Okay so now is the time for some ‘Golmaal Again’ because we have been missing this movie series for long. May be we all knew they would be back but seeing Tabu, the powerful actress of the B-Town was a little surprising. A good one though! The new film, Golmaal Again, opens with a music video where Arshad Warsi and Kunal Kemmu enter the frame on top of sports cars (as expected) leading man Ajay Devgn (of course!) straddles two cars and these vehicles run rings around Tabu, a new entrant to the Golmaal franchise.
As a viewer, you go into this film fully prepared for inanity. Sanjay Mishra will misspell things, Ajay Devgn will break a few fingers, Vrajesh Hirjee will show up and Tusshar Kapoor will shut up. Yes that is what has been happening and that is what will happen. There will also be a whole lot of slapping, and a few jokes about a blind man because without these, the movie will not be Golmaal. This is what the franchise is built on, except this time Shetty has constructed the tomfoolery around an actual and reasonably elaborate plot, one involving ghosts and haunted houses and murder most foul. Now this is promising, the idea of a storyline no matter how juvenile and as Tabu starts telling us the story of a picturesque orphanage and Shetty pulls into the building from afar. Wait! Was he comically inspired from Ram Gopal Verma but then thought of giving it a touch of comedy just to not get caught? Just a thought!
There is a story for sure but it is about a ghost righteously out for revenge and way she goes about getting it is unnecessarily convoluted and roundabout, rendering it unimportant. The villains never seem like a real threat one of them being Neil Nitin Mukesh, which really says it all but nonetheless; Shetty is atleast making an effort at telling a story instead of just laying on relatively unfunny gags. But who said that even the story has a base?
Having said that, this is a marginally better film than Golmaal 3 or Golmaal Returns. The reason is Devgn, who was painful in the earlier sequels, but is rather likeable this time as a scaredy-cat lummox who shyly falls for a much younger girl. The jokes resulting from this inappropriate gap in age are worth a laugh, especially when Devgn, who almost raised the little girl he is smitten by, desperately watches Yash Chopra’s Lamhe in the hope of legitimizing his crush. How incestuously funny!
There isn’t much else to see. Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Kemmu think dressing up as Klansmen would be the scariest and Tabu gets to overact while the constantly self-spoofing script drops in references to her films like Maachis and Cheeni Kum. Sanjay Mishra also gets in a good gag as a sub-Inspector. This may not be a memorably funny film, but unlike the last two, it isn’t objectionably bad. It is, however, far too long and cumbersome. Golmaal Again, however ends in a giant library, where books fly from the shelves and vengefully attack a man. Who needs soaring SUVs, anyway? Or a screenplay? The books batter, the books bash. We shouldn’t be surprised. Rohit Shetty flew cars, bikes, homes and now is the time for books. Let us know if you guys out there have liked this movie. Write to us. Adios!