Movie Review: Dishoom (2016)

Box Office: TBA

John_Abraham's_Dishoom_posterDISHOOM starts off with a well-planned kidnapping of Indian cricket team’s ace cricketer Viraj Sharma (Saqib Salim) by the dreaded Altaf (Rahul Dev), at the behest of Wagah (Akshaye Khanna) during a cricket series in the Middle East. The reason for Wagah to kidnap Viraj Sharma is to bail himself out of the Rs. 400 crore worth of debts that he has got himself into because of his match fixing deals going south. When the Indian government gets to know that Viraj Sharma has been kidnapped and that too, just 36 hours before the crucial and the much awaited India-Pakistan match, they decide to put their best police officer Kabir Shergill (John Abraham) on the job. Fearing national unrest and tension, they instruct Kabir Shergill not to utter a word to anyone about Viraj Sharma’s kidnapping. When the news reaches the embassy of the Middle East, they immediately become ready to offer all kind of possible help to Kabir Shergill. That’s when Kabir Shergill chooses the ‘never-solved-any-case’ police officer Junaid (Varun Dhawan), who is only way too happy to be chosen for the task of finding Viraj Sharma. What happens after that are a series of twists and turns, oodles of roller coaster ride and adventure tales of Kabir and Junaid and their parter in crime Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez) who is a petty thief. Will Kabir Shergill be able to trace out Viraj Sharma before the India-Pakistan match, what role does Junaid play in tracing of Viraj Sharma and whose side is Ishika on and will she be of any help towards solving the mystery behind the kidnapping of India’s key player is what forms the rest of the film.


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Positive Reviews
3.5 “DISHOOM has a predictable storyline. However, the engaging narrative, coupled with rich visuals and high octane action work in the favour of the film.”
3.0 “If this does turn into a franchise, I have one request for Rohit – can the Akshay Kumar character also be a lead?”
Anupama Chopra
3.0 “Dishoom is Varun Dhawan all the way”
Rediff: Raja Sen
3.0 “Go for DISHOOM if you love John and/or Varun or you are looking for a harmless fun.”
3.0 “Despite the potholes, Dishoom is a fun for most part. “
3.0 “‘Dishoom’ is an out and out pot boiler film which does have its moment where logic can be questioned.”
3.0 “Varun Dhawan, John Abraham are the new ‘bade miyan chhote miyan’!”
3.0 “Watch the film for its comedy and action.”
Average Reviews
2.5 ” Varun Dhawan packs a punch”
Rediff: Sukanya Verma
2.5 “Rohit Dhawan’s film is high on style but extremely low on content. Laden with cliches, this script is poor.”
2.5 ” It’s a formula potboiler that serves the purpose of entertainment if you’re looking for some light moments.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Dishoom doesn’t land a single half-decent punch. “
NDTV Movies
2.0 “watch the film only for Varun Dhawan’s antics or for Akki’s delightfully wicked cameo.”
2.0 “If you are die-hard fan of Varun & John, then you can put this movie on your watch list!”
2.0 “This John Abraham, Varun Dhawan film fails to zip-zap-zoom”

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