April 23, 2011 12:13:14 PM IST Enkayaar, Glamsham Editorial
It indeed is a moment of deja vu for Abhishek Bachchan and Rohan Sippy as DUM MAARO DUM was released in Goa that it had to face volley of protests when the film was premiered in INOX in Goa. The trigger for protest was the perception that Goa has been presented in a wrong manner in DMD. But is it so? If one were to do a survey all over the country to ask which is the place in India that provides fultu masti, 99% of the respondents would name Goa as D place. It indeed is a destination where anybody and everybody try to unshackle, but in the bargain, the place has developed some bad name. Cinema tries to project the reality in its own manner, and protesting against the depiction as it has supposedly been done in DUM MAARO DUM would not ameliorate the situation.
Moot point is that if the local sentiments are hurt through the belief about a lopsided view, it is more so incumbent upon the protestors to arise in challenge and change the situation. Incidentally, Outlook magazine few months ago had come out with a real status report on the status of Goa, but it was not protested against. May be, cinema is the favorite whipping boy, as one gets their 10 seconds of glory by offering their sound bytes through scores of television channel interviews.
DUM MAARO DUM, in a sense is an attempt by Abhishek Bachchan to attempt to don the mantle of angry young man of the present times, and therefore the film has subtle references about DEEWAR and DON, may be as an element to portray the connect with the legend. For Rana Daggubati, DUM MAARO DUM could have been a heaven sent opportunity to make his mark in the world of Hindi cinema, but it has come unstuck primarily owing to the choice of the voice over, which is rather squeaky and feminine.
Inspite of these pitfalls, DUM MAARO DUM is a fast paced film, with good intermixing of zany cuts and slow motion movements on the screen (whether they have been inspired from the present day slow motion cricket shots being shown through IPL and the World Cup, one does not know), and it could be a good way to relive Goa. After all, most of the cinema viewing public that throngs the portals today at one point of the time or the other would have visited Goa, and marroed DUM there, so for the sake of that association lets DUM MAARO DUM.