Dhamaka (2020) Malayalam Movie Review – Veeyen


With the New Year cheers having barely faded out, we head out to the theatre to watch Omar Lulu’s ‘Dhamaka’, a dire sex comedy that has infinitesimally low doses of both its mandatory requisites. Running for a couple of hours, it starts off with its leading actor’s voice expressing his expectations regarding the film in a radio interview, which however are dashed in no time, when the film gets off to a not-so-dhamakedaar start!


With the New Year cheers having barely faded out, we head out to the theatre to watch Omar Lulu’s ‘Dhamaka’, a dire sex comedy that has infinitesimally low doses of both its mandatory requisites. Running for a couple of hours, it starts off with its leading actor’s voice expressing his expectations regarding the film in a radio interview, which however are dashed in no time, when the film gets off to a not-so-dhamakedaar start!

In the opening scene, we get to see Eyo (Arun) arriving to pick his pal Siva (Dharmajan), and the latter seems all set for attending an interview. Halfway through, Eyo speeds away leaving a distraught Siva behind, but as luck would have it, Siva does get appointed as a network administrator much to Eyo’s astonishment.

To find out how it happens, you need to watch ‘Dhamaka’ and in the process, there a lot many more surprises lying in store. You are introduced to Eyo’s parents (Mukesh and Urvasi), his granddad (Innocent) and his sister (Shaalin Zoya), and the lovely family seems to be living in the precincts of a botanical garden.

Eyo’s dad realizes in no time that his son is up to no good, and hence devises a plan to get him married to super-rich Annie (Nikki Galrani). There’s a small glitch to the whole plan as Eyo discovers real soon. Annie is divorced, and her ex-husband who is a psychopath wouldn’t let her live in peace. A song later however, Annie gives Eyo the nod, and they are married.

It’s here that ‘Dhamaka’ barges into real ‘hard’ territory, and Eyo too comprehends that life is much ‘harder’ than he had ever imagined it to be. Eyo is appalled at this discovery, and decides to seek out ways to be ‘harder’ than ever, and ends up at the doorstep of Dr. Sexena (Hareesh Kanaran) who lights up a lamp every day before a framed portrait of Johnny Sins that adorns his office.

The Tsunami Power Mix that the doctor offers is lapped up by Eyo’s dad with the consequence that his mom ends up being pregnant. Meanwhile, Eyo flies to Pattaya to test his sexual fitness on the advice of Siva, where the latter ends up having some harder-than-usual fun with someone whom he had had his hopes pinned on.

Lulu’s film does not in any way resemble ‘Badhai Ho Badhai’ or any of those numerous sex-coms that you have seen. Rather, it’s just a film that makes do with some very tactless humour that it can think of, wherein you get to see an actress in a yellow dress walking down the stairs, with the song ‘Manja Manja Manja Manja Bulbukal’ playing in the background.

A good sex-com could be real fun, but ‘Dhamaka’ revels in such crudeness for its entire running time and eventually brings in a doctor (Salim Kumar) who is destined to show Eyo the way. There is some massive exhortation as to how government hospitals have always been the best and on how couples need to go on a honeymoon to get these hard issues sorted out.

While Arun does try his very best, it remains that his pairing with Nikki Galrani is far from perfect. There is zilch chemistry between the two, and I guess actors and Mukesh and Urvasi must have given this the nod, thinking this could be another ‘Badhai Ho Badhai’. What it indeed is, is a crass New Year Dhamaka that goes off right on your face.


Verdict: Crass Comedy


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