Thoughts on Dhoom 3: MAJOR SPOILERS!

With Dhoom 3, Aamir Khan’s quest to revive masala, a project that began with Ghajini, comes full circle. Mapping the masala origins through a fractured memory in Ghajini, via a quest at unearthing the meaning of real loss of those at the fringes in Talaash, we arrive to the sad and certain death of an identity that cannot exist in doubles, and cannot survive singularly either. That this realization of the Aamir Khan project of masala-memory happens in the third installment of a franchise that is known solely for its bikes, babes and beefcakes is probably the boldest statement and biggest blunder simultaneously.

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Dhoom 3 is a misunderstood beast. And make no mistake; it is a beast of a film alright. From the most expensive song ever in Bollywood history (Malang) to production values at par with international standards (this is unarguably one of the most polished looking Hindi film on the big screen) and VFX/CGI that for once don’t groan under the weight of their own spectacular ambition (this when lesser films have tomtommed their effects as Bollywood’s pride, Hollywood’s envy); Dhoom 3 arrives with all its hype justified. That the production values and VFX/CGI don’t merely up the ante in the expected action aspect of the franchise (i.e. chases and stunts), but are employed in the service of a narrative that is really a drama at heart with the Dhoom franchise trappings cloaked around it as a disguise to make it more arresting and box-office friendly, is also something that is leaving many of the audiences disoriented. After all, you don’t go to a circus and not be shown clowns and elephants, but instead accomplished artists performing dazzling derring-dos and sleight of hands.

But who’s to say that a circus should only be meaningless fun, with nothing really at stake. That a clown’s act cannot be a disguised play on pain. That one has to be ashamed of necessary contrivances.

At the heart of Dhoom 3 then is The Great Indian Circus. This Jackie Shroff run enterprise meets its end when an American banker deems it laughably unworthy of a loan. This despite the fact that one of the banker’s own associates seems to reflexively applaud Jackie’s showstopper trick The Boy In The Box, which involves his son who shall grow up to be Aamir Khan- the antagonist of the film -vowed to revive his father’s Circus to its deserved glory and bring the financial institution to dust that has denied his family its pride. The pride, as stressed by the departing father, is in “kartab dikhana”, and doing so without being ashamed of it.

And so, the film goes about fulfilling its promise to deliver masala unashamedly, doing so in a franchise that is actually a borrowed genre from the West. The chases and stunts happen yes, but all to help fulfill a promise to a father. There is a love-story that it embraces as well… and most importantly, a plot twist that not only underlines the film’s commitment to masala, but also goes in making a meta-filmic point about the genre and its current state.

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The plot twist is the twin. The Boy In The Box, borrowed from Nolan’s The Prestige (also a film about the deception of the visual medium), is actually not a trick at all. The two brothers, one of them slower, live as a singular identity. They represent the multiple abilities of a masala film to exist as one whole, even when they are serious and stupid in equal parts. This argument is brought to the fore in an emotionally charged scene when the slower of the twins questions the other on his legitimacy to be a part of the acclaim- “Kartab main karun, aur wah-wah tumhari!” The ‘normal’ twin would like to believe that he is the privileged one and the lesser is just his “parchai”, only to realize that perhaps while the other can still exist without him (as harmless rom-coms and suburban dramas do), he will face a sure end all by himself. That the narrative concludes with neither of them surviving is the judgment of the Aamir Khan project that masala as it should be… where the stakes are always real and so is the loss, where the romantic interlude coexists with fraternal love, where the honour of a family has to be upheld at all costs, where the action, comedy and drama all blend together in one ‘real’ whole… doesn’t exist anymore…  and probably never will.

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This is where the Abhishek Bachchan casting becomes so important… and it is almost providence, that Abhishek is a part of the Dhoom franchise now that it has arrived to this conclusion in the 3rd installment. Abhishek’s cop Jai has always been the anomaly in the earlier Dhoom films, playing it only a touch less serious than his superlative Dum Maaro Dum act. Realism and ‘real’ are two very different concepts. Realism is merely the attempt to replicate reality in an art form. Many of the new-wave Bollywood films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, etc. boast of realism, while never operating in the ‘real’. The fabrication of reality always exists, made hyper-real almost. Where the best of masala films of the 70s succeeded were in staying true to the folk origin of the cinema narrative, where like the best of mythology the characters were larger than life and the proceedings demanded suspension of disbelief, but the pitch of the performances and the psychosocial conflict of the characters were very ‘real’. Abhishek’s cop act has always been guided by these older films. What the narrative of Dhoom 3 finally provides him with is an antagonist who plays it exactly the same way. Not for no reason do Aamir and Abhishek have as many as six major exchanges, where they both either complement each other or seem like opposite sides of the same equation. It is Abhishek who enjoys the privilege to become the friend of the slower twin as well. It is he who acknowledges this twin’s innocence. It is also no accident that he is betrayed by the serious twin as well, a failure to understand that what is masquerading as ‘simple-minded’ is very devious indeed. Indeed, by the time the film ends, Abhishek realizes that what preceded was more than just a cops n’ robbers chase.

P.S.- There are various other aspects of the film to talk about, little things to notice such as how the introduction of Katrina Kaif (an obligatory song that is usually a part of our films) plays it exactly for what it should be (she dances not just for the hero’s eyes, that illusion is broken with her dancing in front of an audience in a performance where she is told that she better arrest the audience’s attention for those whole 5 minutes)or how the cinematography in various shots cleverly and slyly forebode of things to come (superbly realized in the sequence where Aamir and Abhishek meet for the first time and the twin-shots of the brothers falling down as children and in the climax) and so on. In fact, in retrospect, the only parts of the film that don’t really click are the action set-pieces, and not because they are poorer than those in the previous two films of the series (they are unimaginative yes, but realized exceptionally) but because they seem so perfunctory in the larger scheme of things happening in the film.

- Abhishek Bandekar

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110 Responses to “Thoughts on Dhoom 3: MAJOR SPOILERS!”

  1. Rajenmaniar Says:

    Dont know about the movie but the review is ******/******👍👍

  2. catching dhoom 3 tonight but finally mr satyam wrote how they aped from prestige ..interesting seems to be the famous climax

  3. Can’t wait to get into this piece Abzee but will do so after watching the film tonight..

  4. wow, superb piece, I saw the movie twice within 16 hours and actually liked I much more the second time…
    Agree about Ahishek, he has a really good role this time ,and Aamir is in top form.
    NYKavi nailed it that some people probably went in expecting SMJ since Aamir is in it, and the Hollywoodfanboys will never like anything Yindi anyways.
    Aside- I asked my 13 years old who did she like the best, she goes Dad offcourse Abhishek Bachchan, I am always rooting for him, He always comes up with a new trick to catch the thief..

  5. Thanx –this is a good piece and covers some points totally missed earlier (esp by some die-hard aamir fans who dissed this)
    Having said that –in the words of Sally (aks ‘salim), there’s this sense that the writer is determined to love this film, one way or the other
    There can be charges of this being a ‘sophisticated’ peddling of dhoom3 –which also I don’t have a problem with
    But what’s important is WHAT exactly makes this work (or not work).
    We all have this tendency of seeing things and metaphors or designs where none exist–some do it more than others
    In this piece–let’s be frank–
    Does the writer/director/producer really mean to introduce all these ‘deeper meanings’ to abhishreks role ?

