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    Story: ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan) had hit rock bottom in his career and his personal life, when he suddenly gets a second chance at redemption. He is given the prestigious, yet dangerous mission of cleaning up Goa of its all-pervasive illegal drug mafia. Pitted against the powerful drug lord Lorsa Biscuta (Aditya Pancholi), a corrupt police department and a host of innocents trapped in the trade -- Bipasha and Prateik Babbar -- will the diehard cop succeed in this operation? He does find welcome help from the local DJ, Joki (Rana Daggubati) who wants to extricate the innocents, specially his girlfriend Zoey (Bipasha Basu) from the dragnet.

    Movie Review: There's something about Abhishek Bachchan and his cop act. It always works, unlike most of his other screen avatars. Till date, Dhoom remains one of his most memorable performances, where his savoir faire as the sassy policeman stood up commendably to the charisma of the bad guys, John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan. Dum Maaro Dum reiterates the fact that Abhishek seems to be a natural charmer when it comes to slipping into the shoes of a quintessential somewhat crooked-somewhat straight cop. His body language, his dialogue rendition, his lazy zeal and laidback attitude, adds a cutting edge to the character of ACP Vishnu Kamath, Goa's desi Bruce Willis (Diehard) who plays the game according to his own rules.

    And Abhishek isn't alone in crafting a host of riveting characters who lend a special cadence to the film. There is Prateik Babbar and Anaitha Nair's teen love story that goes awry, once Prateik gets embroiled in illegal activities. There is Bipasha Basu and Rana Daggubati's bindaas beach romance that lights up the screen intermittently. There is Mafioso Aditya Pancholi and his mean guy act which flashes fire and brimstone. And there is the cop camaraderie between Abhishek and his team that adds substance to the proceedings. All the characters are credible and immensely watchable.

    Further more, there is the stylization of the film and its dramatic narration that makes it a compelling watch. The film slags in places and needs tightening, but the lull is followed by a tangy twist in the tale, which makes up for the occasional yawn. Shridhar Raghavan writes a thrilling cops and robbers tale which has some quirky banter scripted by Purva Naresh. Add to this Goa captured in glowing colours by cinematographer Amit Roy and a peppy music score by Pritam, and director Rohan Sippy gives you a film that keeps the popcorn crackling, till the very end. So much so, you don't actually mind the `potty' lyrics, as Deepika Padukone adds a dusky sheen to them with the Deepika shake. Of course, there's Vidya Balan too, with her winning smiles, in a brief cameo, proving once again that she's the most in-sync co-star for Abhishek Bachchan. Remember Paa?

    This one's complete paisa vasool fare.

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    Performances: Abhishek's a cool cop, Rana Daggubati makes a dashing debut, Prateik Babbar's credible, Bipasha Basu still smoulders and Aditya Pancholi is an interesting bad guy.

    Direction: Rohan Sippy tells a zippy story, packaging it with the right twists and turns.

    Story: Shridhar Raghavan is on familiar ground, with flair.

    Dialogues: Purva Naresh scripts interesting conversations amongst the sundry characters.

    Cinematography: Amit Roy captures Goa with its grandeur and grime.

    Music: Midival Punditz pitches in an eclectic background score and Pritam Singh creates some peppy numbers.

    Choreography: Deepika Padukone's title track simmers, despite the questionable lyrics.

    Rating: 3.5 / 5
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    Dum Maaro Dum' is a decent watch though one strongly believes that if only the momentum as created at the beginning would have sustained till the end, this keenly antcipated film could have been a new chapter in the genre of suspense thrillers.

    At the very onset you realise that Sippy was pretty clear about the direction he wanted 'Dum Maaro Dum' to take. The cards are laid out well with Abhishek Bachchan bringing on the angry young man avtar that his illustrious dad had patented in the 70s. So one gets to see the hero, a villain [Aditya Pancholi - pretty much modelled on the lines of Ajit and Prem Nath] and smuggling of 'maal', in this case - drugs.

    You do become a part of all the action, especially around the time when Prateik finds himself caught after being mislead into being a career of drugs. Even though another lead protagonist, Rana Daggubati, stays on to be a silent spectator for most of the times, especially when his girlfriend (Bipasha Basu) too strays a distance away, you are gripped into the storyline courtesy Abhishek who is pretty much in form here.

    The second half does tend to go a little haywire at a place or two, especially when the drama shifts to Rana-Bipasha story that threatens to kill the ultra strong build up that was put together by Rohan and his team during the first half. Still, in every interaction that Abhishek has with Aditya and the other thrilling moments that come at regular intervals, 'Dum Maaro Dum' does get back on track.

    However what happens during the last 20 minutes is what pulls back 'Dum Maaro Dum' in a big way. Revealation of suspense is bound to see extreme reactions coming it's way as it just a little too convenient. That too could have been okay but the biggest sacrilege that the writer makes is to totally sideline Abhishek Bachchan's character which leaves one with a sense of emptiness.

    If one puts aside the (anti) climax, 'Dum Maaro Dum' still has good things to offer at least during the first half. The series of events that lead to Prateik being arrested (the one involving a bag), the interaction between Abhishek and the Minister, 'Thayn Thayn' which actually takes forward an important sequence - each of the sequences make you totally engrossed in the narrative.

    Unfortunately though the second half is marred by some mediocre sequences. Aditya Pancholi is defeated a little too conveniently, Vidya Balan's (playing Abhishek's dead wife) repeated 'spirit' act doesn't make you emotional while the hunt for the main villain eventually leads to nowhere.

    Technically though the film is top notch with Goa being captured like never before. Background score is top notch and the narrative pattern (especially in the first half) reminds one of films like 'Snatch' and 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. Dialogues are terrific for most part of the film, especially the ones mouthed by Abhishek.

    Abhishek seems effortless in his cop act and it is due to his character being so powerful that you want him to finish off the episode as well. Pancholi returns after a hiatus (if one ignores his 'Striker' act) and leaves a solid impact. Bipasha is good though just like 'Aakrosh', here too she finds herself in troubled shores. Rana Daggubati has a good screen presence and a great physique. He plays the vulnerable part well though in future one would want to see more varied range of expressions from him. Prateik Babbar is in a role that could have been handed over to any other junior character artist.

    One watches 'Dum Maaro Dum' with huge expectations. You look forward to something cutting edge, exciting and stylish with a different storyline which is a complete edge of the seat entertainer. Well, by the time interval point flashes, you get all of this and more. However it is the concluding reels of the film that make you feel the drama slipping away and leaving you a lot more thirsty than what you would have bargained for.

    Rating: **1/2
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