Dhamaal Movie Review
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Tiku Talsania, Asrani, Javed Jaffrey, Aashish Chaudhary, Murli Sharma, Sohail Khan, Aftab Shivdasani; Director: Indra Kumar; Rating: ***
His Masti and Pyare Mohan were about male bonding, and director Indra Kumar repeats himself again in his latest, Dhamaal. Starring Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh and Ashish Chowdhry, the film revolves around four friends and a cop, police inspector Kabir, played by Sanjay Dutt. Deshbandhu Roy aka Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) believes that he was born to be the best detective in the world. Then there is Manav Shrivastav (Javed Jafferey) and his elder brother, Aditya Shrivastav aka Adi (Arshad Warsi), whose half-knowledge about everything only adds to their problems. The final component of the group is Boman Contractor (Aashish Chowdhury), whose greatest fear is his father, played by Asrani.
These four friends live and work together. Their idea of work? Doing small-time con jobs! One day, they hit the jackpot while trying to save a dying man, Bose (Prem Chopra). Unfortunately for them, inspector Kabir Nayak, who has been chasing Bose for the last ten years, also reaches the spot to find the foursome next to the dead body. He questions them. They inadvertently blurt out their plans about whacking Bose’s money before managing to escape.
Now begins the chase. One misadventure follows another, and the four friends and the inspector are thrown into hilarious situations.
For now, Riteish seems to be caught in the comic swamp. Although Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jafferey were at their individual best, it was Riteish who stands out with his ‘intelligently-funny’ act. After scoring the soundtrack of Salman Khan-starrer Lucky-No Time to Love, singer-composer Adnan Sami is at it again. The title track is already climbing the charts.
The basic storyline of Dhamaal has nothing to boast of. It’s far too predictable. A complete brainless comedy, a few sequences in the film, especially the chase sequence, has a stark resemblance to Priyadarshan’s Malamaal Weekly. The treasure-hunting scene too reminds us of the last sequence in Don (old version), where every other person tries to catch hold of a red diary.
Sanjay Dutt should have put in some extra effort to make his character look palpable on screen. Javed Jafferey was a complete waste, considering his excellent performances in Salaam Namaste and Ta Ra Rum Pum.
Best to give this film a miss! It offers nothing outstanding or extraordinary. Lock your brains and throw the key in the sea as the curtains go up. Don’t look for logic, don’t ask questions.