    In a similar note, one can also opine deeper meanings and designs to Katrinas losing layers (& clothing items) in her ‘kamli’
    To some it’s just a ‘glorified striptease’ whilst others may seem something deeper and even ‘spiritual’ in this stuff..

    All these ‘fetishes’ and ‘contextualisations’ are perfectly fine.

    But when the ‘core fan’ gets disturbed or offended (eg Aamirs fans here) they can’t be totally ignored either (since Satyam was asking why I give that importance suddenly)

    Ps: so in a way, I find here, speaking on behalf and against both the die hard aamir fans here (who hated this film
    And the other subset consisting of the besotted fan(s) of aamir &/or abhishrek who suddenly see deeper design in the very elements they dissed in other similar stuff

    It’s this ‘interesting cleavage’ of sorts that’s been created here–
    And I watch this with amusement and interest
    As an innocent observer :-)

  6. The innocent ‘observer’ of dhoom3

    so in a way, I find here, speaking on behalf and against both the die hard aamir fans here (who hated this film!)” —
    In the words of the aamir die-hard fans–

    “Felt violated by dhoom3 ”
    “Feel the need to drown in gallons of alcohol after D3″
    “Worst aamir film after mela!”

    And the other subset consisting of the besotted/blinded fan(s) of aamir &/or abhishrek who suddenly see deeper design in the very elements they dissed in other similar stuff
    Using ‘sophisticated’ imagery and metaphor

    This also points out indicators of how these same viewers react to other such stuff (like Yjhd or k3 etc)

    It’s this ‘interesting cleavage’ of sorts that I’ve uncovered here
    And I watch this with amusement and interest
    As an innocent observer :-)

  7. too many people overthinking here.why not question the premise that aamir is a thinking man’s star or maybe the so-called thinking man is actually too shallow for taking aamir seriously. A lame movie is a lame movie whichever way you look at it. And a movie is a movie and not something superthinking individuals make it out to be

  8. Satyam allow my comments for once. I won’t destroy you i promise

    • I put up this post, so moderating your comments was up to me. I have approved your earlier comment because everyone is entitled to an opinion, but I approved this one especially because I wanted to expose the agenda with which you want to make a comment.

      • Take it easy . There is no agenda here. But i fail to understand why my comments have been withheld earlier on other posts. I did not know you are the one moderating. What i wanted to convey is it is usual to read too much into films in hindsight. What I have seen of the film is nothing spectacular.

        • “What I have seen of the film is nothing spectacular.”

          that’s fine but if someone else reads something more into it and is willing to make a case for it as opposed to simply asserting stuff why the insistence that there cannot be another opinion?

          Also while one should be polite to the extent possible if people insist on being Philistines and wallowing in this attitude they should be called out for this. Again there’s no issue if you didn’t like D3. Of course it’s a bit amusing to sometimes see people who love some very questionable films from their favorite stars call D3 a poor film or whatever but this is nothing new.

          As for moderating comments I don’t remember you from before but sometimes people who come here to create trouble (and one can sense this with the comments) have to be barred. because otherwise the forum gets cluttered up with nonsense. And there are plenty of folks who are fans of other stars (which is fine) but who come up only at certain points (trolls or not) to feed an agenda, create trouble and then disappear. The latter is not fine.

          • I cannot speak on behalf of others but my intention was not to feed an agenda or create trouble.I may have an opinion and you may construe it as an agenda which is another matter altogether.

          • I already said I don’t remember you.. but you started out with a provocative comment and I was telling you why some folks are not welcome.

  9. Well said ‘mohsin’..
    That’s the point I’ve been making here.

    I have liked many things in d3 and WANT to give credit to the actor/director etc wherever I can–without biases

    I’ve also said much before release that the potential earnings here are 350+ (if there’s no underperfomance) and maintain that ..

    “”Many of the new-wave Bollywood films like Gangs Of Wasseypur, etc. boast of realism, while never operating in the ‘real’. ”

    This day had to come …
    That victor what’s his name director of dhoom 3 gets compared to anurag kashyaps GoW & trumps GoW somehow …
    ROFLOL

    “The Boy In The Box, borrowed from Nolan’s The Prestige (also a film about the deception of the visual medium), is actually not a trick at all. The two brothers, one of them slower, live as a singular identity. They represent the multiple abilities of a masala film to exist as one whole, even when they are serious and stupid in equal parts.”

    I’m trying my BEST to agree here somehow and AGREE to this
    But somehow it’s HILARIOUS

    I guess many of the ‘neutral’ readers here and even some aamir ‘die-hares’ are not seeing the ‘greatness’ of this ‘misunderstood’ film –but guess everyone can’t ‘understand’ everything…

    But the main point this shows is the dynamics of how ‘aptly’ such films like k3, d3 get ‘analysed’ in these debates… :-)

    • Nowhere in this piece have I said that Vijay Acharya trumps Anurag Kashyap. But even if that were true, I don’t see why one should be ashamed of it. The argument I’ve proposed is one of an attempt to replicate reality vs having real loss or stakes in a narrative not preoccupied with being realistic. Until the, you and Mohsin can exchange notes on destroying Satyam.

      • “Until the, you and Mohsin can exchange notes on destroying Satyam”
        I do NOT intend to ‘destroy Satyam!!’ Abzee lol
        And don’t even know who ‘mohsin’ or his agenda is.

        As for GoW and d3–nope it’s not a ‘shameful comparison’ infact nothing is ‘shameful’ as such wrt films. It’s just that the two are from too disparate a style (and class) to be compared in any context (including ‘ reality’ imo)

        Infact I’ve liked Many aspects in d3 and even aamir but don’t share some of the reasons uve put forward –so relax

      • IdeaUnique Says:

        Abzee – a fantastic review. 5/5 :-)
        – Actually the wonderful script-sense of aamir was all visible in the second half of the film where the emotional scenes are performed and that is what I expected for the first half also. My point is that it had the potential to match the likes of Bond/MI films.
        – In such film an adrenaline-pumping sequence in the very first 10 min. sets the tone – which was missing
        – Also aamir’s entry scene was while superb but it had to be dynamic one because that shot was revealed in the teaser itself.
        – From children’s point-of-view – I asked my niece (she is 13) and she loved it – so yeah I think children and most of the public might not dig the film like we all do because they want an easy entertainment. But my regret would remain about the first half – which had all going for it if some finetuning in the script were done.
        – Yes the spectacularly shot songs and so many detailed things covered by DOP are worth all the money.
        – Abhi definitely delivers a fine perf.

  10. nice review and the spoilers will lhelp me watch the film with alertness. Its intriguing. Now waiting for satyam’s review.

  11. its a well written piece. almost makes me want to watch the movie again. lol. almost! but the overall product is still mediocre. one simply cannot just ignore the obvious flaws this movie has. yes if i ignore these flaws in the film…then i too will think D3 is a masterpiece. the last ‘masala’ film i really loved and enjoyed was Dabanng. It had all the right elements that a masala movie should have and presented those elements in the most entertaining and grandeur way. And IMO the last true great masala film was ‘Sholay’ (no need to expand on its greatness).

