Director: Rohit Shetty
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra
It’s hard to describe films like Golmaal Again as it is not a bad movie which you will want to reject but it also doesn’t fully achieve its potential. It hangs in between that thin line. With already first part of this franchise being a top notch film and the third one also living to its expectations, the excitement for Golmaal Again was always huge. I know, right from the trailer, Rohit Shetty had specified about magic and not logic, but here I am, going to talk about both.
This time, Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), Laxman (Kunal Kemmu), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) are orphans living in an orphanage. After a big among them, they leave the place. After a few years, they unite again when the owner of the orphanage dies. But now, there is an existence of ghost in that place which will change these guys’ lives upside down.
This is a rare thing to say but I thing Golmaal Again had too much plot going on. Multistarrers and entertainment films tend to have a complex narrative element to add a fun factor and I understand that, but even by that standard, Golmaal Again really had many twists and characters. The film’s run time of more than 2 hours 15 minutes is a bit tiring. The film has a slow start with Tabu’s never ending narration. Even without the narration, the story was pretty self-explanatory.
However, once these boys come together to fight with each other, the core fun begins and the movie truly becomes entertaining. One of the reasons Rohit Shetty has created his own space, is that his movies always have fresh jokes which are really hilarious and Golmaal Again has ample of them. The scenario of ghost, its activities with these guys to haunt them are super engaging. The spelling worded jokes of Sanjay Mishra are once again strangely amazing.
However, Shetty does add some old jokes from his previous parts of Golmaal movies.
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Bollywood has not really explored the horror comedy genre much and Shetty does well on that front. There is a proper balance between the two in the movie. The first half has everything going on for it, from comedy, songs, mystery to horror. But, second half goes a bit dull in comedy as it focuses too much on the good vs bad guys. Here, that ‘too much plot and character’ thing messes up the experience of Golmaal Again.
Parineeti Chopra has not been used properly. Her character should have been given more vitality. The whole angle of property, killings and revenge didn’t fit completely into the narrative. First part of this franchise ‘Golmaal: Fun Unlimited’ had a very simple and fitting background story which didn’t consume much time and that’s what Shetty needed to do in Golmaal Again.
There is a sheer comfort among Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu and Tusshar Kapoor due to which, their chemistry seems very natural and exciting to enjoy. The dialogues with bang on comic timing are the biggest highlight. I really loved that ‘Bachpan..Pachpan’ dialogue.
It’s difficult to give a distinct performance in a multistarrer film but a talent finds its way. In Golmaal 3, it was Johnny Lever who stole the show and in Golmaal Again, I loved Shreyas Talpade’s acting. Ajay being more of an action and angry guy in movie, many of the conversations between him and Shreyas as Laxman have Shreyas talking with stammering and what a terrific job he pulls. In the previous part as well, he had the same peculiarity in his character but in Golmaal Again, his energy in the dialogue is such a beauty that you enjoy each of his punch. This was an atypical role for Tabu but she shines in her role.
Golmaal Again entertains. It has too much plot in it, many characters but in the end, it entertains. You won’t be completely satisfied with the movie but there is more than enough laughter in it to keep you interested in its story.