A film like Golmaal 3 is both anticipated and greeted with skepticism. On the one hand, the stylish trailers, promos and spots, coupled with a profitable release date (Diwali) and the most aggressive promotion in recent times after Ashtavinayak’s own Dabangg, give the movie an edge. On the other hand, there’s the doubt considering the poor content of the surprise superhit Golmaal Returns, post the interestingly narrated fun ride Golmaal. What’s more, Rohit Shetty’s All The Best, despite promising a lot of laughs, didn’t live up to the hype, as compared to his more accomplished efforts like Sunday. For a movie that’s the third installment to any franchise, the levels have to be upped and barriers have to be broken. Does Rohit Shetty provide us the expected entertainment level?
Just like the previous sequel, this one also starts off from scratch with a completely new chapter and characters, who (not surprisingly) have kept the same names as the previous two films. Gopal (Ajay Devgn) and Laxman (Shreyas Talpade) are sons of Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) used to remember as Guddi. Guddi herself remembers Pritam – himself a son of Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and another Laxman (Kunal Khemu) – to be Pappu. The sons are pitted against each other until the two lost lovers unite in marriage, courtesy the link to these people, Dabboo (Kareena Kapoor), and the brothers are forced to live under one roof. Problems ensue, but then a Don with a bad memory and a stolen diamond necklace get involved and the family has to unite to overthrow him and his gang. Will they be able to?
The first one was intelligently packaged with smart writing, whereas the second one failed mostly in its writing part. This one, however, has a very simple story, but the narrative is so powerful, and the dialogues and the situations keep you in constant splits all through. The makers of this part have indeed worked hard to ensure that there is not a single dull moment in the whole of the film. If there’s no comedy, you’re either cackling at the spoofy seventies unrequited-love-saga of Chakraborty’s and Shah’s characters, or awed by the superbly choreographed action sequences. And if there’s nothing else, there’s some impressively executed music videos!
The greatest part of the film is the fact that though there are a lot of comic scenes handled with panache, an equal amount of hard work is seen on the writing and execution of the couple of emotional scenes as well, which shows. Tusshar’s outburst scene pulls your heartstrings hard. The whole package is so well knit that you feel you want more out of it. Sure, it’s not really any intelligent cinema, but in a franchise like Golmaal, especially post Golmaal Returns, you wouldn’t expect a lot of logic, though there will be arguments about the moderate intelligence level kept in his earlier Sunday. The one- liners are a blast, and you’re sure as hell to take them with you and laugh over it with your friends long after the movie’s over.
Production design of the movie is pretty good. Styling of the characters make them look like they’re straight out of some clothing advert, which actually isn’t that bad, as Shetty was obviously looking for the complete entertainment package with dollops of glamour. Action choreography and stunts are jaw dropping, and tell us one simple thing – Rohit Shetty still hasn’t gotten over his habit of breaking, overturning or exploding some real authentic cars; here loads of retro muscle types.
Cinematography is extremely good; you can actually see some really good frame composition here, combined with captivating visuals. Camerawork and steadicam work are smooth and deserve praise, especially in the action sequences, introductory shots of the characters and the music videos. The background score by Sanjoy Chowdhury is commendable, whereas the music by Pritam is very massy and those who didn’t enjoy it are bound to grab the soundtrack after watching the film. The title track and ‘Ale’ are the notable and memorable ones in the film. The best part about the movie is despite being an all-out entertainer, the songs in the film don’t interject abruptly at all; instead, they all appear perfectly well in the narrative.
Ajay Devgn has hit the comic nail right in the heads of the viewers. Whether he’s trying to do a Beera spoof (and I wonder if anyone noticed that), or he’s trying to make the viewers laugh simply, or even in the singular emotional scene, he does it with panache! And as far as the action is concerned, he does a mind-blowing job in that too!
Tusshar Kapoor comes in as a close second in this list. It’s a surprise for the viewers to see that he can handle the most emotional scenes with gut-wrenching dexterity though his character’s physical restrictions gives him a bit of a challenge to portray that on celluloid. But he’s done it and how! Arshad Warsi, thankfully, gets out of his annoying hyperactive-Madhav act in the second part and garbs a more flexible comic role, and comes out well-noticed in the crowd. Kunal Khemu is hilarious with his one-liners and his expressions when he utters them! Shreyas Talpade is pretty good, and handles the stammers pretty well enough for comic convenience.
Mithun Chakraborty is a revelation – we all know that he had done pretty well in the comic scenes in his earlier masala movies, but here, he actually goes all out. Ratna Pathak Shah is a performer and her comic style is impeccably her – restrained, but impactful. Prem Chopra in his short role is efficient. Johnny Lever is good – in fact it’s a pleasant surprise to see him back in the comic scene post All the Best.
Vrajesh Hirjee isn’t repetitive – in fact I feared he would be donning an annoying character, but though the essentials have been faithful to the franchise, his character sketch is completely different. Sanjai Mishra is my favorite of most comic characters. He has the potential to crack the audience up even when he’s restrained. Mukesh Tiwari as Vasooli does nothing more than to be faithful to the genre – he does nothing new here, but he’s still funny to watch. Others are good.
Well, overall, the movie’s got oozes of style and truckloads of entertainment value, with a crackling narrative, terrific performances, and fun all through! This is the movie of the season; the best Diwali gift you could gift to a friend or your relatives! This one’s a must watch and should be a priority movie on the “movies to watch” list this season! Shetty’s back in form, and one must say, with a bang. This movie literally goes by the tagline and provides “thrice the fun” in the whole franchise! Go watch it; and go watch it now!