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Varun Dhawan, John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer buddy cop film "Dishoom" has opened to mixed reviews from critics. Critics from the Gulf region reviewed the film, which was released on Thursday at the UAE-GCC box office.

"Dishoom" is a masala entertainer starring John, Varun and Jacqueline in the lead roles, while actor Akshaye Khanna will be seen playing the negative character. The film also features Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Nargis Fakhri and Saqib Saleem in cameos. Directed by Rohit Dhawa, "Dishoom" is the latest film produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.

The storyline is about an Indian batsman who goes missing in the Middle East. Varun and John play the role of cops, who goes on a 36-hour manhunt, while Jacqueline plays the role of John's stalker. While the storyline sounds interesting, but it has failed to impress the critics.

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Calling it a predictable film, Manjusha Radhakrishnan said that the film is full of clichés, while another critic Bindu Rai said that the film is worth watching only for Akshaye's negative role.

Read below what critics have said about Varun-John starrer "Dishoom."

Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today said: "Dishoom deserves accolades for the slickly choreographed action scenes. The chase sequences are fun to watch. The lavishly done helicopter chase deserves a special mention."

Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times said: "The relatively short length of the movie (124 minute) helps Dishoom rise above the clichés. It's a formula potboiler that serves the purpose of entertainment if you're looking for some light moments."

Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News said: "While the first half is engaging, the second half is ridden with cliches and corny twists. A sight for the sore eyes was the bromance. As far as buddy-cops go, they are cute together. They have an impish charm about them, but it's painfully predictable."

Bindu Rai of Emirates 24/7 said: "What works for 'Dishoom' is the chemistry that Abraham and Dhawan share, despite the cheesy and humourless lines. The fact that the twosome are easy on the eye probably earns them a few more points that they may have lost with their acting prowess or lack thereof." 

Shomini Sen of said: "First half of #Dishoom ends at a crucial stage leaving much room to suspense in the second half. .@Varun_dvn's buffoonery is entertaining even though it's a bit unnecessary #Dishoom. Songs seem unnecessary even though they are hummable. #Dishoom." 

Bollywood Hungama reviewer said: "DISHOOM has a predictable storyline. However, the engaging narrative, coupled with rich visuals and high octane action work in the favour of the film."

Surabhi Redkar of said: "Dishoom is a predictable film with funny elements. If you can keep your brains aside and enjoy a film that is high on swag, this could be your pick for the weekend!"