    After Dabanng, there have been ample films with masala at its core; Bodyguard, Ready, Singham, Rowdy Rathore, R…Rajkumar, Boss, Chennai Express. Out of those, only R…Rajkumar and CE I sort of enjoyed. The rest of those films to me were below average to terrible movies. If you enjoyed all the movies mentioned above, then OK you just have a different taste in movies then I do and we will have to agree to disagree. But if you thought any less of those movies mentioned and then turn around and think D3 is ‘misunderstood’ and delivers what it sets out to do…then there is a little bit of contradictory going on.

    I went into D3 with the right mindset, expecting to be entertained for 3 hours without taking the film seriously. I came out thinking in my mind that I was betrayed and let down (even having VERY LOW expectations after watching the trailers). I will maintain that Aditya Chopra took the audience for granted and has done so for the last 13 years. Unfortunately, the audience still laps it up. He and the director deserve 99% of the blame, IMO.

    • But I don’t think you can compare Dhoom with those other films you’ve mentioned. All of those have a loose Telugu masala genealogy. many of those are remakes from Telugu (or Malayalam in the case of Boss). The others share that aesthetic even if they’re not actual remakes. Dhoom can be compared with Race and stuff like that. In each case a certain kind of Hollywood genre, Dhoom always had even if in very plastic form a certain masala admixture. Judging by Abzee’s piece D3 goes much further in this direction. But in any case having masala ingredients doesn’t mean the texture of the film is the very same. Ghajini is masala but it is not at all masala ‘like’ Rowdy Rathore!

      • i forgot to mention Race and Race 2! I haven’t watched either one of those movies but my friends tell me that Race was a pretty entertaining movie. I will have to give it a watch.

        I think we all can agree that with the addition of Aamir Khan in the Dhoom franchise, the expectation level automatically went higher as far as the overall quality. That is why I am disappointed, the quality, the presentation, the execution was not up to par. It was lazy and everything was too ‘obvious’ and predictable. I thought you were going to watch it last night satyam?? when will you watch it?!! looking forward to your views.

        • I said the earliest I might watch it was last night. Then it was supposed to be tonight. However I’m catching a 4 PM show in a little bit.

        • yes but Abzee has a point here.. one says one has higher expectations with Aamir, on the other hand one then also dislikes the film for not being pure candy-floss like the earlier ones. Greater narrative will always come at some cost in a genre like this. If you thought D1 or D2 were perfect films then you are in a sense the wrong audience for D3. Because it always promised to do more. Many are in your camp and I’m not disagreeing with you for having this view. I’m just saying it’s contradictory. It’s like Nolan’s Batman (not that I;m actually comparing the two). One could argue the films are too cerebral and so on (I myself have made the point on occasion though that didn’t stop me from living the movies) but then that was always the point of this trilogy.

          • i think we will have to discuss further after you watch the movie. because i am not in that camp expecting ‘pure candyfloss’. i did not think D1 and D2 were perfect or even good products, but at least they were entertaining. i expected D3 to be ‘darker’ and more serious prior to its release (especially got excited when Abhishek mentioned in his interviews that this WAS darker). but then watching the trailer the expectation levels were still low. i expected a better, tighter movie as far as direction goes (because of Aamir Khan and his usual inputs). you can see YashRaj films stamp all over this product (and this is NOT a compliment). the movie had potential to be an entertainer but Aditya took us for a ride (a boring ride).

          • I’m a bit confused with your stand AamirsFan. You are entitled to your opinion ofcourse. But what I don’t understand is that you are disappointed with D3 because it is not as entertaining as the previous installments, but by your own admission, you were also expecting a darker film. So if you have a problem with the script for it not being as dark as you were expecting it, are you then suggesting that it was too candyfloss. But you don’t like the candyfloss cinemas of YRF also admittedly!

            Could you please elaborate on what exactly didn’t work for you? And not that the bike turning into a motorboat was befuddling and all, because frankly we don’t go to a Dhoom film for realism, do we?

    • I am not ignoring the flaws in the film. My piece is not intended to be a review of the film with a star rating. I have tried to reason with the critics of this film about why and how it works for me, while acknowledging that this ‘jugglery’ of actually being a drama film in Dhoom garb may have precisely been its blunder and why people are unable to process their response to it. Nowhere in my piece have I called the film a masterpiece.

      The last true masala film, IMO, is Ghajini. All the rest that you mention, and the ones that came before Ghajini as well, did not embrace masala and wore it with pride on its sleeve like Ghajini did. Not even Dabanng, yes. In fact, after Ghajini, the closest we came to a true masala is Rowdy Rathore.

      But coming to your point that one if one disliked Ready, Bodyguard, R… Rajkumar and the likes (all of which I disliked btw), then one cannot appreciate Dhoom 3 is a ludicrous theorem. My piece is precisely meant to illustrate why D3 works for me, and I cannot make the same case for a Ready or Bodyguard as some misunderstood flick because I don’t see such qualities in them. In fact, even Boss to an extent I can make a very strong case for with its interesting subtext of a Gandhian passivity being the most violent act of all… but a film should have the inherent richness, even if the film is mediocre in other regards, for one to have such a reading. The fact that you club everything from a Dabanng to a Ready to a Chennai Express to a Dhoom all in category displays a lack to misunderstand masala as simply any film that has songs, action, comedy and a little bit of drama.

  12. Thora thora sab daal do. Action, emotion, songs, dance, comedy. It does not matter movie is coherent or engaging or not. I would enjoy but never respect a dhoom sort of movie. I would watch dhoom & consume it without the burden of Aamir telling me he wants me to give me something more. Aamir may be honest in his attempt but not right in his approach this time around. I would prefer a Shahrukh who approaches a film as a film and no pretensions and once in a while gives an entertaining film. Aamir with his films is fine but his intellectualizing of films & its process is a definite exaggeration though it may be something which could be a driving force for him.

    • Nowhere, none of the interviews indicate that Aamir was stating that D3 was going to be something path breaking. Yes, he did mention many times that the script of D3 was something that he really liked. Thinking back now, the script is decent, it does have the masala elements in it. I still trust Aamir because of his track record as an actor, director and producer.

    • that’s a bit like saying ‘I prefer Vin diesel because he has no pretensions about the films he’s doing’ but ‘DiCaprio is a problem because sometimes his attempts don’t quite work’! Of course you probably missed the pretentious SRK who did Dil Se, Paheli, Swades, Asoka etc!

  13. Now i will go watch the movie :P

  14. Very good review. But I would like mention, this is more of ‘understanding’ the movie by the writer than the film ‘being one’. Such parallels can be made and created for anything and everything. Eventually when you end up checking with the producer, director or Aamir khan, these above points might not be in their radar and its just the writer is reading too much into a simple plot lifted from ‘The Prestige’

    • “Such parallels can be made and created for anything and everything.”

      if you can do this for Houseful you’re a more talented man than I am..!

    • Such parallels cannot be made for a Grand Masti or what-have-you. Also, because I ‘read’ the film as such, doesn’t imply that the makers did, or did not, do this consciously. But an oeuvre of an artist is always a window into his/her subconscious concerns, a theme that runs through his/her work. Based on what Vijay Acharya did with Tashan, or Guru and now this; and based on what Aamir Khan has been doing with masala… the film offers itself for such an ‘understanding’.

      • Honestly, I see lot of masala in Tashan and prefer it over Dhoom3 anytime. I also found Tashan to be more ambitious, more rooted and more entertaining than D3.

