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Dhoom 2
Anshumani Ruddra / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
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Good for kids
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Good for dates
NA
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The Movie Sequel has finally arrived in India. And it's about time. With sequels being a big draw at the box office and also proving to be critical hits (Krrish and Lage Raho Munnabhai), it seems that they are here to stay. So it was the right time for Yash Raj Films to jump into the fray and bring out one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year. And as luck would have it, with Dhoom 2, they haven't killed the chicken that lays golden eggs for them.

The tale first. Aryan (Hrithik Roshan, Mr. A) is a hi-tech gizmo-wielding thief who perpetrates heists around the world. His repertoire consists of a comprehensive mastery of all extreme sports (rollerblading, sand-boarding, jumping off cliffs with pretty girls), dance moves which could put Whacko Jacko to shame, and a chameleon-like ability to morph himself into the Queen or an old janitor or even Snow White's dwarf if the situation demands.

His aim: to leave his initials on the world. His next target: Mumbai.

In India he bumps into Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai), a small-time crook who offers him an unlikely partnership and more; hence the jumping off cliffs and the scintillating dance moves.

Enter ACP Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and the cool-rider-dude-turned-cop Ali (Uday Chopra) from the first movie. Assisting them is ACP Shonali Bose (Bipasha Basu) - the resident expert on Mr A in the police department, and also an old college flame of Jai Dixit.

Three cops and two robbers - the old cat 'n' mouse game, or is it? More like Wile E Coyote dreaming up elaborate schemes to catch the Roadrunner. At times you are reminded of poor old Sisyphus pushing a huge rock up a hill till the end of eternity. The only solace for the cops is that they get to ride cool bikes (the mind boggles seeing Maharashtra Police Department cops riding around on bikes like the Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa).

The original Dhoom created a stir in Bollywood like no other action-comedy had in recent years. Its open-ended climax (with John Abraham's Kabir riding his bike off a cliff) led many to speculate that John Abraham will be walking around wearing a Hrithik Roshan mask (a la Mission Impossible) in Dhoom 2. Though that was not to be, some of these speculations do make for entertaining reading. (My favourite - John Abraham has a sex-change operation and comes back as Aishwarya Rai.)

Director Sanjay Gadhvi plays on all the strengths of the original and then adds more chutzpah in the form of a bigger star cast and the breathtaking locales of Rio de Janeiro and Durban, the expanses of the Namib Desert, the fortresses of Rajasthan and the backwaters of Goa.

Pritam's music is exhilarating and helps to move the story forward without being a hindrance, though one or two songs in the second half seem superfluous. Sameer's lyrics leave an indelible impression on the mind, and you often catch yourself humming along to the songs.

Bachchan Jr. cannot be denied his star status, even though he is yet to prove his mantle as an actor. An action-centric movie like Dhoom 2 is hardly a platform for a knockout performance, but it still pits him against a more versatile and refined actor in the form of Hrithik Roshan. Bachchan's acting limitations, barring a few electrifying moments, are clearly palpable as he stumbles his way through the movie in the shadow of Hrithik. Yes, make no mistake - Hrithik carries this movie all the way.

The ladies, Aishwarya Rai and Bipasha Basu, do no disservice to the film, and deliver exactly what is demanded of them in each frame - oodles and oodles of oomph. And as for Uday Chopra, the always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride does what he does best - walk around topless and crack one-liners, maybe in the hope of convincing older brother Aditya to make a Dhoom 3 with him in the starring role.

Speaking of Dhoom 3, here are my two cents - get an international hero like Jackie Chan and maybe a couple of Hollywood villains (Kevin Spacey comes to mind - hey, let a man dream!). For now, buckle up and enjoy the ride that is Dhoom 2.
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  • Cast
    Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Bipasha Basu, Uday Chopra
  • Director
    Sanjay Gadhvi
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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corazon on 18th Jan 2014, 6:36pm | Permalink
excellent film
Brian Ken on 16th Dec 2007, 11:27pm | Permalink
i love the song dil laga na
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10
Muhammed Shemal on 24th Sep 2007, 11:26pm | Permalink
d:2
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10
Sanket Patel on 24th Feb 2007, 4:56pm | Permalink
dhoom2isaverynicemovie
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10
Amit on 13th Feb 2007, 7:03am | Permalink
Awesome review!
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8
Vijay on 12th Feb 2007, 3:57pm | Permalink
Its a too faltoo movie that i have ever seen. The fights are not upto the mark,take a look at the fights in pokiri and compare it with dhoom2 [Fight masters in bollywood please wake up],Every fight scene was caputured in slow motion which looks very awkard. Bipasha can only shoot well in her training sessions but in reality she cannot fire even a single bullet on to the Target.
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4
Imran Khan Mohammad on 15th Jan 2007, 4:42pm | Permalink
Good Movie.
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8
Hrithik Hrithik on 3rd Jan 2007, 7:03pm | Permalink
i luv u hrithik.
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10
Hrithik Roshan on 31st Dec 2006, 10:46pm | Permalink
go me
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10
S on 30th Dec 2006, 1:56pm | Permalink
my god....
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2
Akash Maladkar on 28th Dec 2006, 5:10pm | Permalink
hi aishwarya rai u r my best u plz send me u r profiles in dhoom2 and old profiles ok bye bye god bless u and best clook
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4
Rahul on 28th Dec 2006, 11:43am | Permalink
I have no doubt True Commentator is a typical crotch scratching public urinating man with the accompanying double standards. Anshumani Ruddra is NOT a woman. And neither am I. Does your stand change now that you know the reviewer is a guy? Is it ok for him to say sex change? Does what his family thinks matter now? Grow up! You make me and all other men sick!
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6
True Commentator on 25th Dec 2006, 9:55pm | Permalink
Anshumani Ruddra, being a lady , u use terms like "sex change" so openly . What does ur family think of u? If u think they're open minded to accept such kinda foul language, ur a fool. If u're an Indian lady, then, mind ur language, and speak properly
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4
Sasi Kanth on 20th Dec 2006, 10:58am | Permalink
The review is as senseless as the movie...
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2
Sss on 8th Dec 2006, 4:16pm | Permalink
amma,,,headache,,,where is Amrutanjan......
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2
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