Dhoom 3 is a sloppily scripted sandwich of hammy acting and cheesy dialogue. Which wouldn’t have mattered if it was at least as much fun as the previous two films, because this franchise has never promised much more than cool men on fast bikes, and hot women in short skirts. But the new movie lacks the required adrenaline rush of a Fast and Furious-type thriller, instead falling prey to the kind of melodrama and over-plotting that doesn’t belong here.

Saahir (Aamir Khan) is a talented magician who runs an Indian circus in Chicago, also using his unique skills to routinely rob a bank that he holds responsible for his father’s suicide many years ago. He must stay out of the reach of surly cop Jai Dikshit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his motor-mouth sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra), who have been dispatched to the Windy City to crack the case.
Aside from some genuinely cool moments like Aamir’s getaway on a Chicago waterfront or the climax staged on a dam, Dhoom 3 doesn’t offer very much by way of novelty or inventiveness. What’s more, the film’s middle half gets weighed down by Saahir’s dreary revenge agenda which gets derailed once a woman enters the fray. Aliya (Katrina) is part of Saahir’s circus act, contorting her body into Cirque Du Soliel kind of rope gymnastics. But all this mid-air flexing barely drums up excitement. The film is missing the thrills that went hand-in-hand with the outrageous heists, screeching tires, and bad guy attitude associated with Dhoom. It’s hard to go into any more detail about the plot without giving away the film’s big twist, which reveals itself right before interval.
Unlike John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan in the previous films, Aamir doesn’t quite make for a particularly sexy villain, and his character, with its inevitable plot twists, is overwritten and overplayed. Twitches, frowning, stammering are all used as crutches, while the camera lingers unwaveringly on his pecs, abs and bare back. Abhishek Bachchan spends most of the film glowering angrily, while Katrina seems to show up strictly for the song sequences. Uday Chopra is back in tapori mode as Ali, but to give him credit, he gives the character shape.
Ultimately, the film is let down by a convenient script and its inability to deliver solid entertainment. I’m going with a generous two-and-a-half out of five for writer-director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Dhoom 3. All you expect from the Dhoom movies is a thrill ride, but this one makes you feel like you’re stranded in rush hour traffic.

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  1. Bhavna Mishra

    December 23, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree more, Mr Masand!
    “Dhoom” for the audiences, meant bad biker boys – stealing / robbing for the sole purpose of adrenalin, juxtaposed with denim-and-leather-clad women who were just as rebellious.
    “Dhoom” meant a sense of style, that stemmed from the villain’s “I-don’t-need-to-justify-what-I-do” attitude.
    “Dhoom” also meant a good man but a mean cop strategising to the ‘T’ to catch our bad biker.
    Instead, they gave us an emotionally scarred man robbing for revenge, a beautiful and lovable acrobat, and the evil-genius cop flown in only to read a sentence that an “average interpretor” could have read.
    It pains me to realise that the film would have turned out EXACTLY the same even sans the characters of Jai, Ali and Aaliya : Sahir would have robbed, Samar would have escaped, they would have got caught in the end, and commited suicide.
    Its unsettling to see how the other actors have been somewhat “wasted” – they could have done SO MUCH MORE than just romance and rope stunts with the character of Aaliya (and all that would have gone into training Katrina for it), and SO MUCH MUCH MORE with Ali and Jay or maybe even Victoria.
    Not to mention the wasted efforts put in by the entire crew – in both the prequels during the humble beginnings of the franchise – the actors, the story / dialogue / script / screenplay writers, Sanjay Gadhvi (we need you for a damage controlled Dhoom 4), choreographers (“Kamli” excepted) and maybe, even costume designers / stylists (again, “Kamli” excepted).
    I desperately kept waiting (so desperately that I was sure they’ve jumped off the dam for a fresh start elsewhere) for a major plot twist or maybe even an elaborate robbery – that never came.
    The film will make money in anticipation (thanks to our large population), but it will (and has) disappointed audiences all over.
    Last but not the least (and I really really wanted to not write this, but it is an opinion I have to get out of my head), that yes – Aamir Khan does need to dial it down a notch – whether its his love for “perfectionism”, or his love for “film editing”.
    To quote himself, “A hit film is not necessarily a good film, and I won’t lie about how I find a certain film”.

  2. positive

    December 26, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    stop criticizing every movie.you should look at the positive side also.i mean people making these movies knows better than you.sorry for being rude.but you do the same,being rude to every other movie.

  3. Sanjib Mandal

    December 26, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I completely agree to Mr Masand, i just felt what he has written..


    December 27, 2013 at 10:25 am


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