        Based on your review, its not a Dhoom film, its regular masala revenge saga where Jai-Ali just happens to have an extended cameo. Also Jai-Ali does nothing, neither stop the Bank getting destroyed nor stop Aamir from doing crimes. At the end, it could have been any cop trying to ask him surrender and he jumping to death (not much different as John Abraham did in D1 and Hrithik (Ash shooting) in D2)

  15. I’m still yet to see it, but thanks for the review abzee. My gut feeling is this movie lacked direction to an extent i.e. its possibly over complicated a tad. I think it had to be “different” with Aamir in the fold. And drama was the only route. Whether its worked or not I’ll find out. But it seems to be gathering a diverse opinion.

    • As Rangan has put it in his overly harsh review, the film does suffer from it having a split-personality. The Dhoom elements incidentally are what derail this otherwise true masala drama. But the twinning of these worlds also I enjoyed. As did I the Aamir performance, which is suitably delivered with a certain theatricality. Await to hear your reactions.

  16. Hmmm…what is GOW doing in Dhoom 3 review…now Kashyap’s work will be compared to the mediocrity of movies like Dhoom and all…seriously LOL

  17. Finally saw the movie. The promos were misleading and so were the reviews. This is a good review of the movie. Abzee I apologize for the uneducated comments earlier. Personally i found the movie entertaining and engaging. I did not expect it to be perfect and it was not. but a really good effort. Aamir has performed well. Abhishek has excelled even outperformed Aamir in some scenes and he has a meaty role. Katrina and Uday hit the right notes overall. This sort of movie cannot be logically perfect. It is though believable in its own world. Definite repeat value. The movie is able to entertain in a grand way and probably that is what matters in this genre of films. Nitpicking, comparisons, reading too much and beyond and going in with preconceived notions will only spoil the fun. Not a masterpiece but it had certain emotional depth which this genre normally lacks. A sense of family bonding, innocence of love and retribution grounded in a naive sense of poetic justice are some of the elements touched upon in the movie. One of the brothers has a perfect persona for the outer world but is unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. The other brother though hidden from the world is able to see and experience beauty in small simple things with a child-like exuberance and is able to feel & express love. The scale of the movie and its genre did not allow the writer or director to dwell too much into the emotional core. Trying to get the balance right between drama and action and gloss can be very tricky and it may be easy to give a verdict in hindsight but certainly not easy to get it perfect on paper. If one has to be negative and cerebral, even so called classics of Kashyap can be easily ripped apart in more ways than one.

  18. Utkal Mohanty Says:

    Dhoom 3 is the film that has surprised me the most this year. Nothing that I had read or heard had prepared me for this. I knew this would be different from the earlier Dhoom films, but this different? It has nothing in common with the non-thinking speed-driven bikes, gals and hunks film s that the earlier two were. This is good storytelling at its best, and quite an ambitious story it is.. an epic one fact, closest in spirit to the better superhero movies that Hollywood makes, closer to something like Endhiran/Robot in term s of having heart at the core of its superficial action trapping
    The story-telling is surprisingly lean and muscular. They have cut out all the flab. Inspector’s Jay ‘s wife has been totally erased out of the scene. The temptation to use Aaliya in the action or the heist sequences have been scrupulously resisted. Ali’s comic antique’s are minimal, crisp and are never extended . Even the three songs used in the film have solid narrative context and are picturized with imagination and restraint. Right from the first frame the plot unfolds with single-minded focus. This kind of narrative integrity is rare these days.

    The story itself , like the best of epic stories has allegorical and metaphorical dimensions, symmetry and epiphany. The choice of villain itself is a stroke of genius…it is a BANK. It is the BANK that Shahir wants to destroy, not a banker. It is the institution and system that’s the culprit not the in individual. Now how far can you get away from the formula plots of Bollywood or even most of Hollywood?

    The villainous nature of the bank is well articulated. Iqbal the owner of the Great Indian circus wants to raise circus to a higher level, while the bankers expect a pretty girl in short skirt to shove her head into the mouth of a hippopotamus – cheap thrills in other words.

    Then there is the question of dual identities and one’s domination of the other. The beautiful thing about the film is that none of these is made obvious or overplayed. At the same time, these concerns are concretized in a very real way. When Samar gets out of his box on A Sunday we share his sense of elation as he feels the wind on his face. We can feel his awkward love for Aaliya, we share his thrill in his discovery of his ability to make friends.

    I had mentioned in one of my earlier pieces about how love , from Shakespeare through Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky to Sartachandra and Tagore to K Asif , Raj Kapoor and Bimal Roy, has been the trigger for and an expression of rebellion and individual assertion. It is only the love for Aaliya that makes Samar confront Shahir, wanting to get out of the former’s shadow. Converting this into a plot sequence where Samar wants to take Shahir’s place is a brilliant piece of writing. So are the sequences where aaliya kisses Samar and bids goodbye to him on the train. There is poetry in these sequences. Just as there is drama in the sequence where it is Shahir that confronts Inspector Jai instead of Samar.

    The wonderful symmetry, the hallmark of all great epic stories, is manifest here in the fact that the breakthrough trick that Iqbal was unsuccessfully trying to impress the bankers with is the very trick with which Shahir-Samar avenge their father.
    AS I mentioned, except for the bike chase sequences which are meant to be continuing link with the Dhoom franchise, there is not a single extraneous scene outside of the main arc of the plot. Even aaliya and her romantic track are so central to the narration unlike in the earlier Dhoom films. Her intro song is a sensual and spatial delight. The Malang song too is not only spectacular, it is also crucial in establishing the central trick as well as the feelings of Samar for Aaliya. The way the song Tu Junnon, Tu Karar takes off from the diary jottings of Samar is a pointer to the lightness and considered touch with which Vijaya Krishna handles the film. The ‘hath nahin chhodna , saath nahin chhodna’ climax could have turned ludicrous if it was not a reprise of the ladder episode involving the young Shahir and Samir.
    The film
    The film’s audacious ambition does not falter mainly because of Vijya Krihna’s writing and aamir’s performance. Like he has done in Lagaan , DCH, RDB , Ghajini and 3 idiots, Aamir internalizes the characters and becomes Shahir and Samar. The confrontation scenes between Sahir and Samar and the dating scene between Samar and Aalia show Aamir at his well-defined and yet restrained best.

    The crucial thing to note here is that this is nota Dhoom film at all and is not meant to be. Yes Aamnir is no Hritik or John Abraham. We always knew that, it only gets reestablished. It is not a mindless, time pass film. And Aamir is an actor and not a hunk. I have seen parts of Dhoom 1 on TV and slept trough most of Dhoom 2, which I did watch on screen. The only things I remember from that film are the Crazy Liy Re dance sequence by Ash, the wonderful moves to the title track by Hritik, and some comic caper by Uday Chopra in Spain or wherever it was supposed to be.

    Here I did not lose attention even for a minute, though it was a late night shgow. I did not check my Facebook account on mu mobile even once. I was riveted from start to end. Aliya says to Shahir in the film, “ The five minutes are long over. Now you can look away’. I have been trying’, Shahir replies. It is 3.40 am now and tomorrow is a working day. But I cannot get the film out of my head..especially scenes of Samar and Jay where Samar so simplemindedly trusts Jay, exhilarated by his new-found discovery of ‘friendship’.

