Three times a charm?
Honestly I’m not a fan of the Golmaal troupe Golmaal 1 was great but I thought Golmaal Returns was so trashy that I was expecting the worst from Golmaal 3. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised at the fun and entertainment that Golmaal 3 brought back. This Diwali you can leave your brains behind and laugh with a bang with Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3. Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Tushar Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade are back and this time Kunal Khemu joins them along with Mithun and Ratna Pathak Shah for G3. Just like Golmaal Returns, G3 is also not in the true sense a sequel… while the characters are the same, with some additions and modifications of course, the story is completely disconnected form the previous two films. As any other “brainless” comedies G3 also doesn’t pay much attention to the story there’s a basic plot going on so that Shetty can pack every scene with jokes and pranks.
Pritam (Mithun) is the unlucky father of three useless sons Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tushar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu) who as usual borrow money for a living. Gita (Ratna) is the unlucky mother of two different useless sons Gopal (Ajay) and another Laxman (Shreyas). However these unlucky parents share a romantic past and with the help of their over enthusiastic neighbour Dabbu (Kareena) they’re about to rekindle their romance but alas! Their useless sons don’t get along. Golmaal 3 is what happens when these five brats are forced to live with each other under one roof with their newly married parents! Adding confusion to this mayhem is a crazy forgetful Bappi (Johnny Lever) and his two crazy henchmen Sanjay Mishra and Vrajesh Hirjee.
G3 has fresh jokes to offer unlike many recently made “comedy” films G3 has a couple of really new and hilarious jokes. The basic idea of G3 is to entertain with as much pomp and show as possible. This time Gopal’s character’s been modified again… he’s playing a crazy rugged punk with some major anger management issues! Tushar’s mute Lucky is still hilariously entertaining. G3 was both great and not so good… in the sense there were scenes in the film where I was laughing so much that I had tears in my eyes and there were scenes when I though when will this film finally end! The first half is more entertaining than the second but the entire movie is quite dragging at times.
What I liked was that though the humour was slapstick but the digs did not sound vulgar or too cheap to be enjoyed except in the second half when the Mithun beating went a bit overboard. There are many cars crashing and objects flying and going boom boom in the air … full on dhamaka in the diwali spirit! But almost all of the action scenes have been dragged just too much! Especially the slow motion camera work in the fight scenes this is so far stretched that it was irritating after a certain point.
But like I said the movie’s both good and bad so where all this was bad… the scenes with Johnny Lever were amazing! Also I loved the references to old Mithun movies and songs. One of my favorite scenes would be the gestures between the five heroes when the brothers are silently threatening each other with everything from a candle to a cactus…. Brilliant scene… I died laughing! The dialogues are witty with Sanjay Mishra’s spellings cracking us up with every line!
Performances are good by everyone though Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Khemu both seem sidelined and look shabby throughout the film. Mithun and Ratna Pathak Shah are both a good flavor to the film and their retro sequence is truly 70’s movies types with the khadoos baap and dramatic music! Actually throughout the film the background score is very well thought out and nicely placed. Although I can’t say the same about its music… except for Ale! None of the other songs are memorable.
On the whole Golmaal 3 is a good entertainer for the diwali weekend… have a good laugh and leave logic behind to enjoy this one.