Every paradise has a few snakes and so has Goa, the tourist paradise in India. There is something special about Abhishek Bachchan playing the role of a cop. Be it Dhoom series or Dum Maaro Dum, the attitude that Abhishek carries as a cop comes out clearly in all of his films.
ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek), who has a tragic past, gets another chance to reform it. He is called for a horrendous task of clearing all the mafia drug-dealings that exist in the very DNA of the city. Fighting against the giant drug mafia (Aditya Pancholi) with a corrupt police department and trying to save the innocents (Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar and Rana Daggubati) involved in the process, Kamath puts in best of his skills to make a drug-free-Goa. Of course, this goal of cleaning Goa would not have been possible without the local DJ Joki (Rana) and his girlfriend Zoey"s (Bipasha) help.
Director Rohan Sippy, with Dum Maaro Dum, has managed to impart a brilliant story in a perfect style. With all the characters in the film, he has managed to set the perfect mood and successfully created a
chor-police drama. All the credit goes to the brilliant dialogue writing (by Shridhar Raghavan and Charudutt Acharya) that manages to keep the audiences glued to the screens.
The power packed performance delivered by each character in the film is the USP of Dum Maaro Dum. Camera work and editing are superb with sharp and edgy cuts, showing Goa through a different kaleidoscope. Music by Pritam goes along the scrip setting a perfect tone for Dum Maaro Dum.
The script writing is the biggest drawback in the film. After a point of time the content fails to hold the attention and the only thing that keeps you going are the performances and the dialogues in the
film. There are instances post-interval that leaves you haywire. For instance, there are portions like Abhishek injecting drug in-order to extract information from the mafias, which puts you off. Next, one is totally left wondering as to what Prateik reveals in the letter that actually helps Kamath (Abhishek) find the real suspense of the drug mafias.
At the end of the movie one still tries to figure out as to why DJ Joki (Rana) is so adamant on saving Prateik, that too at the cost of his love Zoey (Bipasha Basu). Besides, the pre-climax, where the protagonist (Abhishek) of the film is side lined and the supporting character (Rana) becomes the hero at the end, is a major let down. A few unlinked threads in the writing are the reasons why Dum Maaro Dum lacks dum.
Rana Daggubati"s debut in Bollywood with Dum Maaro Dum goes un-noticed in the entire film, except for the last part where he is brought to limelight and emerges as the hero in solving the mafia case.
Over all the film is a onetime watch, with brilliant dialogues and performances. In all, Dum Maaro Dum is a total paisa wasool movie.
Dum Maaro Dum: Cast and Crew
- Abhishek Bachchan
- Rana Daggubati
- Prateik Babbar
- Bipasha Basu
- Aditya Pancholi
- Monty Munford
Director: Rohan Sippy
Producer: Ramesh Sippy
Dialogue: Shridhar Raghavan and Charudutt Acharya
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Cinematography: Amit Roy
Editing: Aarif Shaikh