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Golmaal Again!!!

Banners: Rohit Shetty Productions, Mangal Murti Films, Reliance Entertainment

Producer: Rohit Shetty

Director: Rohit Shetty

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Prakash Raj, Neil Nitin Mukesh

Writers: Rohit Shetty (story), Yunus Sajawal (screenplay), Sajid-Farhad (dialogue)

The poster of Golmaal Again!!! aptly says ‘Iss Diwali Logic Nahin Sirf Magic’ and Rohit Shetty and his team of writers have served us exactly what they promised. This film is pure entertainment, where the smile never once leaves your face. It is a great festival product, and every frame has the ’Rohit Shetty’ stamp all over it.

Every Golmaal instalment has carried expectations that have exceeded those of the previous one and, miraculously, Shetty and his team have always managed to wow the audience. This time, there is also a twist in the tale, with Golmaal Again!!! introducing  a ghostly element. Only, this is not a horror film; it’s full-on paisa-vasool entertainment.he poster of Golmaal Again!!! aptly says ‘Iss Diwali Logic Nahin Sirf Magic’ and Rohit Shetty and his team of writers have served us exactly what they promised. This film is pure entertainment, where the smile never once leaves your face. It is a great festival product, and every frame has the ’Rohit Shetty’ stamp all over it.

The fourth instalment in the Golmaal franchise, Golmaal Again!!! is about kids in an orphanage. The orphanage, run by Jamnadas (Uday Tikekar), has too many kids and five of them – Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman (Kunal Khemu) and Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) – leave the institution and start living on their own. The gang reunites at the funeral of Jamnadas, where Anna (Tabu) tells them about the neighbouring property belonging to Col Chauhan (Sachin Khedekar).

Gopal and the others decide to act as tenants so that they can get the property vacated. Little do they know that a supernatural presence will turn their lives golmaal! What follows forms the crux of the film. 

Like the earlier three films in the Golmaal franchise, this one too has a back story, followed by rivalry between two groups, leading to their reunion, and so on. The story in Golmaal Again!!! takes a while to establish the main plot. However, the film gathers momentum when the gang arrives at the funeral. There’s no stopping them after that. The film becomes a roller coaster ride, full of comical moments and hilarious one-liners.

Even scenes that have been written amateurishly are fun to watch, thanks to Shetty’s style of filming. One such scene includes the one where Shreyas Talpade sings a lullaby to Ajay Devgn. It may look silly on paper but the way it has been shot by Shetty is fantastic.

Other memorable scenes are: the one where the characters speak in Nana Patekar’s style; the one-upmanship between two groups, their altercation at the dinner table; Tusshar talking; Tabu’s act while calling the ghost; Nana Patekar’s cameo; Sanjay Mishra’s English; Johnny Lever’s comic timing; Prakash Raj dancing and many others.

However, while the pace does drop in the second half, the film picks up in the last half hour. Thanks to excellent writing, every character has been perfectly placed with the right balance.

Direction-wise, Rohit Shetty once again proves that he’s one of the best entertainers in the industry. Right from tapping into the right story, screenplay and dialogue, along with his style of narrative, he is bang on. Second to his style of film-making is the job done by his writers, Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad.

The title track of the film, Golmaal Again, is just right for the festive season. Setting aside all biases of being reluctant to recreate new versions of old songs, Neeraj Sridhar and Sukriti Kakar help us reminisce about the good old days withMaine tujhko dekha which is inspired from the overtly peppy Neend churayi meri (from the film Ishq).

Performance-wise, as with all previous Golmaal films, Ajay Devgn proves that only he can carry this franchise forward. He is superb with his fear of the supernatural and, of course, his old trait of breaking fingers. Arshad Warsi is, once again, brilliant in delivering his one-liners. Tusshar Kapoor’s mute-marathon antics seem to be getting better with each film. Kunal Kemmu is fantastic. Shreyas Talpade is commendable with his lisping speech.

Prakash Raj, as the menacing villain, never fails to impress. The fourth instalment also welcomes two actresses to the Golmaal series – Tabu and Parineeti Chopra. While Parineeti Chopra is fabulous, Tabu is fantastic with her comic timing. Neil Nitin Mukesh is good. Johnny Lever, as always, is outstanding in his part. Sanjay Mishra’s English spellings are amazing. Mukesh Tiwari, Vrajesh Hirjee, Murli Sharma, Sachin Khedekar and Uday Tikekar lend good support. Nana Patekar’s voice and cameo is another USP of the film.

Verdict: A full-on, paisa vasool entertainer. Super hit!

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