Golmaal 3 Review
Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn return to screen again this Diwali after two very successful years. On Diwali 2008 they had an extremely successful Golmaal Returns and last year they had an equally hilarious All The Best. Without a doubt they will be been hoping to carry on with the winning streak. And in the optimism of directing Bollywood's first third film in a sequel, beating the Krrish and Munnabhai series, Rohit Shetty gets in much bigger cast and canvass. Unfortunately though, over-confidence seems to have infected his optimism.
Golmaal 3 starts with a lot of fanfare and celebrations; with an on-the-face declaration that it's a sequel to Golmaal and Golmaal Returns and hence a laugh-riot can be expected. And then of course there is the Golmaal title track shot lavishly in carnival style. But when half an hour into the film you find that the director is pumping in more well shot songs rather than taking the film ahead, it makes one wonder where he got the courage to narrate the producer such a script. Worse, how did the producer agree to back the project!
Don't get me wrong. There is a story no doubt. It's in fact borrowed from none other than the 1978 film classic comedy Khatta Meetha directed by Basu Chatterjee. Rohit Shetty sets the story into his style of filmmaking. Hence there are more characters, loads of gags, hilarious dialogues, exciting action scenes and of course colourful songs. You can rest assured that your eyes will be pleased and you lungs will get some exercise but then that's won't be throughout the film. Some gags completely fail to make you laugh. Moreover due to the treatment of the film whenever the gags are missing it gets boring.
Apart from the over the top approach Rohit also uses subtle humour as he used old film songs to suit funny situations. The dialogues are hilarious and the characters are well written. But most of the humour is borrowed from Bollywood and for someone who has not been watching as many Hindi films; it will be a completely waste of effort. Screenplay is quite loose and emphasis clearly is more on the look and feel than storytelling. Technically the film is very good - shot and edited very stylishly.
Performances too are top notch. The minor characters of Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Murli Sharma shine better than the main cast. Sanjay Mishra continues what he did in the 2008 film One, Two, Three and is terrific. Johnny Lever too makes a mark after a long time. Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi are very good. But among the primary cast it's clearly Tusshar who outdoes everyone else. This is one character Tusshar has come to excel in. Kunal Khemu and Shreyas Talpade do well. Mithun is a delight as he does his Disco Dancer number once again after all these years.
Overall, as stated earlier, Golmaal 3 is fun but not throughout. Also the need to spend all the money is smashing cars and creating carnival atmosphere in storytelling is not understood. And most importantly unlike the previous installments in the series, this story has no 'golmaal' hence failing the series name itself! It can be best describes as funny in intervals, but boring in much regular intervals! You may as well watch Khatta Meetha!
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