Dum Maaro Dum (2011)

Posted: April 29, 2011 in Bollywood
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Dum Maaro Dum

Storyline

On his way to Griffin University in the United States Goa-based Lawrence Eduardo Gomes is arrested and held at the Airport by ACP Vishnu Kamath as his baggage concealed drugs. While attempts by Lorry and others are made to clear Lawrence’s name, Vishnu, a cop known to accept bribes, continues his investigation aided by Inspectors Mercy D’Costa and Rane. This investigation will not only pit him against politically-connected drug-dealers but also international gangsters who operate in Goa with impunity. His inquires lead him to question business tycoon, Lorsa Biscuita, while informers indicate that Lorsa is meeting with a male named Michael Barbarosso, who may well be the head of this trade. While Vishnu attempts to attend this meeting, he is not aware that the venue is being moved to Karnataka – well outside Goa Police’s jurisdiction – and he may never be able to find out, leave alone apprehend, this individual.-IMDb

Director:

Rohan Sippy

Writers:

Anand Bakshi (lyrics), Jaideep Sahni (lyrics)

Stars:

Abhishek BachchanPrateik BabbarRana DaggubatiBipasha Basu  and  Aditya Pancholi

Genres:

 Thriller

‘Goa meri jaan, jannat ki shaan. Par jannat mein bhi saanp baste hain, aur saale kya dass te hain,’ utters ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) in the very first scene of Rohan Sippy’s DUM MAARO DUM. The movie starts off with a bang, and finishes with a whimper. And that’s a big turn-off for a thriller movie.

The first half presents the introduction of all the characters. And I really liked the way Rohan Sippy introduced them. ACP Kamath(Abhisekh Bachchan) is set out to clean up Goa, Lorry(Pratiek Babbar) is shown as a student who gets in the drama for his love and professional life. And Joki(Rana) who has some Unfinished business with Lorsa Biscuta(Aditya) gets involved because of his love for Zoe(Bipasha).

The second half has Kamath looking out for Michael Barbosa. The second half is where the Movie falters from being a good one to just finishing Above Average.The pace just dips due to unnecessary addition of some shall i say…Foolish scenes. And the climax is just stretched too long. It all boils down to finding out the Saviour of Mafia’s Micheal Barbosa in the end and the outcome is not convincing after building up the intensity which just dosen’t Blow-Off.

Dum Maaro Dum, as the name suggests, deals with the illegal business of narcotic drugs with the backdrop of Goa. In between the investigating adventures of the super-cop, Abhishek Bachchan; a name is tossed as the main criminal behind all this illegal trade but who is this person, remains a suspense till the climax and myself (being proud of my success in guessing the real culprit most of the times whenever I watch or read a mystery) could not identify him till the storyteller himself revealed the suspense. And that’s a great achievement of the narrator, I must admit. But, although starting off very well, the film falls flat post interval. Likewise, the placement of the AB Baby’s rap is a major disaster. It just kills the plot for you.

Deepika Padukone in the title track of Dum Maaro Dum

Abhishek Bachchan in top form playing angry young man(a character mastered by his father Amitabh Bachchan) ACP Vishnu Kamath and plays the character with utmost ease. He seems effortless in his cop act and it is due to his character being so powerful that you want him to finish off the episode as well. If only he had worked on his physic(his pot belly, double chin, etc. etc.) his character would have been much more convincing. But nevertheless he steals the Show in this one. Aditya Pancholi as Lorsa is not at all convincing. Prateik’s vulnerability makes Lorry more believable. So much so that even his often screechy voice is passable, owing to the fact that he is shown a minor. Bipasha and Rana do fairly decent job.

Technically though the film is top notch with Goa being captured like never before. Background score is top notch which is set according to the feel of GOA which is catchy and the narrative pattern (especially in the first half) reminds one of hollywood films like ‘Snatch’ and ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’. Dialogues are terrific for most part of the film, especially the ones mouthed by Abhishek. The music given by Pritam is once again brilliant. Songs like Te yamo, Jiyein Kyun will surely be hummed by the viewers after the movie is over. And the title track ‘Mit Jaye Gum’ is great( although most people dislike it). Deepika Padukone looks sizzling hot in her drugged out look. The screenplay itself is the hero which rules over all the characters including the investigating cop, Abishek Bachchan. The pace of the narrative is crisp and fast enough to keep the viewers glued to the screen and not missing a single moment of the movie(especially the first half).

So all in all, if one puts aside the (anti) climax, ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ still has good things to offer at least during the first half. ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ is a decent watch though one strongly believes that if only the momentum as created at the beginning would have sustained till the end. Give it a watch if you are bored from all the typical bollywood movies, Abhisekh Bachchan’s mindblowing performance, Rohan Sippy’s crisp direction and great songs. I give it 6.5 out of 10.

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