When you are the only one who laughs at a joke in the cinema hall, you must realize that there is something going haywire in the movie. And Dum Maaro Dum has a few moments like these. A movie that starts off really well ends up wobbling towards the end and manages to put up the right act. That is the summary at the end of it. Movie Khatam,popcorn hajam, paisa vasool? You’ll know at the end of this write up.
It has been said before and been proved right a lot of times, that a movie that builds a lot of hype around itself has nothing to offer inside. Well, Dum Maaro Dum isn’t exactly empty but then has only half the stuffing which leaves you unsatisfied to an extent.
Anyways getting onto the story: Lori(Prateik Babbar) is a teen just out of his 12th and is a topper in school,good sportsman and everything, has a girlfriend Tani(Anaita Nair) and also a call from an University from The USA. All perfect? Nope. He doesn’t have the scholarship that his girlfriend has. With the girlfriend gone our man in distress ends up attending a rave party with his drug dealer friend who then offers him the money he needs to pay for his University fees in exchange for being their carrier for Drugs. And after risking everything, he agrees to do so and wham, enter ACP Pradyuman…err..ACP Vishnu Kamath.
After a flashback of the “wonderful life” he lived and how he now is a changed person, which is kind of entertaining with Vidya Balan doing cameos for almost every movie these days(Thank you, DMD), the story of the Bad ass cope ends with coming back into the present and we have Lori getting caught with the drugs and is sent to the juvenile rehabilitation centre.
Admist all this you also notice this Shabbir Alhuwalia(Watch Guinness book of world records on colors to know) look alike called Rana Dugabatti who plays Joki a singer and Zoe’s(Bipasha Basu) fiancé. Zoe becomes an Air Hostess thanks to Lorsa Biscuita(Aditya Panscholi) and then his girl. Kamath has the responsibility of cleaning Goa and making it drug free and Lorsa does the opposite.
Even with a very predictable plot, Sippy along with Sridhar Raghavan’s script make sure they give the right twists at the right time making it so watchable. Watching Govind Namdev after Johnny Gaddar is a treat. What happens in the journey to clean Goa is what you have to watch the movie for. A bit of a drag in towards climax is a downer but at the end like I said everything falls in place. Deepika’s item song is also a waste with its lyrics and the music thus feels unwanted in the thriller.
The Acting department seems a bit of a misfit. Abhishek,Rana and Bipasha getting into the right roles,Prateik, and Panscholi are the misfits. Panscholi fails to deliver what he did in Striker,Prateik who impressed all in Dhobi ghat cannot play a confused teen.
Sippy who hasn’t got things right till date with his previous films, hits bulls eye with this one. Dialogues are good and you enjoy them. The Background score by Midival Punditz brings the edgy feeling,cinematography by Amit Roy adds fun and the end result is a 70’s style bollywood thriller with a modern touch which disappoints a little, But is a total Paisa Vasoo.
Spotboy gives it a 3/5 for its complete package.