Dhamaka Movie Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars
Star Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Amrita Shubhash, Mrunal Thakur, Vikas Kumar, Vishwajeet Pradhan
Director: Ram Madhvani
What’s good: Kartik Aaryan, the music and you’ll find both of them in the promos that are much better than the final product (joke apart, Kartik is good and so is the music)
What’s bad: A director like Ram Madhvani falls into his own trap and sees too many p(l) othholes
Dhamaka Movie Review
This blast of Kartik Aaryan is scattered everywhere!The bad for this Kartik Aaryan starrer is that it exists in a world that already has films like A Wednesday
Umesh Punwani November 19, 2021
Dhamaka Movie Review Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars
Loo Break: You will either see it in one go or complete it within the first hour
Watch or not?: Try it out for Kartik Aaryan without expecting anything extraordinary from the story
Available on: Netflix
Runtime: 104 Minutes
We have a mentally disturbed radio jockey in Arjun Pathak (Karthik Aryan), who is pitched after a song that will make you laugh all alone. The song Hai Kasoor and the reason why it makes you feel so alone is a flashback montage of Arjun leading a happy life with his wife Saumya (Mrunal Thakur).
He is now sitting in his office with divorce papers in hand and receives a call suggesting a bomb blast on the Bandra Worli Sea Link.
He ignores the call only to see a portion of Mumbai’s Rs 1,600-crore ‘Golden Gate’ bridge explode with an explosion. Arjun gets a call again which he uses to regain his spot on prime time television,
but little does he know what is in store for him. No, seriously, he knows very little because there is so little in store for him.
Dhamaka Movie Review: Script Analysis
The biggest problem facing Explosion is the template it chooses to execute. Forget the internationals, Bollywood has given us many films following a similar path, some splendid (A Wednesday, Table No. 21), some achchhi se achchi (Madari, Knocked Out), and some Bleeh (The Killer).
Yes, all of them are not exactly alike, but the major sub-plot of these films is about the antagonist who forces the protagonist to do certain things at gunpoint.
Now that we’ve clarified how they relate to each other, if you look at the good guys from the list above, they all had one thing in common. Movies like A Wednesday and Table No 21 had the right balance of good and bad. Dhamaka remembers that the ‘bad’ is so average that the ‘good’, however impeccable, remains unbroken the whole time.
Haven’t seen the original (The Terror Live), so let’s not draw any analogies. Tweaked by Ram Madhvani and Puneet Sharma, the story leans heavily on Kartik Aaryan’s side.
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This is good for the actor and not so good for the film as the antagonist’s lack of engagement with the reasons for torturing Kartik. The makers cut corners by showing either the television or the bomb blast through Aryan’s office window, and it certainly weakened the overall effect.
Manu Anand’s cinematography just needs to capture prominently in one room. It’s not easy not to be repetitive when using a single location, and Ananda grabs your attention through some slow-paced, BGM heavy scenes only to break from the film’s weak side.
Dhamaka Movie Review: Star Performance
Kartik Aaryan has clearly put his all into it and none have seen the director coming straight out of interesting projects like Neerja and Aarya. Though the shadow of the news reporter’s character comes across as overworked at times, he balances it with his dramatic nuance.
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With the line and range he got to portray, there was a chance to overdo it in every next scene, but thankfully, he kept control while avoiding crossing the line.
Amrita Shubhash plays Kartik’s instantly brutal trap-minded boss in the film and she is all right. This is mainly due to the paper-thin arc his character gets. There is no development in his ending making his voice monotonous throughout the film.
Mrunal Thakur’s special appearance adds needed drama but the execution is poor. Was there a need for a love story in the midst of all the adventures? Not necessary, but if you’re adding it, you have to be honest with it, even if it takes 10-15 minutes of your runtime.
Dhamaka Movie Review: Direction, Music
I have been a fan of Ram Madhvani and since the announcement of this project, my entire focus was on it because I was in love with Neerja. It fails at the level of screenwriting itself as Madhvani fails to bring in someone like Jim Sarbh to balance the other side of the film.
He puts all white, black and gray on Kartik’s character, making it end to end. The move to show 90% of the bridge-explosion on TV was not right as there really is no beat when watching it.
The film has two songs and both click really well but there is a stark difference (besides the genre of course). Prateek Kuhad’s Kasoor to play the lead role is in the beginning and it works.
But, Amit Trivedi’s Khoya Paya, despite being a chilling track, leaves no mark as it climaxes where everything is already scattered. It is a different matter that despite being good, it does not connect because of the script.
Dhamaka Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, if it had released 10-15 years back, it would have been an acceptable film, but not in a world where better films in this category already exist.