The much touted and publicized film Dhamaka is actually a dampener. Ram Madhvani is no doubt a good director. His previous films prove that. But ‘Dhamaka’ honestly is unconvincing and gives a feeling of an incomplete story. The film is a live example of how a bad one can draw viewers with just a good publicity.
The crisis created on screen looks unrealistic and then the subject of course is sensitive; corruption and media. Both are more than touchy topics in this country in the present times. When the main focus of the story is sensitive then you can’t afford to veer off the controversial angles. And the film does exactly that naturally because it doesn’t want to offend anyone.
The result is that we get a half-baked crisis situation which doesn’t really touch heart. The only character who looks convincing is the hero’s boss, Amruta Subhash as Ankita Malaskar. Mrunal Thakur has no role to speak of. The film is just a combination of close ups of the protagonist Arjun Pathak (Kartik Aaryan) and VFX of the bridge being blown off. No wonder the film’s shoot was completed in 20 days!
As for Kartik Aaryan, unfortunately he is an actor of limited capabilities. He was good in ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’. So, it seems he is good at comic, casual roles but can’t portray high stress, intense ones as Rajkummar Rao and many of the newcomers can.
However, Kartik Aaryan has an advantage of his good looks. He can better use them in romcoms instead of making a character look very unrealistic.
The film is actually a sad product by a talented director simply because the script was highly charged and the director had to avoid the controversial within a sensitive topic.
But well, thanks to a remarkable publicity strategy, everyone is singing praises for a below average film and viewers are perhaps watching it out of curiosity and partly because of Kartik Aaryan. But guys, if you care for a good story and a little good acting, please don’t watch it. It is a sheer waste of time.