Vivek Oberai, Diya Mirza
Director: E Niwas
A mad chase, inside a labyrinth of lanes and by-lanes,
on the railway track- between tow trains, in a bazaar,
causing a severe skid of a motorcycle rider, fall of
vegetables and crumbling of papad. One has finally nabbed
the other, in 45 seconds flat. A pistol is aimed at
him. "Okay, okay, you have won." They are
two friends Vivek Oberoi and Sushant Singh - the breathtaking
chase is a rehearsal for passing a physical test - to
become police officers, honest ones.
A Cineyug production, Dum is directed by Hyderabad-based
E. Nivas to whose credit go films like School and Love
Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega with Ramgopal Varma. Dum is
his first directorial venture outside Varma's banner.
of digital effects, a romantic number, a raunchy one,
hummable ones though, Dum has all that nexus between
police and politics, greedy government officials and
the common man, law plus love. Atul Kulakarni, a psychotic
cop infamous as 'encounter Shankar' for he kills all
who oppose him, staging 'encounters' is also hand-in-glove
with leaders in power, for his definition of police
is: P for power, O for order, L for law, I for income,
C for commission and E for encounter. He has a tough
time against his boss Mukesh Rishi, and officer who
pays the price of being an honest policeman yet is unmoved
and is a constant help, guide and motivation for the
young blood represented by Vivek (Uday) and Sushant
(Mohan). His philosophy is "Aabhari bahut bhari
shabd hai" Diya Mirza, though she exudes no
romantic aura, arouses it in Vivek, and comes as a breather
and a filler too. A romantic angle to an otherwise action-packed
flick is a must. She is a television host for a cooking
programme whose brother marries Vivek's sister.
plot, tight script that revolves around one family,
two cops and a few politicians, the director takes care
that the film does not fall by the wayside. Yet he has
made a great mistake. The reason for which Shankar stages
'an encounter' with the hero is too weak- his ladylove
who invites trouble on herself by commenting on the
cop's bad manners instead of avoiding the sight! Her
muscleman is here to save her, lending the cop enough
reason, plus a scar on his cheek to chase him to death.
A game of loss and gain and the cop's attempts to foil
all Vivek's efforts to become an honest police officer.
Vivek is successful in becoming one but the cop whose
motto is "mujhe kisi ke aage jhukna pasand nahin"
does not let him rule over him. He is ordered to prepare
his character certificate; he burns the certificate,
hits his father, kills his childhood friend and even
takes his ladylove away.
"Take recourse to the law to do away with him,"
Mukesh Rishi guides our hero, something that he himself
followed; yet never succeeded in! Hence, our hero is
intelligent enough. He takes all help from him but finally
kills his enemy openly. "Agar ek aisa Shankar
marega tabhi hazaron Uday paida honge". The
punch line is loud and clear if the law fails, use dum!
Those who have 'dum' to watch three hours of this action-packed,
violent flick where romance hardly counts, with an absolutely
unnecessary vulgar item number thrown in, are welcome.
The comic relief is well placed amid shots of tension.
It is a seesaw between the acting skills of Vivek and
Atul. The latter's face though looks all the same whether
he laughs, cries or kills, hence, Vivek is a step ahead.
The rest do not deserve a mention. Overall, the film
can be watched by those who go in for a rain of bullets
and brawls. And do not necessarily think that beauties
have a place in life.