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Dhoom 2 - Movie Review

Published: December 2, 2009


Dhoom 2
Dhoom 2 (2006)

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan, Bipasha Basu, Uday Chopra

Action has long been a flourishing genre in Bollywood, but it is perhaps the genre least associated with Hindi film in the minds of Westerners. But however incongruent action and musical numbers may seem at first, the two are perfect compliments—both are spectacles, after all—as evidenced in any number of Hindi action flicks, including one of the finest, Dhoom 2.

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes the sequel is better than its predecessor, and while the action hit Dhoom (2004) is solidly entertaining, the second installment far surpasses it.

Abhishek Bachchan reprises his role as police detective Jai Dixit. Uday Chopra is back as Ali, a reformed small-time crook who has earned a spot on the police force. Rimi Sen returns, briefly, as Jai’s wife Sweety, who is now pregnant and even more relegated to the sidelines of Jai’s life than she was in the first movie.

Three new characters are introduced. Shonali (Bipasha Basu) is a police investigator and Jai’s old college friend. Ali—still a failure with women but ever hopeful—has a major crush on her, but she only has eyes for Jai. His marriage is in no danger though—at least from infidelity—Jai is as indifferent to Shonali’s charms as he is to his wife’s. The two villains are Aryan (Hrithik Roshan), known in the beginning only as “A,” a tech wiz and master of disguises who breaks into high-security places all over the world, and Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai), a copycat thief who’s trying to beat Aryan to the prizes.

Aryan is a bored genius who craves stimulation and only feels challenged by near-impossible heists. At different times, he impersonates a goofy teenager, an austere priest, a doddering janitor, and Queen Elizabeth II. Roshan assumes each identity with a glee that conveys Aryan’s childlike spirit. Physically, though, he’s quite a specimen of a man, and he shows off his ripped bod every chance he gets. He develops a white-hot connection with Sunehri, his adversary-turned-partner, who impresses him with her boldness, tenacity, and stunning beauty. (The two share a passionate kissing scene that was controversial because of its intensity.)

Once again, the dull, glum Jai seems like no match for the colorful criminals, but he’s sneaky smart, always thinking several moves ahead of his opponent—and the audience. Jai and Ali follow the thieves from Mumbai to Rio, where they are planning to steal rare coins from a museum. (Dhoom 2 was the first major Hindi film to be shot in Brazil, where Bollywood is quite popular.)

When Aryan and Sunehri aren’t snatching priceless valuables and running from the cops, they burst into song, to revel in all the fun they’re having. Roshan dances with abandon, and Rai swirls in his arms—not in saris but sassy outfits—to catchy pop tunes on MTV-style sets—before dashing off again, with Jai hot on their heels.

Dhoom 2 is rated Must See.

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