This film is so cool, you probably need sun glasses to watch it. Unlike its thriller predecessors like Sanjay Gupta's KAANTE, Vikram Bhatt's ELAAN and Rajiv Rai's ASAMBHAV, DUS isn't phoney-cool. Nor does It doesn't seem like a poor country cousin of the DIE HARD and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series. Sure, the screenplay writers Yash and Vinay have borrowed huge chunks-sometimes without alteration-from several Hollywood actioners. And the whole cool-dude attitude that every protagonist wears like designer clothes is straight of the ultra-chic MEN-IN-BLACK prototype that serves as an imperialistic role model for large-screen heroism.
Nevertheless you have to hand it to Anubhav Sinha. He handles the extra-large canvas and cast with a pulsating panache. The hectic heaving lurching but steady narrative never allows us to dwell on the absurd and wild liberties taken with time and space to accommodate the breakneck pace. As Sinha transports his characters from Delhi to Calgary on a mission to save the world (or it it just the Indian prime minister?) from international terrorism, he makes sure the film doesn't take itself too seriously.
DUS is an interesting mix of action and reaction, of satire and spoof, of desire and frisson. The characters are derived from westwards but driven by homespun emotions. While they wear their languorous attitude till the last dying scream on the superbly assembled soundtrack, they also take time off to their dal-chawal act. There's a contrived 'sagaai' song where, in subtle-toned hints, Sinha lets us know in webbed whispers that there is a kind of triangular tussle among the bride-to-be (Dia Mirza, in a blink-and-miss role) her fianc?e and Zayed Khan who's the bride's brother Sanjay Dutt's subordinate. But it's the men who matter. After SARKAR last week here again is a film that focuses on masculine motivations with almost single-minded devotion, so much so that even Shilpa Shetty is one of the guys. Tall lissome and utterly devoid of oomphy coquettishness she delivers the kick in the villain's groin with as much panache as her male colleagues.