    My respect for Aamir’s script sense has gone a couple of notches higher. This is fantastic reworking of Nolan’s material, much superior to Ghajini, where the climax depended so much on gratuitous violence. Here too they could have copped out by choosing to stage an action and chase climax. But they chose to seek a denouement based on the emotional core on which the film was founded.

    Brave indeed!

    • wah…what a review! if only the movie itself was even 1/10th of how well you have written about it…D3 would’ve been one to remember!

      • A real aamirsfan will say once or twice that he or she did not like dhoom 3.He or she will not sit sit in front of the computer telling what a bad movie it is whenever somebody praises. Seems you have an agenda. I appreciate the straightforwordness of an Oldgold to the likes of you and others like you.

        • lol..seems i am getting on your nerves. but no, i don’t have any agenda. i just reacted to this finely written piece (even though i disagree with it). even An Jo just expanded on his disappointment with D3 and i agreed on the other thread. believe me, i have no ulterior motives. but yes i do have a lot of time on my hand right now because its winter break. lol. if you think i am trolling or just trying to bring this movie, then thats your own damn problem.

        • Let’s not get personal. It is just a movie.

          • Agree with sanju–well said !
            Suggest we ignore this nitwits ‘aamirsfan’ !! Lol
            ” I appreciate the straightforwordness of an Oldgold to the likes of you and others like you.”– yup sanju–lately Oldgold seems quiet–seems she has joined politics (aap) :-)

          • >lately Oldgold seems quiet–seems she has joined politics (aap)

            True. It’s more exhilarating to watch the two ‘big’ parties getting thwarted time and again and getting desperate, especially BJP, than watching attempts here at making D3 look like a great film. Not that I’ve seen it, but can get the drift of it.
            No, no – it’s not like other Dhoom films. It’s a dark, deep film. So dark that you have to see it twice to make any attempt at seeing the bottomless pit in the dark, unless masala gets in your eyes, making things darker, which might not enable one to see at all. Unable to see the hamming (which one readily sees otherwise and have been very well trained in recognising it by now)

            These are not fanboys, mind you (like the lowly SRK fanboys/girls).

            I wish there was a word like ‘jingoism’ (re:country) and …ism (re:favourite’s film).

    • omrocky786 Says:

      That is a superb review Utkal ( minus the usual did or did not check my phone/ FB/ mails etc.)

      • Rajenmaniar Says:

        I think D3 is a little too smart for the average Bollywood viewer!

        • omrocky786 Says:

          No, It is too average for the Smarty pants ….

          • Very well said. It seems like some people went in armed with magnifying glasses to spot the gaping holes. Heck, those script inconsistencies are all visible to the naked eye. Eg, this is not a DIY manual on robbing banks, or on illogical conversion of bikes to submarines. This is the Great Indian Masala Movie. Where were those magnifying glasses when K3/CE were on, or even in The Prestige for that matter (body duplicating machines for crying out loud!!).

    • Completely agree with your piece. The film, for all its failings, is being criticized for all the wrong reasons. But what is troubling is the failure to acknowledge the positives in the film.

      Thank you for elaborating on Katrina Kaif’s role in your write-up. While short in duration, she plays a pivotal role in bringing about the splitting of the identities, and in rebelling to assert one’s individuality. Its also interesting to note that her introductory song, a striptease essentially, plays on the skimpily clad girl in a circus routine, but is otherwise in the film dressed modestly… at once living up to the cliche of a heroine in today’s misinformed masala films as nothing more than worth a few item songs, and destroying that cliche subsequently by playing an important part integral to the film.

  19. Personally think this might be your single best piece Abzee. Really fine read here.

    • Thank you very much GF. Your remark is a huge honour. Can’t wait for your take on the film, positive or negative. Incidentally, the fact that his film has generated so much debate in itself a testament to Aamir’s involvement with a franchise whose extent of debate among its audiences never went beyond chiseled abs or bikini bods.

      • A comment I mentioned to Satyam, expanded a bit here, mainly because I don’t think I’ll be writing on this much more. People afraid of SPOILERS beware:

        “I saw the film today. I found it deeply uneven. Abzee’s reading is very convincing in the sense that the ideas embedded in this work are really very thoughtful, and dovetail with Aamir’s interests in a subversive way but I found the film’s more functional parts (some of the writing, the running time, the unimaginative action, a few performances) pretty shoddy. I might have been more forgiving of this in a different kind of film, but this film wants to be a convincing entertainment on top of its sub-textual interests, which means unless it strikes a rare balance (which in my opinion it absolutely doesn’t) it’s going to shortchange one end of that equation. So I found it engaging but never really all that thrilling as a pure action film, even if the ideas and overall gravitas (particularly with that decidedly dark ending) here are very commendable. I’d like to say that a second viewing might help form a stronger sense of where I stand, but I’m just not sure I’m interested in seeing this one again. Which for an Aamir film post-Lagaan, is very rare. Pretty much puts it in company with Fanaa.

        P.S. while Abhishek is “good” here, I didn’t find anything remarkable about this outing beyond Abzee’s (again) very perceptive points about the meta angle of his positioning here. Aamir was fine, and had some remarkable “Dead Ringers” like moments, but the mentally challenged act is one that I think is never done without some level of unintentional comedy in Hindi cinema. I mean this wasn’t as bad as Hrithik in all three Krrish films, but it’s still a bit weird.”

        A day removed from my viewing I wouldn’t say much has changed in my sense of things. I do think that underneath everything this film is so deeply interested in dualities (twins) of all kind, that the resulting schizophrenia here (besides being the point of it all) should be attributed to its inability to negotiate a balance between its two souls–that of a masala film and a Western-style actioner. Which is why you get unimaginative, CGI-heavy Hollywood style action sequences one minute and Rohit Shetty ripoffs the next. This film borrows from both film traditions in highly unimaginative ways. The two introductory action sequences for Aamir and Abhishek get to the heart of what the film is attempting. But by placing one “on top of” the other, (over and over) rather than attempting a fusion, the results feel bloated.

        This film feels exactly like what one should expect given the director’s Tashan. That film was like a grab-bag of interesting moments and ideas and visuals packed around (and lost within) a pretty flimsy premise and some rather half-baked characters with the exception of a career-best and neglected turn by Akshay Kumar. Dhoom 3 is a bit more dense than that film, and I’d agree that the second half picks up steam but there’s a lot of silliness, and a lot of uneven elements here that hamper what might have been a more intense, focused faceoff. Having said all this, this is far more interesting than the predecessors in the series, although I think Dhoom 1 remains the “purest” of this series. It wasn’t ambitious, it certainly wasn’t particularly great, but it knew what it was.

        • Again, SPOILERS

          Will also add this. It speaks volumes that the last shot of the film has someone carrying the literal and proverbial torch of The Great Indian Circus, which as Abzee rightly notes is a stand-in for Hindi cinema. Unfortunately though, even more sad than the twin-suicide at the end is that this someone is Katrina Kaif. God help us.

        • I think your comment here is closest to my experience of the film.. agree on your D1 characterization as well.

  20. Can’t believe some folks think Abhishek has good role in this part. His footage has been decreasing more and more and as this was discussed after Dhoom2 and in made fun in Om Shanti Om that by Dhoom 5, Abhishek is no longer be in the movie.

