Golmaal Again movie cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemmu, Prakash Raj, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mukesh Tiwari, Sanjay Mishra, Johny Lever, Vrajesh Hirjee, Ashwini Kalsekar
Golmaal Again movie director: Rohit Shetty
Golmaal Again movie rating: 2 stars
The usual suspects are back, a fourth time. The first frame has two cars, one bright red and the other yellow, and the star cast, decked out in black, swaying to the title song. It tells us that we are going to get more of the same: everyone standing around in one room, tossing smart-alecky dialogue between themselves, with a thin premise serving as a plot, breaking into song every now and then.
For someone like me, no fan of the franchise, there’s usually very little to like in the ‘Golmaal’ films. And this time around too, I had resigned myself to a couple of hours of deja-view. But I have to say that the addition of a few new faces, and moving the location from the beaches of Goa to the green slopes of Ooty, helped freshen things up. And though there were the familiar risible lines about people who can’t speak, and a creepy running thread about older men and girls young enough to be their daughter, the usual slew of jokes were not as tasteless. A couple led to actual laughter.
This time around, the ‘golmaal’ revolves around ghosts: we are told loudly that all talk of ‘bhoots’ and ‘andhvishwas’ ( superstition) goes together, and are promptly surrounded by wandering ‘aatamas’ in a haunted mansion. Gopal, Madhav, Lucky, Laxman One and Laxman Two (Devgn, Warsi, Kapoor, Talpade, Khemmu respectively) do what they’ve done before. As well as a running Nana Patekar joke, which benefits Kapoor most.
Parineeti Chopra is one of the new entrants, coming on as a young woman with a severely limited wardrobe (a pale pink T, and a jumpsuit), and a dark secret we rumble early on. The other add-on is the terrific Tabu. She plays an amiable ghost-buster, and matches the tone of the film perfectly: all pretend scary and very silly.
She is an unexpected pleasure, and lifts the film. This a series which looks like it’s never going to end, and Shetty has the formula pat after all these iterations. I do hope Tabu becomes a fixture in the future Golmaals: we all need our fun and games.