Average of 2.9 stars is a good rating for a film like ‘Dishoom’, which falls in the category of films that the critics have generally liked.
Dishoom Review by Indicine
Dishoom is an enjoyable film. If you’re familiar with buddy cop movies you will easily recognise the clichéd tropes used in the movie and overlook it. The film feels breezy and it is light because the stakes are not that high. The makers have set the movie up for possible future sequels and we can only hope that Varun and John will have better chemistry if the sequel gets made. If you are in the mood to burn some steam with humour and enjoy rollicking action then Dishoom is a good recommendation. Just don’t expect a lot from it.
Dishoom Review by Bollywood Hungama
First things first. DISHOOM’s script (Rohit Dhawan, Tushar Hiranandani) is predictable, however the chemistry between the actors, especially during the comic scenes make for an entertaining watch. As for the film’s direction, Rohit Dhawan (whose last film was the John Abraham-Akshay Kumar starrer DESI BOYZ), has handled the entire proceedings of DISHOOM with extreme élan, style and panache. His efforts in mounting the film on such a large canvas pays off rich dividends. While Rohit Dhawan has ensured that the film’s first half is crispy and tight, it’s the film’s second half that starts lagging midway, which, then, gets overshadowed by the breath taking action sequences. With DISHOOM, Rohit Dhawan proves his ability to handle big scale and glossy production with utmost comfort and ease. Though the film takes many creative liberties and some moments in the film don’t seem justified, it doesn’t fail to entertain.
Dishoom Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
While the first half is engaging, the second half is ridden with cliches and corny twists. A sight for the sore eyes was the bromance. As far as buddy-cops go, they are cute together. They have an impish charm about them, but it’s painfully predictable. What holds up Dishoom, filmed extensively in the UAE, are the two A’s: action and Abu Dhabi.
Dishoom Review by Ritika Handoo on Zeenews
The only thing which bothers is the fact that a lot of stuff happens while you still try to figure out the scene. But maybe that’s because the entire film runs on a 36-hour-long deadlock. Be ready for many highs but do not think on ‘how is it possible?’. Do not forget, it’s Bollywood and nothing is impossible. Go ‘Dishoom’ for a weekend blast!
Dishoom Review by Mehul S Thakkar on Deccan Chronicle
This is Rohit Dhawan’s second film after Desi Boyz and as a director he too has evolved. Unlike his debut film, where the pace of the movie was slightly slow, this movie is much faster. He has shot scenes from various angles that has allowed the editor to keep the film edgy and fast paced. The climax scene has been shot well but doesn’t appear too effective. This is an out and out pot boiler film which does have its moment where logic can be questioned. But as long as the film keeps you entertained, it won’t hurt watching this film.
Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
Talking about the performances, John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez give a good account of themselves. John used his physique well for his role as the tough cop. Varun continues his Dilwale act, as he shines best in the comic interludes. Their camaraderie is biggest USP of the film. The first half is entertaining thanks to this. Jacqueline Fernandez is pretty and makes us invested in her character. Saqib Saleem is also good in his limited role. However, its Akshaye Khanna who makes the biggest impact in his negative role. Among the few cameos in the film, Vijay Raaz and Akshay Kumar are fine. We have to admit Akshay’s courage for doing such an unconventional role, though it needs to be mentioned that his act could offend a certain community.
Review by Ananya Bhattacharya on India Today
Rohit Dhawan and Tushar Hiranandani’s story is paced well. With not too many songs, Dishoom moves at a commendable speed. The screenplay has loopholes, but the story doesn’t meander from the course a lot. Dishoom deserves accolades for the slickly choreographed action scenes. The chase sequences are fun to watch. The lavishly done helicopter chase deserves a special mention.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
The director knows his strengths and keeps feeding us clichés. With whistles in mind, he makes us wait for the hero’s lethal moves, and increases the background score right before it happens. Been there, done that, but nicely done all the same. The relatively short length of the movie (124 minute) helps Dishoom rise above the clichés. It’s a formula potboiler that serves the purpose of entertainment if you’re looking for some light moments.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
When you’re making a film of this size and magnitude, the least a filmmaker can do is arm himself with a decent screenplay. The writing by Rohit and Tushar Hiranandani is the worst part about Dishoom. The emphasis is only on one-liners and not on making the scenes interesting. In a film like this, no one goes looking for logic. But at the same time, you cannot treat the audience with contempt. The second half of the film drags only for this reason. The entire segment where the two heroes go looking for Rahul Dev is annoying and boring.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
Dishoom rejigs the buddy cop movie, with John Abraham and Varun Dhawan being assigned to the Case Of A Vanishing Indian Cricketer. The film is fashioned as a fast-paced caper. It’s got flash but the plot keeps stuttering and stops the film from really zip-zap-zooming.
Dishoom Review by Indiaglitz
As the chemistry between John and Varun dries out, you are exposed to the weak and dragging screenplay which works on a snail pace. The story lacks thrilling moments along with the much required intensity. The second half is totally stretched especially the whole Rahul Dev part leading to silly finale. If only the screenplay would had been crispier and the finale bit intense the impact would have been super strong. The movie could have been double entertaining.
