Cast: Ajay Devgn, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Tabu, Kunal Khemu
Direction: Rohit Shetty
‘Golmaal Again’ is foolish and bizarre. With the tagline – ‘No logic sirf magic’ – Rohit Shetty seems to promise us a fun ride as long as we are ready for a suspension of disbelief. It is okay to expect your audience to play along sans rationale, if the film, at the very least, tries to make an attempt at genuine comedy: but the humour here is tepid and the jokes inane.
Trying to dole out a Bollywood comedy by peppering the narrative with a horror angle seems to be a new stunt by our director. If only there was some thought given to the storyline. Alas, the filmmakers seem to have lost the plot from the word go.
In this instalment of the ‘Golmaal’ series – the plot revolves around a ghost who was killed by our villains. Tabu’s character can communicate with spirits and therefore, she is the preferred medium. She gathers our ensemble cast, with Ajay Devgn playing the lead, hoping that they will help the friendly ghost seek revenge and achieve salvation.
The plot sounds interesting and we have actors who have impeccable comic timing but they are let down by a flimsy script and insipid dialogues. The director takes too long to set up the story and has the same repetitive jokes hoping that the nostalgia will work. We are well into our second half when things actually get moving but by then it’s time to shoddily wrap up the film. We realise quite late in the film that there was really no need to implore the beefy guys to help, our ghost can manage things on her own.
I really like some of Rohit Shetty’s films, especially when he collaborated with Ajay Devgn for ‘Singham’, the action flick really worked. It is, however, difficult to accept the brawny Devgn as someone who is afraid of ghosts and goes into hiding at night and is easily scared by the mention of the dark spirits even during the day. It just doesn’t work.
I understand Tabu’s desire to let her hair down with a Bollywood masala film, but roles like this one are a colossal waste of her talent. Dependable actors like Sanjay Mishra, Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade get few opportunities to show what they are really capable of.
The only funny moments in the film are when they take a dig at Bollywood actors being paired with heroines half their age – those dialogues make for some genuine laughs.
The sets look fancy and the production is slick but it just doesn’t come together as an entertaining watch. None of the original songs has recall value, the tracks that work are remixes of popular 90s’ songs.
I was disappointed with ‘Golmaal Again’ and I really wanted my money back.