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Dum Maaro Dum

Release Date : 22 April 2011
Year : 2011
Banner : Fox Star Studios , Ramesh Sippy Entertainment (R. S. Entertainment)
Producer : Ramesh Sippy
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Genre : Action | Thriller
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Dum Maaro Dum SYNOPSIS

Goa. Paradise on Earth. But every Paradise has a few snakes.Multiple lives collide brutally one day at Goa Airport... and change forever.

Lorry (Prateik Babbar)
A student on the verge of following his girlfriend to a US University. But when his scholarship gets rejected, his life threatens to spiral out of control, until he meets a smooth talking hustler who promises to get it back on track. For a small price. His soul.

ACP Vishnu Kamath (Abhishek Bachchan)
A self destructive cop fleeing his own past, Kamath is given the job of destroying the brutal local and international drug mafia in Goa. As he begins his ruthless, relentless campaign and takes on the murky drug world... he discovers nothing is what it seems.

DJ Joki (Rana Daggubati)
A local musician and mute spectator to what is happening around him, Joki drifts aimlessly through life after an encounter with the drug mafia cost him everything he held dear. Today he discovers history has a nasty habit of repeating itself. Will he finally have the guts to take a stand?

Zoe (Bipasha Basu)
An aspiring airhostess who saw her dreams turn to dust, Zoey in a way represents Goa itself. A child of the hippy generation, a mix of local and foreign culture, innocence and beauty have gradually been replaced by cynicism and abuse.

Lorsa Biscuta aka the Biscuit ( Aditya Pancholi) A ruthless local businessman, the Biscuit has his finger in every Goan pie, legal or illegal. The point person between all the various Mafias operating in Goa, the Biscuit finds himself pushed to the extreme limit with Kamath's arrival. But he knows who to turn to:

A mysterious shadow

The ultimate drug kingpin. Many names, many identities but no one knows who he is….

We hurtle into the bylanes, beach shacks and raves of Goa with Lorry as his life spirals out of control, with Joki as he tries to redeem the past and with Kamath as he goes no holds barred after the mysterious shadow figure behind it all...

Punctuated with a soundtrack that moves from pulsating dance tracks to haunting Konkani songs, shot right in the midst of the teeming international tourist hotspots, Dum Maaro Dum takes you on a dramatic, thrilling trip filled with twists, turns, suspense... and a shocking finale!

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Dum'daar Drama!

By MovieTalkies.com, 22 April 2011 3 / 5

There is such a thing as a point of desperation. With a string of flops behind him, including the recently released… and reviled… Game, Abhishek Bachchan might be just about there, simply yearning for a hit. Fortunately for him, Dum Maaro Dum could be the answer to his prayers. Though it could have done with a tighter treatment, Bachchan's latest is certainly one of his better releases gracing cinema screens.

The much maligned title track notwithstanding, DMD's two and a quarter hour runtime makes for a fairly interesting watch and credit is due to director Rohan Sippy and writer Shridhar Raghavan who construct quite a gripping mystery, wrapped around the drug trade in Goa.

The plot weaves together the lives of three characters, each of them touched by the taint of drugs. There's ACP Vishnu Kamath, a tenacious cop on the narco beat, intent on 'cleaning out the gutters of Goa', as he puts it, battling his personal demons even as he takes on the reigning drug lord of the state, the vicious Lorsa Biscuita. Joachim, AKA Joki, is a musician who has lost his girlfriend Zoe, to the world of Lorsa's drug trade and is now intent on not letting the same happen to his 16 year old friend Lorry, who is simply looking for a ticket out of Goa to the US, being unable to afford the American university education that his girlfriend has been served up in a scholarship.

And then, there's Michael Barbossa. A mysterious presence through Goa, the shape shifting, name changing Barbossa comes to the rescue of the drug mafia every time they're under attack and ties together the lives of all three, Kamath, Joki and Lorry. Decode his identity, and the trio get their lives back.

DMD works largely because of this central suspense behind Barbossa that permeates the plot. Populated by a slew of tertiary characters like Lorry's dealer friends, Ricky and Rozanna; Kamath's subordinates Mercy D'Costa and Rane, the film moves quickly in the first half to establish the characters of each of the protagonists and then bites right into the meat of the story, chasing Barbossa and Lorsa Biscuita through to the end, into quite an unexpected, and yes, in some ways stunning, climax.

