Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffery and others
The 3rd offering of the Dhamaal franchise, Total Dhamaal is supposed to be bigger and better on paper at least. But how would they manage that with one of their pivotal actors, Sanjay Dutt, missing from the film? Well, they have introduced other elements that will distract the audience. To begin with there are all those animals we saw in the trailer. That is a definite hint that this one will be different from its predecessors. Different - perhaps, but better? Let’s see!
We all know that Dhamaal was inspired by It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. But it does seem like Indra Kumar missed a few pointers during Dhamaal because he is back to make a very similar film, pretty much on the same lines as his first. The story revolves around Guddu (Ajay Devgn), Pintu (Manoj Pawha) and Johnny (Sanjay Mishra). Guddu and Johnny have managed to acquire 50Crs of rupees from a corrupt official. While they are planning out how to make that money legit, Pintu manages to get hold of the money.
Eventually, Guddu and Johnny manage to find Pintu, but they are nowhere close to the treasure. Worse - in the process of acquiring the treasure, Avinash (Anil Kapoor) and Bindu (Madhuri Dixit), Lallan (Riteish Deshmukh) and Zinghur (Pritobash Tripathi), Aditya (Arshad Warsi ) and Manav (Javed Jaffery) all come to know about the treasure. They all of course, want a piece of it, if not the whole thing!
The chase that begins is peppered with madness and some really crazy nonsense that kids might enjoy, if they are below 5 years of age. There is absolutely no logic in the madness but if you came into the theatres looking for it, then the joke is on you, buddy!
What’s amazing about the film is the chemistry between Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. The two bicker away and it is adorable to watch them, simply because we have not seen the two livewires together over the last decade and half. Their spunk has not diminished. They are crazy and energetic, giving the younger lot a decent challenge.
Ajay Devgn is in his own elements as always. He gives the insanity a nice edge. While he does manage to get a lot more screen time than anyone else, he refuses to be the centre of the script.
Given the script is wafer-thin, revolving it around one person would have been a bad idea. The comings and goings of characters like Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh and Sanjay Mishra keep the tempo of the humour at a steady pace. However there is nothing in the film that is new, which includes its songs. The best songs in the film are remixes, but the new twists to the old numbers are not so bad.
What works adversely is the horribly done VFX. The animals and the over-the-top hamming by all the actors make the film look like a 90s film, which is where Indra Kumar fails at reinventing himself. Given he had a platform, some great actors he could have had a chance to redeem all the lost years but it isn’t one of his better works. Humour has always been Indra Kumar’s forte, but these full two hours of humour doesn’t seem like his cuppa tea. The jokes are pretty redundant but clean, making Total Dhamaal good fun for the kids and their parents at the movies, if there is absolutely nothing else to be done!