The first one was a total hit, but the second one was a dud. Now this one is the third film in the franchise that stars heap of actors in it. Further, the movie also has the most lovable and Super-hit Jodi of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Let us see if this Jodi or the movie creates some Dhamaal for the audience!
Guddu (Ajay Devgn) and accomplice Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) rob corrupt police commissioner (Boman Irani) and his assistant (Vijay Patkar) of 50 crore, their commission in an illegal deal, which they are forced to jump from a high-rise hotel onto the road where their loyal chauffeur Pinto (Manoj Pahwa), an erstwhile animal trainer, is waiting. Pinto is swayed by temptation and decamps with the loot. A chain of events leads to his death in a copter crash.
Besides Guddu and Johnny, three pairs of money-crazy characters come upon him when he is dying: just divorced and squabbling couple Avinash (Kapoor) and Bindu (Dixit), out-of-a-job firemen Lallan (Deshmukh) and Jhingur (Pitobash) and brothers Aditya (Warsi) and Manav (Jafferi). Pinto parts with the information that the wealth is hidden in the Janakpur Zoo under the sign “OK.” Finally, it is decided that whoever reaches the place first becomes finders keepers. And so begins this race!
Screenplay & Direction
Story is lame as it’s just borrowed from the first part. There’s absolutely no novelty and it’s completely predictable. However screenplay thankfully is a bit better as the funny situations this time are different than last time.
With a cardboard thin story line, the script is stitched with buddy scenes and is packed with action drama and comedy. It takes you on a roller-coaster ride of desperately anti-climax moments with laughs in almost every scene punched with low-brow dialogues that holds your interest more than it should have, given how sloppy it is.
The film is an amalgamation of funny sequences pieced together with funny dialogue and crazy antics. Indra Kumar and his writers go above and beyond to evoke laughter and succeed to an extent. However, Indra Kumar’s direction is a bit dated. He hasn’t realized that times have changed. The plot and script already takes viewers intelligence for granted and his direction doesn’t help much either.
The first half is entertaining fast paced and races through, but gets stretched in the middle of the second half. It actually drags a bit trying to play on the emotional chord, especially in the zoo scene.
Music & Other Technicalities
The songs are restricted to just three, two of which play during the opening and closing credits. Also, the soundtrack is laced with a few remixes of the 1980s and 1990s blockbusters. Prominent among them is the number “Mungda”, which is beautifully choreographed and excellently picturised on Sonakshi Sinha who does a guest appearance in this number. Laxmikant-Pyarelal-Anand Bakshi’s “Paisa Yeh Paisa” is the only one that remains in the mind despite an average re-creation. Kookie Gulati’s title-video of this song is exceptional.
The cinematography (Keiko Nakahara), and background score (Sandeep Shirodkar) with its vintage R.D. Burman feel in the riff) are of high standard. Editing could be a bit sharper, because at just a little over 2 hours, it is a breezy watch.
On the production front, the film is well mounted with ace production values except that the sets appear to be a tad bit antiseptic and synthetic. CGI is of poor quality.
On the performance front, every actor is effortless and natural. Each pair shares a brilliant chemistry between themselves and are legitimately funny as they fit right onto the bromantic comedy bandwagon. The amazing chemistry between Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit towers above everyone else. They are a treat to watch, as their Gujarati-Marathi conversations make theirs the funniest track in the story.
Ajay Devgn is hilarious and his expressions are spot on, thereby inducing maximum laughs. Anil Kapoor is loud but it works overall. Madhuri Dixit gets her comic timing just right. Her character also has a sensitive side – she is the one who urges the others to try to save Pintu and even the animals. Riteish Deshmukh sadly gets a raw deal and gets dominated, although he too gets his share of funny scenes. Arshad Warsi is perfect and sans complaints as always. Jaaved Jaaferi, one of the biggest strengths of the franchise, is quite good. Esha Gupta (Prachi) has a very late entry but leaves a mark. Boman Irani is decent. Jackie Shroff is funny as the voice of the GPS. From the supporting cast, Vijay Patkar, Sanjay Mishra, Manoj Pahwa, Pitobash Tripathy, Sudesh Lehri, Mahesh Manjrekar (Chinappa Swami) and Srikant Maski (Reddy) are notable. Johny Lever (Shubroto) however leaves the maximum impact out of these supporting actors.
So is it Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
It’s of course a paisa-vasool entertainer film, but only if you watch by keeping your brain aside. It’s a brainless comical treat and watchable for only those who loves such type of zero-logic movie. For rest, it’s Dabba-Gul and can skip it for sure. On the whole, Total Dhamaal is a total time-pass film sans any intelligence.
Rating: 3 Stars