Tusshar, Shreyas whip up wacky humour in `Golmaal Returns` (IANS Film Review)
The sequel to the successful Golmaal
is filled with in-house jokes - for instance when Ajay Devgan weaves the titles
of his films into the dialogues. Or the hilarious takeoff by that talented
Ashwini Kalsekar on Rani Mukerji`s randy tart`s act from Sanjay Bhansali`s
Saawariya... it`s a rare moment of genuine laughter in this comedy
of earsplitting guffaws, all emanating from the screen rather than out of it.
Fast, furious and fatuous Golmaal Returns isn`t quite that Diwali
blues-chaser you expect it to be. The comic timing, though skilled, is wasted by
the actors in sequences that try to breathe fire into a burnt-out oven.
No wonder the comicality is half-baked and often repetitive. The jokes from the
first film are extended to the second, often with far-from-funny results. Many
large sections of satire just lack attractive attire.
What was Kareena Kapoor doing in this corny concoction? Playing a fan of the
saas-bahu serials, she`s named Ekta, as a homage to the soap queen Ekta Kapoor
whose brother incidentally plays Kareena`s brother in the movie.
Tusshar Kapoor is a howl. And a whine. And a whoop. And a snivel. Since he is
mute, he sharpens his ability to emote through jungle calls. He`s a revelation.
The camaraderie among the cast is quite evident. The male actors bond with gusto
and Shreyas Talpade, who is the new recruit to the revelry, joins in without
skipping a beat. His comic timing is delightfully sinewy.
But what happened to Arshad Warsi? His quick entry and exit as cop begins to get
on the nerves after a while.
But Tusshar and Shreyas whip up a wacky humour. Most of the material about a
suspicious wife and several red herrings strewn across a path that`s
self-consciously forged on the grounds of Hyderabad`s Ramoji Film City is very
old-fashioned in its approach to slapstick humour. Crowds hover around
studio-built malls and streets trying to look casual.
They provide a rough and random backdrop to what`s basically material for a sex
comedy on stage.
The characters run in breathlessly, say their jokey lines, fall over each other
in rituals of suggestive laughter and then fall out of the frames waiting for
the next gag to beckon them. It`s all supposed to be hilariously funny. But is
often just a pretext for more a pantomime of parody than the real thing.
At the end there`s a threat for a third segment of Golmaal.
It would all depend on how much money the part two manages to bring in.
Going by the audiences` riotous response, it seems no-brainers are eminently
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Golmaal Returns Synopsis
The Romance returns: Gopal is married to Ekta. She loves her husband but
doesn`t trust him. Ekta`s brother Lucky is dump and he is loves Daisy, who
doesn`t know that he can`t speak. ACP Madhav Ghai is in love with Gopal`s sister
Esha. However Gopal and the ACP hate each other. Then there is Laxman Prasad
Apte who is in love with Mira but will not be accepted by her family till he
gets a job.
The Drama returns: A body is found at Blue Cross Street. And Gopal is the
prime suspect for the murder, because he was heard treating to kill Subodha
Mehra (the victim) because of his interfering ways. Although innocent, Gopal, is
hard pressed for an alibi on the night of the murder. That night, he had saved a
damsel in distress from a few goons. Both their cars were damaged in the flight
and they had no option but to spend the night on a friend`s vacant yacht. Unless
Gopal finds the girl, he cannot prove his innocence.
The Fun returns: As luck would have it, the inspector investigating the
murder, ACP Madhav Singh Ghai, is Gopal`s archenemy. Gopal insulted him when he
came to investigate a drug smuggling charge at Golden Fisheries, the company
where both Gopal and the victim used to work. Now Gopal has two problems.
Explaining to his very suspicious wife Ekta where he spent the night and
explainig to the police that he is innocent. Meanwhile a jobless Laxman Prasad
Apte requests Gopal to give him Subodh Mehra`s now vacant post. Gopal agrees to
give him the job on one condition that he pretends to be Antony Gonzales
Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai.... While all this is happening
Gopal`s brother -in-law Lucky is trying to helpGopal who he knows is innocent.
No body knows who Anthony Gonzales is. And there is still no sign of the girl
Gopal saved on the night of the murder. ACP Madhav is kicked that Gopal has
managed to get him self into a mess that stinks to high heaven.