Star cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Prateek Babbar, Deepika Padukone, Rana Daggubati
Director: Rohan Sippy
Review: A Good Watch
Over all, Dum Maaro Dum is a good Bollywood thriller with rich performances. Although the plot has been done in the past, the storyline still keeps you guessing till the end. An excellent performance by Abhishek Bachchan delivers a formerly corrupt cop trying to come to terms with his own inner demons. It certainly is a turning point in his recently stagnant career. Bipasha, as always, is looking sexy and her performance is convincing. Other artists include Prateik Babbar, Rana Daggubati and a comeback for 90’s heartthrob, Aditya Pancholi. Overall, the acting is good with strong character development.
The movie is set in Goa, considered a paradise on earth and is controlled by drug lord Biscuita (Pancholi) along with a motley gang of international cohorts. Inspector Vishnu Kamath (Bachchan) takes the job of uprooting the drug mafia from Goa. Zoe (Basu) is an ambitious youngster who desperately wants to be a flight attendant and ends up becoming Biscuita’s coke-addicted mistress. There are many parallel stories running about young lovers, a well-meaning musician (Daggubati), other corrupt cops and in the end, all of their lives collide under the name of Michael Barbossa. Besides Abhishek, Rana Daggubati also deserves credit for his appearance and acting.
As expected with Bollywood, the cinematography is sublime and the musical numbers are greatly influenced by Baz Luhrmann’s kaleidoscopic film style. Pritam Chakraborty, the musical director, has done a nice job of creating a highly danceable soundtrack and Deepika Padukone’s item number for the title track sampled with the original Dum Maaro Dum song adds spice to the movie.
However, despite overly acted stunts, dragging dialogue and a storyline which continues long after the climax, DMD still has enough punch to make for good entertainment; if you miss it in theaters, get the DVD.
Showtimes and tickets:
Official Site with theater list: http://www.dummaarodum.com/
Dum Maaro Dum is NOW PLAYING in theaters worldwide. NY/NJ theaters below:
AMC Empire 25
Big Cinemas Manhattan
AMC Village 7
Kew Gardens Cinemas – Queens
Farmingdale Multiplex – LI
AMC Jersey Gardens – Elizabeth NJ
AMC New Brunswick
AMC Newport Centre – Jersey City
Cinema 12 – Parsippany
Big Cinemas Columbia Park – North Bergen
Big Cinemas Movie City – Edison
Regal Commerce Center – North Brunswick
Regal Hadley – South Plainfield
Town Center Plaza – East Windsor
Maveli Twin – Spring Valley NY (Apr 23)