Dhoom: 2 is a 2006 film starring Abhishek Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai, Uday Chopra, and Bipasha Basu, with a special appearance by Rimi Sen as Abhi's knocked-up wife Sweeti.
Oh, did you want a plot synopsis? Why? Look at all the beautiful people! And Uday! (Okay, sorry, Uday, clearly you worked hard on your abs for this shoot and you deserve mad props.) Fine, then: Jai Dixit (Abhi) and his sidekick Ali (Uday) are cops who obviously have a tremendous budget but no back-up, considering their opening action sequence. Ali's the kind of guy who keeps his police I.D. on him during an undercover operation. Jai's the kind of guy who never cracks a smile, but does assure his cranky pregnant wife that he could get plenty of side action if he wanted it. Except he doesn't because he's "decent." Whatever. Do I care about any of these characters? Not much. Do I want to keep on watching? Heck yes.
They're hot on the trail of international thief "Mr. A" (Hrithik) who opens the film with a Mission: Impossible-style heist from a queen who's an obvious knock-off of Elizabeth II. Take that, Raj-hungover wannabe Imperialist! You'll get that crown back when we see the Kohinoor in India again!
Bips plays ACP Shonali Bose, an old classmate of Jai's who shows up in time to make Sweeti eat her pre-dinner popcorn in a furor of jealousy, help with the case not at all, and dance a hot salsa-flavored number with Jai at their extremely sexy class reunion. Most class reunions I've seen in real life have featured a drunk D.J. and balding overweight people trying to recapture their teen angst, but this looks like way more fun.Along the way, Mr. A hooks up with petty thief Sunehri (Aishwarya), who laces her conversation with "like" and speaks about herself, like, in the third person. A lot. But hey, she's gorgeous so who cares? Certainly not Mr. A, or Aryan as he reveals himself to be after spending about ten minutes with her, losing all discretion because she is HAWT. Do I care about either of them? Not much. Do I want to keep watching? Heck yes.
They fly to Rio to get ready for their next heist, and Jai and Ali follow hot on their heels, staying with Shonali's sister Monali (also Bips). Explosions, gunfights, and Russian roulette ensue. Do I care about how it ends? Not much. Do I want to keep on watching? Heck yes!
Like I said, you get what you came for. If you came expecting some sort of fine art, then you must be visually impaired, and that is a shame because you are totally missing out on the six best reasons to see this movie (i.e. each of Hrithik's abs). Or, if you bat for the other team, the other six best reasons to see this movie (i.e. Aish and Bips' T&A, although there isn't much left of Aish's A since Yash Raj contractually required her to lose a bunch of weight that she couldn't afford to lose). It's not like they fooled you with esoteric TV spots and mysterious trailers. Don't complain if they deliver precisely what's promised.
"Kyaa love story hai."
Actually, this is one of the few movies in which I did not like Abhi's character at all and I didn't wince at Hrithik's roadrunner-on-speed thing he does when his character is supposed to be heartbroken. (Dang it! Just hold still and let me drool over you!) In fact, I actually liked Aryan better than Jai, which I guess isn't surprising when Hrithik wears the bare minimum of above-the-waist clothing and seduces everyone, of both genders, with whom he comes into contact. I don't think it's Aishwarya's fault that Abhi and Hrithik have better chemistry than she and Hrithik do.
Aish has a natural elegance and delicacy of bone structure that doesn't lend itself well to the role of street-savvy wannabe tough. Also, she looks tired in this role. I'm not sure if it was a more-rapid-than-usual shoot, the international travel (though surely she's accustomed to that), a role that's unsuited to her personality, the weight loss, or a bad hair stylist and makeup artist, but she doesn't have her usual vibrancy. Maybe it's all those factors. Still, she does her job, even down to that awful Michael Jackson impression in "Crazy Kya Re."
Bipasha does a decent job in her dual roles, switching easily between focused police officer and goofy, English-only dilletante who apparently earns her living by looking great. Uday's...not as annoying as I expected. And he's actually kind of funny in "My Name is Ali."
The soundtrack is fun, if a little repetitive by the time we get to "Dil Laga Na." The dance numbers exist only to be played on MTV Asia, but they're fun too.
And ooo, look! Things blowing up! And pretty people! And exotic locales! And jet skis and motorcycles and helicopters and guns! I like it I like it! Don't you like it? What's not to like? Provided you go in expecting what's promised, I'd say that Dhoom:2 is worth every penny.