Golmaal 3

The look and feel of the Golmaal franchise has become so familiar now, that it almost feels like you are watching episodes of a sitcom. The wacky dudes – Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Kareena act exactly the same. The new addition to the group is Kunal Khemu – who acts just as good or bad as the rest of the gang. Mithun & Ratna Pathak are the guest stars in this episode (sequel) – though I didn’t like their performance that much. The other minor characters – Vasooli etc are retained too, maintaining the Golmaal “feel”

Golmaal 3’s plot takes a feather out of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic Khatta Meetha where two old widowers marry and move into a single house with their grown up children. While the interactions of the original movie was fun, the Golmaal interpretation of events is a little more risqué. One of the best scenes in the movie is a wordless competition among the ‘children’ of thrusting stuff up each other’s ass – figuratively, ofcourse. It is awesome fun to watch the contortions on their faces as they imagine things being thrust into their backsides – and it summarizes the entire Golmaal franchise. Extremely low-brow comedy, but they will succeed in eliciting a few laughs out of you

The movie overall, however is a little disappointing in the second half when the director starts focusing too much on action and comedy takes a back seat. There are one too many slow motion car crashes and super slo-mo Ajay Devgan entries. Even the most ardent Golmaal fans will start yawning at all the action sequences.

And I never quite understood, why does Ajay Devgan get so much ‘bhaav’ in the Golmaal franchise ? He is not all that good in comedy – Arshad Warsi, Tusshar and Shreyas are much better at it than him. Neither does Golmaal work because of him – again the above three provide most of the fun. But he gets more screentime than any of his co-stars (not to mention, he gets the only female co-star in version 3)

Nevertheless, it is one of the those mindless movies which are proud of be nonsensical, and can be genuinely funny once in a while. And it is SO much better than this week’s big release

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