  21. Totally agree with Utkal’s review above. BigB had once said, “Indian cinema is the only genre that leaves a person smiling alongwith a tear in the eye” (not exactly quoted). Nothing prepares the viewer for the dramatic second half of this movie. The first half is dragging because it in fact has to prove itself to be a Dhoom movie, bikes, babes, illogical heists. Its the second half where Aamir unleashes the emotions, and brings out the smiles and tears from the audience. I don’t know what/where the critics were. If they can accept CE or K3, this one is notches above in terms of drama/emotion. Aamir has once again separated the Man from the boyz. The emotions of sibling love, sibling bonding, their rivalry, jealousy and finally sibling sacrifice could not have been impactful without his masterful performance as well as his own reading of the audience pulse. Even the part where he dates Katrina, he takes an avg. joe Katrina lover into the shoes of Samar, his awe at being able to reciprocate love with this angelic beauty. (an emotion aptly portrayed by SRK in RBNDJ). Would give a shout out to JrB for the bonding scenes with Samar, very ably executed by Abhishek here. He may have been a bit chagrined at the promotion strategy, but he should be thankful that the makers did not give him a raw deal as in D2.
    I went for a houseful 11:00pm show in the Mall of the Emirates. People were wiping off tears in the end. I will not at all be surprised if this one indeed crosses 250cr and even touches 300cr.

    Aside, maybe this script was offered to SRK, but no way could he have accepted it after MNIK! And to the HR lovers, he needs to see D3 a few times to learn how to do a K2/3..lol

    • This is one of those rare films that doesn’t suffer from the curse of the second half, and if anything, only gains momentum and gets better in the latter half. I do believe though that the preclimax was a bit weak. They didn’t save their most exiting chase for the end. But by then, the film had also evolved into a drama where I frankly wanted to forward through the chase sequence and get back to the story.

  22. Dhoom 3 is not about bikes and babes, just as Skyfall is not about gadgets and gals. It is about angst and loss, retribution and redemption.

    • Very aptly put. I think D3 suffers because it ironically belongs to the Dhoom franchise and tries to shoehorn those elements into a film that as a standalone would have made for a superior masala drama. As it stands, it is engaging and the most accomplished of the three films in the franchise, no questions asked.

    • “Dhoom 3 is not about bikes and babes, just as Skyfall is not about gadgets and gals. It is about angst and loss, retribution and redemption.”

      for so called serious hollywood movie lovers(how in world skyfall has connect with dhoom3 or indian masala with dhoom 3 will love to hear):

      bond was shown above the system ….

      he was left dying by his mentor m but he came back and served to same and his villain had the same happened to him is ready to kill and finish m when he survived

      the man of system who was wronged by satyam was again taking on system

  23. “But by then, the film had also evolved into a drama where I frankly wanted to forward through the chase sequence and get back to the story.” Precisely my feelings. ” What is this silly bike chase doing here, I want to see more of the drama’. was my thought.

  24. Just saw D3 for the second time. After I saw it the first time, I didn’t think it was a movie that I would watch a second time in theaters. But my friends wanted to go so I went. It was definitely better the second time. Especially after reading the (positive) reviews of it. Even though I knew all the twists and whatnot, it still worked for me the second time.

  25. don’t read the comment if you haven’t seen the movie:

    with due respect certain people will surely enlighten about the intelligence and masala quotient:

    1)acp jai dixit after grabbing top criminal and called by other cop agencies is still an acp by hierchy which is impossible

    2)bank institution the enemy but again the liberal banking system and credit card syndrome has only destroyed the or slowed

    down american economy…at the end of the day with rising number of defaulters they also look for a person with stable
    income(salaried ) one or profitability of business and here goes the so called moral

    bank ki aisi ki taisi lol even more funny and childish but unless you are a group of magician who robs the bank and do heist as
    wow factor like in “now you see me”(royal bank of chicago has resonance )and a intelligent cop who keeps on chasing them but lack the
    bite of climax or surprise element where cop himself is one and was wronged by a fellow magician( not the system and his father was wronged to )

    3) katrina kaif here to do stripping …not more than few dialogues just being bimbo with a hot bod

    4) boy in the box …the original idea of nolan’s prestige( another hangover being his famous joker of dark knight)…

    the two magician going after each other for the love of there trade and being best…how hugh jackman keep on trying the famous

    boy in box act of bale and even went on to scientific research and made ile illusion into reality as desperation (and fanaticism of losing

    his lady love twice to same man) and how shocking in an opposite way with disguise it was other half( the brother factor which was

    revealed in climax as surprise factor but along with disguise the man lost his wife and hand as passionately for same trade.

    (There may be people who call it better than prestige just like nolan’s memento was better than ghajini according to some but it had
    itelligence and art unlike the packaging stuff just to throw numbers)

    5) indian masala of 70’s connected with people desite being full of cliches because of characters where peple connected with it …not
    because of hollywoodish hangover but indian connect which is not at all there not even the backdrop….

    amar akbar anthony has the most ridicule scene of three people getting blood from same person but still it has connect ..dhoom 3 with his ridiculous stunt and faulty masala is neither here nor there
    because backdrop is not from native

    6) script …the weakest part and even aamir khan the performance especially as stammer (srk was better in darr and as meanness with
    again lacking meaness with physicality and doesn’t make it beleivable…

    the two opposite the one who is practical and connected to world and another who is hugely optimistic and is hidden but ironically is savy has huge
    disconnect and subtleness to separate them from commanding performance is missing ya missing

    surprisingly abhishek bachchan the bechara of bollywood has owned mr khan in scenes but he was always a good actor with questionmark on star quotient corresponding
    to today’s time but the bigger star gets an absolute defeat moment in a bike chase again morally wrong…role is one dimensional with only one one pitch to look tough and exhibit intensity but ehibiting friendliness with one
    again in a different avtar as friend who is patriach ironically in a different get up and other with meanness to play illusion with illusion

    just like how aamir has double …junior has one to in different half and own it

    7) Have seen people like bhardwaj rangan writing how hrithik roshan took the shit in krrish to seriously similarly people have took the bull shit
    with ocassional drop of so called hillarious seriousness to seriously …

    dilip in ram and shyam was same ( one with meaness and other with with shrillness) so was hema in sita or geeta and sridevi in chalbaazor for

    that matter anil in ram or lakhan with more compactness…it was not hyper reality but there was a connect which made those performance as memorable

    so called no actor displayed three role of varying shades more compactly than what one see in dhoom 3 again in a total nonsense movie

    8) the great indian circus the name which perfectly describes the movie and so called most of masala genre of today mock itself and the genre itself
    but lacks the entertainment quotient and the bank which can close it which is the audience do feel cheated in grab of psuedo intellectualism

    • IdeaUnique Says:

      On the note with bond – i mean here there are so many times where entire police team having revolvers in their hands watching aamir do his own slo-mo disappearing act :-) nothing can be more bizzare than that – no one fires a single round – not once / not twice but all thru the movie we don’t see a gun fired at aamir! Has US police taken to the non-violence. Bond sequences are so fast and electrifying that we feel that tension in the scenes and that adreanaline rush is there – here it is like WTF – kill that robber man – shoot / only once Abhishek shoots him and surprisingly he stops shooting more and let the aamir get away!!

