Rohit Shetty is back with the fourth movie of the Golmaal franchise. Golmaal Again brings back the mischievous gang from Golmaal 3, with Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu and Shreyas Talpade reprising their characters’ names from the previous movie. Tabu and Parineeti Chopra play the female leads, while Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh are the antagonists. After an underwhelming Dilwale, will Rohit Shetty manage to redeem himself with Golmaal Again? Will this turn out to be the perfect Diwali treat we yearned for? Read our review to find out.
What’s it about
Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), the mute Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), and two Laxmans (Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu) are orphans under the care of Jamnadas Orphanage in Ooty. While Gopal and Laxman with the lisp are like siblings, the other three are a team and often try to scare Gopal, who is frightened of ghosts. As adults, they both work separately as land evictors for Babli bhai (Sanjay Mishra) and Vasooli (Mukesh Tiwari) respectively. When they learn that their benefactor Jamnadas is no more, the gang returns to the orphanage to pay their last respects. Here they meet Ana (Tabu) the librarian who can see ghosts and Damini (Parineeti Chopra) the caretaker of a blind colonel (Sachin Khedekar). What they don’t realise then is that there is a ghost among them who wants to reveal an ugly truth about the orphanage. Cue… a lot of gags, spooky elements and a contrived plot!
When you go in a theatre to watch a Golmaal movie, what do you expect? Barrelful of laughs, right? With Golmaal Again, director Rohit Shetty has managed to meet your expectations when it comes to making you smile. Well, almost. After a plain start, once we get to see our heroes in the adult forms, the jokes relentlessly pour in with most of them managing to make you go LOL. Thankfully for us, the best gags in the movie were not ruined by the trailers. When some of the cast members invoke the spirit of a certain actor (who also makes a surprise cameo later), I am sure you will be clutching your stomach hard rolling down the aisle. I also loved how the movie tried to poke fun at Ajay and Parineeti’s pairing, and in the process, trolling the age-gap divide in Bollywood movies. Some of the dialogues are too damn funny.
What works in the favour of Rohit Shetty is that he has roped in actors with some really good comic talent, who are willing to subject themselves to all sorts of buffoonery. Ajay Devgn gets to polish his funny bone again. He is quite believable as the macho hero who is scared of darkness and ghosts. His entry scene will make all Vijay fans proud. Arshad, Shreyas, Tusshar and Kunal are all good. It is nice to see a talented Kunal Kemmu get spotlight in these movies, and I hope to get to see him more on screen. Among the supporting cast, Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever once again prove why they are pros at making you laugh.
All the songs are decent. The cinematography by Jomon T John gorgeously captures the beauty of Ooty. Also read: Ajay Devgn – Parineeti Chopra’s Golmaal Again is off to a FLYING start, registers 80 per cent occupancy
The posters and Tabu’s character in the movie relentlessly tell us that don’t look for logic and enjoy the magic. Thanks to the magic of humour, I did try to ignore this logic less-ness of the plot. But when towards the latter half of the movie, when the gags become forced and dry and the plot looks for resolution, the faults raise their ugly heads. Major blame falls on the writing and the editing. The plot, when stripped of all the gags, is contrived, unoriginal and will remind you of movies like Bhoot and Screamers. While the supernatural elements form crux of many jokes, it also makes us question this – if the ghost canpossess people and do all sorts of stuff, why does it need the help of a gang of buffoons to take down villains? The movie is half an hour too long with the concluding portions turning out to be a bore. For a horror-comedy, the spooky scared are quite less, unlike a Bhool Bhulaiya or the Tamil movie Yaamirukka Bayamey, or for that matter, the cult Pizza starring Vijay Sethupathi.
I also wish the writers could have concocted the twist in Parineeti’s track in a better way. The writing was there on the wall all along; a little more imagination could have worked wonders with the interval revelation. The two female leads, be it Tabu or Chopra, don’t get to do much when it comes to making an impact. The same goes for the villains of the piece. Prakash Raj is made to repeat what he did in the climax of Singham. But at least his possessed dance was funny. Neil Nitin Mukesh was basically Fardeen Khan from Bhoot, but with a bit more screentime. However, being a Golmaal fan, I feel the biggest crime movie did was to Tusshar Kapoor. His Lucky was an MVP in the first three movies, but here, save for one possessed scene, he hardly gets to do much.
On a final note, I do hope that one day Rohit Shetty stops using North Indian actors attempt South Indian caricatures for humour. You have National award winning actors from South like Prakash Raj in your fold, so why the need to attempt such flat humour? Also read: Ajay Devgn’s Golmaal Again BEATS Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, records the highest opening occupancy for a Bollywood film in 2017
What to do
Golmaal Again, unfortunately, doesn’t attempt to dethrone the first Golmaal movie which remains the best of the lot in the franchise. However, it still provides plentiful of laughter thanks to some zany dialogues and the humourous antics of the lead cast. If you are planning to watch Golmaal Again, do make sure that you leave your brains and expectations back at home and then join the laughter!
Reviewed by Sreeju Sudhakaran
**** Very good