi
Rating: ***


Hand it to him, he’s whooshed out of  la-la land. Wearing a paisley-patterned bandana, major attitude and cool threads, he strikes dread. Stealing a batty Brit aunty’s crown jewels, jazzy Junagadh swords and  Mumtaz Mahal’s gold choker, he makes the security personnel look like jokers. Ha ha.

Or ho hum? To be fair Sanjay Gadhvi’s sequel to the biker hit Dhoom, doesn’t exactly spell gloom. It’s super slick, smart and speedy. Its visuals are straight out of the Riviera fashion mags even when the plot sags.

The lip-gloss camerawork, the editing chops, the imaginative sets, the branded costumes and the picture postcard locations are boss. Yahoo for gloss.

 
Uday Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan and Bipasha Basu in a still from Dhoom 2.

The storyline and script, errr, however go for a full toss. Cadging elements from Hollywood’s

Steal

(ironical title that),

Heat

(cop and robber conversing over coffee cups) and dear Hitchcock’s

To Catch a Thief

(a cat burglar turns out to be a woman with a remixed past), the outcome is, well, pretty derivative.

Disappointingly, the eye candy bikes from the first part aren’t the USP anymore, vroooming in prominently only towards the do-or-duh climax. Oh well.

Out out such worries. Forget logic and sense. Just go with the flow, or the world’s most charismatic thief (Hrithik Roshan). This dude dances like a dream, switches disguises with cosmetic perfection, and hangs out  ever so lonely in plush rooms, planning his next attack.

Is he the baddy or the goody gumdrops? Can’t say but the dialogue does pop up with the non sequitur, “If there were no crime breakers, then who would give cops their jobs?” Huh.

So, hot on the theif’s trail, there’s a cop with a high IQ (Abhishek Bachchan), a cop with no I or Q (Uday Chopra) and a law keeper cutie (Bipasha Basu) whose hips don’t lie, ever. All these Charlies and Charlizes are introduced in slo-mo, a storm studio fan blowing their hair photogenically.

Late entrant: sultry Sunheri (Aishwarya Rai) who could either  be a police undercover agent or someone eyes which are so oceanically deep blue that boats could bob in them. Sigh.

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