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Dhoom 3 movie review-A visual delight, but too long.!

The much awaited third installment of the Dhoom franchise, where brawns meets bikes, men are superheroes, and women are sexy ladies on the floor, finally hits the screens. With an opulent scale, mind blowing locations , loaded weapons and bikes, and an ensemble star cast, D3 promises thrice the fun , in comparison to its previous two flicks. Straight up, Dhoom 3 is bang on your bucks being a  sheer visual delight, intertwined with brilliantly executed chase sequences, spectacular canvas and exquisite choreography, but its extensive length, sloppy second half and inconsistent characterization pulls down the film considerably.

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Set in the background of Chicago, Dhoom 3 revolves around  Sahir ( Aamir Khan), whose father ( Jackie Shroff) commits suicide after he fails to liquidate his debt to the bank to save his dream institution, the Great Indian Circus. His death triggers Sahir to take revenge on the acrid bank, and to fulfill his unfinished dreams. The skylines of the windy city act as the perfect platform for Sahir to execute his death defying stunts and plans, but in comes his nemesis Jai Dixit ( Bachchan) and his motor mouth friend Ali ( Uday Chopra), and thus begins the real game of Mind vs Machine.

Unlike the previous prequels, Dhoom 3 is rich in emotional quotient, which pitches in perfectly for a  superb canvas that unfolds , but the highlight of the film is its powerful action, which are an absolute class act and never seen before in Indian Cinema, With pulsating chase sequences on those high octane bikes, you are bound to be dazzled. Added to it, the lavish and rich production values and an interesting twist pre interval, and you have the perfect icing on the cake. But the film decidedly falls short of maintaining its momentum, and derails to an ordinary track during  post interval portions, with a completely avoidable romantic track between Alia (Katrina) and Sahir. The friendly banter between Jai and Ali too is subdued this time, with more focus on Sahir, his plans and his past. The film culminates effectively in its climactic portions, only after stretching and testing the viewers patience.

Performance wise, Uday Chopra is in great form, bringing the desired comic relief to the enterprise. Katrina kaif who has the least dialogues in the entire film, looks brilliant and dances amazingly, but is completely sidelined in terms of characterization. Abhishek bachchan is earnest, but , just like its prequels, he is ironically overshadowed by the antagonist. Ultimately, the film’s main focus is on Aamir, and unsurprisingly,  he delivers a magnetic performance. With beefed up abs/packs and toned up physique, Aamir gives Sahir his trademark chutzpah and agility, performing his acrobatic acts and stunts with complete dexterity. Yes,  he lacks the killing demeanour of Hrithik , but he makes it up with a sincere depiction of his characters angst and subtleness, and you end up empathizing for him profoundly.

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Music of the film is strictly average, with the stand out track being Malang and Tu hi Junoon, which are a delight to watch, though same cant be said for the title track.  A special mention of the action sequences here. Absolutely brilliant!!

Dhoom 3 would have been a rock solid entertainer had it tightened its screws on the length and script a bit. But nevertheless, keeping the nature of the franchise, D 3 scores high on its attitude and audacity, and is a must watch for its cool quotient.

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“Ek Tha Tiger” Movie Review- Flawed, but Entertaining. !

Movie: Ek Tha Tiger ;Genre: Action/Adventure; Producer: Yashraj Films; Director: Kabir Khan 

Its indeed laborious to review a Salman Khan flick. No matter what he does in those 3 hours of his screen time, he ends up garnering wolf whistles from his unparalleled and incomprehensible fan following, making his rather pedestrian movies last year(Ready, Bodyguard),  monstrous blockbusters.  The superstar is professedly going through the most sublime phase of his career, with each and every release of his carrying  gargantuan expectations, and  “Ek Tha Tiger” being  no exception.  Thankfully, “Ek Tha Tiger“doesnt end up being those pedestrian one man army “Salmanomania”films. Instead, this hugely anticipated movie , though grappled with a tacky and threadbare story line ,turns out be a refreshing cinematic experience.

The opening frame of the film booms with a dashing  entry of our unassailable RAW agent Tiger ( Salman) , crushing and evading the heavily armed assasins, amidst the dingy alleys in a city of Iraq.  Back home unharmed from his mission and after  imploring  his superior officer Shenoy ( Girish Karnad) for another assignment, he is dispatched to Dublin , to scrutinize a maverick professor ( a cameo by Roshan Seth), who is apparently exchanging integral information about RAW to the ISI. Tiger persuades his mission, and in the process , meets Zoya (Katrina), the caretaker of the professors house. In pursuing through this mission, he is faced with several revelations and surprises,  which virtually turns out to be a life changer for our desi agent.   

Staged as a espionage thriller, this film has several invigorating moments, especially the amorous romantic scenes  between Salman and Kat, which are indeed a delight to watch, proving once again their sizzling chemistry on screen. The humour sequences are fresh and natural, especially the scene where the lead stars introduce each other – To Katrinas statement ” I am Zoya, and friends call me Zee“, Salman replies ” I am Manish, and people call me Doordarshan“.

The entire film bears a  glistening and radiant canvas throughout, with some  exotic locales ( Ireland, Istanbul, Cuba), a typical Yashraj trademark, being stupendously captured. Added to this, an elegant musical score woven with striking choreography  ( “Banjara”, Mashallah  ”  the standout tracks), acts a feather to the cap. But its the action scenes of this flick which stands out due to its absolute novel execution- Salman using his jacket to stop a speeding train,  the chase sequence involving both Sallu and Kat, and the climactic sequence , where an injured Salman rides a bike and catches a flying plane, amidst explosions all around- deftly and proficiently executed.

The biggest let downer of this entire premise is a threadbare storyline, which makes the second half of the film a mere chase sequences woven part, after an engrossing first half. With a surprising revelation in the interval, the film zooms down completely in the latter half,  with several loopholes integrated into it.  What could have been a  tight espionage thriller with a more tighter screenplay and story , turns out to be just a ” Cat and Mouse” fare. Also, the usage  of a body double is prominent in some action sequences.

Performance wise, Salman is his usual self- Dapper and charismatic. But Ek Tha Tiger will be listed as one of his accomplished performances, as he exudes an earnestness to his character, demarcating it completely from his previous humdrum flicks. He is smashing in action sequences, and is absolutely charming in romantic and comic moments.  Katrina enacts her role perfectly, and stands neck to neck with Salman in every frame. It was really good to watch a heroine clutching a meaty role in a Salman flick,  a trend which has been missing in the past. Watch her in some kick ass action sequences, and you will be thoroughly entertained.  Accomplished actors ,  Girish Karnad and Ranvir Shorey fit into their parts perfectly.

Despite its blemishes, the fact that Ek Tha Tiger portrays Salman Khan more as a character , rather than a larger than life image , makes it a gratifying and satiating experience, and a testimony to the truth that Salman is an immensely capable actor.

But as I commented earlier, there is no point reviewing a Salman Film.  The film has embarked on a historic opening already, and might turn out to another gargantuan blockbuster.  As one of my colleagues said after coming out of the theatre ” Bahut dino ke baad seeti maarne ka mauka mila yaar

Watch it out for :  Brilliant action-chase sequences, exotic locales, superlative Katrina, and Salman- the actor. Keep a check on your expectations though.