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Dhoom 2
Anshumani Ruddra / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.5
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NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
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NA
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
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Anand Raj on 2nd Dec 2006, 4:52pm | Permalink
Where are Aamchi_hyd's comments???
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2
Ananth V on 1st Dec 2006, 10:29am | Permalink
pretty harsh on chita bacchan there mate.He proved himself a good actor with sarkar a couple years back AND and hrithik looked like a school kid in second half when bachan took the control over.
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6
Don't Watch on 30th Nov 2006, 8:12pm | Permalink
First half is very good.

but, the second half was badly dragged.
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2
Uday Pulleti on 30th Nov 2006, 3:34pm | Permalink
For the past few days, I have been reading these raving reviews all over the net about Dhoom2, how slick the movie is, how hot the people in the movie look and how it can be considered a trend-setter in bollywood etc, etc. Finally, decided to see what all the fuss is about. My first impression, it doesn
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6
Hi on 29th Nov 2006, 7:44pm | Permalink
waste of time....plz..dont go....this is my request,,as well as suggestion...
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2
Yoda on 29th Nov 2006, 5:21am | Permalink
Crappy movie.
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2
Pranav Kumar on 29th Nov 2006, 3:02am | Permalink
Great time pass pop corn flick.Its really senseless plot but Hrithik rocks!!



He is way ahead in all depts of acting among all the other bollywood stars.
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10
Maverick Joe on 28th Nov 2006, 10:59am | Permalink
great movie to watch
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8
Shyam on 28th Nov 2006, 5:47am | Permalink
The 3 stars are only for the star value and the well packaging. The plot is very silly and senseless. Neverthless it is not boring thanks to the start cast.

I am shocked to see the reviewer's comments on Abhishek's acting skills. According him/her Hrithik is a "more versatile and refined actor". Is that so?? I accept Hrithik got amazing looks and great dancing skills. He is a decent actor. But Abhishek is way ahead of him if you talk about the acting skills. I believe reviewer is biased.
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6
Amit Madhukar on 27th Nov 2006, 10:59pm | Permalink
its really a good combination of action,melody an romance..

hrithik's stylish look an actions was amaging..i enjoyed a lot...
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8
Partap on 27th Nov 2006, 1:02am | Permalink
What picture yaar
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10
Raj on 26th Nov 2006, 1:06pm | Permalink
Yeah... the story isnt that great.. its nearly the same as the first part... though they made a change of locations and thats it, nut the picturisation is goood, they must have taken care in some shots, as in the diamond robbery in mumbai, all in all a good masala flick
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6
Syam Krishna on 25th Nov 2006, 1:31pm | Permalink
A 3.5 rating would be correct for the movie. The story is not great. But the performances and action sequences are. The sequences might be inspired by hollywood flicks, but they are as good as any hollywood flick. Congrats Sanjay and Adi for the achievement.
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6
Ignoramus on 25th Nov 2006, 10:38am | Permalink
Abhishek sucks ... Hrithik rocks
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10
G K on 24th Nov 2006, 8:37pm | Permalink
Total bakwaas, disaster, sorry, two thumbs down from me..
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2
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