Director of Neerja and web-series Aarya, Ram Madhvani, collaborates with Kartik Aaryan for the first time in Dhamaka which premiered on Netflix today.
Dhamaka tells the story of former news anchor Arjun Pathak (played by Kartik Aaryan) who is going through a tough time both personally and professionally. While performing as Radio Jockey, an alarming call from a bomber changes his life forever as the later threatens to destroy the Mumbai sea-link if his demands are not met.
From critical acclaim films like Lets Talk, Neerja and the web-series, Aarya, Ram Madhvani adapts the 2013 Korean film The Terror Live (Irrfan Khan’s Madaari also has a close resemblance) and gives an engaging race-against-time political thriller which is sure to give you a goose bumps in few scenes. Dhamaka spares no moment and takes you to dive into the event that changed the lives of many people involved in the event. Kudos to Ram Madhvani and Puneet Sharmaa (story) for daring to be different. It takes nerve of steel to tell the not-so- happy ending stories. Dhamaka will consume you right from the beginning especially when hostages on the broken sea-link bridge faces the threat. From here onward, there is no turning back as the film will keep you engaged with high-gripping drama and good performances. Icing on the cake is the bomb blast scenes in the adjacent building which creates tremendous impact on the news channel building as well. On the flip side, second half slides down which could have been better managed. But crispy screenplay compensates for that. Art direction and cinematography is splendid. Background score gels well with the mood of the film.
Kartik Aaryan completely surprises with his brilliant portrayal of Arjun Pathak. The brilliant actor sheds his romantic-comedy image and transforms into a role of grieve-stricken honest journalist and he does it with aplomb. Amruta Subhash and Mrunal Thakur lends a good support.
Overall, Dhamaka is heart-wrenching , reality-based political thriller that is going to get goose bumps. Nice 3.5/5
Dhamaka is produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Movies and Ram Madhvani Films in association with Lotte Cultureworks, Globalgate Entertainment & Lionsgate.