Surrounded by controversies and heaps of hype, Dum Maro Dum, directed by Rohan Sippy, seems to have quite a lot of Dum in it! Though it initially looks like it is going down the Dev- D path with all the dizzy, hazy shots, drugs, love, etc... it soon catches on and assumes a very different path, a path to "Jannat"!
Goa- the "Jannat" or heaven, for many, is where the entire story unfolds. Goa is portrayed as the tourist hotspot with a carefree lifestyle and wild partying behind the veil of the dark drug dragon.
Lorry (Prateik Babbar) and his childhood sweetheart, Tani (Anaitha Nair), on the brink of adulthood, have sworn to spend their entire life with each other. But love comes with difficulties and Tani heads to the States for further studies while Lorry stays back due to financial problems. Lorry is the perfect kid- an ideal son, brother, boyfriend, topper in the university and also a star footballer, but at the same time, a teenager, who can be easily influenced. The drug mafia see a potential scapegoat in him and love can make one take incredible decisions at a young age and Lorry gets sucked into it!
Enter- Abhishek Bachchan or ACP Vishnu Kamath, head of the Narcotics Department appointed to cleanse Goa of all the dirt and drugs. Lorsa Biscuit (Aditya Pancholi) is the wealthiest person in Goa and its self proclaimed Boss, responsible for corrupting innocent lives, and Zoe (Bipasha Basu) is one such victim. Then there is Joki (Rana Daggubati) - the local lad, a musician, and ex-lover of Zoe and friend of Lorry who also wishes to right the wrongs.
The movie starts off with a relatively slow pace but catches up later, moving back and forth, between the present and the past, with twists and suspense at every corner! Abhishek is a much better cop in this film than his 'Dhoom 2' stint. Prateik Babbar is unimpressive, and fails at proving any versatility post 'Dhobi Ghat'. Joki deserves special mention for portraying an excellent character of friend-philosopher-guide. Bipasha Basu and Aditya Pancholi are just about good.
The music is good. The title track, "Dum Maro Dum" is catchy and well-picturised. All in all, an above-average package of good story, impressive cinematography, good acting, melodious music and a time not wasted for a one-time-dekho!