Dhamaka Movie Review: A cringe-inducing ride
The movie’s ideas seem to have been inspired by the dirty jokes and trolls on social media which come from the imagination of teenagers
After Oru Adaar Love, Omar Lulu returns with Dhamaka, another movie that gives tough competition to the former in the patience-testing department. I can’t tell which of the two is more potent in that regard. Now that I’ve mentioned potency, that’s what Dhamaka revolves around — a young man who can’t perform on his wedding night... and a few other nights. The protagonist, Eyo, is played by the now grown-up Arun (from Mohanlal’s Olympian Anthony Adam). Once the movie was done, it had me going, “Ayyo!”
Director: Omar Lulu
Cast: Arun, Nikki Galrani, Dharamjan, Mukesh, Urvashi
While searching for a cure for his problem, Eyo ends up at the door of a sexologist named Dr Sexena (how imaginative!) at the insistence of his stupid friend (Dharmajan). The doctor is played with usual vigour by Hareesh Kanaran (frankly, the only entertaining actor in the film). You see, this is a movie where an engineering student is dumb enough to approach a dubious doctor who has the portrait of an American male pornstar in his office. This is a movie where twenty-something dudes feel extremely awkward after their parents announce they’re going to have another child — an after-effect of the viagra meant for their children. But then, why should anyone bother looking for logic or class in an Omar Lulu movie?
With one cringe-inducing scene (and song) after the other, Dhamaka continually assaults our senses. And just like his previous movies, Omar takes tunes from popular Malayalam flicks and use them for “explosive” moments in his film. The awkwardness generated is so high that one wishes for Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak.
Barring the comical ingenuity of two sequences where the young man’s inability to perform is relayed through a shot of a missed goal in a football match and later a scene from Baahubali (where Prabhas is struggling to lift a huge Shiva linga), Dhamaka’s ideas seem to have been inspired by the dirty jokes and trolls on social media which come from the imagination of teenagers. In the acting department, Arun Kumar is not bad, but he deserves a better film. The less said about the misuse of Mukesh and Urvashi, the better.
How do you write about a movie whose main positive quality is its art direction? This is a very, very colourful movie. The interiors and exteriors are painted with the brightest of colours and matched with the most appropriate flowers and costumes. The colour coordination is a joy to behold. If only this fastidiousness was seen in the rest of the film.