As soon as we were told that Dishoom stars John Abraham and Varun Dhawan play cops in the film, we already knew who would play the good one, and who would play the bad.
John, playing the stern cop, is like Jackie Chan in Rush Hour, or Sylvester Stallone in Tango and Cash, while Varun Dhawan is the funny/goofy copy a la Chris Tucker or Kurt Russell. It’s a trope that works well in action films, and Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom maximises this trope to its full potential.
The Dishoom trailer gets straight to the point, and wastes no time. The film revolves around a missing cricketer, and it’s Kabir Shergill (John) and Javed Ansari (Varun)’s job to find him, before a final match. Enter Jacqueline Fernandes, who is also a special agent, but also the token hotness quotient in the film.
To the film’s credit, John and Varun haven’t escaped the sexualisation (they show off their masculinity and bare abs at any chance they get), so kudos to the makers on not discriminating between genders.
Add a host of action sequences, punches and blows, cars flying that would put Rohit Shetty to shame, and much bravado, and you get the power-packed trailer of Dishoom.
Special mention to Varun Dhawan’s comic timing, that seems to be getting only better with time. In a scene, with Jacqueline, he appears upside and tells her, “I’ve been practising the Spiderman kiss for years. Let’s?” and even though the dialogue is quite appalling, you can’t help but smile.
While the film seems rather predictable, and has its share of all the masala elements to make it a commercial entertainer, there’s something about the film’s no-nonsense plot, which paced quite well, makes us curious to watch it.
Also, welcome back Akshaye Khanna. We’ve missed you dearly.