If any of you have been keeping up with Koffee with Karan, you’ll know that Aamir Khan claimed he chose to do Dhoom 3 based on its script. Strange considering it doesn’t really have one. He also claimed if there’s one thing Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan have that he doesn’t, it’s style. I’ve chosen to put two and two together and conclude that he just wanted to ride a motorbike on-screen in the hopes of looking cool. Fortunately, his bike is pretty much just a transformer and does that job for him.
Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya (scriptwriter of the first two Dhoom films), Dhoom 3 is about Sahir (Siddharth Nigam), a young boy who lives in Chicago with his father (Jackie Shroff), that struggles to keep his failing circus company alive. Not meeting the demands of the bank, his father kills himself, leaving Sahir to fend for himself. Distraught with his father’s death, Sahir grows up (Aamir Khan) to become a vengeful thief, in the attempt to put the same bank owner out of business. This brings in the cop-duo of Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra), who attempt to help the Chicago police in nabbing the culprit, but end up getting sent away because, well…they don’t. The film continues with lots more chasing and footage of Aamir Khan’s transformer bike and a silly twist, thrown in with a few song-and-dance routines by body doubles, and after three long hours, ends with a predictable climax. Oh and, Katrina Kaif shows up briefly too.
Unfortunately, the film lacks a) continuity; you can count the number of times Aamir Khan rides past the same 7-11 after his first heist, b) chemistry; Katrina Kaif is at least three inches taller and makes an extremely awkward pair with Aamir Khan, who possibly has more on-screen chemistry with himself, c) concision; it’s high time Bollywood learnt how to tell stories without going round in circles and keeping it within the 120-minute mark, and d) a costume designer; 48 years old and leather pants? A tad ambitious.
The film does however, include some exceptional Christopher Nolan-inspired sequences, a commendable child actor, some great choreography (albeit the underwhelming music), and Katrina Kaif doing her best: looking hot with three lines to say.
Dhoom 3 comes close to being as slick and stylish as Hollywood films, a feat many Indian action filmmakers have aspired to achieve, but unfortunately lacks a great deal of substance and good performances by an ensemble cast. While most people think having Aamir Khan in the lead role is half the battle won, I personally believe this has been his worst performance till date; it seems forced and unnatural. I might need to rewatch Dhobi Ghat to remind myself why I like him.