Dhamaka movie review Kartik Aaryan 2.0 turns up a powerful performance in this suspenseful thriller.
ByFunAsia 19 Nov 2021 10:49 PM 42

The trailer for Dhamaka hinted to a KartikAaryan 2.0. Kartik's performance in the film is, without a doubt, his most difficult to date. After being dubbed "the monologue king" and appearing in romcoms like Pyaar ka Punchnama, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Pati Patni Aur Woh, Luka Chhupi, and others, Kartik's Arjun Pathak in Dhamaka not only demonstrates his acting range but also touches on a distinct genre and emotion.

Ram Madhvani, who previously directed Neerja and the television series Aarya, creates a universe within a room full of suspense, action, reaction, and a sense of urgency. Dhamaka stars Kartik as Arjun Pathak, a broadcast journalist partially based on the 2013 Korean thriller The Terror Live. He got demoted from prime-time news anchor to RJ, but things turn around when he gets an exclusive interview with a terrorist who blew up Mumbai's Sea Link bridge. Arjun Pathak organizes himself to be live on air in the midst of a terror incident, and what goes through his thoughts while talking to his caller keeps you engrossed for 1 hour 43 minutes.

The film's appropriate length is a plus. It never lets up and keeps you on the edge of your seat from the very beginning. There is no time wasted in the build-up, either for the story or for the characters. The film opens with Arjun Pathak and his wife Saumya (Mrunal Thakur) singing a love song before cutting to the first scene in the newsroom, where we find that they are no longer together.

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