Vijay Krishna (Viktor) Acharya, the writer of Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom and Dhoom 2 and the director of Dhoom 3, has given Bollywood it’s biggest franchise with this adrenaline pumping, anti-hero entertainers that have been true mass entertainers. On the 15th anniversary of the record breaking blockbuster Dhoom 2 starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Viktor opens up about how he created a new genre of slick action entertainer in India by recounting what went on while designing those big action sequences in Dhoom 2.
1. The Train Robbery:
The heist that is most remembered is the one where Hrithik Roshan transforms into an old lady. For Indian moviegoers, imagining Hrithik Roshan (Mr. A / Aryan in the film) like an old lady is almost impossible.
‘Aryan’s character in Dhoom 2 was supposed to be someone who leads an almost invisible life, and he can do that because he’s a master of disguise. The first heist was planned as emblematic of this aspect of Aryan. It felt audacious at the time to see if we could pull off Hrithik as an old lady with a fortune. Of course the sequence would not have been the same if it didn’t have the sense of speed. A train hurtling down the Namibia desert. It also sets up the thief as someone who is after rarities, a connoisseur.’
2. The Diamond Robbery (Museum):For the second heist, Vijay Krishna Acharya planned a heist in a historic local museum. He says, “Personally I’ve always been fascinated by museums, a sense of history and one feels transported in time. Since the museum heist is almost a trap set by Jai (Abhishek Bachchan), the trick was in how Aryan would get into the museum, and the solution presented itself because of the location. If you have to rob a museum, how about being an exhibit yourself.”
3. Antique Sword Robbery:The heist that was the most fun to set up and create is the one where Aryan meets his ladylove. He adds, “This was one where Aryan meets Sunheri (Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan). The structure was more of a scene that can then lend itself to an action sequence. It also becomes the scene that will set the tone for the chemistry between the lead pair. Looking back, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed writing the scene and the sequence that follows then forces them to be a team. A master thief and his acolyte.”
Dhoom 2 scored a record opening weekend at Indian Box office. Subsequently, it became record nett grosser as it surpassed Gadar‘s nett numbers at domestic box office and also it was the first Bollywood movie to cross 150 crore mark at Worldwide box office. Dhoom series has remained masses’ favourite over the years and hopefully it will continue doing so. All eyes on the announcement of Dhoom 4..