Dhoom 2: Back in Action – Bollywood Bad Boys
If you ever wondered what the Bollywood version of Bad Boys would look like then Dhoom 2 should satisfy that curiosity. A funny blend of Bad Boys, Entrapment and classic Bollywood cinema with a modern touch, this film deviates from the traditional style of films in India and appeals to a much wider audience.
The action centres around Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali Akbar (Uday Chopra), two Mumbai cops who are planning to catch an international jewel thief known simply as Mr A (Hrithik Roshan). The thief is also being tracked by ACP agent Shonali Bose (Bipasha Basu). However, Mr A is always a step ahead of the law so Jai comes up with a plan to entrap the elusive thief by using another thief (who was caught by Jai), Sunheri (Aishwarya Rai).
Rai, is probably the only international star in cast having won the Ms World title in 1994 and also co starred in a couple of Hollywood films like The Legion and The Pink Panther 2, but don’t let that hinder (Hindi?) you – there are notable similarities between Jai and Ali that can be compared to Bad Boys’ Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.<
The first thing you notice about the characters is the resemblance to Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s characters. Although the attributes have been mixed around there is much to compare like the height, weight and the womanizing (or something like it).
Jai is tall and lean whereas his partner Ali is short and is a lot bulkier much like Mike (Smith) and Marcus (Lawrence) respectively. Jai is married and has a pregnant wife while Ali is single and constantly trying chat up women. There isn’t much difference in the pair’s financial affairs but the writers probably wanted to use something more valuable and substituted it for an education. Jai is well educated while Ali can barely speak English or count – which will undoubtedly bring some laughs like when he tries to impress Shonali but ends up pronouncing interrogate as ‘entrygates’ and when he answers 4 + 4 as 44. There is also some dancing that resembles the Bad Boys duo but then what Bollywood films without a song and dance?
The singing and dancing has a more international appeal. I found it quite entertaining and refreshing to see a Bollywood feature that deviated from traditional song and dance yet maintaining that Indian flavour. With catchy tunes like “Touch Me” and “My Name is Ali” I found it hard to sit still and actually downloaded the soundtrack afterwards.
The film, like all Hindi films, is longer than a standard Hollywood production. This one runs approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes. This is of course attributed to the songs. Fortunately, the DVD version has a marker indicating that a songs is about to begin giving the viewer the option to skip. Unfortunately, skipping is like eating cake with no icing. The songs provide additional taste to the film.
Again, this film borrows from Bad Boys and The Entrapment but don’t let that fool you. It brings its own music to the party and is a milestone for Bollywood cinema. Although, the dialogue is mainly in Hindi (with English subtitles), I give thumbs up for this 2006 release!