Escape to the Movies: Dhoom 3

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Gorfias:
It may not be fair to 3, but have you seen 1 and 2? Have you seen 3? Is there really a difference that I should note? And, I hope so. More great stuff with a new take on things beats no new stuff by a long shot.

Nope, I was only commenting on the review. I haven't seen any of these yet.

Skeleon:
Uh, this actually sounds interesting. I have to say I avoided Bollywood because the movies they broadcast here always seemed like boring love story movies with music interludes, not the kind of genre-mixtures Bob was describing here.

Hey if you don't mind me asking, is Bollywood big in Germany, or do people prefer seeing German movies?

OP: I'm actually very curious as to how this movie will be received over here and if we are going to see more Bollywood movies trying to break into the US audience. Regardless, this movie looks like something new and refreshing to see.

Gorfias:

Skeleon:

Gorfias:
I'm skeptical. I saw #1 on Netflix streaming. It wasn't gouge out my eyes bad. I just didn't love it and I seen nothing in this review that makes me think #3 will change my mind.

The whole bit about "rooting for the villain and the heroes" sounded extremely refreshing compared to the usual, clear - nay, blatant - "good versus evil"-stuff we usually get served as popcorn-cinema.

It may not be fair to 3, but have you seen 1 and 2? Have you seen 3? Is there really a difference that I should note? And, I hope so. More great stuff with a new take on things beats no new stuff by a long shot.

As someone who has seen all of these.

Comparision -

Best action sequences - Dhoom 3
Best villain - Dhoom 2
Best songs and stuff - Dhoom 2
Best Story - Dhoom 2 (I'd say 3 holds up well as well)
Slickest Action Film - Dhoom 2
Best acted - Dhoom 3 (largely due to how much Amir Khan had to do in the film)

Basically, Dhoom 1 & Dhoom 3 are experiments. Dhoom 1 was obviously a testing the waters kind of film. It works on many levels, and did a competent job at setting up the franchise. However, since every sequel only went bigger, Dhoom 1 is largely forgettable. Dhoom 3 is an experiment in the sense that it tries to inject morality into the series, which i think fails, because the plot twists are really, really unbelievable, even for it's hyper reality. This relates to the offensive portrayal movie bob was talking about.

Dhoom 2 is where it is at. And i'm not joking. Everything is perfectly crazy, and is also perfectly believable. The villain is AMAZING and is truly a thief, plus, it also has incredible chemistry : the romances are very well done and intense. The ending is VERY satisfying, the endings of both 1 & 3 leave you with an incredibly bitter taste. I must urge every one here to watch 2 first, then go into 3.

trailer for 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrFkjw0WcQ0

Mangod:

... I'm guessing Dhoom 3 is far superior.

I don't know, the ending to that movie was pretty cool ;P

hermes200:
Wasn't Slumdog Millionaire also a Bollywood movie?

I mean, it may not have some of the more... stereotypical elements of Bollywood, but given that the author, cast and even music is Indian, I wouldn't rule it out as "the first Bollywood production successful in the west".

Slumdog Millionaire was made by English director Danny Boyle, the dude behind Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and 127 Hours. It's Bollywood inspired, but not "true" bollywood.

Helmholtz Watson:
Hey if you don't mind me asking, is Bollywood big in Germany, or do people prefer seeing German movies?

I'm not too sure, honestly. I never got into Bollywood, but some girls were apparently really into those movies (the love story and singing ones, I mean). Dunno how big of a trend it is, though.

As for German movies? Nah. Most people watch Hollywood or other international stuff.

There are some good German movies ("Knockin' On Heaven's Door" I really like, "Lola rennt" is very interesting and "Das Experiment" was good) or movies that capitalize on German comedians and their popularity and the like ("Der Schuh des Manitu"), but overall mainstream German film-making seems to focus on TV-crime movies and soap operas and the like, I think. Although I'm not the best person to ask because I watch so little TV.

Skeleon:

Helmholtz Watson:
Hey if you don't mind me asking, is Bollywood big in Germany, or do people prefer seeing German movies?

I'm not too sure, honestly. I never got into Bollywood, but some girls were apparently really into those movies (the love story and singing ones, I mean). Dunno how big of a trend it is, though.

As for German movies? Nah. Most people watch Hollywood or other international stuff.

