By Joginder Tuteja
It isn’t just India but even abroad that Dhamaka is finding audiences for itself, and I am not just talking about Indian diaspora. Considering the fact that the film has released on Netflix, one of the largest OTT platforms that has penetration across the continents, it is already making audiences sit up and take notice of this actor from India who has broken all barriers to find a connect with them across nationalities.
Had the film released theatrically, it would have definitely found traction at the box office, especially with audiences in India and then the ones in US, UK, Australia and Middle East. However, its OTT premiere has actually worked in its favour since the subject is the kind which is universal and the treatment is such it works well for the digital medium.
A 100 minute long film, it’s a very mood driven film and in that aspect Kartik Aaryan has done quite well to hold audience attention right through. Saying it all with his facial expressions and dialogue delivery with body language been controlled at the minimum due to the restrictions that a studio setting brings with it, Kartik has gone far ahead of his erstwhile performances in feel good romcom superhits that he has delivered, and found himself in an altogether different zone.
Though one still awaits official numbers from Netflix, indications are that the film is trending not just in India but other countries as well, hence demonstrating once again that a universal topical film like that has no boundaries, especially when made with conviction and a solid actor in the midst of it all, will definitely work. Over the last 12 months there was a lot of curiosity to check out how Kartik has done as an actor when compared to his earlier successes like Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Pari Patni aur Woh, Luka Chuppi or Pyaar Ka Punchnama franchise. Well, after watching him in Dhamaka, one can well use the pun and declare that it is ‘dhamakedaar’ indeed!