Hrithik Roshan grabbed my attention from the moment he said “Game’s not over” in the teaser of Dhoom 2 and I went into the latest instalment of this action-packed franchise expecting nothing quite as special. So, in other words, I doubted Aamir Khan. I questioned what Vijay Krishna Acharya could bring to the table and to an extent, I was wrong.
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The film that is called Dhoom 3 featuring a star cast with music from Pritam and production from Yash Raj Films takes a very long time to get going; even longer than that sentence. The first hour of the movie was laughable. The overuse of slow motion was making me want to pull my hair, the story seemed irrelevant and the action scenes very awkward. Shooting out a zip wire and riding a motorbike on that wire just makes you wonder, who gives the green light for these moments? Not even the unbelievably sexy ‘Kamli’ track was enough to get me off my seat but then came ‘Malang’ and what followed after. With inspiration from a 2006 classic by Christopher Nolan, a twist in an otherwise generic storyline changed the entire outlook of Dhoom 3. Pieces of the puzzle that we didn’t even know were missing came together and the artist of that puzzle was Aamir Khan.
It’s honestly been said so many times but the man commonly referred to as ‘The Perfectionist’ has completely outdone himself here. The way he uses his body to communicate, his voice to disseminate and his eyes to shift from Sahir to… I won’t say much else. When I said I was wrong to an extent, I meant when I doubted Aamir. People will naturally compare the three but Hrithik Roshan and John Abraham fit into a completely different world of performance to that of Mr Khan’s. Whilst the former stars delivered on tough physique, great hairstyles and intimidating presence, Aamir purely acts. On Koffee with Karan recently, he says “I’m not saying I’m perfect. I’m still working on that” and of course he’s talking about himself as a person. However, I’m adamant that he has achieved near-perfect achievements as an actor.
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So just the way this review has been structured, Dhoom 3 starts slow and works its way up because of the brilliant of its lead actor. The rest of the guys contribute accordingly. Abhishek Bachchan is solid, Uday Chopra tries hard, Jackie Shroff does well and the child artist, Siddarth Nigam, is excellent. Katrina Kaif has nowhere near enough scope in the movie but I’m glad she was around for ‘Kamli’. If you’re not swept away by her dancing in this song, you’re not worthy of having an opinion on it. I think Vijay Krishna Acharya could have really done with tightening the script in the first half. Dhoom 3 desperately misses the action and VFX that was seen in Krrish 3. As for the future, I can only see Ranbir Kapoor taking the franchise further and we’re presuming 2016/17 but that’s a conversation for another day/month/year.
But to sum up, Aamir Khan is world class.