Dhoomam Cast: Fahadh Fassil, Aparna Balamurali, Roshan Mathew, Vineeth, Achyuth Kumar
Music: Poornachandra Tejaswi
Editing: Suresh Arumugam
Cinematography: Preetha Jayaram
Producer: Vijay Kiragandur
Written and Directed by Pawan Kumar
Dhoomam Movie Rating: 2.5/5
Dhoomam is the new movie directed by Pawan Kumar. The writer-director made a great impression with his Kannada films like Lucia and U-Turn. Dhoomam is his first collaboration with Fahadh Fassil. Also he joined hands with KGF and Kantara producers Hombale Films Vijay Kiragandur. Dhoomam released in Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi Pan-India. Let’s discuss about the film.
Dhoomam means Smoke. The movie deals with cigarette smoking and sales. Avinash(Fahadh Fassil) resigns to his high-paying job and tells his wife, Divya(Aparna Balamurali) that he wants to return back to Kerala from Bengaluru. A masked man attacks them and they are left unconscious in a secluded place. Avinash gets a countdown to save himself and his wife. He asks his boss Siddharth(Roshan Mathew) for help. What is his issue? Who did this to him? Will he and his wife survive? Watch Dhoomam to know more…
Fahadh Fassil is known for his performances in many celebrated Malayalam movies. He joined hands with Pawan Kumar, Lucia and U-Turn fame. Dhoomam deals with a revenge plot woven around smoking and cigarette business. How corporates try to entice their customers to get addicted and what are the side-effects. Dhoomam has a great message to give and it’s honest to the plot. The genre also works for the movie and screenplay is tightly woven in the first hour. The second hour starts to nosedive into more preachy areas than necessary. At times, it feels a bit too overstrectched for the effect.
The climax also has an issue with it being anti-commercial formula. While it makes sense to an extent it does feel unnecessary. Also, Dhoomam suffers with over simplification of an addiction. While the reality of such addiction is effectively told, the story behind commercialisation of this addiction feels too lenghty. Dhoomam has performances, technical values and ambiance going for it. To an extent we also agree with the message. But then plot feels like it has been written for the message than the message being woven into a well-realised film. After No Smoking movie by Anurag Kashyap we can call this another long No Smoking Ad commercial.
Ensemble Cast Performances
Interesting First Hour
Climax is indigestible to some
Gets bit Preachy
Writing could’ve been better
Second hour drags a bit
Dhoomam Bottom-line: Costly Anti-Smoking Ad!
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