Movie: Golmaal 3
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu
Director: Rohit Shetty
In Golmaal 3, when the hot-headed Ajay Devgan lifts a hapless Tusshar Kapoor in the air and plonks him arse down on a red hot griddle and the latter squeals like a banshee on burning coals, you can’t help but guffaw.
And of course there’s Tusshar Kapoor, whose blabbering tongue catches the consonants few and far between the drawl of vowels. A shade of nostalgia is evoked by Mithun Chakraborty, who revisits his “I am a disco dancer” days and even does his signature jig in a sequence. If any bit of tomfoolery was left, Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra are thrown in to do the needful.
Golmaal 3 packs in all the masala, masti and madness to leave you in recurring fits of chuckles and laughs throughout its running course, even though there’s hardly a substantial story or sense to the film. But then, if you go looking for sense in any no-brainer by Rohit Shetty, then the joke is on you, dear friend!
The story is about two feuding sets of siblings. Their parents (Mithun and Ratna Pathak Shah) decide to get married in their middle age, thanks to Dabboo (Kareena Kapoor) who’s starry-eyed about a Hum Saath Saath Hain kinda family. But will the warring siblings stay saath saath under one roof?
There’s Ajay Devgan and Shreyas Talpade on one side and Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Khemu on the other. The two lots can’t stand each other. An all out battle for supremacy breaks out between the two factions even as a thief (Johnny Lever) with short term memory loss (Ghajini hangover!) thickens the plot and confusion as well.
There is no method to the madness created on screen by Rohit Shetty. On a whim, the director decides that a few cars need to be blown up to add an adrenaline kick to the rib-tickling, and there you have cars of myriad colours, shapes and sizes being crashed or blown apart in action sequences helmed by Devgan. On a toss of coin, Shetty decides to throw in a song with some skimpily clad firang babes boogieing with Bollywood brats.
The screenplay itself is a mishmash of stuff taken from popular Bollywood films. Stars and celebs are spoofed with tongue-in-cheek chutzpah. There’s too much golmaal in the script, and dialogues range from pedestrian to slapstick, with even Kareena saying ‘Maa ki aankh’ in one dialogue.
Devgan gets the best scripted role in the whole lot. His loose-tempered character cracks other people’s fingers, carries a sledgehammer and kicks the baddies like they were jabulani. Kareena is clearly having fun enacting a character that plays cupid to the older lot and a peacenik to the brats. Of the rest, Shreyas Talpade does well, while Tusshar’s antics cease to be funny after a while. Kunal and Arshad too add humour in the edgeways.
Compared to the hilarious Golmaal and the somewhat dull Golmaal Returns, the third film is a cracker of a comedy.