Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu, Shreyas Talpade, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Prakash Raj, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever, Sachin Khedekar, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee AND LOADS OF COLOR!
The fourth installment of the Golmaal franchise is same but different, while the premise is tried and tested – unapologetically insane, this one is not exactly a copy from some old Hindi film and brings some surprised laughter out of her cynical minds.
Golmaal Again is situated more or less, around the walls of Jamnadas Orphanage in Ooty, founded by Jamnadas, of course – this is the place where our protagonists (the Golmaal gang of boys) spent their childhood. Having left the orphanage many years ago, it is the death of the founder that brings them all back to Ooty once again.
Ooty introduces our Golmaal boys to Anna (Tabu) who is sort of a medium and can interact with ghosts, if you please. And then there is Damini (Parineeti Chopra) The girls hit it off with the boys, who are slowly made aware of the fact that perhaps, their much revered Jamnadas didn’t die of natural causes, he was in fact murdered. With a promise to avenge the only man who cared enough for them, to bring them out of the streets and give them a house, the Golmaal gang of boys head out to learn the truth. Of course, what ensues is filled with hilarious situations and complete madness, keeping with the franchise’s core belief – forget logic, create magic with laughter and insanity. If you are ready to enjoy some good nonsense humour without getting into intellect of any sort – Golmaal is a Diwali bonanza that’ll certainly be a mood lifter.
The basic cast of the franchise – Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade), Laxman (Kunal Kemmu) and Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) are the heart of the franchise, making sure that they play their part in a way such that, you cannot differentiate the characters from their real personas. Of course, the film lies more on Ajay Devgn’s shoulder as compared to anyone else from the cast, as he is the biggest star of the franchise and he totally delivers as the ghost-fearing Gopal, despite the character graph going flat way too many times. Arshad Warsi as Madhav seems to have walked onto the sets and decided how or what new madness he wants to project, he is completely in his elements through the film. Tusshar has a couple of moments, which he lives upto, Kunal and Shreyas too do their part well.
As for the newbies – beginning with the girls Tabu and Parineeti – they play their part well, despite not having too much to do, there are at least two and half scenes wherein Tabu is expected to act, Parineeti only has to look pretty. Having actors like Neil Nitin Mukesh and Prakash Raj does give a certain credibility to the film, even though they have little to do in the film, they enhance the acting of their co-actors by doing their parts diligently.
All said and done, Golmaal Again is essentially a Rohit Shetty experience. Everything in the film is his signature style. Given signature style doesn’t necessarily have to be top-notch-uber-classy… Rohit Shetty’s signature style is basically adding loads and loads of color to each and every frame of the film and topping it with over-the-top action sequencse, a complete antithesis to most filmmakers today who are trying to give a tinge of their mood to add uniformity to the film. Shetty’s idea of uniformity is to ensure that he uses all 256 colors in each frame, it came a surprise his’ ghost’ was wearing the traditional white, instead of being garbed as a Broadway Rainbow. But that’s him, and he doesn’t care if you are wearing sunglasses in their theatres to watch his movies, he has worked hard enough to ensure you are in the theatres, right?
Whatever gimmicks he adheres to, he has a fan base, just like his lead actor – Ajay. Together they have given us many entertainers and this one is just that. It helps you share a laugh or two and call it a fun evening.