Against my better judgment, I decided to watch this “cops ‘n robbers” flick at the theater. Needless to say, I left the theater irate. The short verdict for DMD – 3 stars.
My elaboration on the rating is this:
The story revolves around the narcotics world and the law enforcement, Officer Kamath(Abhishek Bachhan) in particular, trying to clean up Goa. As Kamath comes to learn that Biscuta (Aditya Pancholi) is the drug Lord, he puts together a team to help him bring down Biscuta who has connections everywhere. Somewhere in the midst is a painful story of love between Joki (Rana) and Zoe (Bipasha Basu) where Joki loses the love of his life to Biscuta and he wanders through life after that. Then there is Lorry (Prateik) who is pining for his sweetheart that received a scholarship abroad and he will do anything to be with her again. In his efforts to get to her, he becomes a part of the narcotics world and the film then connects between Kamath and Lorry and Joki who tries to save Lorry.
The movie might as well have been called Barbosa because the entire second half revolved around “it”. Barbosa becomes the focal point during the second half but leaves the viewer disappointed once the identity is revealed. There is no character with that name and sadly it is just one of several places that the antagonist uses to hide his stash of narcotics. There are a lot of question marks after the film but not the thought-provoking kind. I’m talking about the questions you want to ask the script writer, editor and director while shaking them vigorously. Why was Joki hell-bent on saving Lorry when he could have done the same to save Zoe in the past? Was Joki the main lead or Kamath? What was written in Lorry’s notes that gave Kamath the answer? If Biscuit set up the final rave in Karnataka because it was beyond Kamath’s jurisdiction, how did Kamath get there? Wasn’t the whole point of moving it that he wouldn’t be able to catch Biscuit outside his jurisdiction?
The brutality in the movie is a put-off. It is too raw and unexpected from Indian films. In a time where movies of this nature are glossed up for added effect, you would think that a movie set in Goa would have a little more camera effect. The dialogues are your average run-of-the-mill “jalaa kar raakh kar dunga” type. The second half of the movie falls short for several reasons. The protagonist is killed (and not in a way you would expect) well ahead of the climax. The antagonist is killed by an irrelevant, nameless, faceless character and the timing of his demise is so unexpected, you could miss it in the blink of an eye.
Abhishek does a good job in his character but it seems like he still doesn’t know his niche in the film industry. Rana Dagubatti performs brilliantly and is very believable in his role and so is Prateik. Aditya Pancholi is not too bad but he could have added to the movie by being more expressive. Govind Namdev is never disappointing, however, the script doesn’t do him justice.
Overall, the movie is a one-time watch but you can’t expect to leave with something to remember except the annoying tag “Barbosa”.