Bollywood: Dhoom

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 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.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Every female character who had a main role.
  • Dating Catwoman: Sunehri and Aryan. (Sunehri is openly stated by the writers to be based on Catwoman.)
  • 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.
  • Expy: Sunehri to Catwoman. Less so Sahir to The Joker (he is at one point called this and the film has been favorably compared to The Dark Knight).
  • 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.
  • "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.
  • Grammar Nazi: Shonali in 2 when she is being "entrygated" by Ali.
  • 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.
  • Leitmotif: One of Bollywood's best known background score themes.
  • 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.
  • Motorcycle Jousting: Dhoom 3 has Jai and Sahir (Or is it Samar?) motorcycle jousting in the end chase
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Subtle, but the owner of the Western Bank of Chicago is named Warren Anderson. Google him, you won't like what you find.
  • 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.
  • Police Are Useless: Jai seems to be the only competent person on the Mumbai (or Chicago) police force.
  • Product Placement: BMW Motorrad sponsors the third film with their K 1300 R roadster and S 1000 RR superbike. There are also a lot of Apple products in the film.
  • Russian Roulette: Aryan forces Sunehri to play this. Turns out to be Fake Roulette.
  • Samus is a Girl: Sunehri and Victoria's introductions.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Jai in the first film. Referenced with his sunglasses in the second, by which point he's apparently gotten contacts. He also does this in 3 when revealing himself to "Samar".
  • 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:
      • Sahir's bike turning into a jet ski.