Dhoom 3

The third contribution to the successful series inspired by aesthetic of Hollywood blockbusters is a colossal mixture of action, romance, humour and stunning musical numbers. The filmmakers made a full use of their generous budget as well as the settings in American Chicago in the story about a confrontation between an elite policeman with his cute silly partner and a noble bank robber.

Trailer Dhoom 3 with English subtitles.

2013 – 172 min – action thriller
Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Cast: Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan
Language: Hindi
Subtitles: Czech, English
Format: DCP

The humorously exaggerated action thriller Dhoom (2004) and his two years younger sequence belong among the most iconic Bollywood blockbusters made in the last 14 years. The director of these movies Sanjay Gadhvi was clearly inspired by aesthetics of certain American blockbusters (the most obvious inspiration is the movie Mission: Impossible 2) but he even multiplied their effects. What he created is an extraordinary style full of coloured filters, unusual camera angles and slow-motion or accelerated shots, which are one of the main features of today´s popular hindi cinema. Movies made this way intentionally emphasize their own artificiality and unreality. This is often used to create hyper-realistic fictional worlds where anything is possible – especially if it enhances the emotional effect on the viewer.

Both movies received a phenomenal reception from the audience which led to the creation of a third one. Gadhvi as a director was replaced by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who also wrote scripts for the whole trilogy. The third movie did not abandon the twice proved formula neither and follows the story of a clash between a fearless policeman Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and a cunning but honest thief who uses unusual inventions for his daring operations and a strong motorbike as his main means of transport. The villain, who the audience is supposed to actually like, is this time a circus magician and clown Sahir (Aamir Khan) who is, by a series of bank robberies, trying to bankrupt a bank which made his father to commit a suicide by its greedy practice.

Following suit with two previous instalments, Dhoom 3 does not omit to refer to some significant American blockbusters. Style and plot-wise the main inspiration comes from Christopher Nolan’s movies The Prestige (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). However this inspiration represents only one part in this colourful mosaic of genres which cannot deny its solid origin in conventions of Hindi popculture.

Author: Miroslav Libicher

About the Director

Vijay Krishna Acharya is an Indian dialogue, screenplay, story writer and lyricist. He is an English Literature graduate from Kirori Mal College, Delhi. He moved to Mumbai in 1992, and his first job in Bollywood was to assist Kundan Shah on Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. He wrote the screenplays to all 3 Dhoom films, while Dhoom 3 is his second film as a Director (Tashan was the first one, 2008).