Review: Golmaal Again is Diwali’s bumper offer

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Review: Golmaal Again

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tushar, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Ashwini Kalsekar, Prakash Raj, Mukesh Tiwari, Johnny Lever, Sanjiv Mishra, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Sachin Khedekar and Nana Patekar (special appearance).

Director: Rohit Shetty

Rating: Four stars

Verdict and plot:

Over the years, Rohit Shetty has successfully built a strong and reliable brand with the Golmaal franchise and his latest outing not only garnered sky-rocketed expectations among the die-hard fans but it’s worth the wait for the horror comedy that lives up to its name with the various twists and turns. Like the film-maker marketed it, Golmaal Again is pure magic and true to the adage of leaving the brain at home. In short, the latest installment is a laugh riot with high voltage drama and emotional quotient that ups the fun to an escalating height.

Golmaal Again is about the trouble makers, Gopal (Ajay Devgan), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar), Laxman Prasad Apte (Shreyas Talpade) and Laxman Sharma (Kunal Khemu) who all grew up in the Jamnadas orphanage. Of course, there is Pappi bhai (Johnny Lever) and Pandu (Vrajesh Hirjee) while the new entrants, Damini (Parineeti Chopra), Anna (Tabu), Vasu Reddy (Prakash Raj) and Neil Nitin Mukesh joins the fun. Anna can see the dead and helps the troublemakers to uncover the truth. This time, Rohit Shetty spun a twist in the tale with a revenge and conspiracy angle.

Hot Quotient:

What works for Golmaal Again are the various twists that make the huge difference this time and the venture is unique with the director pushing the bar a notch higher in comparison to the prequels.  The first half is fantastic and the hilarious moments are paisa vasool with Ajay Devgan playing a ghost fearing man and together with Shreyas Talpade, they not only weave magic but get along like a house on fire. Superb chemistry by both artists. Of course, Tushar is in terrific form so is Shreyas Talpade lisp act that wins hearts. This guy is simply a treat to watch while Kunal Khemu is decent. Tabu plays her part well and injects her brand of comedy in an effortless but subdued manner.

It is Parineeti Chopra who takes the pie, particularly in the second half. Pari is brilliant in playing this complicated role where her character is central to the plot. Prakash Raj is not only supremely talented but also superbly hilarious, ably supported by Johnny Lever, Mukesh Tiwari, and Sanjiv Mishra. Neil Nitin Mukesh as the baddie is effortless and it’s always a pleasure to watch Sachin Khedekar.

The second half kicks in the same fashion as the first and the moments of fun cum laughter raises the tempo and frenetic pace of the film. Golmaal Again is crazy and wacky where Rohit Shetty beautifully marries the crazy laughter with an equal dose of horror.  The comedy scenes and dialogues are weaved in a superbly intelligent manner and the scene where Prakash Raj breaks into an uninterrupted jig is kick ass. The scene where the gang reads the diary and at the same time, Gopal fights the villains is executed in an aesthetic fashion and with sheer competence, something we haven’t seen in recent years. Or, the five fighting over samoosa and Kunal Khemu is spun inside the washing machine brings the house down.

It’s refreshing to see that Johnny Lever is not irritating and provokes a mad riot during the Jamnadas prayer meet. Of course, the entry of Vrajesh Hirjee helps to break the monotony, if there is any, and the various instances where the possessed characters speak like Nana Patekar are one of the best moments in the film that will ensure taalis and seethis are thrown on-screen. There is a surprise element to that.

There are several precious moments be it, Kunal Khemu giving a kiss to Pappu Bhai mistaking his name for a kiss, Tabu reciting the mantra om bhim bheem cold cream, Lopa Mudra and Kattapa jokes or the lamed ones mouthed by Madhav about Damini having the figure and Gopal is the father for father-figure or from father to boy friend will make you laugh so hard that will hurt the stomach.

What’s Not!

There are quite a few glitches in the film, two back-to-back reprise songs of the 90s which is quite lazy and except the title song, there is a lack of foot tapping numbers. The revenge plot appears a bit too typical and I sorely miss the cars bursting and exploding in the air which is Rohit Shetty’s  brand and USP that we love seeing on-screen.

