Dishoom – Akshaye Khanna packs a punch in this masala flick

*ing – John Abraham , Varun Dhawan , Jacqueline Fernandez , Akshaye Khanna , Saqib Saleem

Produced by – Sajid Nadiadwala

Directed by – Rohit Dhawan


Dishoom has been marketed by its makers in a way that it has created a general perception of being a typical masala entertainer among the movie going audience. A good starcast , a hit song (Sau Tarah ke) , big production values, aggressive marketing campaign, Dishoom seems to have everything going for it. So does this massy film manage to entertain? Does Varun Dhawan continue his successful run at the box office? Read on to find out……


Dishoom is a typical masala film , which tries it’s best to compete with various cop – buddy flicks from both Hollywood and Bollywood. It is due to this that there is a feeling of deja – vu while watching the film.While it doesn’t bore the audience, it manages to entertain only in bits and parts.

The production values of Dishoom are excellent. Everything from the costumes to the set designs and locations is excellent. One can easily see that the film has been made on a lavish scale. The action sequences are good, though not brilliant. Special mention to the cinematography department, the locations have been captured very well.

The story of Dishoom is average. The music is a real disappointment , and everything except for the ‘Sau Tarah ke’ track is irritating, especially the Dishoom title track. The background score is average at best. 

As far as the direction is concerned, Rohit Dhawan has done a reasonable job. He isn’t brilliant, but he does have the potential to do something better.

Now for the performances. John Abraham has barely  two expressions on his face throughout the film. Given the fact that his character has  been written that way, he has still done a reasonably good job. Varun Dhawan has the potential, but he needs to stop hamming it up and realize that he cannot be Govinda. He has his moments though. Jacqueline Fernandez looks great , dances well and gives a performance suited for her role. Akshaye Khanna is fantastic as the baddie. He’s made a spectacular comeback, and is totally in control of the film whenever he’s on-screen. Saqib Saleem is decent as the star cricketer of the Indian team. Akshay Kumar makes a hilarious cameo, which will be well received. 


Dishoom is a film which neither soars nor plummets. It moves along at decent pace and provides average entertainment value. The film will be received well by the single screen audience. Most recommended for fans of the masala genre and fans of Varun, John and Jacqueline. If you’re not one of the above, skip it.


2.5 stars – Watchable only for those who relish masala films or are fans of the lead starcast. Others can give it a miss!

Sultan – This Salman Khan starrer is a winner by Knockout!

*ing – Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda, Amit Sadh and others

Produced by – Yash Raj Films

Directed by – Ali Abbas Zafar


Simply put, Sultan is the biggest film of the year. Everything from the starcast to the production has just made the film bigger. The fact that this is a Salman Khan film has created an astounding anticipation amongst the movie going public. So does Sultan meet the humongous expectations it has set for itself, both in terms of content and box office figures? Do the masses, who have, for most part of this year, been ignored by the top stars of the country, come back to the theatres ? Let’s findout…….


Sultan is one of Salman Khan’s most intense films. It is entertaining, yet there is a story, and a good one at that. The story has been placed well in both the first and the second half. The film’s length could have been cut down though, as there are a few unnecessary scenes.

The film has decent entertainment value, and never do you feel bored. It is a perfect mix of all the elements required to make a good masala film.

The story is very well written. Though not unpredictable, it is the story that drives the film. The screenplay is satisfactory. The Sultan title track is particularly well shot, and so are the action sequences. The editing could have been better. The dialogues are quite good. The locations, camera work and cinematography are excellent. Special mention for the action sequences, they glue you to your seats.

The music of Sultan is a tad bit disappointing. None of the songs except for the Sultan title track are even required, and 440 volts is badly picturized. 

Sultan marks the coming of age of director Ali Abbas Zafar. He’s improved vastly, and gets most of the things right. A golden opportunity well used. The director, who’s filmography consists of  ‘Gunday’ and ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan’, has rectified the mistakes he made in his past films. He sticks to the story and makes sure that he caters to Salman’s vast fan following, which proves to be a good thing for the film.

Now for the performances. Salman Khan is absolutely sensational as Sultan Ali Khan. He’s not done such an intense role except for in ‘Tere Naam’, and he’s right on point. He excels in each and every scene, and emotes excellently through his eyes. The effort he’s taken to build his body and work on the action scenes is visible on screen, and will be received with appreciation from all quarters. He gets his Haryanavi accent right in most scenes.Lending him able support are Anushka Sharma and Amit Sadh. Both of them are extremely competent in their roles. Randeep Hooda shines in his role. The rest of the starcast do well in their roles.


Sultan is one of Salman Khan’s best films. Good entertainment value , excellent action sequences and a strong background score during Salman’s fights and training make sure that the film is a decent watch.Watch it in a single screen theatre to enjoy it more . Is the film flawless? No. Is the film good? Yes.


3.5 / 5 stars – A definite treat for Salman fans and fans of the action genre, a good watch for the common movie going audience.