'Goa meri jaan, jannat ki shaan. Par jannat mein bhi saanp baste hain, aur saale kya dass te hain,' utters ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) in the very first scene of Rohan Sippy's DUM MAARO DUM. It's an apt introductory line for the rollercoaster ride that follows.
Vishnu has been given the responsibility to 'clean' Goa which is 'high' on drugs because of the drug mafia, led by Lorsa Biscuta (Aditya Pancholi). Five years back, Vishnu used to be a corrupt cop. He was a 'Gandhi bhakt'. The Gandhi who was 'printed on notes'. But a terrible incident completely transformed him. And now he's all set to fight the bad guys.
Lorsa Biscuta had lured Zoe (Bipasha Basu), who used to be the girlfriend of Joki (Rana Daggubati) into his drug business. And now he's all set to ensnare Lorry (Prateik Babbar). It's further learnt that Biscuta is helped by a certain Michael Barbosa. What follows is a tumultuous journey which unravels as it proceeds.
Without wasting any time, Rohan Sippy introduces the main characters and their respective stories in the initial reels of the film. Though it gets a bit confusing to begin with, everything becomes lucid after a while. The taut first half is a perfect blend of style and substance. The intriguing characters and the plot manage to hold your attention. It's post the intermission that narrative drops slightly. The superfluous songs certainly don't help. Leaving the minor glitches aside, Rohan manages to create enough suspense with Michael Barbosa's character, which leads to a dexterous climax. You wish the extended climax was a bit short.
The kickass dialogues penned by Purva Naresh do wonders for the film. You have Joki telling Lorsa on the phone, 'Tumhare paas, bangla hai gaadi hai. Mere paas maal hai.' Amit Roy's cinematography shows Goa in a new light. Aarif Shaikh's editing is nice but the second half should have been tighter. Pritam music's is wonderful with Jiyein Kaun and Jaana Hai being the best numbers.
Rohan has worked with Abhishek in all his directorial ventures - KUCH NAA KAHO, BLUFFMASTER and now, DUM MAARO DUM. He has managed to get the best out of Abhishek this time. Abhishek delivers a splendiferous performance. He plays the eccentric cop to perfection. Rana Daggubati makes an impressive debut. Bipasha Basu is passable. Prateik Babbar is excellent. Aditya Pancholi isn't good in his bad act. Govind Namdeo is great.
DUM MAARO DUM is a 'dumdar' thriller with a riveting plot and splendid performances. You'll surely get 'high' on it.