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Dhoom 3: Got the Dhoomph!

Post by Tinkerbell on 2013-12-22, 15:25

Because I stay on the 21st floor, these days my liftman - a film buff - and I have some long, enlightening conversations about movies. Enlightening for me at any rate. It doesn't help that the elevator itself is moody and takes its own sweet time to reach the top. When I got in to get home after watching Dhoom 3, seeing the worried look on my face, he knew exactly where I'd been and what I was thinking. Here is a roughly translated transcript:

Liftman: I saw Dhoom 3 too you know.
Me: Oh didn't wait for the review?
Liftman (scoffs): Your review? Good joke. I saw what you do with Bhai's films. You know what your problem is?
Me: What?
Liftman: You care too much for the story. For plot. For logic.
Me: Nothing to care for here considering they've borrowed from...
Liftman: Borrowed, shorrowed. You're probably going to make some reference to some vague European film that only the director and you have seen.
Me: Actually I was referring to [massive mainstream Hollywood director's name here] and his [best film].
Liftman: Have I seen it? No. End of discussion. So for me, this story is 100% original! It's really that simple.
Me: Still, the loopholes...
Liftman (slamming button panel in frustration that will cause at least 5 more stops midway): You think I went to watch the film for the loopholes?
Me: Then?
Liftman: It's Dhoom man! It's about Jai, Ali, bikes, Katrina and that god of acting Aamir Khan!
Me: Did you just list 'bikes' with the actors?
Liftman: Bikes are a character man! They are central to the franchise. And they have BMW's here. No bikes, no zoom, no Dhoom.
Me: No Abhishek, no Uday, no Dhoom?
Liftman: What? You didn't like Abhi's swagger, or the comic relief Uday brought?! He represents us in the film you know, the aam aadmi.
Me: BMW and aam-aadmi in the same breath? I think you're pushing it there. Liftman: I only push buttons, nothing more. And that's precisely why I blow my savings on a film like this. 3 hours of non-stop energy. Did you see that 15-minute chase sequence involving not only bikes but cars, boats, and helicopters! It is the greatest chase sequence in the history of Bollywood. What a rush for liftman like me!
Me: Well, if every shot wasn't showboated in slow-mo, the film would've been significantly shorter and the VF... Liftman: VFX? Did you see Katrina's intro scene? That is VFX. How can anyone be so smoking hot and dance and act like that? That Kamli song! Alone worth the price of admission for me. Ahh.
Me: Ahh... I must agree with you there. Liftman: I see you're coming to your senses. Her love story angle tugged sharply at my heartstrings. That's Bollywood for you. No Hollywood action movie can get you all dewy-eyed the way Aamir manages with his intensity.
Me: He really was intense. Is there such a thing as too intense? Even every hand gesture was intense...
Liftman: Here's a hand gesture for you. (Gives me one). Me: Are we there yet? Liftman: Anyway, what did you like about Dhoom 3?
Me: I thought it looked spectacular! The cinematography, costume, art, stunts... I've never seen anything like it in a local film.
Liftman: All you critics basically same thing... "Story doesn't work but it looks good."

Ding! I scurried out having lost a little piece of my dignity but grudgingly gaining quite another perspective.

(Review by Karan Anshuman)


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