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Dum Maro Dum  : Where’s the dum?
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Friday, April 22, 2011
Rohan Sippy
Abhishek Bachchan, Rana Daggubati, Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar
There was a lot this film could have done but ultimately there’s only Deepika’s item number on instant recall.

The plot: Middle class Lorry (Prateik), an underage Goan, gets entangled in a filthy mesh of drug peddlers headed by the big brother of Goa, Lorsa Biscuta (Aditya Panscholi). Aspiring for a scholarship to head to the US to be with his childhood sweetheart Tani, Lorry lands in jail instead. He’s been caught smuggling cocaine in his luggage. ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) is a bad-cop-turned-good who gathers a team of Mercy (Gantois Gomes) and Shinde (Govind Namdev) to clean up Goa. DJ Joki (Rana Dugabatti), madly in love with Zoey (Bipasha Basu), has done nothing to extricate her from the clutches of the dreaded drug mafia. So he resolves to stand up and do his bit at least for the naïve Lorry.

The good: The whole effect and locale of Goa, especially the rave atmosphere, are well created. The story by Shridhar Raghavan is dark and heavy and could have kept you in your seat till the end. The low-lit scenes by Amit Roy give a dusky and hazy feel to the scenes. Mit jaaye gham ( Deepika’s item number) steals the show. Rana Daggubati has an impressive personality, Prateik who plays a minor looks convincingly innocent. Bipasha is well-toned and pretty but doesn’t have much to contribute by way of performance. Abhishek Bachchan has started looking routine as a police officer but the Vidya-Abhishek chemistry is fresh. Director Rohan Sippy has gone into a genre few dare to tread. A pat on the back for that.

The bad: The film has a lot of unwanted drama – Vidya coming in intermittently and making the tough ACP go sob-sob, wasn’t really necessary. The ACP’s heavy heart could’ve been portrayed effectively in one well-written scene to establish him as a man on a mission. Popular rap song ‘Thayn thayn’ comes too randomly. The editing goes a bit haywire in places, especially in the multiple flashbacks. Also, an overdose of druggies might just end up being heavy on the head. It’s getting tiresome watching Abhishek as a cop. Aditya Panscholi too, doesn’t give a hard-hitting performance though his role could have packed in strength and power.
Given the genre and the subject, the film should have given the viewer an adrenaline rush but remains unexciting even in its tame, supposedly unconventional   climax

Overall: Wait for better-made noire cinema.
- Pooja Thakkar

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