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John Abraham's Dishoom poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRohit Dhawan
Produced bySajid Nadiadwala
Sunil A Lulla
Written byHussain Dalal (dialogues)
Screenplay byRohit Dhawan
Tushar Hiranandani
Story byRohit Dhawan
Tushar Hiranandani
StarringJohn Abraham
Varun Dhawan
Jacqueline Fernandez
Akshaye Khanna
Saqib Saleem
Music bySongs:
Abhijit Vaghani
CinematographyAyananka Bose
Edited byNitin Rokade
Ritesh Soni
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 29 July 2016 (2016-07-29)
Running time
124 minutes
Budget45 crore[2]
Box officeest. 120.22 crore[3]

Dishoom (transl. Bang) is a 2016 Indian Hindi-language buddy cop action comedy film directed by Rohit Dhawan, produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, and written by Rohit Dhawan and Tushar Hiranandani. The film stars John Abraham, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez alongside Akshaye Khanna as the antagonist, marking his comeback to acting after a four-year break. Dishoom released worldwide on 29 July 2016.[4] It was commercially successful at the box office, earning more than 120 crs. worldwide.


During a cricket tournament in the Middle East, 48 hours prior to the final match between India and Pakistan, India's top cricketer Viraj Sharma (Saqib Saleem) goes missing. Indian authorities get a video tape of an unknown man claiming to have abducted Viraj till the India vs Pakistan cricket match two days later and warning them not to cancel the match. Attempting to avoid media outrage, Gayatri (Mona Ambegaonkar), the Defence Minister of India, sends special task force officer Kabir Shergill IPS (John Abraham) to U.A.E for a 36-hour manhunt.[5] After being received by and getting into a semi-scuffle with a local officer, Saeed Naqvi (Tarun Khanna), Kabir, who is a no-nonsense cop, bumps into a rookie Indo-Emirati police officer Junaid Ansari (Varun Dhawan), who has never been able to solve a case but has a good knowledge of the town which he acquired during his first incomplete case of finding a dog named Bradman.

Both Kabir and Junaid start their investigation with a CCTV footage of Viraj's hotel and find out that on the night of his disappearance, Viraj went out with a local girl, Samira Dalal (Nargis Fakhri). On confronting her, she reveals that she took Viraj to a friend's birthday party but he left soon. Kabir and Junaid roam around the town to meet a local goon nicknamed Khabri Chacha (Vijay Raaz) who directs them to Sameer Gazi (Akshay Kumar), the city's biggest party animal who met Viraj in the same party, but still could not get any clue. Finally, the duo gets a breakthrough by tracking down Viraj's cellphone from the apartment of a pick-pocketer, Ishika (Jacqueline Fernandez) who claims to have stolen the cell phone from a stranger, the previous night, in a supermarket. They also manage to capture the person in the video, but discover that he is just a struggling actor being used as the face in the video by the real kidnapper. However, Junaid is shocked when the actor recognizes the "stranger" Ishika had mentioned as the fugitive who conducted his audition, and rubs a sketch clue of evidence right out to Kabir, who asks Saeed, Junaid's superior, to identify the stranger.

Meanwhile, it is revealed that the real kidnapper is a cricket bookie Wagah (Akshaye Khanna), who along with his assistant Altaf (Rahul Dev), the stranger, has abducted Viraj and offered him 300 million rupees to under play in the final. They finally close the deal for 500 million. But when the deal didn't work out and Viraj closeted onto them, bluffing an imposterly Wagah into believing he would underplay, they kidnap him permanently till the final match is played. In the current time Kabir, a suspended-from-duty Junaid and Ishika go to an underground Arabian club in Altaf's native state Abuddin, full of goons and guns, where, during the journey, Junaid reveals to Ishika that Kabir suffered from cancer and has lost his smile since, and she, in turn, warms up to Kabir, sending photos of both together while he is still asleep, to his recently turned ex-girlfriend Alishka, with whom he had a breakup. Kabir spots Altaf and both try to chase him down but before they could succeed, a sniper kills Altaf. Wagah calls and confesses to Kabir that he got him killed and they should stop searching for Viraj. Wagah confronts Viraj, threatens to kill his family, shoots both a Mumbai-based partner and his own manager, and asks his wife to leave with their son, finally stranded, with only Bradman by his side.

On returning to Abu Dhabi, Kabir and Junaid are taken off the case and Kabir ordered to fly back to India. But at the 11th hour Junaid gets a clue of Viraj's whereabout through a camera on Bradman's neck, as Wagah has hidden him in a yacht near the team's hotel. Both reach the location only to discover that Wagah has fled leaving behind Viraj tied with a time bomb after Wagah realised that Bradman, who is apparently his pet, carried over his neck a GPS tracker band Junaid tied out to never lose track of Bradman. With minutes to blast Kabir negotiates with Wagah to stop the bomb in return of 5 billion rupees from Indian Government. Wagah takes the money but refuses to stop the bomb. After witnessing the blast from a distance Wagah walks into the cricket stadium expecting the match to begin without Viraj. But to his shock Viraj is alive and walks into the ground all ready to play as a parallel flashback reveals Kabir and Junaid helped Viraj to get out of the jacket by dislocating his shoulder and all three had jumped into water just before the blast.

After seeing his plan failed, Wagah tries to run away only to be apprehended by the duo. Kabir returns to India along with Ishika, while Junaid, who regains his duty, gets a marriage proposal from an Indian girl, Muskaan (Parineeti Chopra) and he also plans to fly to India to meet her.


  • John Abraham as Kabir Shergill ‘K’ -an Indian Special Task Force officer.
  • Jacqueline Fernandez as Meera Shergill ‘Ishika’ -a pick pocketer who ends up stealing Viraj's phone.
  • Varun Dhawan as Junaid Ansari ‘J’ -an Indo Emirati rookie officer and a graduate of the UAE police academy.
  • Akshaye Khanna as Rahul "Wagah" Kabiraj, a bookie who targets Viraj, a top batsman
  • Rashmi Nigam as Anvita Kabiraj, Wagah's wife
  • Saqib Saleem as Viraj Sharma, a top batsman from India who is targeted and kidnapped by Wagah (the name is a portmanteau of inspired by Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Rohit Sharma)
  • Tarun Khanna as Inspector Saeed Naqvi, a local officer and Kabir's tentative partner who is replaced by his own subordinate Junaid
  • Rahul Dev as Altaf Dad, Wagah's protege and assistant
  • Mir Sarwar as Hadeed, a weapons trader
  • Mansoor as Captain Yusuf Al-Dami, Abu Dhabi Police Chief
  • Pawan Chopra as Mishkat Sudhir, BCCI Chief
  • Akshay Kumar in a special appearance as Sameer Gazi, a gay party animal and the city's biggest one, who met Viraj in a party
  • Nargis Fakhri in an extended cameo appearance as Samira Dalal, a local personna who took Viraj to a friend's birthday party
  • Vijay Raaz as Mushtaq "Khabri Chacha" Rizvi, a local goon in Abu Dhabi who directs Kabir and Junaid to Sameer
  • Parineeti Chopra in an extended cameo appearance as Muskaan Raza Qureshi, a prospective bride who wishes to meet Junaid
  • Satish Kaushik as the voice of Arif Qureshi, Muskaan's father
  • Manu Malik as Shree, the person in the lift
  • Sahil Phull as Customs Officer Vishal Sinha, Kabir's former colleague who is shown to have deceived him by having an affair with his girlfriend Alishka
  • Anupriya Goenka as Alishka Iyer, Kabir's girlfriend, who turns his ex-girlfriend after being caught cheating on him with Vishal
  • Jatin Gaur as Rashid Alvi Farooq, a tech-expert in Abu Dhabi Police
  • Faisal Rashid as Mehdi, a fanatical Pakistan supporter
  • Mona Ambegaonkar as Gayatri Shubha Mishra, External Affairs Minister of India, loosely based on Sushma Swaraj, the Foreign Minister of India
  • Mohinder Amarnath as Dhananjay Sadanand, Viraj's coach
  • Atul Wassan as himself
  • Rameez Raja as himself



The first schedule of the film started on June 27, 2015 at Mehboob Studio.[6] Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez joined the set on 4 July 2015.[7] Abu Dhabi[8] was also a filming location; the production crew chose Abu Dhabi, as they would benefit from the Emirate's 30% rebate scheme.[9]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 56%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 5.5/10.[10]


Soundtrack album by
Released15 July 2016 (2016-07-15)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LanguageHindi, Urdu
Pritam chronology
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The music for Dishoom is composed by Pritam while lyrics have been penned by Kumaar, Mayur Puri and Ashish Pandit. The music rights have been acquired by T-Series.[11] The full music album was released on 15 July 2016.[12]

1."Sau Tarah Ke[13]"Kumaar, Ashish PanditJonita Gandhi, Amit Mishra3:58
2."Toh Dishoom"Mayur PuriRaftaar, Shahid Mallya4:03
3."Jaaneman Aah (Version 1)"Mayur PuriAman Trikha, Antara Mitra3:50
4."Sau Tarah Ke Revisited"Mayur PuriAbhijeet Sawant, Aditi Singh Sharma3:59
5."Jaaneman Aah (Version 2)"Mayur PuriNakash Aziz, Antara Mitra3:50
6."Ishqa"KumaarAbhijeet Sawant, Antara Mitra2:47
7."Subha Hone Na De (Remix)"KumaarMika Singh, Bohemia, Shefali Alvares4:59
Total length:27:24


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  2. ^ "Dishoom day 1 box office collections: Varun Dhawan, John Abraham film mints Rs. 11.05 cr". 29 July 2016.
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (30 July 2016). "Box Office: Worldwide Collections and Day wise breakup of Dishoom – Bollywood Hungama". Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ IBTimes. "Dishoom First Look: Varun-John's action movie's release date revealed [VIDEO]". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Dishoom". 29 July 2016 – via IMDb.
  6. ^ "John Abraham – Varun Dhawan's 'Dishoom' to go on floors on June 27". Bolly Spice. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Varun Dhawan begins shooting for 'Dishoom' with John Abraham". The Indian Express. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  8. ^ "That's a wrap! Dishoom Abu Dhabi shooting comes to an end – The National". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  9. ^ "New Bollywood production 'Dishoom' to film in Abu Dhabi". Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Dishoom (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Sau Tarah Ke (From "Dishoom") – Single by Amit Mishra, Jonita Gandhi & Pritam on iTunes". iTunes Store. 20 June 2016.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "Dishoom (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Pritam on iTunes". iTunes Store. 15 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Sau Tarah Ke Lyrics in हिंदी & English – Dishoom Movie »". Archived from the original on 23 December 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2017.

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