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3 Life Lessons from Dhoom 3

December 26, 2013 16:02 IST

Image: Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3
Paloma Sharma in Mumbai

There’s something about Dhoom 3.

It is not everyday that one comes across this level of genius in filmmaking (of course, it may look familiar to you if you watch Christopher Nolan films).

But it would be unfair to suggest that elements of Dhoom 3 are heavily borrowed from Hollywood films. The extravagant sets, suggestive dancing and twist in the tale are all clearly, originally Bollywood.

Much like a highly inappropriate Panchatantra tale for children, Dhoom 3 is loaded will life lessons.

So kids, gather round and listen very, very carefully.


1. A good vocabulary goes a long way

Try to learn a new word every day. It will help when you’re writing dialogues for your film.

Now, once you have the dialogues, make sure you repeat them at least 56,301 times for the audience to know how awesome your wordplay is.

For example, I *still* remember that Aailya (Katrina Kaif) was auditioning for a part that required her to be an ‘Asian goddess who sings and dances like liquid electricity’.

That’s the power of repetition!

Also, make sure you have a little poem which can be repeated over and over again, just in case you run out of dialogues. The poem can be as cheesy as you like. Be sure to give it a touch of the old world and bam! You’ve gotten yourself half a script. The other half isn’t as necessary. Who reads it anyway?


2. Hiding your autistic son for the sake of a magic trick is good parenting

Image: Jackie Shroff in Dhoom 3

Aamir Khan plays a double role, as identical twins Sahir and Samar, whose father (Jackie Shroff) is a magician.

Now, in order to perform the greatest magic trick ever, he hides his autistic son from the world while the other boy is allowed to be seen in public.

(*ahem* The Prestige *ahem*)

Not only that, Daddy decides to blow his own head off in front of his kids over a bad investment.

But the kids remain ever faithful. After the bank takes away the arena that houses their circus -- aptly named The Great Indian Circus -- the twins buy it back with the money they steal from the bank.

They're so smart, it hurts.

Sahir and Samar continue to avenge a father, who left them without a roof over their heads and enough trauma to last them a lifetime.

Now that is a fine example of good parenting! 

3. Some good distraction always helps

Image: Katrina Kaif in Dhoom 3

Perhaps the only reason they didn’t cast Sonakshi Sinha in Katrina Kaif’s role was because this wasn’t a South remake.

Sinha -- or for that matter, even Sunny Leone -- would’ve done just as well.

The film preaches haath ki safai and stays true to its morals. While they bring in Ms Kaif’s legs to distract you, they wipe common sense off the table and out of the script.

So two ‘super-cops’ from Mumbai police, who’ve never caught any of the major criminals they were after, are called to help out the Chicago Police department?

Oh, look -- LEGS!

Aamir Khan, while in Rain Man mode, can memorise everything in mere seconds but fails to recognize a Abhishek Bachchan in a beard?


So, just to make it clear, they’re trying to avenge a bad investment and irresponsible parenting?

Sigh, forget it. Just look at the legs.

What can you say? Yash Raj FIlms are the true magicians.