Celebrating buffoonery at its best with a spooky twist, the fourth installment of the blockbuster hit series GOLMAAL – GOLMAAL AGAIN helmed by Rohit Shetty is out to tickle your funny bones on this festive season of Diwali.
Tagged with the line – ‘logic nahi sirf magic’ GOLMAAL AGAIN presented by Reliance Entertainment in association with Mangal Murti films and Rohit Shetty Picturez, the fourth chapter does promise a new sound of giggles to the franchise by entering into the horror-comedy genre with interesting additions of Tabu and Parineeti Chopra. Does the giggle turn into a haunting roar of laughter’s echoing the déjà vu of fun experienced in the previous installments, let’s find out.
Coming after a seven year hitch, Ajay Devgn, Rohit Shetty and co’s fourth installment begins perfectly with Anna Mathew (Tabu) with a tattoo which means ‘your story is yet to end’ sets the atmosphere of the librarian in the picturesque postcard locales of Ooty blessed with special jadi booti (read powers) to see ghosts. Her narration follows this crazy journey of orphans Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tushar Kapoor), Shreyas Talpade (Laxman – 1), Kunal Khemu (Laxman – 2) and Khushi (Parineeti Chopra) in Seth Jamnadas’ (Uday Tikekar) ashram. Gopal and company have abandoned the ashram and turned into vassoli agents of Vasooli Bhai (Mukesh Tiwari) and Babli Bhai (Sanjay Mishra). The gang is split in two where Gopal and Laxman – 1 work for Babli Bhai while Madhav, Lucky and Laxman – 2 work for Vasooli bhai. The notable innovations in this franchise are Gopal’s fear for ghosts and Laxman – 1 vocabulary defaults properly. The funeral ceremony of Jamanadas reunites the gang who are at loggerheads with each other, soon they experience supernatural elements that gives this slapstick franchise a spooky and dramatic turn.
This mad caper is true to the genre to a lot of extent and comes with interesting punches like the ‘Nana Patekar’ one which is howlarious and the best part of this film. Ajay Devgn breaks fingers and bones as usual but here he gets chance to emote with his highly expressive eyes whenever he is required to get scared of darkness and ghosts.
Obviously, you need to keep your brains in lockers to experience this fun otherwise you will keep on cringing on the assault on senses by this added nimbu mirchi to this aloo puri aachar of an entertainer.
The first half has more belly laugh fun while the second half fails to sustain the momentum and the climax seems hurried. Further, the movie is also marred by predictability.
Kunal Kemmu, Tusshar, Arshad and Shreyas provide good support but they repeat themselves. Tabu and Parineeti have a role in this franchise and they fit in perfectly. Jhonny Lever is a useful addition and he has his moments.
While Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari provides able support. Murli Sharma and ViJay Patkar get two more scenes as compared to what Ashwini Kalsekar gets. Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh provide the required villainy and they are fair, Vrajesh Hirjee entertains. The best part of GOLMAAL is Nana Patekar.
With a spooky touch, Rohit Shetty as the director brings his own method to the madness, a belter climax would have created the expected dhamaka but it falls short. GOLMAAL AGAIN is certainly the most innovative of the four but it’s somewhere falls short of a grand festival bonanza. It ends up as an entertainer which will please the masses but not a full on dhamaal as expected.
Technicalities are fine with first-rate production values. However S. Thaman, Amaal Malik and Lijo George-DJ Chetas music disappoints.
With all its guffaws, still GOLMAAL AGAIN is a good spooky knock to the blockbuster GOLMAAL franchise having enough belly laugh moments to please the masses and lovers of no brainers.