Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Golmaal Returns: Part 2 of a Series

Because the cast of Golmaal 3 was just announced, let's take a look back at Golmaal Returns. Here is my review from way back in 2008... ah, such an innocent time...

Dhoom 2 was better than Dhoom, Golmaal Returns is better than Golmaal: Fun Unlimited. I loved the first GM but the second was the best Bollywood comedy I've seen since the first Hera Pheri.

The plot is much to convoluted to speak of but let me give you the quick run down. Ajay Devgan reprises his role of Gopal, the big-mouthed and overconfident leader of the gang. This time around he's married to
Saas-Bahu-obsessed Ekta (Kareena Kapoor). Ekta is extremely suspicious of any and all activities that Gopal gets into out of her sight. So, one night Gopal stays out all night after "rescuing" a "lady" from some thugs and makes up a story about his friend....Anthony Gonsalves!!!! Who lives in room 420!!!!! Well, Ekta doesn't buy this story - obviously - and Gopal ropes Shreyas Talpade into posing as Mr. Gonsalves and well, with Arshad Warsai chasing after Gopal and Tusshar Kapoor as Ekta's brother...things remain hilarious through the entire film.

One of the smart choices they made with
GM Returns was to dump Sharman Joshi in favor of Shreyas Talpade, who has much better comic timing and worked really well with both Ajay and Tusshar.

Dumping Sharman also allowed them to do that thing I love in Bollywood sequels where they use the same characters in another situation. I have no use for sequels which undo all the progress that the original film made -
GM Returns expands on the characters and broadens the scope for hilarity.

Poor Arshad got stuck in the Paresh Rawal role as the outsider/authority figure as the local cop, possibly because he doesn't get along with Ajay Devgan. He did a great job with the role, though. And I loved his interactions with his goofy love interest Amrita Arora, who was adorable in glasses! Arshad could well move into blustering authority roles in a few years if he would like. He was
very funny hassling his subordinates and demanding proper placement of his foot-stool.

Kareena was the best part of the film, for me. Her jealous, over-acting Ekta was the center of attention every time she was on screen! With this and
Jab We Met, Kareena is proving herself to be quite the comedienne [Note from future Filmi Girl: Bebo killed in Kambakkht Ishq, too!]. There was one great scene where she thinks that Tusshar - who is playing mute - has told her that Gopal is dead and breaks into the "NAHINNNN!!!!"

I would be remiss if I didn't mention my two favorite gags:

The first one is at the beginning where Gopal gets a tattoo that reads "ऐकता". Remind anyone of a certain "करीना" tattoo?

* The second one is this gentleman in a pink shirt who was pretty obviously flamingly homosexual. Whenever he came onscreen, the theme song from
Partner would play, much to my delight!

So, in short, I highly recommend
Golmaal Returns. The only complaints I have are that we didn't see enough of Arshad and the lovely Anjana Sukhani and that there weren't enough songs.

1 comment:

Sujal said...

Re: the songs... that might be a good thing, because the one song they did show (Tha Kar Ke, I think?) was utter crap (in picturization, at least).

Agreed regarding Anjana Sukhani though.

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