Despite a slow second half DHAMAKA is an edge of the seat thriller that boasts of fine performances

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Dhamaka is the story of a prime time reporter who gets the biggest scoop of his career. Arjun Pathak (Karthik Aryan) Bharosa was a reputed TV reporter of 24×7. He is married to Saumya Mehra Pathak (Mrunal Thakur). All is going well but due to an untoward incident, Arjun is demoted and given the rank of a radio jockey at Radio Bharosa. His marriage with Saumya is about to end as their divorce proceedings are underway. One day, during his morning show, Arjun receives a call from a man named Raghubir Mahta (Soham Majumdar). He claims that he planted a bomb on the Sea Link in Mumbai. Arjun assumes that it is a prank call and suddenly cuts it. The very next moment he hears a loud bang. He looks out the window and sees that a part of the sea link has burst. Raghubir calls again and wants to talk. A scared Arjun immediately calls the police. But he cuts the call when he learns that this is his chance to regain his position as a prime time news anchor. He requests Raghubir to wait for some time. He immediately calls up his boss Ankita (Amrita Subhash) and tells her about the situation. He also gets assurance from her that he can go on air with this story. A temporary studio has been set up in the radio station. Arjun gets on air and starts talking to Raghubir further. At this point, Raghubir informs that he wants an immediate apology from Minister Jaydev Patil; Otherwise it will explode. He also tells Arjun that there is a bomb in his earpiece and if he moves from his seat, he will detonate it. To add to Arjun’s fear, he learns that Saumya is the one who has gone to the Sea Link to put the story on the ground. Another blast shakes the Sea Link and now Soumya and the rest of the people present there are in danger. What happens next forms the rest of the film.


The blast is based on the Korean film Terror Live. [written and directed by Kim Byung Woo], The story is unique and one of its kind. Dhamaka is a thriller but it starts on a sweet note. Soon, the tone changes as Arjun gets a call from a mysterious caller. The first half will not give you any reason to complain as the makers neatly explain the setting, dynamics between different characters and why Arjun has been demoted. The way Arjun uses his divorce papers to make notes is quite predictable and shows that the director has tried to make the product different. The scene where Jayant Patil’s deputy Subhash Mathur (Vishwajit Pradhan) comes to the studio and talks to Raghubir is a spectacular sight and will leave the audience stunned. Another heart-wrenching scene is when Saumya tries to save a girl from a car before falling from the sea link. There are some good scenes in the second half as well but due to the shortcomings mentioned above, the effect has been reduced.

Punit Sharma and Ram Madhvani’s screenplay is impressive and ensures that the audience is glued to their seats. However, some developments in the second half are not convincing. Even the finale is difficult to digest. Punit Sharma and Ram Madhvani’s dialogues are sharp and acidic.

Ram Madhvani’s direction is strong. The way the story is told is such that the audience can’t help but get lost in the world shown by the talented director. He also raises the tension level very well, leaving the audience to wonder what will happen next. His remarks on morality and the search for news channels to raise ratings at any cost will stun the viewers. On the other hand, some developments are difficult to digest later. The sequence where Ankita gets an anchor from a rival channel to expose Arjun’s wrongdoings and even forces Arjun to talk to her on another news channel. This is especially because Ankita has been shown to be concerned about ratings; Such a move could disrupt the channel in the long run. Arjuna’s decision in the climax seems unnecessary as he had a fighting spirit.

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Dhamaka scores when it comes to performance. Kartik Aaryan is known for comedy and light-hearted roles but here; He ventures into completely new territory and comes out with flying colors. He will surely surprise many and prove that he is capable of playing a wide variety of roles with ease. Mrunal Thakur is mentioned before Kartik, in the opening credits. Her role is also credited as a special appearance and she does very well. Amrita Subhash leaves a tremendous impression and adds a lot to the drama in the film. Sohum Majumdar’s presence is limited but his voice plays an important role and overall, he does a decent job. Vishwajit Pradhan is memorable in a cameo. Vikas Kumar (Praveen Kamath; counter-terrorism officer) gives a fine, no-nonsense performance. Anuj Thursday (Manas Sethi; INL News Anchor) is fine.

Dhamaka, ideally, should have been a song-less fare, but the three songs are neatly woven into the narrative. ,Lost – Found‘ Claims of powerful lyrics and vocals by Amit Trivedi. The female version of Jasleen Royal is also tremendous. ,fault‘ is sweet and bears the trademark symbol Kuhad’s seal on it. Vishal Khurana’s background score is impressive.

Manu Anand’s cinematography is a bit shaky but that adds to the tension. Nidhi Rungta’s production design is authentic. Manohar Verma’s action is realistic. Thiya Tekchandane’s costumes (collaborative costume designing by Aayushi Jain) are as non-glamorous as the film requires. VFX from Futureworks Media Ltd and RedCillis.VFX could have been better. Monisha R Baldawa’s editing (co-editing by Amit Karia) is slick and fast-paced but a bit slow in the later parts.

Overall, Dhamaka is a great thriller and one of the finest performances from Kartik Aaryan. But the sad part is that the film suffocates in the second half.

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