Producer Sajid Nadiadwala seems to have perfected the art of delivering masala entertainers with top stars. His latest production Dishoom dabbles in a similar space with the coming together of his usual suspects — good-looking men, sizzling beauties, item numbers and high-octane action sequences. And the end result seems to have delighted viewers on Day One.
At a Mumbai multiplex, we saw a host of college-going youngsters checking in to catch the first show of this masala caper. Most looked quite entertained by the end of it. The young guns looked most impressed with John Abraham who they felt came good with his action skills. Chocolate boy Varun and Jacqueline Fernandes were their usual charming selves putting and put their best feet forward. Akshaye Khanna, who is on a comeback trail, didn’t exactly garner eyeballs for his performance. One viewer opined that he shouldn’t have opted for a role with dark shades or villainy.
The plot of the movie revolves around the kidnapping of an Indian cricketer and the subsequent chase to rescue him before a big match. It was appreciated by most viewers. Majority felt Dishoom had all necessary ingredients to qualify as a family entertainer while a few thought the movie was nothing more than a one-time watch.
The actor who effortlessly stole the show with his surprise cameo was Akshay Kumar. Almost every viewer loved the action superstar’s surprise act in the film.
A worrying factor, however, was the dismal turnout for the first two shows. The cinema hall was sparsely populated with an occupancy of barely 25 percent. But with most multiplexes and single screen theatres reserving maximum screen numbers for Dishoom and with Kabali and Sultan having run out of steam, the movie is expected to do brisk business at the box-office in the weekend.