Directed By: Rohit Shetty
Produced By: Rohit Shetty, Sangeeta Ahir
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu
Duration: 2 hours 31 minutes
Bollywood Bubble Rating: 3.5/5
Rohit Shetty’s brand of humour has always been synonymous with situational gags and the hit Golmaal franchise has heavily relied on this over the years to make it work for the audience. This time too, he doesn’t disappoint and in fact packs in more punches effective enough to keep you glued to your seats throughout.
So, as the fourth part of the hit franchise surfaces after a seven-year exile, let’s uncover how it stays true to its brand and doesn’t disappoint.
To start with, we are introduced to Tabu’s character Anna Mathew (librarian of an orphanage), who is gifted with the unusual power to communicate with ghosts and fulfil their ‘adhoori ichcha‘. She takes on the mantle of narrating the backstory as the film goes in a flashback to an orphanage in Ooty where Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Kemmu) have grown up and later separated due to silly fights. However, their gang has one more member named Khushi who gets adopted from the orphanage and separated from them. Cut to 25 years later, the lads have grown up and destiny brings them together under the same roof again, albeit with a purpose.
The fights between them continue to hold prominence in the first half, but with an element of horror. As Madhav, Lucky and Laxman (Kunal Kemmu) try their level best to scare the wits out of Gopal (who fears the dark), an invisible spirit looms around silently finding solace in each of their bodies lending Nana Patekar-style humour. It will surely keep you entertained for the most part of the film. Soon, we are introduced to Parineeti Chopra’s character who Tabu introduces to the men as Damini (the maid of the house).
Well if you thought it was just limited to them, then you are wrong. We also have Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Mukesh Tiwari and Prakash Raj for an added dose of comedy. No ‘Golmaal’ franchise is complete without them. Johnny Lever shows you why after all these years he still holds the tag ‘King of Comedy’. His ability to leave you in splits remains intact. As all of them stay in the bungalow, we know that the female characters have a secret to tell which only unfolds post interval. So, as much as the first part relied completely on gags, high-octane action and picturesque locations, the second half slowly turns towards a revenge saga of a ghost with an unfulfilled desire. But, Shetty still manages to keep the humour in place in the second half but in bits and pieces.
Now let’s discuss the technicalities. Right from the cinematography, screenplay, editing to the dialogues, nothing seemed disconnected to the storyline. Shetty has picked out the minutest of details which do remind us of the earlier instalments and kudos to him for not losing his ‘Golmaal’ touch despite the added ‘Horredy’ factor which hasn’t been explored much in Hindi cinema. None of his movies is complete without cars flying and crazy stunts and if you are a fan of those, you will surely love watching it here too. The songs weren’t as impressive and are not worth mentioning and the story turns slightly predictable towards the end. In fact, you would be able to predict the end by the time its interval. But the extremely funny performances by each actor, the rib-tickling humour and the unexplored genre of horredy will keep you amused and entertained throughout. The only glitches are a predictable storyline and a slightly stretched ending.
On a parting note, as Tabu’s character says “Jahan God ki marzi ho, wahan logic nahi, only Magic hota hai,” the movie exactly encapsulates the phrase.