Here is finally the awaited return of Jai Dixit and his sidekick to the heart of the artichoke, Ali Akbar Fateh Khan. Dhoom 3 in India in its first day of release broke the recent records of Chennai Express and Krrish 3. We went to see closely this last production of Yash Raj Films, with this time to the joys of a new director. He is the screenwriter of the first two Dhoom, Vijay Krishna Acharya, who directed this third opus of the series featuring, in the role of Sahir the negative hero, Aamir Khan and, in that of his partner Katrina Kaif as Aaliya.
Along pre-credits show Sahir's father, Iqbal (Jackie Shroff), manager of the Great Indian Circus, during the winter of 1990, struggling against his creditor the Western Bank of Chicago to try to save his circus. But the banker, incarnated by Andrew Bicknell, also seen in Jab Tak Hai Jaan puts him into bankruptcy and for this reason forces him to suicide in front of his son.
Sahir has now become a clown, a magician, and above all a genius acrobat. Having succeeded in taking over the reins of the circus, he set up a new show and looked for a female star at her height that he despaired of finding until the day when the Aaliyah-Katrina tornado literally unleashed. Everything would go so smoothly, till Sahir would turn into a thief. Of course, he only attacks the branches of the powerful bank, which he wants to avenge himself.
The misdeeds unfold in the United States, but why then appeal to the supercop of Bombay, Jai Dixit? Simply because Sahir always leaves a Hindi inscription in the banks he burgled. As soon as they landed, Jai (Abhishek Bachchan) and Ali (Uday Chopra) set a trap for the burglar by provoking him.
Then begins a game of cat and mouse between the two policemen and Sahir. But Jai quickly realizes that Sahir hides a secret, the one who uses his strength that allows him to disappear as if by magic from his accomplished package, a secret that could also make him lose if the policeman could break through it.
Do the plan above not remind you of a scene from The Dark Knight Rises? The script looks a little too, even too much, on the side of Christopher Nolan. Of course, the plot takes place in the same city, in Chicago, but there are also some hints behind a previous film by Nolan, Le Prestige.
The film is built primarily around this unheard-of Sahir's disposition to slip away and does not share in the nice shot or its preparation. Hardly if one sees it happen grimé, on one occasion, in the bank in the second part of the film. Do not look for a police comedy. Dhoom 3 is serious!
One regrets the lightness of the previous one, Dhoom 2, its suspense and the disguise of the chameleon of Mister A-Hrithik Roshan. With the exception of the antics of Ali. Or perhaps we should look for it in the use of technical means such as cranes, ropes, and other gear, usually hidden.
For example, it is possible to run down the entire length of the facade of the bank's skyscraper or to pass from one roof to another by clinging to a cable. It is as if, as a good magician, who told the spectator that I show you the trick, to better conceal his true mystery.
We love more, even if it is not original, the metamorphoses of the motorbikes of Sahir in scooter of the seas or in a vehicle to the Star Wars. Purists may say that the special effects are poor, but the result is amusing. Motorcycle races are no longer what they were in the first two opuses and the most spectacular stunts, especially cars that pile up behind the protagonists tired rather quickly like the immoderate use of slow motion. We will put aside, however, the pursuit of Sahir by Jai suspended on a scale of a helicopter that was one of the good moments of the film.
It is commonplace to depreciate the game of Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra. They are equal to themselves in their duet of opposing characters. Sometimes they give the impression that they're bored onscreen. To compensate for the lack of enthusiasm of the two policemen, it was hoped that the excellent Aamir Khan would become the enemy on duty. Undoubtedly exaggerated. He seems slightly disappointed, by his look to the Alex of Orange Mechanical as by its performance, with the shared feeling that sometimes it is too much, or not enough, except in the dances and acrobatic scenes on which we will return. But, alas, it is impossible to say more without a spoiler so we will abstain.
We really like the real presence of Katrina Kaif in a very physical role. Some people find her sometimes tasteless or inexpressive, but in Dhoom 3, she breaks the screen and is worth the displacement alone. Her arrival in hats, sunglasses on the nose and perched on a bike, is a moment of an anthology. She surprises constantly. There are two regrets though that her role has not been more extensive and that the scriptwriter-director has not had the audacity to make her the real opponent of the two policemen.
There are the songs and dances that make all the salt of the last Dhoom. The visual effects are splendid and particularly well cared for. The lighting is equally sumptuous like the Cirque du Soleil shows. Certain numbers of the duo formed by Aamir and Katrina were particularly athletic that also evoke those of the famous Canadian troupe.
These musical passages make this film the most expensive of Bollywood to date. The two actors had to undergo a very advanced training and achieve real acrobatic prowess. Aamir with hyper-pectorals, which we personally never found very sexy, becomes aerial in Malang or, on the contrary, embodies a raw animal force, in another one.
It is likely that many will retain in memory the dance performance of Katrina, the most anticipated song of the film, that of Dhoom Machale. She is excellent but no more than in Jab Tak Hai Jaan, where she already revealed her talents as a dancer. It is with Kamli that marks her arrival in the film, where she creates the surprise and manages to bring together in a single piece, a real acrobatic dance, a semi-striptease and a number full of humor.
So, see it or not? For Katrina-Aaliyah's muscular inaugural stripping when she passes her casting, Aamir's acrobatic performances as a circus acrobat, for their duets on a dance floor or in the air hanging from a hoop, you will regret not to see Dhoom 3.
Will there be a Dhoom 4? Given the colossal revenues earned from the first week of operation, it is feared that yes. It would be a pity, for one must know how to stop on a success. The two recurring heroes are aging and will find it increasingly difficult to convince in their roles as super cops. It is cruel, but it becomes more and more evident that the series is paradoxical especially by its negative heroes. This is particularly true here.