So I’m usually let down by Bollywood movies. There’s always too many songs, and complex love stories. And anyone who knows me, knows I really hate those sorts of cliches. However, with that being said, I really enjoyed the film Dhoom 2 (2006). Maybe it was the opening scene that did it for me. We see a shot of the queen and her crown being guarded, juxtaposed with Mr. A (played wonderfully by Hrithik Roshan) parachuting out of the sky, immediately creating the image of an upcoming heist on the crown.
The scene really did juice up my excitement, of this movie being less of the aforementioned cliches and more of the focus dedicated to the intricacies of the plot/characters’ life. I guess this was mirrored in the complex nature of the numerous amount of heists that take place throughout the film.
Aaaand then came the atypical love story that is so rife throughout Bollywood films. However, rather than focusing on the couple, this romance addition seemed to help the movie in its main story of protagonist – Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) – vs the antoganosit, Mr. A. Moreover, the on screen relationship between Aishwarya Rai (playing the equally mesmerising thief, Sunheri) and Hrithik, seemed to add some warmth to the film as a whole.
Talking about the film as a whole, it was a truly immersive experience; one that made me rethink my
outdated stance on the Bollywood genre. The stunts were inundated throughout, while keeping the essence of the film remaining intact. They added to the nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat action on which the film was wrapped around. Some of the other are Dhoom 3 (2013) and Don 2 (2011). Overall, the film was a cinematic brilliance, and more should be produced like it.
Don 2. (2011) Akhtar, F. Mumbai, India: Excel Entertainment. [Film].
Dhoom 2. (2006) Gadhvi, S. Mumbai, India: Yash Raj Films. [Film].
Dhoom 3. (2013) Acharya, V.K. Mumbai, India: Yash Raj Films. [Film].