There are some good German movies ("Knockin' On Heaven's Door" I really like, "Lola rennt" is very interesting and "Das Experiment" was good) or movies that capitalize on German comedians and their popularity and the like ("Der Schuh des Manitu"), but overall mainstream German film-making seems to focus on TV-crime movies and soap operas and the like, I think. Although I'm not the best person to ask because I watch so little TV.

Ah, ok thanks. Is there any German actors that you would say are worth watching? The only guy I know is Til Schweiger.

hermes200:
Wasn't Slumdog Millionaire also a Bollywood movie?

I mean, it may not have some of the more... stereotypical elements of Bollywood, but given that the author, cast and even music is Indian, I wouldn't rule it out as "the first Bollywood production successful in the west".

Slumdog Millionaire was a western film made by a western director. It's nothing like any Indian movie I've ever seen, and I can tell you that most Indians *hated* Slumdog. Indian movies glorify wealth and affluence in a way that makes the US look tame. Their stars are all fair skinned and extremely wealthy, doing their dance numbers and even action sequences in very large and elaborate locations. Slumdog Millionaire on the other hand shows nothing but extreme poverty. It's basically anti-Bollywood.

RJ Dalton:
Utah. Foreign films are a no-no for this market. Damn, I hate the assumptions the people who market and distribute these films make.

Yeah, I know. I also live in Utah and there is no one showing this that I can find. I want to go to this if only to show that there is a market for this sort of thing but the assumption is already in place that it cannot make money so they don't even try and I can't prove the assumption wrong.

bartholen:
I was like "Wut?" when I saw this as the week's review, but now I kind of want to see it. If only to see the actresses who are "so hot it almost hurts to look at"

My thoughts exactly That young lady we see dancing in the white t-shirt about 3/4 times in this review seems quite easy on the eye. Sadly, a quick search reveals this film to only have precisely one showing in one cinema relatively nearby. Probably won't be able to catch it then, I guess.

Mangod:
For me, the real question is this: is it better than Doom?

:/

... I'm guessing Dhoom 3 is far superior.

for me its when will we see the indian take on doom.

DrOswald:

RJ Dalton:
Utah. Foreign films are a no-no for this market. Damn, I hate the assumptions the people who market and distribute these films make.

Yeah, I know. I also live in Utah and there is no one showing this that I can find. I want to go to this if only to show that there is a market for this sort of thing but the assumption is already in place that it cannot make money so they don't even try and I can't prove the assumption wrong.

The film industry seems to operate on a principle of constant self-fulfilling prophecy. If they believe something can't make money, they won't show it in a lot of places and - surprise, surprise! - it doesn't make money.

Kurt Cristal:
Cannot find this in any theater near me. Oh moviebob, how you tease me so!

Go to your local Indian grocery store. They probably have it on DVD. America is the last place to get this, so the International releases have been out for a while, I think.

Ah man, good stuff. I remember watching my first shoot-em-up Bollywood film way back in the day. They've gotten a whole lot funnier.

For a fan of the old 80's style cop films (Lethal Weapon being the best example), it pleases me to see someone picking up the slack.

themilo504:
I am curious why this movie is the first Bollywood movie to become a hit in America considering how insane it looks

I'm more curious in the opposite direction - I can't see why it's the first to be a hit considering that it looks exactly the same as every other Bollyfood film. Over the top melodrama, over the top unrealistic action, randomly busting into song and dance, and constantly jumping in tone and style between all these and more. Those aren't unique selling points for this film, it's just a description of Bollywood as a genre. Some are certainly better than others, but there doesn't seem anything particularly special about this film that would suddenly make this well established style popular with Western audiences.

Huh.

I originally thought that Bob was going to rip this a new one (face it, I'd like to do that because it's not exactly portraying itself as something that I'd watch), but I was surprised. I think I'll go see it just to let my brain relax.

SoMuchSpace:

Dhoom 2 is where it is at. And i'm not joking. Everything is perfectly crazy, and is also perfectly believable. The villain is AMAZING and is truly a thief, plus, it also has incredible chemistry : the romances are very well done and intense. The ending is VERY satisfying, the endings of both 1 & 3 leave you with an incredibly bitter taste. I must urge every one here to watch 2 first, then go into 3.

trailer for 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrFkjw0WcQ0

Dhoom again, you're gonna be with me on a roller coaster ride?

