Fun-filled punches

Review of the movie Dishoom by G 9 Divya Solgama

The 70’s era marked many two hero based fun films with jodis like Amitabh Bachchan – Shashi Kapoor or Amitabh Bachchan – Vinod Khanna and so on. A decade later, Anil Kapoor – Jackie Shroff were riding high until the arrival of Akshay Kumar and his jodis with Saif Ali Khan followed by Sunil Shetty. The multiplex era carried it forward with series like ‘Dhoom’, ‘Munnabhai’, ‘Ishqiya’ and few more. Recently, there were attempts made to create new jodis in the form of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor but failed to create the right amount of required spark on the screen. The trailer of ‘Dishoom’ promises to give us a new jodi with full bromance in the form of John Abraham and VarunDhawan. So let’s find out whether ‘Dishoom’ will manage to meet up the expectation levels by giving us a fun filled buddy cop film or might end up weak,on the lines of films like ‘Gunday’.


‘Dishoom’ is a story of one of India’s finest cricket player Viraj Sharma (SaqibSaleem), who gets kidnapped few days prior to the final match between India and Pakistan in the heart of Middle East. Indian embassy assigns one of their best officer KabirShergill (John Abhraham), to find Virajwith the help of a local cop Junaid Ansari (VarunDhawan). Together, they start following every lead and in between, are helped by Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez). What happens next is what the entire film is all about.

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The story format is totally Hollywood style and we have seen many such films in form of ‘AndarBahar’, ‘Main KhiladiTuAnari’ and few more including the ‘Dhoom’ series. The combination of series and fun cops have managed to work in these films and so it does in case of ‘Dishoom’. Every bonding scene involving John and Varun are one of the most entertaining scenes from the film. These guys carry the whole movie on their broad shoulders despite of having a weak screenplay, especially in the second half of the film. There are many entertaining scenes right from John and Varun’s first meet followed by their discussion overmusic, Varun rapping on Honey Singh’s song, John and Varun meeting Nargis followed by their interaction with Akshay Kumar, Varun’s happiness over solving his first case followed by the hate calls from SatishKaushik, Akshaye Khanna’s track, Varun sharing details of John to Jacqueline followed by his antics to save John and few more. These scenes along with the love-hate chemistry between John and Varun keeps you entertained throughout the film.  Sadly, whenever the chemistry dries out, you are exposed to the weak and dragging screenplay which works on a snail pace. The story lacks thrilling moments along with the much required intensity. The second half is totally stretched esecpailly the whole Rahul Dev part leading to silly finale. If only the screenplay would had been crispier and the finale bit intense the impact would have been super strong. The movie could have been double entertaining. Dialogues and one liners are enjoyable. Cinematography is of top notch and goes well in the favour of the film.

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Pritam’s music is foot tapping right from the title song to ‘SauTarahKe’ and ‘JaanemanAah’ in the finale. The latter one reminds you of the Govinda type of 90’s songs. Background music is energetic.

RohitDhawan comes back after the success of his debut film ‘Desi Boys’ and gives us yet another fun filled entertainer. He rides high with the entertainment quotient and defies logics in quite a smart way but, fails to rope in some intensity, rather, the much required soul in the film. He keeps it light and dragging at times due to which the fun elements gets diluted at regular intervals. Full marks to him for keeping the grandeur level of the top notch and making the movie look grand and super stylish.

John Abraham as the serious cop is superb and makes the tough act look quite easy. VarunDhawan is outstanding with his live-wire type of fun filled performance. He keeps you entertained right from the first frame till the last. Remove him from the movie and you will find a huge gap in the film. The bromance between John and Varun reminds you of the Anil Kapoor – Jackie Shroff or Akshay Kumar – Saif Ali Khan’s films from the 90s era. Jacqueline Fernandez looks cute and does her part with total grace. Sadly, due to the half-baked screenplay there is nothing much to offer from her side. It’s nice to see AkshayeKhanna back on the silver screen. He pulls his act by adding his negative charms and does full justice to his role. SaqibSalim and Rahul Dev lend good support. Cameos by Ashok Amritraj, Vijay Raaz, Akshay Kumar, NargisFakri and Pariniti Chopra goes well with the flow of the film.

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So on an overall basis, ‘Dishoom’ is anenjoyable entertainer which rides high due to the right amount of fun-filled punches and grand force of bromance attached to it. If only the second half would had been crispier with a tight screenplay the impact would have been more powerful.

Rating – 3.25/5

(Review source – Cinemarkets)