Dum toh thoda hai boss!
‘Dum Maro Dum’, the film title based on the hit song of the 70s from the classic gem of a film, ‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’ is a cop action thriller revolving around the drug mafia rampant in Goa. Abhishek Bachchan plays ACP Kamath who’s out to redeem himself after the death of his family in a car accident. Lorry (Prateik Babbar) is a young student who wants to go to the US for further studies along with his cute girlfriend but lack of fund forces him to take an illegal way and finds himself behind bars. Rana Duggabatti (as DJ Joki) is ex boyfriend of Zoe (Bipasha Basu) and too wants to redeem himself for letting Zoe go astray by trying to save Lorry. In the chain of events, their lives are interconnected by drugs…
The story (Shridhar Raghavan) seems to be a rehash of the 90s mafia films such as the Naseeruddin Shah starrer ‘Jalwa’ and offers nothing new to the audience. The screenplay is loose in parts especially in the second half. The dialogues too in parts are cliché just like the climax of the film which is oh so predictable. Using Goan youngsters in the story plot and their plights in achieving their dreams is workable. And it’s the acts by the star cast that makes it worth watching the film to some extent in which Abhishek stands out. Rana Duggabatti is here to stay. Bipasha is hot while Anaitha Nair as Lorry’s girlfriend is yes, cute. The baddie played by Aditya Panscholi is okayish. Music by Pritam is good in parts and the rehashed titled track ‘Mit Jaaye Gum’ scorches the screen for its sheer music and the sizzling Deepika Padukone. Can’t say the same about the silly lyrics that uses likes ‘Aaj mere liye chair kheench raha hai, kal meri shirt kheenchega’ and ‘Uche se ucha banda, potty pe baithe nanga’. Was there a need for baby lyrics? Abhishek Bachchan’s rap song ‘Thyan Thyan’ too sounds pleasant to listen to.
What works for the film other then a bit of acting is the classic styling of the film and camera work by Amit Roy. Goa never looked that good despite its rave parties and firangs on the beach. Direction by Rohan Sippy is good. And one glittering moment in the film was the presence of Vidya Balan albeit briefly as Abhishek’s wife. The background score by Medival Punditz goes with the mood of the film. Editing (Arif Shaikh) is crispy though second half could have been tighter. Despite all the minor glitches, you can definitely sit through this film if you have nothing lined up to pass away your time. If you can stomach ‘Dabangg’, you’ll definitely have a bit of dum to savor this ‘Dum Maro Dum’. So enjoy it!