Reference aside, Dhoom 2 was amazing (in part due to the antagonist's actor Hrithik Roshan). If people are interested in further Bollywood films, my highest recommendation would be to Om Shanti Om. Not only does it do the genre hopping Bob alluded to, but it's actually pretty fantastic and relatible.

"Pack it in Folks, this is the peak."

Right over my head, if anyone knows what that means, I'd appreciate it.

Is getting a LEGO version somehow a representation of when an IP is at it's highest?

I think I'd rather that someone caught me watching porn than Bollywood, as I'd be less embarrassed about it.

That said, I would be curious to take a look at this film (with suitable anonymity and only in private).

Forgive my impaired hearing, but did you refer to the main leads as "Jai Dickshit" and "Ali Ackbar"?

Seriously, I don't want to believe it, but I can't find the correct spelling of their names anywhere.

Do not watch this unless you have some kind desperate desire to find out what Bollywood is like. Bollywood action flicks are 99.9% eye-wateringly embarrassingly bad. Cheesy stuff & cliches from 10-20 years ago is what they considers "modern". The movie is just dumb and not in the "woo look how crazy we are" way, more like a "woo look at our endless plot holes and nonsensical low-budget stunts" way.

Bollywood is having a bit of a dilemma with modern action movies because a big chunk of their audience are rural village-folk who will have trouble understanding what's going on. There's also the issue of budgets, most movies are made on absolutely shoe-string budgets and churned out by the hundreds (no seriously, HUNDREDS) every year with 99% of them being utterly insubstantial.

The special effects are something you would find in movies from 5-10 years ago, the songs make NO SENSE because they rarely have anything to do with what's going on in the movie (it's not a musical). In Bollywood movies you can go from an absolutely serious scene to the main character(s) suddenly dancing & singing with 100+ people changing clothes and sets every few seconds...then everything can go back to seriousness again, as if the song never happened. It's literally some kind of arbitrary requirement stapled into almost every Bollywood to "cater" to the Indian audience (and serving no other purpose) and the Dhoom series is no different.

I could probably go on but if MovieBob has made people curious enough to check it out, then go right ahead.

Now Bollywood comedy & family movies, THOSE are what I could probably recommend. The massive drama and over-acting done suits those genres...except that Americans won't really get Indian comedy :P.

Barbas:
Forgive my impaired hearing, but did you refer to the main leads as "Jai Dikshit" and "Ali Ackbar"?

Seriously, I don't want to believe it, but I can't find the correct spelling of their names anywhere.

Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar, you could've just googled "Dhoom 3 cast" :P
But the english spelling really doesn't matter because people outside that continent have extreme difficulty pronouncing Indian syllables (hence many asians change their names to english ones after migrating). I almost choked laughing while hearing Bob trying to pronounce those names as if he was completely familiar with them hahaha :P

The Regal near my house plays a lot of Bollywood stuff (a lot of Indians in NoVA), so I assumed this was another one they would always show.

Yuuki:
Do not watch this unless you have some kind desperate desire to find out what Bollywood is like. Bollywood action flicks are 99.9% eye-wateringly embarrassingly bad. Cheesy stuff & cliches from 10-20 years ago is what they considers "modern". The movie is just dumb and not in the "woo look how crazy we are" way, more like a "woo look at our endless plot holes and nonsensical low-budget stunts" way.

Bollywood is having a bit of a dilemma with modern action movies because a big chunk of their audience are rural village-folk who will have trouble understanding what's going on. There's also the issue of budgets, most movies are made on absolutely shoe-string budgets and churned out by the hundreds (no seriously, HUNDREDS) every year with 99% of them being utterly insubstantial.

The special effects are something you would find in movies from 5-10 years ago, the songs make NO SENSE because they rarely have anything to do with what's going on in the movie (it's not a musical). In Bollywood movies you can go from an absolutely serious scene to the main character(s) suddenly dancing & singing with 100+ people changing clothes and sets every few seconds...then everything can go back to seriousness again, as if the song never happened. It's literally some kind of arbitrary requirement stapled into almost every Bollywood to "cater" to the Indian audience (and serving no other purpose) and the Dhoom series is no different.

I could probably go on but if MovieBob has made people curious enough to check it out, then go right ahead.

