Dhoom 3 review: Expectations buried

Not less than a year after the release of Dhoom 2, did the rumours, then leading to the hype about Dhoom 3  kick start. It has been 7 years from the previous venture of the much loved and talked about Indian ‘cop-thief’ franchise and probably the only significant one of its kind. So here we are, 9 years from the beginning of this saga, talking about instalment number 3.

dhoomthreeDhoom 3  has nothing about it, on paper, that could be wrong. But yet, everything is. How does this happen? Vijay Krishna Acharya tries to treat the film differently, in “Hollywood-ish” way but is far from being successful at this probably optimistic attempt. The film is a little less better than a poorly mixed and entangled entity created out of a Salman Khan film and a regular Dhoom film. It is impossible to have your expectations catered to, whatever they may be (unless you were freakishly smart enough to expect a seemingly mediocre film) The plot boastfully thrushes in back stories and unneeded explanations of the already minuscule twists and meanders in the not so original screenplay. Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige stands (most) in fear of being ripped off for a major plot point in Dhoom 3 and also occupying a largely significant proportion within the narrative. Also, Katrina Kaif’s character Alia, is partly borrowed from elements of the same film and occupies the most minimal role in the story. The writers struggle to make the film ‘plot heavy’ but massively fail to do so. Well, that is of course if they knew, with clarity, what a plot heavy film is like without which i think they just about fulfilled their own expectations. Emphasising on the motive of the robber(s) right up to the point where a writer is in danger of exaggeration is a point which the writers of the film may have reached or probably surpassed. Impracticality always surrounded the  Dhoom series but were rather in much more required proportions than they are with Dhoom 3. When SWAT teams work under you, and you go upto a thief, in the United States of America, and say ” I am ACP Jai Dixit Mumbai Police” you are doing nothing but giving the intellectuals (and i hope not only them) a good laugh at the extent of your impracticality and senselessness of your reasoning. At a random point in the film where a boringly common plot point is pushed in where a cop is fired and on the way to the airport somebody makes him change his mind with the use of words he was already much aware of, not only goes against the characteristics of a man like Jai Dixit (as we have seen in the previous versions of the series) but also seems foolishly deliberate and forcibly introduced in order to progress the story forward. dhoom-3-7d
Coming to the action sequences, there are just about a few differences one can pick out on your finger tips, that make Dhoom 3 stand a little away from a Rohit Shetty film. Except for the fact that a particular bike(s) in the film is not only a bike but a combination of all those little things a machine has to be in order to escape from a given situation and tries to make the scene feel “techy” and “state of the art”, most action sequences, especially towards the start of the film, are treated and filmed like any other Salman Khan film. Lets not even get to the performance charts. By far, if one could pick out an Amir Khan performance that they appreciated the least, in this last decade, it will quite certainly be Dhoom 3. Uday Chopra is at his intolerable best (out of the 3 films) Not a single line of his desperately attempted humour made even a child in the auditorium crack up, or an adult, if you are thinking about it in the other way. The trailer specifies Amir Khan’s character as a thief who leaves behind a joker’s mask post his robbery. The biggest question is, why joker? Why not anything else? Why when the World already has an antagonist favourite, already by that name and profession? dhoom3poster

Interestingly, the film runs on a similar “format/structure” as did the previous Dhoom films. For example, Jai Dixit meets Kabir, at a particular point in Dhoom, in a very informal way, same with meeting Aryaan (Hrithik Roshan) in Dhoom 2, again in a very informal way and finally Amir Khan’s character in Dhoom 3, again at same points along the timelines of the films, and a lot more similar structural event happenings across the screenplays of the three films if compared. Strictly speaking, Dhoom 3 is Amir Khan’s most disappointing film in the past decade, with ease.  It was such a disappointment that its difficult to be so generous enough to actually look for positives in this picture. It would be forced. The film promises everything that it specifically does not deliver. A massive disappointment. Practically, and this is very hard to say for an Amir Khan film considering the choice of his roles, it is not advisable to watch this segment from the Dhoom franchise unless you would still watch an Amir Khan movie, anyway in which case I wish you all the luck and advise you to have head ache relief medication around you when you are going to walk out.

I give the film 1.5/5 stars

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