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रविवार, नवंबर 07, 2010

Golmaal 3 movie review

Kunal Guha

If you go to watch Golmaal 3, you know what you're getting into (whether you've watched the previous two installments or not). Sticking to the formula devised in the previous Golmaals, the film serves you with a heavy dose of slapstick humour, coupled with mindless action and dance numbers by the beach (can't Bollywood find another way to utilise Goa?) that are scattered through the film at regular intervals. So, if this is all you expect, you will hardly be disappointed.
The film's central plot is simple. Two sets of siblings have one parent each, Mithun Chakraborty (delightfully enthusiastic) and Ratna Pathak Shah (charming as ever). These industry veterans happen to be old lovers who were separated in the shiny-disco-balls-era, only to bump into each other in present day. Mithun's clan includes Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor (too noisy for a person playing dumb) and Kunal Khemu, while Ratna is mother to Ajay Devgan and Shreyas Talpade. Kareena plays a random orphan who hangs around with the Ratna Shah family for some reason.
As one would expect, kids from both these families are constantly at war with each other to provide comic relief. In fact, the innovative ways they employ to inflict pain on each other are the only high-points in the film. Tusshar's bum toasting on a pav bhaji tava is hilarious and Ajay Devgan's unique finger-bending-technique (till you hear the bone crack) will induce a few guffaws.
Well, after several rounds of fights and many more songs, Kareena eavesdrops on the senior couple reminiscing about their autumn days and subsequently makes it her life's mission to get them together. Much apprehension later, Mithun marries Ratna, with their kids oblivious that their step-siblings are actually their arch enemies.
What follows is a direct rip from Khatta Meetha (1978). Mithun packs his bags and moves to Ratna's place with his three sons in tow. Right from the mini bus that Ashok Kumar drove in the Basu Chatterjee classic to the step brothers making life miserable for each other when stuffed under the same roof, it's a shameless copy. But unlike 1978, violence yields humour today and that is exactly what makes Golmaal a cash cow. In fact, the brothers spend a 10 minute-muted-sequence threatening each other with objects that they would insert into the other and these range from a giant cactus to an umbrella.
The film also has an unnecessary twist, possibly added to give you something to exercise your, by now, sleepy mind. This changes the drama and renews the love and respect the kids had for their parents, and subsequently for each other, making them a shiny, happy family. But it does little to alter the outcome of the film. But then again, if you wanted to dwell on inter-personal relationships, wouldn't you catch a Karan Johar instead?

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