Statutory Bollywood Warning: This movie requires you to leave your brains back, keep inside your helmet in the parking lot of the movie hall.
Those who don’t have a helmet, you don’t have much anyway. He he!
*Makes a mental note to buy the new helmet*
And those who don’t ride but drive, leave your brains back at the tie-box.
Dus was Mukul Anand’s dream project which originally starred Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan, Shilpa Shetty and Raveena Tandon.
What is unfortunate is that a lot of people are gonna ask Mukul Anand Who?
The guy who gave Amitabh Bachchan three huge hits in the later part of the Big B’s first innings. Remember Agnipath, Hum and Khuda Gawah? And he also made the forgettable Trimurti, which, in terms of canvas and style had the best we had seen … with the cinematography being on par with Hollywood.
Mukul Anand wanted to do a new age slick flick with a heavy dose of patriotism. Shankar Ehsaan Loy had even recorded the chartbuster single ‘Suno Gaur Se Duniyawaalon… Sabse aagey hongey Hindustani’ song, picturised on Sanjay Dutt and Abhishek Bachchan.
After his death, his friends got together and paid tributes to him with a film with the same name.
Dus it sound like a cool action slick flick?
It could’ve been just that, if not for the unsolicited dose of melodrama thrown at you at regular intervals.
There’s plenty of style, overdone at most times, there is melodrama, unsolicited and thrust in, there is action, slick and stylish, there is a plot, at least an excuse of it to unleash total entertainment.
So what do we have for a cast?
The high point of the film is Pankaj Kapoor. He pulls off a Kevin Spacey inspired character with brilliant timing and riveting screen presence, which boosts an otherwise dull film for men. The women, of course, have Abhishek Bachchan (He’s here to stay for a long time to come. He’s a natural) and Zayed to lech at. With Sanjay Dutt for a bonus. And Sunil Shetty, for an overdose! Hats off to this guy! High time someone gave him an Oscar for trying to act. Like his last few films Main Hoon Na, Kaantey and some more I rightly forget, he does his best!
And there’s his country cousin, Shilpa who plays Batgirl, with a bat tattoo (she probably got free with Lays) above her butt, and kicks terrorist butt when she’s not hitting on Sanju baba. Ninad ‘Mole’ Kamat looks it from the start, so pardon the spoiler. He only does marginally better than his Parineeta ‘Tod Shekar Tod’ performance.
Though there is some good camaraderie between Abhishek and Zayed and Sanjay (the first two especially), the film does try too hard to flesh out every character and his motivation, the Sunil Shetty and the Zayed Khan sub-plots for example, had no bearing whatsover to the plot of the movie.
There are a few howlers, unintended of course, when Sunil Shetty more than instantly buys Abhishek’s explanation that he’s a specialist from the Anti-Terrorism Squad. No verification whatsoever.
No wonder they end up trusting stupid ass Esha ‘Mole’ Deol, who does the same role she did in Dhoom. Was that a spoiler? Oops! he he! Reminds me of the recent urge I had to go around sticking ‘Ron Dies’ in every Harry Potter book on the shelf! He he!
(In case you haven’t read the book yet, breathe. I was kidding, Ron does not die. Snape does! 😉 :P)
Overall: Dus it is, on a scale of 20! But then, how many Hindi films even deserve that score?