CAST & CREW
A crime drama, directed by Rohan Sippy and produced by Ramesh Sippy, is a policeman’s attempt to clean the drug mafia in Goa. Rohan Sippy returns to direction after a five-year gap, previously having made Bluffmaster with Abhisekh Bachchan. The main problem with this movie is the way the story is told.
Dum Maaro Dum is about how a cop ACP Vishnu Kamath ( Abhishek Bachchan) who is sent to deal with the drug mafia in Goa. The initial half of the film goes at a relaxed manner introducing the main characters one by one. Lorry ( Prateik Babbar), a student, attracted to break the law despite his doubts for the outcomes.
Bipasha Basu plays a girl who puts her ambitions over everything else and Joki ( Rana Daggubati) who just watches as everyone around him falls to their despair. Their lives intertwine as all of them get involved in the drug mafia run by Lorsa Biscuta ( Aditya Pancholi). The movie as it starts makes it clear that it is a technical artwork mess that does not sell as well as expected.
With fast cut edits, colors overpowering others cinematographically and a tacky score. The music of the film was composed by Pritam and lyrics penned by Jaideep Sahni. This is the very first time a Bollywood movie has been mixed in Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound. And the sound does sell itself to its worth and adds to the film significantly.
The second half of the movie expands though sprints to a fairly underworked climax with twists and turns full of giant loopholes. Abhishek Bachchan makes for an interesting character though it is difficult to connect with any of the other characters as the screenplay shuffles quietly onto the next.
Deepika Padukone’s dance to the track ‘Mit jaaye gam’ lightens up the second half and Vidya Balan is also seen in a brief cameo. The films do right with its showcasing Goa; one can sense it very strongly as the background throughout the movie and is kept up through intense cinematography. Rough action scenes and more than one chase sequences give it a watchable presence. So does the dialogues, packing a strong punch.
The movie is watchable, given its potential to be much more and technical aspects that play out of the ordinary.
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