Banner: Metro Films Pvt Ltd & Ayngaran International Media Pvt Ltd
Starring: Jayam Ravi, Kangana Ranaut, Lakshmi Roy
Music Director: Harish Jeyaraj
Release Date: 28th Aug, 08
The first thing that strikes you about the Dhaam Dhoom trailer is that it feels like a Hollywood thriller. We’ve seen spectacular stuff in the Dasavatharam thriller, for instance, but you still know it is an Indian spectacle. Dhaam Dhoom looks like something out of the Bourne trilogy. The pace and editing and even its very atmospheric European background resembles something out of, say, The Bourne Supremacy. Jayam Ravi and Kangana Ranaut (who makes her Tamil debut here) are on the run – chases, shootouts, and narrow escapes follow. All those elegant, stately buildings in Moscow, Prague and St. Petersburg that form the film’s background add to the texture of Dhaam Dhoom as a slick, pulsating, classy Kollywood thriller.
Jeeva’s lighting for many of the scenes look wonderfully atmospheric and classy. Director Jeeva made use of Australia so inventively in Unaale Unaale, and we are certain that he must have outdone himself here, shooting in so many exciting, legendary locations. Prague, for instance, has become immortal as a cinema city because of that classic post war thriller, The Third Man, directed by Carol Reed, written by Graham Greene and starring Orson Welles. We have a feeling that in his choice of Prague, Jeeva, having been a passionate film buff, must have been inspired by The Third Man in the way that nearly every filmmaker in the world has been.
The only thing missing in the trailer are the parts set in the village. We've all seen how evocatively Jeeva shoots city landscapes. But we haven't yet seen what his cinematography will do for village landscapes. That's one surprise waiting for us in Dhaam Dhoom.