CAST: Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar, Aditya Pancholi, Harry Key, Rana Daggubati
DIRECTOR: Rohan Sippy
RUNNING TIME: 2:12
RELEASE DATE: Opened 22 April
Junior Bachchan should be worried. Most reviews of Dum Maro Dum have given a thumbs down to the Abhishek Bachchan-starrer movie. Bachchan’s three past movies have flopped on the box office, and if he is pinning his hopes on Dum Maro Dum to revive his struggling career, then he has high expectations.
Even before the release, the movie has already been at the centre of controversy. A women’s group in Goa – ‘Goenchea Ostoreachcho Awaz’ (GOA) protested outside Inox theatre where the movie was being previewed.
Purely looking at the merits of the movie, it is a mixed bag of the worlds of drug, sex and violence in Goa by much acclaimed Rohan Sippy.
The movie features stories of multiple personalities that collide at Goa Airport.
The saving grace of the movie is the catchy remix of the all-time hit title song ‘Dum Maro Dum’. The song scores high both on the music, vocal, picturisation, choreography and Deepika Padukone’s scintillating performance.
Rohan Sippy’s attempt to make a Bollywood suspense thriller has gone haywire and resulted in a tiring movie which you will struggle to sit through during its 2.12 hour duration.
Abhishek plays ACP Kamath which is a common character in many Bollywood movies, while Aditya Pancholi has shown little improvement in his acting skills as he plays Lorsa Biscuta, the lord of drugs in Goa. There’s one actor that might surprise you with his skills – Prateik Babbar who plays Lorry, who falls trap to the ways of crime while hoping to pursue higher education in the US.
If you still intend to go ahead and watch Dum Maaro Dum, here’s some good news. Amit Roy’s cinematography will catch your attention. However Sriram Raghavan’s screenplay is a big let down.
The Global Indian rating: 2 out of 5.
Review by Satvik Chaudhary