If Omar Lulu had written a review for Badhaai Ho, he might say that the movie had ample scope to include sleazy, kinky humor and the director failed to utilize that and ended up making an emotional film. Dhamaka directed by Omar Lulu is one more celebration of sexual frustration. The most dangerous thing about this trashy movie is that they might promote it as some kind of social awareness film. If Chunkzz from the same director was an entertainer for you, then you can confidently watch this spiritual successor of that unbearable creation.

Iyo is an utter failure in his life. He didn’t complete his engineering and he didn’t have a job. His father came up with a Dhamaka plan to save the life of his son and he found a rich and divorced young lady named Annie for his son to marry. But soon after the marriage, the sex life of the couple became a bit of an issue. How Iyo faces this situation that he finds as humiliating is the story of Dhamaka.

As the thanks-credit rolled in the movie we hear actor Arun talking to an RJ. Arun is talking about the big break he got from Omar Lulu and it was a desperate effort of the makers to create some sort of sympathy. Omar Lulu calls all his movies as colorful entertainers and the very first visual in this movie is of a modified yellow Premier Padmini. The “comedy” happening in that particular sequence can give you a clear idea about Dhamaka. Women are mere objects of desire in Omar movies and there is no change in this movie as well. Omar and his team of writers have tried to pitch a “progressive” idea by placing IVF and infertility in the story. But you can clearly sense them using it as a cover-up for the filthy show that was happening in the movie prior to that.  

Arun is just trying to be a hero in a movie that doesn’t give him anything to perform apart from the label of being a hero. This overacting kind of comedy that everyone does in the movie just doesn’t suit him. Nikki Galrani was asked to wear attractive clothes along with full makeup and silky smooth hair even if the character is sleeping and she has done that throughout the film. Dharmajan is supposed to be the comic relief and Omar sort of repeats everything he did with Dharmajan in Chunkzz in this movie as well. Quality actors like Mukesh, Urvashi and Innocent exhibited their flexibility as actors by lowering their standards. Salim Kumar is there in a serious role.  Hareesh Kanaran and Sabumon are also there for the sake of comedy. Shalin Zoya occasionally popped up and never made any impact.

By each movie he does, Omar Lulu is doing a great service to his first movie Happy Wedding. In this movie, Dharmajan’s Siva tells Iyo that he is taking Iyo to every place because along with a loser like Iyo, Siva will look like a smart guy. That’s the case with Happy Wedding. Other movies in the filmography of Omar are so trashy that Happy Wedding will look like a classic. I talked about Badhaai Ho in the beginning because there is a late pregnancy thing happening in Dhamaka (don’t worry it’s not a spoiler. It was there in the trailer.) While Badhaai Ho approached that concept with cleverly placed humor and heartening emotions, Omar’s version is only interested in making sexist jokes out of that situation. The movie’s ending is also pretty abrupt. It’s almost like they suddenly decided to just wrap it there. The writing is so clumsy that I am confused about whether Hareeshan Kanaran was a comic relief or a villain. All publicity is good publicity and Gopi Sunder’s tracks with cringe-worthy lyrics are perfect for that kind of promotion.

We are an industry where a fun-filled entertainer like Thanneermathan Dinangal collected a huge amount of money from the box office and garnered appreciation from the audience and critics. And here we have a director making sloppy movies with rotten jokes and sexist remarks and calling them as colorful entertainers. If you are an upcoming aspiring filmmaker, don’t watch this movie. The amount of creative laziness you get to witness in this movie can break your heart.

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Final Thoughts

If you are an upcoming aspiring filmmaker, don’t watch this movie. The amount of creative laziness you get to witness in this movie can break your heart.


Green: Recommended Content

Orange: The In-Between Ones

Red: Not Recommended


By Aswin Bharadwaj

Founder and editor of Lensmen Reviews.