Final Words:

The ensemble cast of Golmaal and the lovable characters, right from Gopal to Madhav and Lucky, Vasooli Bhai, Pappi Bhai as well as the new entrants make this latest outing paisa vasaal. Golmaal Again carries repeat value that will make you laugh the heart out and offers the perfect masala, comedy, emotions, drama, romance, and action that the glorious 80s and 90s were famous for.  The special effect is visually appealing and Golmaal Again is the perfect Diwali Bumper Offer this festive season. After seven years, Rohit Shetty proves that he has not lost his golden touch over the franchise that gets bigger and better every time. A secret: Do not forget to leave your brain at home to experience magic.

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Tulsi Virani 2.0

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Mother India is back!! Our revered Mother stormed TV channels to make her voice smash through the rooftop of all news channels that she almost gave complex to Rohit Shetty. After all, what’s the point of raking a fortune on exploding cars when apna new, beta version of Mother India aka Tulsi 2.0 can smash every engine living or non-living through her sheer emotional power? No glycerine needed ek dum original this one is.

Itne saare emotion! Whatta performance!! Heard that apna beta version of Tulsi Virani is already giving complex to the Oscars wale. Leonardo is already toying with the idea to rope her in as his aunty in the next venture, for a double whammy at the Oscar. Her alter ego, Ekta Kapoor christened her Tulsi Virani for the Saas been a Bahu, right. Now, Ekta is already getting second idea on the great comeback of Tulsi Virani that will make her raise the moolah on the soap opera market that she doesn’t need to hire writers to script emotional and tragic outburst. From Tulsi Virani to Smriti Irani and again Tulsi Virani. There was Tulsi Virani, there is Tulsi Virani and there will always be Tulsi Virani. Whatta homecoming. Come and beat that!!!

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Maa Kasam! Apna Minister was an abhinetri in some life time..issi life mein and found her true calling in Parliament. What an education in acting! After all, she is the HRD Minister. Jai Shri Krishna. Ekta must be pondering to whom Tulsi will bow and mutter Jai Shri Krishna in full passion. Of course, our Thakur NaMo is always willing to grace the great comeback of Tulsi Virani. Now, we need a villain in this stormy act of Tulsi to make it the clash of the titans. Heard Mayawati aka Behenji is kicked with the idea of playing Payal. Who needs Mihir when the Tulsi Virani-Payal combo can explode our idiot box to raise TRP? We’ve seen it last time in Parliament. It will be the Maa of all soap operas, playing live on all TV channels. Now, Ekta can save her money and stall Kya Kool Hai Hum 4 for apna Smriti-Ji, no Tulsi Virani has already made her grand comeback in style, fashion and giving audience a high emotional dose.

Our TV set can never be the same without Tulsi Virani, high pitch and blaring loud enough to make Yo! Yo! Honey Singh run away. She is the savior of the nation going ballistic, oops sorry nationalistic. What an act!! Forget classics like Mother India, Sholay or DDLJ for the return of Hazaar Chaurasi Ki Maa, aka, Tulsi Virani beta version is making them fade in comparison. Heard makers like Sooraj Barjatya and Karan Johar have already decided to go on retirement mode or better cast Tulsi Virani in their next directorial ventures for this one needs no script, story or screenplay. What showed on TV last time was a trailer. Picture abhi Baaki hai mere dost!

Our Tulsi Virani is so national that folks have already booked their show and started humming Kyon Ki Neta bhi Abhinetri thi. The Bhakts are queuing up for Ashirwaad from the new Mother India, hellbent to save the desh from Drohi. The purrfect box office ingredient ensuring bumper opening worth 500 crores plus. The awards walla are already thinking of putting a new category, The Tulsi Virani Award for drama, entertainment and comedy. Now, who will vie for the awards? Start practicing the art of humming our dear stars and get set the take home the most coveted award that will adorn your shelf for Tulsi 2.0 is back with a bang.

Hold your breath folks! To get the Tulsi Virani Award for acting, you gotta be a self-declared Yale Alumni and learn your lines and deliver flawlessly in style…Kyon Ki Main Jhooth Bolta Hoon so that it makes Liar Liar Jim Carrey looks stunningly pathetic. You gotta learn the art of making doctored video..Jai Mahisura to be repeated 10 times in your monologue.

