Friday, December 20, 2013

Dhoom 3 ...Inconsistently Awesome

The Real People:
Directed & Story by Vijay Krishna Acharya
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Music by Pritam
Background Score by Julius Packiam
Aamir Khan as Sahir
Abhishek Bachchan as Jai Dixit
Uday Chopra as Ali
Katrina Kaif as Aaliya

At a Glance:
Aamir there anything you cannot pull off? Aditya there anything that will make you stop making Dhoom series? Vijay have not improved one bit in your over the top execution skills that were blatantly exhibited in Tashan. Katrina....can you stop looking so amazing!! Uday...high time you realize that you are not carved out to be on this side of the camera and Abhishek...welcome back to re-liking Jai Dixit after the sleepy performance in Dhoom 2!

The people on Screen:
I am willing to write paragraphs about Aamir Khan but I risk revealing things that i should not let you know before you watch the movie yourself. So getting into the characters:

Firstly, Katrina Kaif as Aaliya. Not much of a character other than what she is described in the movie as - Asian Goddess who can sing and dance like liquid electricity. While her appearance is restricted to songs only, Katrina makes sure that she looks absolutely stunning in every frame that she is present in. Her moves in Kamli require a special mention and of course she is awesome in Malang and Dhoom Machale.

Uday Chopra as Ali. Although totally unnecessary, if the character of Ali is a must in this movie, I believe Uday Chopra does complete justice to this unnecessary role.

Abhishek Bachchan as Jai Dixit. We definitely get to see a much more interested and engaged Abhishek in this movie as he goes about being the kewl cop. He is pretty convincing despite the cheesy lines that he is required to say and also is confident in some of the most ridiculous action scenes that could have been imagined for a movie of this scale!

Finally, Amir Khan as Sahir.  Another brilliant performance from the actor who can create magic with no matter what wand he is handed. His expressions are just such perfect depictions of the emotions that the character is supposed to feel and his body language is convincing different depending on what part he is playing in the movie. Aamir keeps the audience engaged and engrossed a 100% every time he appears on screen. Even his acrobatics exhibited in Malang are visual treat. Hats off...!

The Music
Pritam....Pritam...Pritam! Where do you get so much time and talent to be composing for every other movie that comes out in Bollywood and yet churn out amazing chartbusters! Malang, Kamli, Tu Hi Junoon....! A total deviation from the Dhoom series pop-music attitude. The three songs are extremely well composed, perfectly sung and very well penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Bande Hai Hum Kiske is a haunting track and is used throughout the movie as part of the background.
The background score is of international standards and provides enough adrenaline rush and intensity that is required, very appropriately.

The Experience:
Yes indeed a very difficult movie to describe from an overall experience point of view. The movie resonates between being a slick thriller and a horrible masala flick so much, that it is almost impossible to decide how good or bad it is as a whole. What I can say for a fact, is that Amir Khan, Pritam and Vaibhavi Merchant are consistently amazing in this movie. The cinematography is avant grade but the action sequences range from thrilling to pathetically unbelievable. It takes only the first 15 minutes of the movie to understand the extremely polarized nature of execution. I suspect Amir Khan probably wrote and directed his scenes separately!

I rate it 3 out of 5. It is not the kind of movie which we would normally have liked Amir Khan to be associated with, but since he is... it makes it worth a watch. The twists in the story, some irregular but substantial writing, some well crafted and executed sequences (eg. the intermission scene) and Amir Khans this movie. The year may not have ended with the kind of Dhoom that we expected it to, but nevertheless, its worth your while.