Sippy and Raghavan are helped along by Purva Naresh, who pens some memorable dialogues to go with the plot, most of them mouthed by Abhishek's gritty Kamath, like the already famous line where he justifies drinking on the job, saying, “Main sirf duty pe peeta hoon. Apne municipality bhaiyon se seekhe hoon. Hamesha doh teen lagakar hi gutter mein ghuste hain.” But the best dialogue in the film belongs to Joki, who gets to put his own spin on a Salim Javed classic, saying “Mere paas maal hai.”

Sippy's vision is also aided by Amit Roy's cinematography talents, which capture picture postcards of Goa onscreen, catching the tourist paradise in all its hues.

Yet, there some follies that make DMD just a good movie, not great. For one, while Sippy paces his film fairly well in the first half, somewhere along the way, it seems to lose some steam as he brings in a few angles, like the one at the juvenile centre and between Joki and Zoe, that don't really add much to the plot and take the focus away from the core of the story.

Alternately, Sippy's use of his songs, improbably inserting them at random, also hampers the otherwise tight pacing of the film. A prime example of this is Abhishek's thayn thayn track, which comes in just as Bachchan's Kamath is finding his footing at the start of the film. Though it is used to montage Kamath's war against the drug mafia, the number's picturisation makes it seem like a music video in the midst of the film, more than something that belongs in a gritty police sequence. Te amo, the love song between Joki and Zoe, halfway through the film, works the same way. Fortunately, the film manages to redeem itself and get back on track, just as the climax approaches.

On the acting side, Abhishek Bachchan is back in sharp form here. And after quite a while, it must be said. Bachchan's Kamath is perhaps one of the most interesting characters he's portrayed so far and Abhishek does a fine job of it, playing the dogged cop to his mercurial best. Prateik, on the other hand, seems to be missing his punch and almost comes off as being miscast as the young Lorry. His dialogue delivery is quite stilted, and he simply doesn't manage to pull off the believable desperation that his character requires.

Rana Daggubati, on the other hand, is quite a find by Sippy. Though the Southern star needs to work on his Hindi delivery, the man has quite a presence onscreen and could do well with grittier roles. Bipasha as Zoe, though, is a neglected character and doesn't have much to do on screen, though she does well with what she gets.

Aditya Pancholi as Lorsa comes across as one of the big missteps in casting. Just as Prateik doesn't manage Lorry's desperation, Pancholi simply can't contend with the sort of menacing presence that a role like Lorsa requires. In fact, more than the main drug lord and don, Pancholi comes off more as a lumbering, than a looming danger. The supporting characters on the other hand, like Govind Namdev's Rane and Bugs Bhargava's ailing minister, as well as the actors who play Ricky and Mercy, add immensely to the texture of the film. Vidya Balan also comes in for a bit of a cameo, and does just about okay.

Pritam's musical contribution seem to be missing its usual sharp edge here. While the background score, composed by the MIDIval Punditz, is quite organically done, Pritam's sounds are just about average here. While Papon's jiyein kyun is a splendid number, the love song te amo is distracting. Thayn thayn is marred by its picturisation, but the title track, the film's take on the RD classic, dum maaro dum, is surprisingly better as a visual than it has been as an audio number, Deepika's presence doing wonders for its appeal. Still, the lyrics are an atrocity that just cannot be helped.

Though it has its weaknesses, Dum Maaro Dum seems to be just what the doctor ordered for Abhishek Bachchan, who has the most riding on this release. While the film could have been better with some judicious editing, smarter use of its songs, and more appropriate casting, DMD works because it more or less has its eyes set on the exciting central mystery to hold the audience's attention. Certainly watchable fare this, one has to say, dum hai, boss…!

'Dum' Drums Middling Beat

By MovieTalkies.com, 12 April 2011 3 / 5

It is arguably the great R.D. Burman's calling card of a melody. In Dev Anand's Hare Ram Hare Krishna, Asha Bhosle's dum maaro dum introduced the world to a sultry Zeenat Aman through a heady haze of contraband smoke and gave a song to sing along to the generations of youthful blues that have followed since.

Now, the title of the classic number has been co opted, against Devsahab's wishes FYI, by director Rohan Sippy for his latest, Dum Maaro Dum, starring Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu, which deals with the rampant drug trade in Goa. Pritam handles musical duties, and unsurprisingly, reprises the Burmanda classic in his own style.