      If aamir talked abt script – he shd have made it clear that the chor-police sequences are very tight and they must creat the tension and thrill

  26. I’m enjoying this pro-vs anti D3 folks tournament –like an ‘innocent observer’ :-)

    And Satyam–why don’t u come out with your own views–don’t worry–won’t give u a tough time –stop writing in other name(s) lol

    ” mean here there are so many times where entire police team having revolvers in their hands watching aamir do his own slo-mo disappearing act nothing can be more bizzare than that – no one fires a single round – not once / not twice but all thru the movie we don’t see a gun fired at aamir! Has US police taken to the non-violence. ” –ROFLOL

    This is real fun –the arguments on each side –more entertaining than the actual film…

    As for the box office–ALL I’m asking for is
    JUST 350 cr(wh)pres –so that I can justify aamir/d3 that I want to :-)

    • BO wise – D3 will surpass every other film in sight – absolute no doubt abt it – only thing they shd do now announce D4 with again aamir in it and director sam mendes – let the film be made in English and release in all over world – dub it in Hindi and get it here :-)

  27. Appreciated your piece having now seen the film Abzee. It’s the most interesting piece on the film I’ve come across by far. Not that I should be surprised about this. I will be watching the film again relatively soon. Will probably have some thoughts on it before that. I’ll just say for now that I found the film to be a somewhat mixed experience for very many reasons and this despite agreeing with you that this is the most ambitious and really most interesting film of the franchise.

    • that is unfair satyam – u can’t keep us waiting for ur piece man :-)

    • hmm “Interesting Piece”…..matlab Satyam has major disagreements with Abzee’s piece..LOL!!

      • Abzee’s is a strong reading and I don’t quite ‘disagree’ with it. But I have a less kind sense of the film even though I liked it and am interested enough to see it again. I actually don’t quite agree on Abhishek’s role with you (better than D2? yes. But the villain of D3 also has way more than the villain of D2!). But I can see where some of the criticism including yours on the first half is coming from. On Abzee’s I’d say everything he talks about is fair but whether those elements have been fully realized in the existing film is somewhat questionable. Nonetheless it is a film that I want to see again. And so he might be more right than me. There’s something that’s drawing me in again despite my reservations in some areas.

        • Even though I knew about the twist before the first viewing itself, I somehow enjoyed the second time more, the first time I was all pumped up to see Chicago/ D-3, Aamir, Abhishek and Katrina
          The second time I was much more relaxed and actually enjoyed the movie.
          All the Holes in the plot, police ney golee nahin chalai/ Motorbike etc etc,, they are all being brought up because there is Aamir in it., I mean come on, who gives a fu## …,as long as one is having a good time.

          • The one person no one is talking about is the Boy ( Jr. Aamir), he was really endearing and acted really well…

        • Calling Abhishek’s role as best in the series is shocking to me. As I comment earlier in this thread. *SPOILER* Picture this – Jai’s character plants Ali’s character in D1 to trap Villain and trap Ash’s character in D2 to trap villain. But here, Villain plants his character to make fool of Jai’s character and rob the bank. Further, Abhishek has more insults coming on his way from being called incompetent and removed from the job by Bank and then Aamir’s character beats him up and gives him mercy life and not killing him(doesn’t make sense as just few mins back, he tied to a roller coaster ride for him to die, but that’s another matter altogether). Finally even the final confrontation is making a mickey out of Jai’s character as he was never planning to surrender but to kill himself. At every step, it’s the Aamir’s character wins over Jai’s character and that spoils the whole fun. Forget about being balance. Even when D2, Jai’s role reduction was criticized much and made fun of (like scene in OSO) and in D2, he had lot of intelligence to show from planting Ash and setting trap and even fights and thinking intelligently like there are 7 dwarfs, Mr.A doesn’t rob imperfect items, so on – to show that Jai’s character is very intelligent and reputed ACP known for his brains. This time around he was not the same Jai to me and majority.

          • yes will say that if Abhishek had looked like this in D2 he wouldn’t have had a problem with the reviews and so forth.

          • I still wonder why does someone accept a role like Jai in this series. In the first movie it was about Jai. The second onwards the role of Jai is the most dont care role in this series along with Ali’s. Both Abhi and Uday should protest and quit this series honestly. Uday atleast has some reason to do this as this is his home production. But Jai has nothing in it. No heroine, no songs no back story, to that extent D1 was really Jais movie and less about the villian. D2 onwards the villian is everything.

          • yes D1 was absolutely more about him. However the D2 and now D3 narrative has so completely rewritten the franchise that many now assume the original was about John! Dhoom launched Abhishek’s career (along with Yuva that same year). Nothing really happened with John after this. And you’re right, the backstory with the wife and so on was important. Will certainly say this — it was true for D2 and it’s true for D3 that in each case they haven’t quite live upto the greater promise of the sequel (in terms of bigger casting and so forth). Even in D3 there are some very good moments between the two stars which should really have been the film’s fulcrum. They are significant but they don’t define the film.

            Having said that it is definitely better than D2 for Abhishek in the sense that in that instance the reviewers mauled him for his look, a younger male audience felt Hrithik had been totally dominant (in my anecdotal experience most younger women didn’t quite feel this), here there are very many who feel he’s better or that he has a significant role or that he has matched Aamir. Perhaps still a minority but there are enough people saying this. Much as a few reviewers were kind on him. With D2 you couldn’t dream of either thing.

          • Once again, you fall into the trap of ‘analysis paralysis’. The entire fun of bwood would be lost if one were to impose logical straitjackets to its scripts. It is Abhishek’s performance here which is more impactful than it was in D2. Barring maybe a couple of dialogs, he was simply rolled over by HR. But here, he has a lot more ‘emotion’ in his interaction with Samar, even with Sahir. Those scenes gave him the scope to perform. Otherwise, in D2, he was just chasing-shooting-mouthing one dialog, and nothing else.
            Actually, it looks like online blogdom is tying itself in knots trying to make sense of this movie. But out there, the paying junta has already given its verdict. The Indian audiences need well-placed emotion in appropriate size, logic be damned.
            Why do we not go looking for logic in the Superhero hwood genre? Don’t people realize that our superstars are our superheroes? So where is the fun looking for logic?
            And, I will speak for myself, certainly have enjoyed the illogical outing of every superstar, be it SRK/Salman/Aamir.

          • I’m between you and Samar on this. I think had he looked physically better there the ‘getting rolled over’ simply would not have happened. On the other hand it’s true that he has more meaningful moments here but then the villain has even more of the film than Hrithik. In fact in some ways there’s as much of a difference between D3 and D2 on this score as that between D2 and D1. Abhishek leaves a mark nonetheless because of some of the factors you mention but it’s still a film in which Aamir gets everything. So yes he’s better but the villain’s getting a lot more too. But the physical bit cannot be underestimated. Without this one would never get to the ‘emotional moments’ stage. Where I’d disagree with Samar is that (and I’m not giving away anything here) but here too he engineers a certain ‘rift’. The other reason it might seem that he has a better deal is that despite having everything Aamir obviously isn’t the physical presence that Hrithik is (or that some other stars are for that matter). So I do see some of this. I just think it’s not enough to ‘restore’ anything remotely close to the original balance of the franchise though clearly some think otherwise.

