Everyone knows the Golmaal series is a slapstick comedy with it being accused quite a few times of a movie one should see by keeping one’s brains at home etc…. barring the first one, which was a masterpiece. (Yes it did have my favourite Sharman as part of it, which made it so much more endearing.) Part 2 was a disaster with Kareena / Amrita ruining it. Part 3 was fun with Mithun / Ratna / Prem Chopra adding that 80s twist but more so cos it finally saw the rise of the characters of Vasuli, Pappi and Sanjay Mishra / Vrajesh Hirjee’s Daaga / Tejaa combo. For any film to succeed, one does need a strong supporting cast to carry the film along with the lead. That is where Golmaal 3 scored!
Continuing that trend of getting respectable actors in this franchisee, Rohit adds Tabu, Prakash Raj, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Nana to the madhouse, well in this case, two houses!!
Ajay Devgn, finally acting his age somehow, is good in the action sequences and also as the ghost fearing, protective Gopu. Better than him doing silly Shivaay and Baadshaho.
Arshad unfortunately, loses out on majority of the gags due to his age showing on him. He, Ajay and Tusshar look much older this time round, which at times acts against their characters of Madhav and Lucky. Not that they are not funny, but whilst dancing next to the new entrant Parineeti Chopra, their age gap gets more accentuated. Something the film too plays up very well.
Because of this, the film belongs to Shreyas Talpade as the lisping and Kunal Khemu as the poetic Lakshmans. They both have the best gags / performances from amongst the lead 5 and they do complete justice to it. Kunal particularly with his ‘ae bai’ routine and Shreyas with ‘Gopu, smaass them’ will repeatedly have you in splits.
Parineeti is fine, but somehow doesn’t fit in into this madhouse franchisee. She is better off in the studio movies, cos yet has to grow to come up with a dil khol ke performance, bordering shameless, which is required to excel in this, and no mean feat that is.
Tabu oozes class from her entry with the cars circling around her in her intro. As the ghost whisperer, Anna, she provides the same amount of sanity to these wild bunch, which maybe Hema Malini did in Satte pe Satta. She again proves that with age, actresses like her only become better, something Bollywood will never understand.
Murali Sharma as Inspector Dande, Ashwini Kalsekar as Damini have less scope in this one, but do a fine job as always.
Neil is terrific in his cameo. So is Nana. Prakash Raj shines in his debut in this series and he takes it to another level and how! A complete treat to the eyes and with his wacky comic timing, entertaining to the core.
Mukesh Tiwari as Vasuli is top rate again and does complete justice to his role. Johnny Lever as Pappi Bhai, shows that even at 60, he is king of his art. Vrajesh Hirjee as Pandu, reprises his snake charming role and will leave you in splits.
But for me the film truly belongs to Sanjay Mishra. Ever since he struck gold with Shetty in All the Best, he has only carved a niche for himself in his films. He rocked the show as the misspelling Daaga in Golmaal 3 and here as the Shotgun inspired Babli Bhai he steals the show from the entire gang. It is not the length of his role but the fact that whenever he is on screen, he has you not only in splits but asking for more. Truly the best of the lot in this one.
This is undoubtedly Rohit Shetty’s best Golmaal and no doubt he produced this one too. He knew exactly how this will work. With brilliant screenplay by Younis Sajawal and dialogues by Farhad / Sajid, this movie will have you laughing down the aisles, irrespective of how pseudo intelligent you claim to be. If not, then why waste a seat going for this film?
The series has never claimed to be an intelligent comedy. It appeals to the inner child in you, so go, this Diwali let that inner child have all the fun. Mine seriously did…..
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 3.5/5