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"Dhoom"

AS ENGINES are revved up noisily and macho men fill the screen, "Dhoom" takes off in the genre of "The Fast And The Furious," "Ocean's Eleven" and other similar ones. Three men, three goals and three mindsets. A cop, a suave thief and a playful bike enthusiast come together due to circumstances. Thanks to a slick robbery by four bikers.

They steal money from an armoured truck and speed away, frustrating the Mumbai police force. Which is when Assistant Police Commissioner Jai Dixit (Abhishek Bachchan), married to a Bengali (Rima), starts looking for someone who can understand the machines so that the hunt for the criminals is easier.

He comes across Ali (Uday Chopra), a self-taught expert on bikes, a mechanic and a small time business man dealing with stolen bikes. He is roped in, albeit reluctantly, by Jai.

As Jai and Ali wait in mufti for signs and signals, a young nubile girl, Sheena (Esha Deol), gets down from a car and charms Ali into repairing it.

Kabir (John Abraham), a cool, sharp thinking man who won't let anything come in the way of his goal - making money — is almost caught in a chase where one of his gang members shot. Kabir then throws a challenge to Jai - `Catch me or leave me alone for ever!' And even tells him where and when the next robbery is going to take place. Do Jai and Ali succeed?

The action scenes are extremely well done with zooms and pacy editing, while the music is more raucous than melodious. Uday Chopra is delightful. Abhishek as Jai does his role with style and grit and is proving to be a wonderful actor. While John Abraham looks terrific and suits the role of the mean, but savvy crook. Esha Doel and Rima Sen are showpieces.

CHITRA MAHESH

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