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Golmaal Returns

The `Golmaal' gang is back. This time around, they are running around Goa, trying to be as silly as the last time, but they can't quite hack it. It's hard being foolish and funny at the same time.

Written by Shubhragupta | New Delhi |
October 31, 2008 10:06:40 pm

Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Vrajesh Hirjee, Shreyas Talpade, Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley, Anjana Sukhani

Director : Rohit Shetty

The `Golmaal’ gang is back. This time around, they are running around Goa, trying to be as silly as the last time, but they can’t quite hack it. It’s hard being foolish and funny at the same time.

The first `Golmaal’ wasn’t scintillating, and this follow-up suffers from what most sequels do: the male leads, barring one, are the same, but it’s not even the same-old, same-old. You’ve seen the gags before, and the lines are risqué (some are in plain bad taste), without being smart.

Kareena, who’s supposed to be the star of this show, turns out to be a big factor in this flick being the way it is—there’s nothing particularly new about a suspicious wife keeping tabs on her husband, and there’s nothing particularly new in the way Kareena plays it: because it’s a Balaji production, she’s called Ekta, and all she seems to do is to watch soppy `saas bahu’ serials which come from the stable.

And her spouse, played by Ajay, matches her step by step: he can’t muster up enough enthusiasm to give anything novel to his role, other than show off his size zero waist, just like his heroine’s. Only, unlike her, he doesn’t bare it all the time.

The rest struggle to rise above the script. Arshad Warsi, playing a hysterical cop, laughs like a hyena. Vrajesh does some bungee jumping in a kiddie plastic pool. Celina, Amrita and Anjana could be interchangeable. Only Shreyas Talpade, sliding in and out of a slippery character called Anthony Gonsalves, creates some mirth.

As well as Tusshar, who plays dumb here, with a great deal of expression. Not much else happens. What else can you expect from a movie which has lines like `shaque, what the f—‘.

Shucks.

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