'Dhoom 3': Intriguing, Enrapturing , Unfinished...

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Film: "Dhoom 3"; Cast: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra; Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya; Rating: ***

There is a secret that this intriguing film springs at us mid-point. Alas, the secret,if one may call it that, only contours the film's most well-known fact: this is an Aamir Khan show all the way. And he gets to give his most over-the-top performance - some of which looks like a dig at Shah Rukh Khan's "My Name Is Khan", since, hold your breath, Dharmesh Darshan's "Mela".

Okay ...let's say it out loud...there are two Aamir Khans in "Dhoom 3". Twin brothers out to have some serious fun at the cost of the city of Chicago where the cops, we get to know, are so dumb they need help from their Indian counterparts. Which is really ironical when considered in the context of present-day political relations between India and America.

But this, as we know, is Chicago as seen through the eyes of the architects of the Dhoom franchise. Director Vijay Krishna Acharya who helms this avatar of Dhoom furnishes a fabulous style to the proceedings. The frames are beautifully lit. Sudeep Chatterjee's cinematography knows recognizes acknowledges and records beauty in every form, from the architecture to Katrina Kaif.

The preamble with Jackie Shroff playing a magician on the skids, is done up in shades of shimmering discontent suggesting a deep fracture in the plot separating the haves from the have-naughties.

A sense of twinkle-eyed mischief never abandons the narrative. And thank God for a sense of humour to back up the boy-toys that the grownups seem to be playing with. Gimmicky props are constantly brought up for consideration. Sleek motorcycles that turn into motorboats in green-blue canals, magicians' tricks which show up at any given moment, twins who swap roles without warning...

There is a tremendous sense of fun and games in the goings-on. But there is also a deep sense of tragedy underlining the playfulness. Sombre ramifications accentuate the bevy of bacchanalia. The finely framed-out film finally comes to a very sad conclusion where the theme of the twin is seen as a mirror-image that's wiped out under pressure.

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Source: IANS
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