Review by Raja Sen on Rediff
Done well, this often obvious style can be rather rollicking, and there are times when Rohit Dhawan’s Dishoom is actually fun. The first half is breezy and snappy, and the increasingly irrepressible Varun Dhawan is on point.
Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
It is an action-packed buddy film in which both John Abraham and Varun Dhawan, playing a bumbling police department rookie who is reduced to running errands for his exploitative boss and seeks liberation and greater glory, are pretty much stuck in a rut. Abraham, as always, makes a fair fist of playing a dishy hunk who broods endlessly and revels in scoffing at the world. He growls rather than speaks. Dhawan, too, is the boyish prankster that he has always been on the screen, a man blessed with clean-cut charm.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
The one thing that the film has going for it is the pace, but though the premise of the plot is promising, the shoddy execution manages to ruin the deal. Bollywood has not seen a good ‘buddy cop’ film since ages and with some intelligent writing and originality, Dishoom could have been an entertaining fare. In conclusion, watch the film only for Varun Dhawan’s antics or for Akki’s delightfully wicked cameo.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
DISHOOM is rightly dominated by John and Varun. The movie cashes on their potentials. John as the poker faced no nonsense cop is perfectly casted and does well. Varun Dhawan stamps himself as an ‘entertainer’ with this film. Jacqueline Fernandez shows some acting in that interrogation scene. DISHOOM is a warm welcome back of Akshaye Khanna who is brilliant as the baddie. Rahul Dev is fine. Saqib Salim does well. Nargis Fakhri and Parineeti Chopra are okay. Veteran cricketers Javed Miandad, Mohinder Amarnath and Atul Wasan also do their bit. And last but not the least, ‘Khiladi’ Kumar – Akshay Kumar as a bad gay man steals the show. He is hilarious in that cameo and worth a ticket.
Review by Srijana Mitra Das on The Times Of India
Not that there are too many nail-biters – with its careening plot, Dishoom doesn’t fulfil the promise of a taut thriller but its mad, zany moments make up with entertainment. The film evokes 1990s hits, from Main Khiladi Tu Anari to Govinda’s many friendly leers – presenting a new-age masala movie, full of choppers, chummas, cheetas, cheese-bhara lines and spicy dishooms.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
You won’t remember Dishoom for its plot or for its performances. It’s like junk food that’s meant to be savored in the moment, but cannot be counted on for nutrition. At two hours flat it’s that rare masala film that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Review by Shaheen Parkar on Mid-Day India
The film belongs to Varun, who does his bumbling act to the T. He may have done it before, but he is endearing in this one. As far as John goes, since ‘Dhoom’ (2004), he has been sticking to the name ‘Kabir’ as well as those stoic expressions. Jacqueline doesn’t have much to do and her rescue scenes unnecessarily drag the film. Akshaye Khanna barely makes an impact in his comeback after a four-year hiatus. There are cameos by Nargis Fakhri (to raise the hotness quotient), Parineeti Chopra (for that mandatory end credits track) and Akshay Kumar (who steals the show). A big shout-out to the Khiladi’s zany act. He is quite a revelation in his do-not-forget-to-pout selfie-loving character and drew the loudest roars. It is a pity that the makers gave away the only surprise element before the film’s release.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Dhawan’s last directorial venture Desi Boys (about two accidental male escorts) is theoretically similar to this one. In that one, his two leads were willing to shed to impress, here they’re willing to shred their opponents for frontbencher seetis.
Review by IANS on Sify
Visually, the film is all gloss. Ayananka Bose’s cinematography captures the locales and the action in full glory. His frames and lighting are picture perfect. The songs fit snugly into the narrative. And the background score, which is overpowering at times, gives an adrenaline boost to the viewing experience. Dishoom offers nothing that you have not seen before, yet entertains you. An ideal watch for John and Varun fans.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
All the events in the film are rather well connected even though you are distracted by Jacqueline Fernandez and her nimble fingers. She has a better role than she has ever performed. And considering she’s mostly used for ornamental parts, this is a good role choice. The movie is fun, and fast paced. The funny parts make you smile even when they’re silly lines like, ‘Arre Bradman, tu toh Byomkesh nikla!’
Review by Prathna Tiwari on Bollyspice
The suspense/thriller element in Dishoom works to keep you engaged and a fast paced screenplay helps in ensuring you are never bored but sadly the lack of chemistry between the male leads (not for a lack of chemistry between the actor but rather because of a fault in the writing), the lack of comedy, and the obvious Varun Dhawan fanfare take a toll on the whole film. Dishoom may not be a waste of your ticket money but at the end of the day it does not deliver all that it promised. If only Rohit and team had further developed this script instead of penning down half baked concepts, Dishoom had the potential to be every bit of a winner as Desi Boyz was.
Review by Meeta on Wogma
John Abraham is as expressionless as is possible. And Varun Dhawan is as comic as a sidekick comic relief usually is. Neither of these mean a thing, right? Varun Dhawan barely makes you smile and for all the grimness John Abraham might muster, you still can’t take the film seriously. No wonder then, that when a bomb is counting down 3..2..1…you can’t muster an iota of anxiety. Akshaye Khanna does bring in a tad bit of fear for a few seconds on his entry into the film, but that doesn’t stay too long. That is why it is difficult to give Dishoom any benefit of doubt. For even in a comedy, you can take it seriously and laugh only if it has real comedy in it, right?
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