  28. The HERO of the film really was neither aamir nor his twin nor abhishrek nor uday nor katrina

    But Aamirs ‘bike’ which due to some wierd vfx could contort into anything !! –submarine, conjoined bike, perhaps even a gal …(they didn’t show aamir ‘riding’ that ‘girl’ to avoid censor hassles)

    When is Satyam coming with his ‘second’ piece?

    http://satyamshot.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/dhoom-3-the-rest-of-the-box-office/#comment-237029

    “I did not check my Facebook account on mu mobile even once. I was riveted from start to end. Aliya says to Shahir in the film, “ The five minutes are long over. Now you can look away’. I have been trying’, Shahir replies.”
    Now c’mon utkal uncle –even we have cut down/stopped ‘face-booking’ but u seem to be overdoing it
    And whose this ‘aliya’ uve been troubling on fb–need to tell utkal aunty ! :-)

  29. @ utkal uncle –will come to your post later–sounds a nice piece (barring the usual hyperboles)
    But if I can humbly give u some ‘advice’ for the first time–
    Plz refrain for excessive facebooking /’net’working —
    And leave some thing for us poor guys also
    ‘Gandi baat’ :-)

  30. Two points.

    1. Film makers seem to have realized that they need to make mediocre movies in order to engage a large part of the audience. So movies like CE, K3 and D3 keep succeeding. Nd wheather someone cries foul, or weeps or disagrees. The trurh is that if a movie is making 100 cr on the weekend and greater than 200 cr lifetime. Then a seizable chunk of the movie going population does like the movie. We have to accept that, period.

    2. But the more interesting point here is as to why would the makers such as YRF (d3) & Roshans (k3) just shamelessly pick up concepts from hollywood movies ? Why cant folks be original. They have enough time.

    Yes no matter how silly CE was, it was altleast an original concept.

  31. [spoilers]

    Good review. Frankly, Dhoom 3 is the weakest of the 3 movies in my opinion. Dhoom2 for all its drawbacks was the most entertaining of the lot. Hrithik was stunning as the villain. Dhoom3 falls flat on its face. Stunts are repetitive. No creativity in bank robberies. Aamir played second Samar part well. But as Sahir I found him to be overacting big time. Clearly he had to match the gigantic expectations set up be Hrithik thus the forced extra effort. Abhishek played his part very well. His role was very real. In short, not entertaining at all. Disappointed

  32. @ abzee/Satyams ‘thoughts on dhoom3′

    I can’t hold it anymore.
    I didn’t want to ‘spoil this party’ and wanted to enjoy d3 hysteria and pro-anti D3 fan wars –which I am enjoying…

    As I said before, I’ve enjoyed d3 and aamir —
    The film will work/is working on the box office —
    but NOT due to these reasons outlined above mostly

    This is a v good piece of analytical writing and as many have pointed out OVERTHINKS the subject (though I credit it for making some v good points /allegories!)

    I would have put it SIMPLY

    this is a film that aims to give people their MONEYS WORTH and respects their money and time
    On Xmas hols and new year, most families want a good time and this tries to take the dhoom franchise forward and makes VALUE ADDITIONS

    some of them are CHEESY (slo mo fights and the police holding a ‘no violence stance’ against aamir; the blonde saying its ‘a thief’!! And so on)

    But it passes the ‘entertainment quotient’ for MOST of the TARGET audience –it’s as SIMPLE as that

    The average jo cares a DAMN about ‘TRACING THE MASALA ORIGINS FROM GHAJINI’–that’s BS!!!

    They are interested in an ENGAGING ENTERTAINING STRY TELLING THAT APPEALS TO THEIR VISUAL AND EMOTIONAL SENSES —

    The franchise
    Starcast
    Background Setting
    Yrf
    Katrinas brilliant item songs
    All ADD

    When I said –350 CR(WH)ORES IS AN APT ACHIEVABLE TARGET — I MEANT IT !!

    Can’t see ANYONE –not here not in this blog or elsewhere being STEADFAST ABOUT 350 crores

    D3 may/may not make it —
    But I’ve stuck to the fact that there is/was the potential–
    The opening weekend/Monday proves it …

    All the best for D3…

    But let’s not fall into the trap of OVERTHIKNIGN AND INTELLECTUALISATION where it’s not needed/not applicable

    Some things are best kept sim ep, –let’s keep it at that …

  33. Where’s your review satyam or did I miss it. There are some 600 responses in the other thread so could have missed it.

    • not yet.. but I’m probably watching it again tomorrow. will wait till then.

      • “not yet.. but I’m probably watching it again tomorrow”
        C’mon Satyam after your third viewing –plz come up with your second piece on d3 tonite.
        @ last count—two have gone into coma waiting for that piece. Hope they survive …
        And don’t worry–won’t attack that piece (just like I didn’t to this one lol)

        • Dhoom3-the ‘standout’ scene

          Have to agree with some aamir fans who hated D3-yes some portions were hilarious /atrocious!

          But they were ‘padded’ over by other elements.

          I’m surprised that NOBODY has mentioned the scene I liked most!
          Perhaps many didnt even notice it maybe or Im making too much fuss!!?

          But my negativity reduced after seeing that scene (that I ssusoect was aamirs addition!!)

          There’s a small scene where aamir ‘sees’ his ‘younger boy’ self and in a somewhat moving moment tries to ‘touch’ the boy/his own past-/
          But fails….

          this few seconds scene made D3 worth it for me!!

          Ps: it reminded me of another such scene from a film I saw recently this year—-/anybody who can pick that up will get a ‘gift’ from me …lol

          • It’s a big misconception that I don’t like aamir or d3–it the context …
            For eg–
            Just the scene i mentioned in the post above IMO was worth the viewing …may elaborate on this scene later maybe!
            But then , I’m as ‘misunderstood’ (like this film –in abzees words)…

  34. Utkal Mohanty Says:

    Apex;’ ” There’s a small scene where aamir ‘sees’ his ‘younger boy’ self and in a somewhat moving moment tries to ‘touch’ the boy/his own past-/
    But fails….”

    The scene can as well be from Raanjhanaa where Kundan is running after the younger Kundan dressed as Shiva.

  35. Hmmm…interesting. Personally went into the movie with some hype expecting at least a decent script. Nothing. One of the biggest issues I had with this movie was that even though it’s a heist movie, none of the heists are actually shown. How did Aamir (or Aamirs) pull off the heists? They just show the sections after the heist, which I thought took away from the essence of the Dhoom series. Katrina is there just for skin show in Kamli. There’s a lot of loopholes in the story, which were hard to look over. A bit of the VFX just looked bad which distracted. Song placement (except for Kamli) is another big downer.
    Now, that was a rant about the bad things. But, there were a lot of things I liked about the movie too. For example, Aamir just stole the show (as Sahir). Most people appreciated his Samar performance more, but I don’t want to go into that. The locations are pretty nice. It’s shot well. Most of the VFX does look good. Action, though not my style, fits the Dhoom series very well and is pretty well crafted. For once, the “antagonists” are actually shown as humans. I thought the backstory, though dragged, was a great thing to have. Personally enjoyed the 20 minutes or so where Samar becomes friends with Jai and goes on a date with whatever-her-face-is. It was a complete bore in the first half but picked up to be bearable in the second half.

    Just not enough to make me watch the film again. Being an Aamir fan, this is definitely a one or two time watch for me. I don’t know about non-fans.

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