The biggie is also the opener here; mit jaaye gham (dum maaro dum), the film's rather controversial take on the Hare Ram Hare Krishna classic, which has invited Anand's ire, opens up affairs on the album. So, is it a fitting tribute to the R.D. chartbuster? Sadly, it's not even close! More than a tribute, the reworking of the number by Pritam, who is helped along by the Midival Punditz and Karsh Kale, comes off as a minor travesty, almost a half baked eulogy to a truly iconic original.

Though Anushka Manchanda fairly delivers with her peppy vocals and Kale and Punditz bring along all the tidbits to make sure that the number sees ample dance floor playtime, the messy arrangement turns R.D.'s classic expression of young angst into something terribly pedestrian.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the unforgettable, duniya ne humko diya kya verse; capturing the very theme of the number, one would imagine that here the track would rise up in a befitting crescendo. Instead, the lines are lost in a rash of nearly indecipherable autotuned vocals. And then, of course, one must sample the lyrics; oonche se ooncha banda, potty pe baithe nanga. Clearly, mit jaaye gham is one track that's going to divide B'town fans sharply down the middle.

The second number on the album, te amo, Spanish for 'I love you', also happens to be the sixth, seventh and eighth track on it, seeing as how it's reprised an unbelievable three times later down the collective. A light, flossy melody in the classic Pritam mould, the first version of the number is a duet featuring Ash King and Sunidhi Chauhan on the vocals. While Ash sounds a bit too much like Neeraj Shridhar, Sunidhi is competent. Choc a bloc with synthesised sounds and chorus parts, the number is a simple, straightforward pop melody, nothing particularly memorable.

The two solo vocal reprises, one featuring Sunidhi again, and the other bringing Mohit Chauhan in for an almost acoustic sounding version, slow the number down, while the final remix, by Kiron Kamath, just peps up the original Ash Sunidhi duet to no great improvement.

The third and fourth entries on the album, jiyein kyun and jaana hai, take Pritam back to his Life In A Metro days. Though both numbers are in the modern rock space, jiyein, which brings Assamese singer Papon on vox, pulls off the effect better. Starting off from a quiet, almost spoken word start, the number slowly builds on a layer of guitar strings before exploding into a full blown electric riff, heavy on percussions, climactic fade out. Papon sounds quite like Pritam's Metro collaborator James, and sounds quite as good in the genre.

Jaana hai, on the other hand, brings Zubin Garg on the vocals, and pumps hard right from the start. With some catchy guitar riffs, and a memorable vocal hook in the refrain, the number manages to make a fair mark.

The final original number on the album sees the film's toplining star steps into a singer's role as well, as AB Jr. comes in on the hip hop, somewhat crunk like thayn thayn, with Ayush Phukan and Earl accompanying him. While it would be easy to dismiss this one as a tacky novelty item, the number proves to be surprisingly well done by Pritam. Though it could have been better arranged, the melody proves to be the king here, as it is seems to be simply impossible to get the nananananana chorus hookline out of one's head for a long time after a listen. Though the song claims to be Abhishek's appeal to the youth to stay away from drugs and contraband, one can hardly pay attention to the track's lyrics and is content to just groove along with the number.

The Dum Maaro Dum soundtrack works in parts. While 'te amo' seems a bit overdone, tracks like jiyein kyun and jaana hai see Pritam in a genre that is his forte and the composer manages to deliver. While thayn thayn is a surprise package, ultimately, it's the title number, mit jaaye gham (dum maaro dum) that is a punch to the gut that the album simply can't recover from. While one can understand why Devsahab has taken umbrage to the track, it still waits to be seen whether the Karsh Kale Midival Punditz reworking of the classic has the dum to make the audience sway to its beats.

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Dum Maaro Dum TRIVIA

Pratik Babbar had barely recovered from chicken pox when he was called for the shoot of Rohan Sippy's 'Dum Maro Dum' to shoot with Abhishek Bachchan and Rana Dugubatti. A doctor was called on the sets to examine Pratik who gave a go ahead that the actor could shoot and it won't be contagious. Pratik had to put extra make up to cover up the chicken pox marks which were yet visibile.

Dum Maaro Dum USER REVIEWS

bipasha looks hot! Abhishek looks dum
laxman singh, Apr 20, 2011
4 / 5
bipasha is really sexy n hot in this movie. abhishek is dum news.shld hav taken hrithik.he looks cool.dumb decision to take abhishek

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