Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:08:44 GMT

Review: 'Dum Maaro Dum'

Review: 'Dum Maaro Dum'

Rohan Sippy has evolved into a stylish storyteller with the passage of time. And 'Dum Maaro Dum' bears testimony to this fact. Right from the shot compositions to the edit pattern, the distinct stamp of Sippy Jr. just cannot be overlooked. But a collage of brilliantly executed sequences cannot compensate for a riveting screenplay. That's precisely why 'Dum Maaro Dum' lacks dum.

At heart, 'Dum Maaro Dum' is a chor-police game, with the cop [Abhishek Bachchan] going all out to nail the drug lord [Aditya Pancholi], the messiah of narcotics trade, but the content fails to hold your attention after a point [towards the second hour specifically]. The writing gets muddled in the post-interval portions, after one has savored some tremendous moments in the first hour. There are portions that put you off [Abhishek injects drugs in the thugs in order to extract information], that remain unexplained [what is it that Prateik knows and reveals in the letter?], that come as a complete shocker [why is Rana hell bent on saving Prateik, so much so that he puts Bipasha's life at stake?]... Besides, the pre-climax as well as the penultimate moments are a major letdown. The drama in the concluding reels, in fact, is prolonged for no reason.

What goes against the film is the fact that the writer sidetracks the protagonist in the pre-climax itself, while the actor in the supporting role walks away as the savior. Frankly, sidetracking the protagonist leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Even the protagonist's loyal fans will find this difficult to absorb and will be shocked and sorely disappointed by this grave mistake. That's not all, even the elimination of the all-powerful drug kingpin by an inconsequential character seems ridiculous. Also, the suspense just doesn't work and nor does it create the desired impact [the twist in the end is quite an anti-climax].

'Dum Maaro Dum' moves at a feverish pace initially, with the director and writer Shridhar Raghavan not indulging in spoon-feeding, unlike most film-makers here are known for. In fact, they expect the viewer to grasp and figure out certain situations that arise in the film, instead of explaining it themselves. That makes the goings-on a tad difficult to comprehend at times and which, in turn, may not be liked by those who don't feel like taxing their brains while watching a film.

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