Sanjay Gadhvi know well that movies featuring a thief as an anti-hero have a seductive effect on the audience. Remember the old Cary Grant-Grace Kelly film To Catch a Thief? Of course, we all fell in love with beautiful Frances (Grace Kelly) but it's the memory of the cat burglar John Robbie (Cary Grant) that has stayed with us over so many decades. You see, we all like to be bad, real bad. It's just that most of us don't have the balls.
Police officer Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan) and his sidekick Ali (Uday Chopra), now a sub-inspector, head to Brazil on the trail of ace thief Mr.A (Hrithik Roshan), whose daringly executed robberies have confounded police in different continents. Also flying into Rio is Sunehri (Aishwarya Rai), a petty thief, police informer and now passionate pupil of Mr.A.
Hrithik Roshan delivers a solid performance as the stealer of priceless artifacts. Although endearing as the thief, still he doesn't quite inveigle himself into our hearts like he did with his virtuoso performance as the handicapped youth in Koi Mil Gaya.
The Dhoom 2 title song follows, with the title and opening credits rolling on screen, barely noticable since it's hard to keep your eye off Hrithik who promises a heart-pumping Dhoom 2, going by the lyrics. Despite being distinctly different from each other, there is a certain common vibe amongst all the tracks of Dhoom 2 by which you can identify them amongst a lot. Now the big question – does it surpass the original? We would rather say that Dhoom 2 leaves a mark of its own.
Pritam's music is fair. Barring the 'Krazy Kiya Re' track and the title track [filmed on Hrithik], the score is outright mediocre. However, the saving grace is the vibrant and energetic picturization, which takes the songs to another level. The choreography of the title track by Shiamak Davar is outstanding. Vaibhavi Merchant's choreography of 'Krazy Kiya Re' is admirable as well. Salim-Sulaiman's background score is highly effective. Abhishek in DHOOM 2 is what Shashi Kapoor was in Amitabh Bachchan starrers. Aishwarya evolves into a different person in DHOOM 2. Bipasha is just about okay as the cop, but is lively as the twin sister. Uday irritates at times, but handles a few scenes well.
On the whole, DHOOM 2 is a winner all the way.