20 Oct 2017

Golmaal Again: Lots of Silliness, Lots of Juvenile Laughter!

There is always that one movie that uncannily brings everything that a director does best into a single riotous mesh. Golmaal Again is that Rohit Shetty movie.

Yes, Golmaal Again is juvenile, most of it doesn't make any sense. This is not classic, intelligent, insightful comedy. Yet, the Golmaal films have found a mass audience since 2006.

Golmaal Again appealed to a crazy, wacky, wild, kiddy, illogical part of my heart. Rohit Shetty's comedy genre is more like a David Dhawan film with less crassness and a distant hint of smartness.

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The Golmaal franchise has never been about the story and this one is no different. It continues to be a series of humorous skits, playing one after another. Thanks to Shetty's story, dialogue writers Sajid-Farhad, a very wacky screenplay by Yunus Sajawal, and a cast that is so into each other, the laughter keeps coming.  

If you are a fan of the previous three Golmaal films, love Hindi movies on a whole, right from the mediocre eighties, have seen Hindi horror classics like Woh Kaun Thi (1964) and Gumnaam (1965), and like Nana Patekar 90's monologues, you will laugh even louder in recognition.

The much-repeated emotional ghost revenge angle is so "yawn". The song picturizations are also passe, the loud background music is a big downer. The saga of incoherent plots and Rohit Shetty continues here. But when Shetty mines one joke after another here with stubborn earnestness, the flaws are temporarily pushed to the background. 

Everybody from all the first three Golmaal movies gets their fun moments here, except for Sharman Joshi, mysterious cast absentee since Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006).

Watch Kunal Khemu rush up painted steps, Ajay Devgn is sporting in self-mockery and nails the spooked up look, Arshad Warsi cracks up in mischief, Shreyas Talpade belts out a hilarious lullaby, Tusshar Kapoor reprises his most memorable character, and Johnny Lever crackles in parts, watch out for the Hyderabadi air hostess act. Tabu, the fine actress that she is, makes most of the only funny finale sequence she gets. Parineeta Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Prakash Raj, Mukesh Tiwari, and Vrajesh Hirjee are competent and spot on.

Best watched on the big screen. I caught up Golmaal Again at Victory Theatre, Pune this morning with an audience of teenagers, families, young and old and everyone went away clapping, whistling and hooting. 

Clean, nonsensical and uproarious comedy, not necessarily clever! But I am not complaining.      

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