Low budget stunts?

it seems that you have zero understanding of the current scene yin Bollywood, and the part about the rural villagers and whatnot plus budgets is PURE BS. I have grown up in India and currently reside here, and while i'm no movie buff i can totally say that what you said is ABSOLUTELY wrong, and you have no understanding about the budgets and reality about Bollywood. You couldn't be farther away if you tried.

Took long enough to make a Simpsons Lego collection...

But anyway, Dhoom 3 looks like a blast.

SoMuchSpace:
Low budget stunts?

it seems that you have zero understanding of the current scene yin Bollywood, and the part about the rural villagers and whatnot plus budgets is PURE BS. I have grown up in India and currently reside here, and while i'm no movie buff i can totally say that what you said is ABSOLUTELY wrong, and you have no understanding about the budgets and reality about Bollywood. You couldn't be farther away if you tried.

Then at least take the time and educate us about the "reality" of Bollywood, don't just call people wrong and leave it at that.

Reading your reply at least you look like you're capable of discussion, so please do explain to us the current state of Bollywood especially when it comes to "masala" films like Dhoom series :)
Discussing Bollywood movies with people who are from there can sometimes get a bit hard. Especially when a lot of them can barely communicate beyond "fukkkkk uuu madar chode bollywood > hollywoodd mothrrfukar" (no seriously, you should see youtube comments from Indians) or they never even respond :(

As far as I know, any Bollywood movie featuring 5 songs and a couple of big-name actors will get MILLIONS of views no matter how terrible it is, thanks to the 1.2 billion+ population and countless others worldwide. It's all about the actors and songs, the movie hardly matters. Especially the lubby-dubby romance ones, there seems to be a new one every 1-2 weeks. That's kinda reflective on how Bollywood mindset works, quantity over quality. Pump out TONS of movies and you eventually end up with one or two half-decent ones, I've lost count of how many times I've heard the line "it's a flop".

More proof I have of shoe-string budgets is how animated movies barely even exist in Bollywood, because the budgets are so small it's borderline impossible to make a fully computer-generated movie even remotely close to what Disney or Pixar can put out. I think the top 10 animated films even in India ITSELF are all Disney/Pixar productions lol.

SoMuchSpace:

Yuuki:
Do not watch this unless you have some kind desperate desire to find out what Bollywood is like. Bollywood action flicks are 99.9% eye-wateringly embarrassingly bad. Cheesy stuff & cliches from 10-20 years ago is what they considers "modern". The movie is just dumb and not in the "woo look how crazy we are" way, more like a "woo look at our endless plot holes and nonsensical low-budget stunts" way.

Bollywood is having a bit of a dilemma with modern action movies because a big chunk of their audience are rural village-folk who will have trouble understanding what's going on. There's also the issue of budgets, most movies are made on absolutely shoe-string budgets and churned out by the hundreds (no seriously, HUNDREDS) every year with 99% of them being utterly insubstantial.

The special effects are something you would find in movies from 5-10 years ago, the songs make NO SENSE because they rarely have anything to do with what's going on in the movie (it's not a musical). In Bollywood movies you can go from an absolutely serious scene to the main character(s) suddenly dancing & singing with 100+ people changing clothes and sets every few seconds...then everything can go back to seriousness again, as if the song never happened. It's literally some kind of arbitrary requirement stapled into almost every Bollywood to "cater" to the Indian audience (and serving no other purpose) and the Dhoom series is no different.

I could probably go on but if MovieBob has made people curious enough to check it out, then go right ahead.

Low budget stunts?

it seems that you have zero understanding of the current scene yin Bollywood, and the part about the rural villagers and whatnot plus budgets is PURE BS. I have grown up in India and currently reside here, and while i'm no movie buff i can totally say that what you said is ABSOLUTELY wrong, and you have no understanding about the budgets and reality about Bollywood. You couldn't be farther away if you tried.

You gotta explain your answer or you get a D-.

Also, for the rest of you, if any of this sparked your interest in Bollywood I would recommend 'Agent Vinod', a sort of Indian take on James Bond and Bourne Identity spunk baby. Don't expect too much, but 'I' think it's good.

nothing in this movie, or really in the history of the universe can top this action sequence

oh thats what it is. I was wondering when they made another 2 Doom movies and changed the spelling.

