Dishoom review: It’s all about swag, pace and cliches

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Jul 30, 2016 03:56 PM IST

Waagha (Akshaye Khanna) kidnaps India’s top batsman Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) hours before an India-Pakistan finale.

Cast: John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez
Director: Rohit Dhawan
Rating: 2.5/5

Dishoom has well planned action scenes. (YouTube)
Dishoom has well planned action scenes. (YouTube)

Two guys are racing against time to recover a hostage when a Gulf businessman asks them to enter his pool with only their underwears on.

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The heroes oblige, standing bare-chested in knee-deep water with the clock ticking and someone’s life on the line. You’d think this is bizarre but in Dishoom, the six-pack swag has just begun.

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What follows is a string of action sequences somewhere in West Asia amid exotic locales and glossy beach parties. Actors shake a leg before creating mayhem. And all this because a cricketer is missing.

Waagha (Akshaye Khanna) kidnaps India’s top batsman Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) hours before an India-Pakistan finale.

Dishoom is Rohit Dhawan’s second film after Desi Boyz.

The Indian government sends special agent Kabir Sehgal (John Abraham) on a rescue mission. Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan) is a rookie agent deployed to help Kabir out, and both set out in search of Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez), who can give them clues regarding the whereabouts of the cricketer.

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Kabir is to John Abraham what Raj is to Shah Rukh Khan – a character that people identify only for the actor who plays it. He is an impulsive cop who throws people out of lifts if they object to his smoking. He hides his emotion, wears tight shirts and dances with difficulty. In short, he is your typical bad cop.

Dishoom has expensive action sequences.

Junaid, of course, is the good one. Innocent yet tough. Hanging from a helicopter and making baby-faces. He also wears tight clothes, but dances with ease.

Rohit Dhawan has taken the right call by focusing on the pace and style and not on the characters – because little can be done to help the wafer-thin plot. He doesn’t even try.

Watch: Sau tarah ke song from Dishoom

Very predictable, Dishoom is mostly about choreographed action scenes and slow motion shots. Akshay Kumar and Nargis Fakhri’s cameos add charm.

But what makes the movie strictly average is the core idea. From Rush Hour to Central Intelligence, a number of buddy cop films have already used it. But, to give the credit where it’s due, Dishoom still entertains.

Dishoom entertains despite cliches.

The director knows his strengths and keeps feeding us clichés. With whistles in mind, he makes us wait for the hero’s lethal moves, and increases the background score right before it happens. Been there, done that, but nicely done all the same.

Watch: Trailer of John, Varun’s Dishoom

The relatively short length of the movie (124 minute) helps Dishoom rise above the clichés. It’s a formula potboiler that serves the purpose of entertainment if you’re looking for some light moments.

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    Rohit Vats is a film journalist who loves to read in between the lines. He can spend hours watching films and cricket matches. Also a script consultant.

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