Dhamaka Movie Review: Kartik Aaryan 2.0 Delivers Intense Performance in This Captivating Thriller | Bollywood

The Dhamaka trailer pretty much promised us a Kartik Aaryan 2.0. And the film is indeed Kartik’s most difficult performance to date. After being called the king of monologue and trying out romantic comedies like Pyaar ka Punchnaama, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Pati Patni Aur woh, Luka Chhupi and so on, Arjun Pathak from Kartik to Dhamaka doesn’t just show his range as an actor but also touches on a different genre and emotion.

Director Ram Madhvani, who has directed Neerja and the Aarya series in the past, creates a world in a room full of tension, action, reaction and a sense of urgency. Dhamaka is loosely based on the 2013 Korean film, The Terror Live, and stars Kartik as a broadcast reporter named Arjun Pathak. He’s been demoted from prime-time presenter to RJ, but things change when he gets an exclusive interview with a terrorist who blew up Mumbai’s Sea Link Bridge. Arjun Pathak comes together to be live in the middle of a terrorist attack and what goes through his mind while talking to his interlocutor is what keeps you engaged for 1 hour 43 minutes.

Here I would like to mention that the appropriate length of the film works in its favor. It never loses the beat and keeps you on edge from the start. No time is wasted in the construction, neither for the story nor for the characters. The film begins with a romantic song between Arjun Pathak and his wife Saumya (Mrunal Thakur) and goes to the first scene in the newsroom, we are told that they are no longer together.

At this point, you would expect to know the story or a flashback to what happened, but the how and why are answered organically. The script moves forward without staying too long in one place. Madhvani connects with you in the tense environment newscasters and reporters experience when reporting breaking news from the studio or crime scene.

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And I loved the dilemma each character faces in doing their part onscreen – whether it’s Kartik sitting in the studio and feeling helpless, Amruta Subhash in the control room leading, calm but assertive, or Mrunal. Thakur, reporting from the bomb site and helping the hostages, and the man in the line, sharing his own ordeal. The portions when Kartik negotiates with him and saves time to sort things out gives you real chills. However, a little more of Arjun and Saumya’s love story could have been shown to add a different dimension to her character.

Madhvani never lets you take me away from the present moment and that’s the beauty of her storytelling, something we also saw in Neerja. During the two hours spent on a plane, we got to see so many emotions melt into each other and in Dhamaka too, one newsroom allows you to experience so much under one roof.

For those of you who don’t know, Dhamaka in a way sets a record for how the film was shot in 10 days using multiple cameras. Fabulous camera work capturing the intensity of the scenes and the characters’ emotions explains the details and process Madhvani and the team go through.

Even though Dhamaka is not a film rich in music, but it is the Kya Khoya Paaya track during the climax, pierce your heart and stay with you for a long time, because it sums up the whole movie beautifully. If you are into thrillers, Dhamaka will not disappoint you and Kartik Aaryan definitely impresses with his brand new avatar and convincing performance.


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