The Golmaal franchise that began in 2006 has got its fourth entry in 2017. Golmaal Again regains most of the cast from Golmaal 3, sans Kareena Kapoor Khan, Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah. So there is Ajay Devgn, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Kemmu and Shreyas Talpade returning, along with Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever, Mukesh Tiwari, Murali Sharma and Ashwini Kalsekar. Tabu and Parineeti Chopra play the female leads, while Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh are the antagonists. After a kinda disappointing Dilwale, this is an opportunity for director Rohit Shetty to redeem himself. So does Golmaal Again entertain?
Let's give you the bad news first - Golmaal Again is not as good as the first movie the plot is contrived and the climax sucks. But here's the good news - the cast is consistently good, and the humour, for most of its parts, is rib-tickling. And it's not just our review, which you can read here, that has this opinion. Most of the reviews share this sentiment too, albeit in varying degrees of awe. Here's what critics are saying about Golmaal Again.
"This is a marginally better film than Golmaal 3 or Golmaal Returns, not like that's saying much. The reason is Devgn, who was painful in the earlier sequels, but is rather likeable this time as a scaredy-cat lummox who shyly falls for a much younger girl. The jokes resulting from this inappropriate gap in age are worth a laugh, especially when Devgn, who almost raised the little girl he is smitten by, desperately watches Yash Chopra's Lamhe in the hope of legitimising his crush."
"Rohit takes a lot of time to establish this entire set up and there aren’t too many one-liners or jokes to keep you entertained during this period. It is only after the ghosts enter the scene that I saw smiles on faces around me. The spirit that is chasing the lead gang possesses several characters and Shreyas Talpade’s version works perfectly. As Laxman, he plays close aide to Gopal (Ajay) who often sings lullabys to Gopal whenever he is scared of ghosts. The sudden transformation from the saviour to the attacker is funny and the fact that this is the first time the ghost makes its appearance works better. The supernatural element in the story adds freshness to the narrative and it is interesting to watch Tabu in a different role – she pulls punches with a straight face and talks to spirits. She also manipulates almost half the events in the story."
"I must admit that this might be the most enjoyable of the four Golmaal films because there is actually a plot and the by-now-familiar characters are less annoying while the annoying ones are partially relegated to the background. Kudos to Shetty for reinventing a mindless comic brand to a duo-genre and giving it a new lease of life."
"The very predictable twist at the interval notwithstanding, the humour is characteristically clean and effective. However, much of it is courtesy the supporting cast, considering of dependable names like Sanjay Mishra, Johny Lever, Prakash Raj and Nana Patekar (in a delectable cameo). The pace of the film takes a beating much courtesy the plot development, but the humour, howsoever intermittent and inconsistent, pretty much makes up for it."
"With an ensemble cast (including ace comedians such as: Johnny Lever, Mukesh Tiwari, Sanjay Mishra, Murali Sharma and Vrajesh Hirjee), Golmaal Again managed to hide all its shortcoming. From monologues to hilarious one-liners, the film has almost everything is store for comedy lovers. By taking along well-appreciated characters like Vasooli Bhai and Inspector Dande, Rohit made the most of the power of Golmaal franchise. Yes, we agree that Ajay was the biggest star on-board. But, reasonable screentime was also given to Arshad, Kunal, Shreyas and Tusshar. Parineeti turned out to be a big disappointment. However, Tabu took lead and astonished the audience by overracting for the first time."
"Despite a weak screenplay, Rohit goes full throttle at the entertainment quotient, mainly depending on the on-screen camaraderie between his actors. The five principal characters (Ajay, Arshad, Shreyas, Tusshar and Kunal) retain their superb chemistry and timing. Ajay plays the ghost-fearing macho man to perfection. Shreyas is the highlight among the others – his comedy is impeccable. Tabu brings a lot of dignity to her role as the film’s narrator and backbone. Parineeti seems like a misfit at first but slowly adds her own chutzpah to her character. Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra never fail to bring in the laughs even in the film’s dullest moments."
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