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.
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.
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.
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.