Golmaal Returns movie review
Movie: ‘Golmaal REturns’; Cast: Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley, Anjana Sukhani, Sharat Saxena, Murli Sharma and Vrajesh Hirjee; Director: Rohit Shetty; Rating: 2 out of 5
One danger for any director while making a sequel to a film – more so when it is a hit film – is that the sequel has to be much better than the original. That does add a lot of stress to the makers and they probably end up adding many more elements they would have avoided otherwise. Golmaal Returns seems to be hit by the same syndrome. After an absolutely funny Golmaal, Rohit Shetty tries to come up with a much funnier sequel, and in the process almost kills the sense in the story.
Golmaal Returns is set in a very interesting premise of an ever suspecting wife Ekta (Kareena Kapoor) who is obsessed with ‘K’ serials. And every time she sees any of the protagonists getting involved in any extra-marital affair, she starts suspecting her own husband Gopal (Ajay Devgan). This is why Gopal lies to her when he stays out of home for a night after he rescues a girl Meera (Celina Jaitley) from some goons. One lie to another and then to another and all these combined suddenly entangles Gopal in the murder of one his colleagues. He is helped by brother-in-law Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Shreyas Talpade) in proving himself innocent even as Inspector Madhav (Arshad Warsi) is hell bent on ensuring that Gopal gets his life term.
While the story sounds great on paper, it does not necessarily transcend onto screen. Reason: too much stress on making people laugh. There is no denial that this movie will make you fall off your chair in certain scenes. Some noteworthy scenes are – when Gopal and Meera are trying to watch TV and all channels show erotic programmes; the scene when Lucky and Laxman meet for the first time and their subsequent fight; when Ekta misunderstands Lucky and thinks her husband is dead and when Ekta imagines her husband romancing his secretary. But looking beyond these scenes, the fact remains that the story moves too slowly and the thrill element falls flat on its face. The dialogues do work but the screenplay does not. And there are quite a few jokes which have been taken off from the original and if you have missed that one you won’t get these jokes as well. And these jokes also make the characters very confusing – if this is not a continuation of the same story and suddenly Gopal and Lucky are relatives, why make references to the original where Madhav was a friend too.
Technically the movie is shot well and the director indulges himself in making it look good. But for god’s sake, why make the entire Goa look like a studio? And to make matters worse, the director plugs a horrendous song – tha tha karke – in middle of nowhere! It is hard to understand why someone would like to make a video worth so much money when it does not even fit into the movie! Obviously could have been edited out and kept for mere promotional purposes. The music otherwise is catchy.
Performances wise, Golmaal Returns belong to Tusshar Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor. Tusshar comes up with his best performance. Shreyas is good too. Arshad although good, now seems to be getting repetitive. Ajay is okay. Celina, Amrita and Anjana hardly have any scope to show their skills.
Overall, Golmaal Returns is restricted to a bag of gags rather than a story. For the Diwali crowd, in mood for a good laughter, this movie will provide you loads of it… at least in the first half. But if you’re taking your brains along, then this movie will chew it all up for sure! The age old phrase ‘mind less comedy’ is fit for this one. Your take!
PS: Check Tusshar speak!
Source: Sanskriti Media