John Abraham, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Akshaye Khanna, Saqib Saleen, Rahul Dev
Sajid Nadiadwala, Sunil A Lulla
Rohit Dhawan, Tushar Hiranandani
By Shweta Kulkarni
By Shweta Kulkarni
India’s top batsman is kidnapped 36 hours before the finals between India-Pakistan and two cops are on the mission to bring him back; a solid idea!
Add to this stylized action, dialogue-baazi, hot looking men, bikini-clad woman, dance numbers, exotic locations, sexy cars, oomph oozing heroine, gun play and more or less your mould for a formulaic action film is ready.
But when the director Rohit Dhawan took all these ingredients and put them together to flesh out a film that is a little over two hours long, the end product turned out to be weary and just about okay.
To brief you all up with the story of Dishoom...well Viraj Sharma (Saqib) is India’s star cricket player, who is so dedicated to the game that even a dislocated shoulder doesn’t stop him from bringing the crown of victory to India. However, 36 hours before the big game between India-Pak our star player mysteriously goes missing in the Middle East. A brooding, chain smoker cop — Kabir Shergill (John) from the special task force is deployed from India to go assist Dubai police in this sensitive case. A funny, incompetent, good-for-nothing cop — Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan) from Dubai police force becomes his accomplice.
While there is no great suspense for the audience to decode, as we already know that Viraj is kidnapped by a bookie called Wagah (Akshaye), the rest of the film is about these two cops trying to find Viraj and figure out who the kidnapper is.
In between, the likes of Nargis Fakhri, Vijay Raaz and Akshay Kumar make some unnecessary guest appearances without contributing much to the script. And of course, there is the small time crook – Meera (Jacqueline), who is obviously placed in the plot to provide some oomph.
No doubt, this routine buddy cop film gives plenty of instant gratification in terms of few one-liners, Varun’s relaxed and easy screen presence, his camaraderie with John, beautiful visuals of the Middle East, and the treat called Akshaye Khanna but shows little concern for characterization, storytelling, plot development and even comic relief.
Dishoom is saddled with an uninvolving screenplay and we don't see any real character development besides Kabir being a grumpy cop and Junaid a goofy one. Unlike other action thrillers, this one doesn’t keep you glued to your seats either. Rohit doesn’t even fully exploits the comic chemistry between his two leads. In fact, Dishoom heavily leans on some online popular gags and clichéd situations for laughs, which sporadically are amusing.
As for everything else in the film, Varun is good, in fact, his easy relaxed onscreen charm engages you despite the many flaws. John as the macho brooding cop is convincing. Jacqueline surprises us with her comic timing, the girl is pretty good. Rahul Dev and Saqib Saleem do their part well. And finally, it is a delight to watch Akshaye Khanna onscreen after so long, though one wishes that his characters was fleshed out better for the actor to deliver a remarkable performance.
On the whole, one can tag Dishoom as an average buddy cop film, which does have some funny scenes and moments but everything seems to be executed in so much rush that it fails to leave a lasting impact.