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Alright, first off, let me say that i expected a raging combative post to what i posted, and i must say kudos to you for actually genuinely wording a post in such a respectable way. Thank you for that, and i will do nothing but reciprocate that and explain why your perception of Bollywood in it's current state is largely wrong. And i bet those "bollywood > Hollywood" people are on Youtube? Yeah. I'll admit that a lot of people seem to harbour the "BOLLYWOOD OR DIE!!!" mentality, whem Dhoom 3 borrows elements from The Prestige & Now you see me. Also, might wanna take down those hindi swears, they're kinda nasty ones, lol.

Let us start about the budgets. The budgets of ALL action films here are freaking insane. Definitely no low budget stunts, though one can get the impression that budgets are pretty less because the box office collections of these films almost dwarfs the budgets alone. Let us take a look at the 3 most recent action films. Keep in mind though, i'm presenting you these stats in USD and not in RS. Keep in mind that the exchange rate is about $1 = 60 RS. So, while the budgets of films given below may seem low to you when compared to say, The Avengers, convert them into rupees and you'll realise these budgets are MASSIVE.

1. Dhoom 3 :

A)Budget - About $24million
B}Box Office Collection - $81 million

2. Krrish 3 :

A)Budget - $18 Million
B}Box Office Collection - $63 million

Now. As for eye wateringly embarrassing bad? Hardly. Dhoom 3's visual effects are stellar. Ten minutes into the film, you may be going "hey, that's impossible!" and then half an hour later you will most likely have chucked that notion, because they are well executed/I really mean this, and as someone who has seen plenty of crappy CGI effects i can vouch for how well they are done. Are they cheesy? Maybe. Krrish 3 is a cheesy Indian super hero film, full of so much cheese that you can actually call it Mozzarella. But are the visual effects of really good quality? Yes. (though in some sections they are a bit below standards). Krrish 3 is particularly impressive as all it's effects are done in India itself (allegedly). The action films all of high quality visual effects, there is no doubt about that. At least on par with Hollywood.

Dhoom 3 upto a point is "woo look how crazy we are". It's only when the twist comes that the plot holes begin to gnaw at you. And that is a flaw of the script, not in Bollywood in general. Your point about "the rural villagers not understanding a whole lot is going on" is virtually non existent. Dhoom 3 is not made for this type of audience, and i bet it's not where it gets it collection. 'The rural areas' i would say is a wrong term, rather regional areas would be better suited, for many regions (which have small timje villagers and farmers) have their own small scale film industries, and while the rural people are often willing to watch the big bollywood titles, the big bollywood titles are hardly EVER catered towards them. There is the Bhojpuri film industry, which is catered to people who speak mostly Bhojpuri. Then there's the Bengali film industry, catered to those who speak Bengali and English as well.MAJOR films like Dhoom, Krrish, Ek Tha Tiger have relatively simple plots, not because the villagers will have a tough time figuring it out, but because of many other reasons like producers not wanting to take risks and lose money. 'Bollywood' isn't the only film industry in India, it's simply the largest. Think of it as the Joker. He is Batman's most well known villain, but batman's rogue gallery also has relatively unknown villains as well. And so it is with the Indian film making industry. Hell, we even have one for the obscure, north eastern states in India that are located in very hilly surroundings.

"It's not a musical". Truth be told, i do not know how to explain this, but i will say that the songs aren't random. Like as you mentioned, as song can't just happen anytime, like in the middle of a shootout. No, as movie bob described it, indian films are never bound to genres, at least the big ones. The songs happen with context, and not just randomly. There is one shoe horned song in Dhoom 3 which i don't why exists, but the other songs are justifiable. one of the songs is a musical act, opening for their circus. The other one happens when Katrina Kaif (the girl in the white T Shirt) is soing an audition for the circus. The third one is the recurring theme of the series, and is merely there while the credits role. One song is shoe horned, i'll give you that.

A lot of the songs and their sometimes unnecessary presence in Bollywood films can be narrowed down to 2 reasons -

1. The audience expects songs, and the producers are too chicken to not do it. It is an unwritten rule that the Indian audience demands a song. And producers are compelled to deliver. And as a result you have lots of decent films with terrible songs, and vice verse. Part of it is because Indian films are a mix of everything. Happiness, joy, sorrow, love, comedy, all of these things are expected by the audience in a single film. That is why you won't really get films like The Departed here, which strictly adhere to a tense tone. The audience expects to get serious when shit goes down, laugh during breathers, and feel attached to characters during the climax of the film. And the films largely deliver on these through songs, songs break up the pace, too much action and the audience just gets bored.

