memories of a weak Desi Boyz still
lingering at the back of my mind, I ventured to watch Rohit Dhawan's second
directorial venture with expected misgivings. But hey, Rohit's got it right
most of the way this time.
Chan's Rush Hour, the two-cop
partnership usually works well and when you have one tough silent hunk paired
with an exuberant youngster, there's lots of room to manoeuvre comedy into the
crime scene. Rohit Dhawan, along with screenplay writer Tushar Hiranandani
makes neat use of the premise to make a happy, goofy film about two cops on the
trail of a bookie who has kidnapped India's match-winning batsman Viraj.
alongside crime with a smattering of romance from a desi girl who picks pockets
just for kicks, is kept bubbling with cheesy dialogues by Hussain Dalal.
Shergill the no-nonsense Special Task Force officer a Sushma Swaraj type of
External Affairs minister dispatches to UAE from India. He'll find Viraj who
has gone missing after winning a match and just before an Indo-Pak final. Kabir
finds an unlikely partner in chatty but inept Dubai cop Junaid Ansari, born in
Shot entirely in Dubai and thereabouts, the
first half is packed with gags with Akshay Kumar hitting the right notes in a
guest appearance as the very rich and very gay Sam. Sandwiched between scenes
finding Viraj are comic moments like a phone call that Junaid keeps getting
from some Qureshi who doesn't like his face on a matrimonial site.
Akshaye Khanna also has a likeable cheekiness as Wagah, thus named because he
belongs to neither India nor Pakistan. Jacqueline Fernandes as Meera or Ishika
is the pickpocket who brings fun to the table and romance into Khadoos Kabir's
life. Even Rahul Dev as a baddie gets a good entry. Pritam's music has the
required tempo even if the tunes sound recycled.
hunk and Varun brimming with fun are perfectly cast. Saqib Saleem as star cricketer
Viraj and Akshaye Khanna bring freshness to the cast.
Dhawan scores in making a fun comedy without any vulgarity. Even the famous
scene of John and Varun in briefs is not crude sex comedy. In fact
it's amusing with Akshay Kumar passing suitably
gay asides like, "Their father must be a baker, they have such cute
all this, the plot somewhat weakens as there's little action especially in the
climax. Stronger writing was required to keep it gripping all the way. But
Parineeti Chopra rejuvenates it when she joins in at the end.
fresh, young film that tickles the funny bone, Dishoom gets 3* rating.
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