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The dominant sound in Vijay Krishna Acharya’s “Dhoom 3” is the revving up of a bike. The bike never quite takes off though, resulting in a lot of noise and smoke, but not much else.
Hyped as the biggest release of the year, and as the slickest action thriller to come out of India, “Dhoom 3” turns out to be a damp squib. For an action film, there is hardly any action – instead the 172 minute film is laden with an insipid romance and many other distractions that add nothing to the story except lengthen it further.
Even the action sequences aren’t clever – the bike that Sahir (Aamir Khan) uses can apparently travel on water, fire and in air – can combine with another bike to transform into another machine altogether, and even straddle a rope across two buildings. If the film had gone on any further, it might have solved world hunger.
Inspite of this magical bike, on which Sahir makes all his escapes – all of which seem inspired from “The Fast and Furious” and the Batman films – the action looks slick only because the other side stares open-mouthed as he makes these apparently great escapes. At one point you want to shake Abhishek Bachchan’s character and say “do something, don’t just stand there!”
Bachchan plays Jai Dixit, the intrepid police officer, who is referred to as “India’s top cop”, and is called in to Chicago, along with his deputy Ali (Uday Chopra) to solve a series of bank robberies that take place at different branches of the same bank. The thief leaves a note in Hindi and a smiling clown mask as his signature, and always manages to evade capture, zooming away on his bike before anyone can sight him.