2. There is little to no significance of Albums here. The songs that do well, are about 96% from films itself. You can ask a prominent singer to do an album, promote it and what not, chances are - it'll still fail. So, singers without these Bollywood songs would have an incredibly tough time. i'll admit i've seen MANY shoe horned songs here and there, but Bollywood songs are a huge way to give exposure to the singers - if you're a new singer with a catchy song, you can either try for an album or go for a film. And the film is the best option because the amount exposure it nets the singer is incredible. This year only i have heard songs from new singers in films, that i would be unaware of if they weren't there in the first place. And now they are riding a huge success wave, with concerts and whatnot.

If i haven't explained this well, i apologize.

And adding on to the romantic films. You said the reverse : Romantic films here are low budget, and while they aren't churned out by the hundreds, they do appear quite frequently. As for them not being substantial is flase, again you are viewing the film making industry in India as only bollywood. There are many, many substantial small time films that are critically acclaimed here. The problem is that no one really gives a shit about critics in India. we have film critics, and they dissect and analyse the film, a very small minority agrees/disagrees, while a HUGE majority simply goes and wtach the films. The big stars also do not give a shit about critics, leading to largely 'masala' or commercial films that are BOUND to rake in huge amounts of cash.

That doesn't mean there are no good intellectual films here though. Barfi, while not exactly small time, is a great film. It's a touching story about a deaf and dumb man who falls in love with an autistic girl. The acting is really, really genuine and authentic. Then there is The Lunchbox, which is a story about how 2 people fall in love without never even meeting each other - a house wife accidentally sends her husband's tiffin to another man, and they communicate with each other through writing notes and attaching it to the the Lunchbox. Then there is Kahaani, a thriller mysetry that remains and sticks to it's genre, with great acting. The small budget film scene is REALLY big here. And occasionally we get really good, and different films. This is not to say that romantic films aren't good as well, many of them also explore different themes, and do well. Romantic films also, are rarely churned out at shoe string budgets. No one makes films just for the purpose of making them you know. A lot of check boxes need to be hit before a film takes off properly.

As for indian comedies, you are right, that no foreigner can truly get any of them, really. There is a lot of juvenile humor too, but you ned to be a part of the culture and know about the nation before actually getiing the joke.

Whew, did i forget to address anything?

This would be an interesting movie to check out this weekend. Except, for every Oscar-contending movie is being released this weekend in the US. I've been hearing about Her and Inside Llewyn Davis for months. I might check out Dhoom 3. If it's still in theaters, and after I watch Lone Survivor. Whose pan of the movie actually made me want to see it.

You know, Bollywood sensibilities might make for a good video game. Eh? Eh? Seriously, get a Bollywood filmmaker and tell them to make a video game and they'd become the next Suda51 on the spot, from the sound of it.

Her comes out this week and you decide to review some Bollywood movie that isn't being released hardly anywhere? I dunno, Bob, kinda let down.

SoMuchSpace:
Umm i am from India, and i am shocked to see that he liked this film/

Really, it's a mindless action flick that pretends to be deep or sentimental.

In fact this is one of the most brainless, shallow , 'made for raking in huge amounts of money' type of films that movie Bob hates. If you want to see a good indian film, see Barfi, or The Lunchbox.

For people not acquainted with Indian cinema (i.e. most people from the West) I imagine the complete cultural difference has a certain fun, kitsch value to it.

Would be nice to watch something fundamentally different than what I normally get. I live in central illinois so any guesses when it's coming to disk?

never heard of these movies. have to see if i find them here in hong kong. they have actually a very big selection of foreign movies from all over the world.

Barbas:
Forgive my impaired hearing, but did you refer to the main leads as "Jai Dickshit" and "Ali Ackbar"?

Seriously, I don't want to believe it, but I can't find the correct spelling of their names anywhere.

No, yeah, that's pretty much right. Jai Dixit and Ali Akbar. Jai Dixit's (and the last name's pronounced [approximately] dhikh-shith [I have a friend who gets a lot of crap about his name too]) a pretty normal Hindu name. Ali Akbar's (pronounced ach-burrh, think "Allahu akbar" and not "It's a trap!") name is also pretty normal.

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