When Tulsi Virani speaks her Maun Ki Baat, the whole world go silent.  She is so inspirational that cutting her head and placing on the charan of Payal aka Behenji will fetch her the Telly Awards for dramatic acting. Guess, Arnub of the Goswami is studying Tulsi Virani’s superb acting skills to decide when to confer her with the Best actor award for dramebazzi. As for TV lovers, they just can’t wait for the Bahu to make her grand comeback as Tulsi Virani 2.0 for another 100+ episodes. It’s already live and lap the most outstanding performance of the year. Sorry Deepika, don’t even try for 2016 clearly belongs to this beta Tulsi Virani for Kyon Ki Saas Bhi Bahu Thi 2.0 playing live on all major news channels.

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Film Review: Dilwale an ode to SRK-Kajol sizzling chemistry

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Film Review: Dilwale

Director: Rohit Shetty

Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Vinod Khanna, Kabir Bedi, Boman Irani and Varun Sharma

Produced by: Red Chillies Entertainment

Rating: Three and a half stars

It’s King Khan teaming up with Kajol in Rohit Shetty’s mad caper and one expects power house of energy and laugh riot. Dilwale also marks the return of Kajol on the silver screen and in the mind of many, it’s her sizzling chemistry with SRK represents the film’s USP and brand value. Has Rohit Shetty been able to create the magic of DDLJ, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Karan Arjun for that matter? Quite an unfair comparison for Rohit Shetty belongs to a different genre of cinema whose aim is to entertain in leap and bound.

My verdict: The prospect of Dilwale is boosted by the sizzling Shah Rukh Khan-Kajol chemistry who stood apart in this entertaining flick and like in all Shetty’s films, there are guns, cars and villains flying everywhere but, in the end, it does what a masala movie does best: entertain merrily. For me, Dilwale is a winner that has only one objective: Reach out to the masses and is high on entertainment package.

If there is one power couple on silver screen that sizzle, it’s Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. When Rohit Shetty brings both of them together in Dilwale, it’s a sensual cracker that makes everything fade in comparison to the terrific actors that both SRK and Kajol are. Make no mistake, Dilwale is all about high voltage fun and Rohit Shetty leaves no stone unturned to portay SRK-Kajol sizzling chemistry at its best. What a delight to watch both actors gelling in every possible frame and every time, they are together, it brings the screen alive! Together, they are sublime and sensational, winning the heart of fans cum admirers in every frame. Both SRK and Kajol add to the unlimited fun, carrying the film to escalating height to make it a winner all the way.

The scene where Kajol reveals her true self to SRK, as the don’s daughter remain the forte of the movie and is one of the most captivating scene, raising the energy to an octane level. Kudos to Rohit Shetty for pumping the adrenaline rush. The song, Gerua, reminds us of Suraj Hua Madham from Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham, showcasing the terrific SRK-Kajol chemistry. SRK is simply charming, charismatic and electrifying as Raj and Kaali while Kajol plays Meera to perfection and is the soul of Dilwale. Varun Dhawan stands his own ground in the presence of stalwarts and his one liners are simply terrific. He provides the laugh in his natural act while Kriti Sanon is photogenic and decent. The supporting cast is lead by Boman Irani who puts an effortless, first rate act and is heart warming to see actors like Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi staging a comeback.

On the flip side, one can argue that Rohit Shetty could have chosen a better script with Dilwale, bringing together after four years the couple of the decade and the writing tends to move at snail pace in parts of the movie. I bet it’s got to do with the fact that Rohit Shetty’s forte is brainless comedy but Dilwale is a blend of romance and slapstick comedy. Somehow, the two stand in conflict that makes Dilwale stumble to a certain extent. The film is also a tad too long that makes it stagnate in part. Johnny Lever humor appears to be forced on the audience and the actor has become boring, predictable and irritating nowadays.

The Ramlal-Pogo joke is simply hilarious referring to SRK-Kajol and Varun telling his brother, played by SRK, Mein aapka mang ka sindhoor bharna chata hai provokes peal of laughter. On the whole, Dilwale has a sole aim: To entertain. The movie received lots of flak but it never posed as its ambition to educate people or belongs to a different kind of cinema. It’s entertainment in its best form. The songs of Dilwale, be it Gerua, Janam Janam or Tikur Tukur are breath taking and it’s one of the best soundtracks delivered in recent times. Dilwale is a cherry on the cake for the super sizzling and palatable SRK-Kajol chemistry, Rohit Shetty’s direction and terrific one liners.