Golmaal Returns Review— Senseless-Storyless Comedy Returns

I remember watching Golmaal (not the original classic, but the July 14th, 2006 one) by myself in Virginia and clearly remember that parts of it were hysterically funny; the Black episode literally got my eyes watered with laughter. The story too was okay, funny, there was something going on, and every character had a (meaty) part to play. So can you expect similar or more for what is being advertised as a sequel? Of course, one must. Before going any further, let us make one thing clear—Golmaal Returns is by no means a sequel (I don’t think our Bollywood guys have what it takes to do a sequel); it is just the next in the series (like Munnabhai). Nothing wrong with that, except that had the content of Golmaal Returns been presented with another title, the film would not even have got an opening.  Whichever way you look at Golmaal Returns, the film lacks the comic-punch that is delivered through knock-out performances, an interesting comic story/plot, and hilarious sequences, but scraps through and manages to produce a few laughs.

Ekta (Kareena Kapoor) always has a shak on Gopal (Ajay Devagan) who works in a fisheries company. Lucky (Tushar Kapoor) is Ekta’s dumb brother and Esha (Amrita Arora) is Gopal’s sister–all living together in one house. On the night that Gopal’s colleague, whom he dislikes, gets murdered Gopal is missing from the house as he saves a girl, Meera (Celina Jaitley) and has to spend the night over elsewhere as their cars get spoiled. Ekta is told to beleive that Gopal spent the night with his, just created, friend Anthony Gonzalves. In order to satisfy her, Gopal hires Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade) to be Anthony and some confusion begins and at each step Gopal, Laxam, and Lucky have to deal with it. Oh yes, there is ACP Madhav Singh (Arshad Warsi) who has been assigned the case of Gopal’s colleage (played by Sanjay Mishra) and ACP Madhav, who is the boyfriend of Esha, suspects Gopal as he went missing that night. The entire second half is about finding the girl with whom Gopal spent the night with to testify that Gopal was not involved in the murder. The comic-punch is supposed to be that that girl is Meera who is Laxman’s girlfriend. Anyways, a farcical and silly climax takes place and finally Lucky is the lucky guy as he gets his girl and becomes the MD of the fisheries (as the daughter of the fisheries owner is the deaf girl that the dumb Lucky likes).

For a film that wants to be a sensless comedy it is okay to have a thin story line or even be story-less, but it must at least have several sequences that deliver knock out comedy. This goes missing in Golmaal Returns. The only highlight comic scene is when Gopal and Meera get stuck in the room and every channel that Gopal switches too there is a love scene being shown and eventually Gopal has to put one leg on the other to cover up! There is no other comic sequence worth mentioning or remembering. Even the woman-get up scene is very brief and produces no laughter. A couple of gay comedy references, but that is being really desperate. The performances are all average to below average with only Shreyas Talpade delivering some good acting. Ajay Devgan is okay, but is looking too thin and sickly. Tushar Kapoor is irritating. Kareena Kapoor looks like a patient; it is high time she got out of that Globus ad campaign and joined some fast food ad campaing; at least she will look healthy. Her acting is as usual useless. Arshad Warsi gets a raw deal. Celina and Amrita are as usual useless. And how can we imagine such comedies without the masters—Paresh Rawal, Om Puri etc. Characterizations, which are an integral part of any comedy, are totally missing. There are hardly any songs, and the two that come are useless. One of the songs picturization is taken from Rajnikanth’s Shivaji

Having said this, the film just about manages and tries real hard to create a few laughs. The only good thing about the film is that at least it does drag. Given the total lack of any comedy or entertaining film in Hindi right now, Golmaal Returns will benefit; clearly evident from the that Ramakrishna 70mm, Abids was packed with youngsters for a morning show on the third day. But this will only be for a few more days or max one week. The film just does not have the merits to have a long run or even be remembered for any comedy worth its name. Watch it only if have absolutely nothing else to do. If one is to believe the last scene then a third is being planned. My request to the makers, please do not return again…trying making something else.

Mr. Inkenti’s Movienomics Verdict: Thumbs Down!

ps–Mrs. Inkenti’s verdict is that the film should be called Bore-Maal!

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