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Dum Maaro Dum – movie review

An edgy thriller with a strong emotional quotient


Dum Maaro Dum - movie review

Rohan Sippy’s Dum Maaro Dum is an edgy thriller with a strong emotional quotient.
Goa. Paradise on Earth. But every paradise has a few snakes.

Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport… and change forever. Dum Maaro Dum movie review…

Lorry (Prateik) is a student on the verge of following his girlfriend to a US University. But when his scholarship gets rejected, his life threatens to spiral out of control, until he meets a smooth talking hustler who promises to get it back on track. For a small price. His soul.

ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) is a self destructive cop fleeing his own past; Kamath is given the job of destroying the brutal local and international drug mafia in Goa. As he begins his ruthless, relentless campaign and takes on the murky drug world… he discovers nothing is what it seems.

DJ Joki (Rana Daggubati) is a local musician and a mute spectator to what is happening around him. Joki drifts aimlessly through life after an encounter with the drug mafia cost him everything he held dear. Today he discovers history has a nasty habit of repeating itself. Will he finally have the guts to take a stand?

Bipasha Basu plays Zoe who is an aspiring airhostess who saw her dreams turn to dust. Zoey in a way represents Goa itself. A child of the hippy generation, a mix of local and foreign culture, innocence and beauty have gradually been replaced by cynicism and abuse.

Dum Maro Dum film begins with Lorry’s background and straight away merges in a flashback showing ACP Vishnu Kamath’s past. Even as the ACP’s past is getting established, it jumps to Zoe and Joki’s relationship. Editing is quite sharp in the first half.

Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit (Aditya Pancholi)
A ruthless local businessman, the Biscuit has his finger in every Goan pie, legal or illegal. The point person between all the various Mafias operating in Goa, the Biscuit finds himself pushed to the extreme limit with Kamath’s arrival. But he knows who to turn to:

A mysterious shadow
The ultimate drug kingpin. Many names, many identities but no ne knows who he is…
We hurtle into the by lanes, beach shacks and the raves of Goa with Lorry as his life spirals out of control, with Joki as he tries to redeem the past and with Kamath as he goes no-holds-barred after the mysterious shadow figure behind it all…

Punctuated with a soundtrack that moves from pulsating dance tracks to haunting Konkani songs, shot right in the midst of the teeming international tourist hotspots, Dum Maaro Dum takes you on a dramatic, thrilling trip filled with twists, turns, suspense… and a shocking finale!

Manas Choudhury has got it perfect with his sync sound and recording every kind of ambient noise, Garima Mehta the Line Producer has realistically captured the look and feel of Goa in all its colours and vibrancy.

Deepika Padukone has a special appearance in the electrifying number of Dum Maaro Dum (originally the classic song Dum Maaro Dum from Dev Anand’s film Hare Rama Hare Krishna) and the director has emphasized in creating unique composition depicting love, regret, loss, redemption, greed, rage and hope.

Abhishek Bachchan’s character lies in his shade of grey. Laughing outside, seething inside. Rana Daggubati has great screen presence and is perfectly chilled out Goan character of Joki. Prateik as the typical middle class youngster does well, Bipasha Basu as Zoe is very attractive and has depth and vulnerability in her character. Vidya Balan has a special cameo as the ACP’s wife. Deepika Padukone sizzles in the item number Dum Maro Dum. Aditya Pancholi appears menacing as the don Lorsa Biscuta

This thriller – Dum Maaro Dum has fine punchy dialogues and excellent cinematography specially the one which captures the night scene in a local market apart from other scenes of sun-kissed beaches of Goa and the gritty glamour of rave parties, cocaine and formidably toned women wearing as little as possible.

Cast of Dum Maaro Dum-
Abhishek Bachchan – ACP Vishnu Kamath
Bipasha Basu – Zoe
Prateik Babbar – Lorry
Rana Daggubati – DJ Joki
Aditya Pancholi – Lorsa Biscuta
Deepika Padukone special appearance in Dum Maro Dum

Credits & Crew of Dum Maaro Dum –
Production House – Studio Fox Star Studios & Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
Produced By Ramesh Sippy
Directed by Rohan Sippy
Screenplay By Shridhar Raghavan
Lyricist – Jaideep Sahni
Music Director – Pritam
Director of Photography – Amit Roy
Film Editor – Aarif Sheikh
Production Design Team – CROP
Art Director – Shazia Zahid Iqbal
Sound Recordist – Manas Choudhury
Costume Designer – Falguni Thakore
Associate Producer – Roopa De Choudhury
Executive Producer – Hussain Shaikh
Dum Maaro Dum – movie review