A successful series of Bollywood
action-comedy films, released in 2004, 2006 and 2013 respectively. Both follow Mumbai supercop Jai Dixit and his partner Ali in their pursuit of supposedly unstoppable thieves. Dhoom 1
features Kabir, leader of a local gang of motorcycle-riding bank robbers. Dhoom 2
has Aryan, an international art thief and master of disguise. Dhoom 3
has Sahir, the son of a circus owner seeking revenge against a bank for destroying his father's circus. Plot Holes
abound, but they possibly get away with it by taking Refuge in Audacity
Do not confuse this with Doom
, or even a Bollywood
knockoff of Doom.
These films contain the following tropes:
- Badass Biker: Kabir
- Badass Driver: Any character who operates a vehicle.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Sure, Sahir dies at the end of 3, but it is by suicide, on his own terms, and the Western Bank of Chicago shuts down.
- Beta Couple: Ali and Monali
- Buddy Cop Show: Jai and Ali
- Or Ali and Sheena, depending on the movie.
- Chase Scenes: Include Lost In A Crowd, Hot Pursuit, Suicidal Gotcha, and lots of Slo-Mo Big Air.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Ali
- Dance Party Ending
- Disney Death: Kabir in 1, Sahir and Samar in 3. Subverted with Aryan in 2; he falls, but somehow doesn't die.
- Driven to Suicide: After the Western Bank of Chicago forecloses on Iqbal Khan's circus, he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in grief, right in front of the bank officials and his son.
- Fake Defector: Ali in the first film
- Faking the Dead: Aryan
- Fanservice: Constantly. Occurs as often with male characters as female characters.
- Faux Action Girl: Shonali in 2, Victoria in 3. Despite investigating Aryan's and Sahir's cases respectively for two years, bothe still doesn't know their thieving pattern. Jai figures it out within seconds.
- Femme Fatale: Sunehri in 2, Aaliya in 3
- "Get Out of Jail Free" Card: Aryan and Sunehri, though they do nothing to deserve it.
- Gory Discretion Shot: When Iqbal Khan commits suicide; we see only young Sahir screaming, and then an older Sahir having a Catapult Nightmare as he pulls the trigger.
- Gratuitous English: Especially in 3. Expected, obviously, as it is set in Chicago
- High Heel-Face Turn: Sunehri. Subverted in that she ends up with Aryan, who is technically the bad guy. Although, by this point, he is considerably more sympathetic than the police chasing him.
- Impossible Thief: Aryan and Sahir embody this trope.
- Incendiary Exponent
- Master of Disguise: Aryan, whose disguises run the gamut from Latex Perfection to Paper-Thin Disguise
- Meet Cute: Subverted. Ali does this with Sweety, Sheena, and Shonali, but none of them return his affections. He meets his one mutual love interest via completely ordinary means.
- No Name Given: Kabir, Sheena, and Sunehri don't even have last names in the credits. Aryan does, but it's never given during the film, and his first name isn't revealed until after Intermission.
- Averted with Sahir Khan, he introduces himself with his full name to Jai.
- Not So Different: Jai and all the thieves; Kabir, Aryan and Sahir.
- Perma Stubble: Kabir
- Police Are Useless: Jai seems to be the only competent person on the Mumbai police force.
- Russian Roulette: Aryan forces Sunehri to play this. Turns out to be Fake Roulette.
- Samus Is a Girl: Sunehri's and Victoria's introduction
- Sidekick: Ali
- Stuff Blowing Up: "Dhoom" is an onomatopoeia for an explosion. Yeah. These movies are so action packed that even the title is exploding.
- The Ditz: Monali
- The Glasses Come Off: Jai in the first film. Referenced with his sunglasses in the second, by which point he's apparently gotten contacts.
- The Mole: Sunehri
- Theme Song Reveal: Upon rewatching, Aryan's lines in "Dil Laga Na" make the next scene's Love Makes You Crazy less abrupt.
- Third-Person Person: Sunehri
- Traintop Battle
- Villain Opening Scene
- What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: Uttered almost word for word after Kabir's suicide.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Aryan's assorted gadgets.
- Worthy Opponent
- Artistic License - Physics: Everywhere, but perhaps best exemplified by Jai's entrance in the second film. He emerges on a jet ski from underwater at high velocity, soars through the air, and lands safely on a boat.
- Actually, while the jump onto the boat may still be pushing it, those 'jet ski's' actually can go underwater for quite a while. Good luck holding your breath though.
- Dhoom 3 perhaps sets the record for this, perhaps due to the new director's emphasis on Rule of Cool. Some examples include: