Dhoom 2 turns 15: How Hrithik Roshan & Aishwarya Rai gave Bollywood its sexiest, sexiest villains

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One can imagine Hrithik Roshan as a desirable leader, or even as an arrogant kid. But did we ever expect to see him play the Queen of England, an old man or for that matter, a sculpture (it’s almost Freudian now)? As Hrithik Roshan played Aryan Singh aka Mr A in Dhoom 2, the ‘Master of Disguise’ has become the coolest con artist in Hindi movies.

Dhoom 2 celebrates 15 years of release today. You may be feeling old, but Hrithik continues to give everyone their money’s worth. In this action thriller, he swept the audience with his super cool thief as he stole the dough from under the cop’s nose (played by Abhishek Bachchan).

The Dhoom franchise began in 2004 with Abhishek as lead man ACP Jai Dixit and Uday Chopra as clumsy assistant. The intrigue revolved around these two hunting thieves who undertake big robberies. They chased John Abraham in the first film and scoured the world in search of Hrithik Roshan in the second. While John played the role of “the antagonist” in the truest sense of the word, Hrithik was more of an antihero than an all-black villain.

Hrithik had shared in an Instagram post last year that his costumes and all looks in the film were inspired by Bruce Willis, Pierce Brosnan and Amitabh Bachchan. Call it the shades of gray he sports in the movie, his chiseled body, the nearly impossible flights or his bow in the movie, we loved this character for being a villain. And a thief on par with Hrithik’s suave con artist wasn’t an easy cast, either. But then Yash Raj Films got the best – Aishwarya Rai.

Dhoom 2 also gave Aishwarya a makeover. Until then, we’ve seen her play the Girl Next Door or exude elegance in intricate roles as Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s muse in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Devdas. Dhoom 2 has unleashed its sexy side.

Director Sanjay Gadhvi told IANS: “This geometry of Hrithik and Aishwarya has been kind of a milestone in film and I think in the world of mainstream entertainment in India. It was a good, solid trunking that has stood the test of time.

Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai first teamed up in Dhoom 2. (Photo: YRF)

Aishwarya wore a tanned look, and so his Sunehri – “the golden girl” – with Mr. A from Hrithik were the duo that brought nightmares to the entire police department. They weren’t only good at their jobs, but were two incredibly beautiful people who managed to hide their bad side behind those washboard abs. And their sizzling chemistry continues to remain a benchmark.

Bollywood stylist Anaita Shroff Adajania designed the looks of the two glamorous thieves. She previously revealed that producer Aditya Chopra wanted Dhoom 2 to be “the hottest, sexiest movie ever.” Expressing how she gives her characters a ‘street edge’, her goal in Dhoom 2 was to keep them ‘real in a big way’.

The two even danced as if no one was watching them, whether it was the salsa of “Dil Lagana” or the contemporary of “Dhoom Again”. Choreographer Shiamak Dawar said he incorporated “a really strong Bollywood dance” into the title track of Dhoom 2. “So we had to put in a bit of jazz and contemporary. It was quite a thought process to see Hrithik and Aishwarya perform the song. I was very proud of them because when they both walked in together and it was electrifying!

Although at the time of Dhoom 2’s release, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were officially dating, his chemistry with Hrithik was electric.

Back in the days of the Bluffmasters and Bunty Aur Bablis, here are two thieves who had it all. They came, they saw and they conquered the screens, setting them on fire.

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