DISHOOM effectively teams John Abraham and Varun Dhawan in this entertaining cookie cutter buddy-cop action comedy that should primarily please fans of both the stars.
Writer director Rohit Dhawan in his second film (DESI BOYZ previous) mixes the known cliches of the genre with the inherited buffoonery from his father David Dhawan and smartly uses the otherwise dashing but acting wise 'stubborn' skills of John Abraham with the proven crowd pleasing allure of Varun Dhawan to make an entertaining odd couple of cops who join forces to find India's top batsmen kidnapped for a ransom by a bookie.
Serving nothing in terms of imagination to the buddy cop genre pioneered by the father of Asian Cinema - Akira Kurosawa's 1979 STARY DOG, DISHOOM at the most gets better in style and swagger from Bollywood's buddy cop dramas that are limited to either a 48 HRS 'inspiration' - ANDAR BAHAAR (starring Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff) or chapters in buffoonery - BADE MIYAN CHOTE MIYAN (starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda -DISHOOM even has its title track played in the background in one of the scenes). The 'RUSH for some good 'HOUR's of 'LETHAL WEAPON's in this genre is still awaited.
Rohit with his writing ally Tushar Hiranandani and Hussain Dalal (dialogues) begin with the kidnapping of India's top ranked batsmen Viraj Sharma (Saqib Salim) in the Middle East. In the next 36 hours India has to play arch rival Pakistan in the finals.
The Indian authorities deploy a very 'tandurust'
(well maintained) 'choost'
(agile) but a khadoos
(hard, emotionless, serious) officer Kabir Shergill (John Abraham) to Gulf to find the cricketer.
A happy go lucky who has scored zero in solving any case Junaid (Varun Dhawan) becomes his partner to solve the crime.
What follows in the adventures of Kabir and Junaid who call 'K' and 'J' to each other but otherwise a surprise, surprise Akshay Kumar in that surprise, surprise bad 'gay' man, a 'pocket maar'
(petty theif) Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez), a good Akshay Khanna as the bad villainous bookie are enough for an harmless fun for those who demand only entertainment and nothing more in this formulaic.
Rohit successfully gets the basics of this genre right. A loving camaraderie between John and Varun is successfully established and they both bring in their flair, swagger and style.
Rohit improves as a director from DESI BOYZ; he is good while helming comic moments but he needs to get better on drama and intense scenes which fall flat. Here he could have manipulated the 'patriotic' angle to a winning effect but fails. The director takes cinematic liberties like they are on sale at the nearest mall.
Technicalities are fine with some good action by Allan Amin, Stefan Richter coming towards the end.
DISHOOM is rightly dominated by John and Varun. The movie cashes on their potentials. John as the poker faced no nonsense cop is perfectly casted and does well.
Varun Dhawan stamps himself as an 'entertainer' with this film. Jacqueline Fernandez shows some acting in that interrogation scene. DISHOOM is a warm welcome back of Akshaye Khanna who is brilliant as the baddie. Rahul Dev is fine. Saqib Salim does well. Nargis Fakhri and Parineeti Chopra are okay.
Veteran cricketers Javed Miandad, Mohinder Amarnath and Atul Wasan also do their bit.
And last but not the least, 'Khiladi' Kumar - Akshay Kumar as a bad gay man steals the show. He is hilarious in that cameo and worth a ticket.
Pritam's music helps in keeping the momentum going. Title track is the best of the lot. Abhijit Vaghani's background score is as the doctors ordered. Ayananka Bose's cinematography is eye candy. Editors - Nitin Rokade and Ritesh Soni's scissors do good work in the first half.
DISHOOM lacks imagination, it's formulaic but John and Varun make it watchable. Go for it if you love John and/or Varun or you are looking for a harmless fun.