Golmaal Again


Filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s movies in the Golmaal series have entertained us over the past few years. Now next outing is Golmaal Again with same anticipations.
Golmaal is the whacky comedy franchise that has been kept alive for the last eleven years. Replays on satellite channels always make you giggle, no matter from which point you catch the movie. Like its earlier instalments, this one too has moments of pure fun. The jokes alternate between being truly humorous and averagely routine but you find yourself laughing hysterically because each of the actors here is a pleasure to watch. Whether it's the lisping Lakshman (Shreyas) or the bully Gopal, who is petrified of ghosts, everybody is so capable, you can't help but smile at their antics. The dialogue is ordinary but amusing.
As per story, orphans and rivals Gopal (Ajay Devgn) and Madhav (Arshad Warsi) and their sidekicks Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Lakshman (Kunal Kemmu) team up to save the orphanage that they grew up in from the evil designs of Vasu Reddy (Prakash Raj) and Nikhil (Neil Nitin Mukesh), who want to grab the land for their own projects.
Helping the five protagonists in this task are Anna Matthew (Tabu) and Khushi (Parineeti Chopra), their childhood friend, who has a top-secret to hide. Will the heroes manage to save the day?
The gang of five — Gopal (Ajay), Madhav(Arshad), Lucky (Tusshar), Laxman (Shreyas) and Laxman, again! (Kunal) are orphans who have been raised in Seth Jamnadas' orphanage in Ooty. When they return to their orphanage to mourn the death of their mentor, they hear that an avaricious builder, Vasu Reddy (Prakash Raj) and his associate, Nikhil (Neil) have designs on the ashram and the adjoining plot owned by Colonel Chouhan (Sachin Khedekar). The jugadu (wheeler-dealer) gang decides to stall the builders. However, they realise that in their absence, some friendly ghosts too have started to reside in the area. Anna Mathew (Tabu), who can talk to spirits, acts as the guide to the gang.
As for acts are concerned, everybody has put in their finest, though special mention must be made of Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra, who own their scene with graceful ease. Parineeti and Tabu, who are new to the franchise, provide capable support to the plot while the lead cast has done a good job. Shreyas is the scene-stealer.
In comparison to previous Golmaal series, Golmaal Again hardly made me laugh excluding a couple of scenes featuring Sanjay Mishra and Johnny Lever. The plenty of extraordinary effects used in the movie, give it a very cartoon-like quality. The previous Golmaal movies specialised in making you laugh through its crazy dialogues, clever wordplay and weird characters, but this movie seems determined to rely more on joke than situational comedy.
Rohit Shetty has tried to give an emotional twist to the story, which was neither required nor welcome. Furthermore, Shetty makes the unjustifiable mistake of introducing age-old tropes like revenging ghosts, criminal construction tycoons hell-bent on destroying an orphanage full of innocent kids. Rohit has used his trademark slapstick comedy cautiously and mainly relies on the supernatural elements to make things look hilarious.
Overall, it is worthy to watch once due to its little funny elements and decent performances by the whole star cast.


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