DISHOOM is slick, and a thoroughly entertaining action-comedy!
Despite a weak clichéd plot, this stylishly mounted, gorgeously cinematographed, and fast-paced roller-coaster of a film is consistently fun. It’s disposable entertainment that’s meant for some laughs while you watch it, and never quite intends to stay with you after you leave the theatre. So go have some fun this weekend, just don’t expect any rationality. Worth a watch!
The story revolves around the adventures of two cops in their 36-hour manhunt, when India's top batsman goes missing in the Middle East.
DISHOOM sticks to the formula when it comes to entertainment, with its predictable plot, the reliable buddy-cop theme, and the illogical developments. But it’s the stylishly fun treatment of the same-old, along with a distinctly absorbing narrative that keeps you invested throughout the film. It’s pure popcorn entertainment for 2-hours that clearly aims just for some corny fun.
DISHOOM is constantly bustling, with something or the other happening all the time. With so much activity, you never really get time to reflect upon the logical reasoning behind it all. You have suspense (albeit naïve), effective humour (albeit childish), extremely amusing cameos (especially Akshay Kumar cracks you up), telephone trolling by Satish Kaushik and high-octane action that only ends when you leave the theater. Even in the end, you have a sub-plot which eventuates in a closing credits song.
With the non-stop frolicking at display, DISHOOM reminded me a lot of Hollywood’s hugely successful action-comedies – 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street. While it isn’t as smart as the Jump Street series, it definitely falls in the league. Director Dhawan showed a similar prowess with his previous debut outing DESI BOYS, and his western sensibilities are further etched with this stylish new comic-adventure. Just like his last film, visually DISHOOM is uber-chic and everything seems to be right aesthetically. The songs too are catchy.
Of the performances, Varun Dhawan’s act stands out. Despite apparently being the side-kick to the main cop, Dhawan plays the main lead. His boyish charm, magnetic screen presence and infectious energy just keeps you glued throughout. He impresses you not just with his pelvic moves and nifty fight scenes, but also with his sure-footed comic timing that works all the time. John Abraham has ample screen space, and you have to give it to Director Rohit Dhawan for presenting him appropriately despite his lack of acting-prowess. His brawny presence is complimented well with less dialogue and more opportunities to flex his muscles. Akshay Khanna appears on screen after yonks, and it’s a joy to see a seasoned actor showcasing his talent, although only for a small time. Jacqueline too has a very small role to play and does exactly what the doctor ordered. All others are satisfactory.
In all, DISHOOM is watchable for its high entertainment quotient, visual splendour and Varun’s charming act. As long as you don’t expect gravity in the plot, you’re sure to enjoy this masala entertainer. Go for it!

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