The becoming of movie franchise always has a successful beginning with its first part; that’s how the series expands. Audience loves it so film-makers avail that enthusiasm and keep exploring new horizons with that concept and continue to make more addition to the franchise. Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal series has become that top movie franchise over the years which has constantly entertained and kept us laughing with its uniquely funny narratives.
It all began in 2006 when the first installment of this series Golmaal: Fun Unlimited hit the theaters. Now, with the latest Golmaal Again in 2017, there have been 4 films in the series and it is one of the biggest franchises of Bollywood. The team of Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn-Arshad Warsi-Tusshar Kapoor-Shreyas Talpade-Kunal Kemmu has worked wonders and created a magic on screen which audience can’t get enough of.
On that occasion, we rank all the Golmaal movies of Rohit Shetty, from Best to Worst.
Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006)
The first part is always the best, isn’t it? Golmaal: Fun Unlimited was a genius in the making and it was absolutely a laughter ride. It was this film which planted the seed of quality entertainment which went on to become a comedy giant series, still amusing the Indian crowd.
The gang of Gopal, Madhav, Laxman and Lucky enters the house of an old couple Somanth and Mangala who is blind and all the chaotic fun starts there. The hilarious banter among these four, Madhav, Laxman and Lucky’s failed plans to take Gopal out of their lives, Somnath’s tickling conversations with this gang at his residence and then, the addition of weirdly amazing characters of Wasooli Bhai, Babli Bhai, Sattu Supari and the girl in the gang’s lives – Nirali, all this make up for an experience that in unforgettable and worth revisiting many times.
The dialogues and scenes like ‘Kabhi gang wang dekha hai?’ ‘Harishchandra Ramchandra Mirchandani ‘HaRaMi’, ‘Sameer – Choti Chaddi Pehanta Tha….Badi Shararat Karta Tha’, ‘Pandu’s snake avatar’, ‘Vasooli Bhai’s Sanjay Dutt idolism’ and the best one, ‘Lagta hai baraf padne wali hai’, are the reasons why Golmaal: Fun Unlimited is the best one from this lot and also, one of the best comedy films of Bollywood. This is also the film which defined Rohit Shetty’s early career and hinted towards his superior capability as an entertaining director.
Golmaal 3 (2010)
Golmaal 3 instilled a fresh breath of air in this franchise when the 2nd part didn’t really work well. A different story and a hilarious narrative again made the audience believe that Golmaal series is very much effective and kicking the right tickling bones.
This time, it was the fight between two groups: One was Pritam’s good for nothing sons Madhav, Laxman and Lucky and other was Geeta’s children Gopal and Laxman. There is also Daboo, who has a secret crush on Gopal. Pritam and Geeta were lovers in their young age but couldn’t marry and now, they are again thrown back into their romantic lives in old age. Daboo helps them get together but this will change the entire lives of these 5 brothers and that’s where the whole entertainment awaits in Golmaal 3.
Golmaal 3’s writing was very funny and it added some of the best punches you can watch in recent times. The scenes of Ajay Devgn aka Gopal’s Ungli moment, the highly amazing fight scenes between these two groups of brothers, especially the one in court when Gopal loses his cool and other one where they tease each other with abuses of hand signs and with different objects.
That scene of Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) with Prem Chopra was classic from the movie. ‘Phate mohabbat ki hai’, ‘Jinke ghar sheeshe ke hote hain… wo kapde basement mein badalte hain’ are engaging dialogues. Johny Lever’s Pappi Boss actually stole the show with his comic timing. He keeps forgetting things and it made the movie a top notch entertainer. This also made everyone realize why Johny Lever is one of the best comedy actors we have in Bollywood. Oh, did we mention Sanjay Mishra’s ‘DDLJ Diwali’ and ‘PUC Please’ moments?
Golmaal 3 certainly created lots of joyful moments and it had all the elements to keep you hilariously hooked: laughter, romance, action and suspense. The big Diwali package.
Golmaal Again (2017)
The latest film in the franchise, Golmaal Again has kept tradition of making people laugh like crazy alive. It was worthy of a big Diwali release. The gang of Gopal, Madhav, Laxman-Laxman and Lucky are now orphans and this time, it’s not just a comedy but a horror comedy, the genre Bollywood has not explored much.
Rohit Shetty again gives fresh set of jokes which are ticklish and are filled with uncontrollable laughter. The fights between these gang members, the addition of ghost and its fun with these people are highly enjoyable. Golmaal Again does have a few drawbacks. It feels lengthy after a while and the angle of ghost’s background story consumes a lot of time in the second half which dilutes the focus of core comedy. That’s why it doesn’t reach the comic effectiveness of Golmaal: Fun Unlimited and Golmaal 3.
However, the pure exciting chemistry between Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu and Tusshar Kapoor works its magic on screen once again and it makes Golmaal Again a delight to watch. Moreover, getting a hilarious treatment while also getting a ghost story is a unique experience offered by Rohit Shetty.
Golmaal Returns (2008)
The weakest and worst film from franchise, Golmaal Returns didn’t have any memorable stuff going on with it. Its story, writing and all the characters failed to entice and most importantly, failed to make anyone laugh.
Gopal is married to Ekta, who is a television drama obsessed wife and constantly takes doubt on Gopal as if he is cheating on her, which he is not. One night, he saves a girl from some goons. With some unforeseeable context, they spend the night on Gopal’s yacht. On the same night, Gopal had fought with one of his colleague and now, he is dead. All these things create tension in his life.
The scenario of Gopal-Ekta, Gopal-Madhav and Gopal-Laxman, all these felt dis-interesting. The spark and core enjoyment that was evident in first part and also, the third film, was hugely lacking in Golmaal Returns.