Directed by Ram Madhvani, the action thriller ‘Dhamaka’ is a remake of the Korean film ‘The Terror Live’ which released in 2013. The film has been adapted by writer-lyricist Puneet Sharma along with Madhvani himself.
It tells the story about an award winning news anchor Arjun Pathak (Kartik Aaryan) who gets demoted from the primetime face of the news channel Bharosa 24×7 to a Radio Jockey of a show called Aaj Ka Topic. One day while he is on job, he receives a call from an unknown number which claims that he will blow up Mumbai’s sea link bridge. Arjun assumes it to be a prank but within minutes the sea link blows up and we witness the dhamaka. Arjun sees this as an opportunity to get back his prime time spot of news anchor and he immediately calls his ex-boss Ankita (Amruta Subhash) and makes a deal with her to get back on television.
This follows the story about how a terrorist (the man who blew up the bridge) negotiates with Arjun Pathak. He wants the minister to apologise as three of his co-workers died while repairing the same bridge on a rainy day and their families were promised compensation by the government which they never received. The film revolves around how Arjun Pathak deals with this whole situation.
Besides all the struggles and problems in his professional life, we get to know about his personal life as well. His troubled marriage with his wife Soumya Mehra Pathak (Mrunal Thakur) who is a news anchor with the same channel and is reporting from the site of the blast on this fateful day.
While we witness how journalists and anchors gather themselves to live report news at the time of terror attacks or for that matter any kind of urgency, the movie also throws big bombs at corrupt media and shows how they have made business out of ‘breaking news’ and how TRP trumps everything.
Kartik Aaryan makes his OTT debut with Dhamaka and no doubt this is an offering to be remembered. So far we have seen him doing comics or romcoms but here he was in a very different and serious role. He proves that he’s about so much more than just delivering monologues. Amruta Subhash as Ankita, the TRP minded boss, is fabulous and definitely leaves an impact whenever she comes on the screen. Mrunal Thakur didn’t have much to offer to her character. Though, we get to witness some cute chemistry between Kartik and her at the start of the film in Prateek Kuhad’s song Kasoor.
Despite the fact that the whole of the movie is majorly shot in one newsroom only, the cinematography done by Manu Anand is just brilliant. Coming to the music of the movie, it offers only two songs, ‘Kasoor’ and ‘Kya Khoya Paya’ and both of them manage to hit the viewers where required.
In its first half Dhamaka is highly gripping and keeps the viewers engaged throughout whereas the second half feels a little repetitive. All said and done, the actors have delivered promising performances, making it a good one time watch movie.
‘Dhamaka’ is now streaming on Netflix. Check it out over the weekend!