Review: Golmaal Returns (2008)

Golmaal Returns: But fun disappears!

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Starring: Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Celina Jaitley, Amrita Arora and Anjana Sukhani

Director: Rohit Shetty

Golmaal Returns tells the story of Gopal (Devgan) who along with his wife Ekta (Kareena) stays together house along with sister Esha (Amrita) and a dumb brother in law Lucky (Tusshar). Ekta’s is a very suspecting wife whose suspicion habit is further influenced by watching Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji TV serials. One night, Gopal has to spend the night out with a beautiful young lady Mira Nair (Celina) on a yacht due to some unforeseen circumstances. But to avoid any misunderstanding with his wife, he lies to her that he was with his friend Anthony Gonsalves that night. One lie leads to another and Gopal to save his skin has to involve his junior, Laxman (Shreyas) but then a corpse of his office employee is found and the investigating officer happens to be Madhav (Arshad) whom Gopal hates. All this leads to a huge chaos where everyone is busy hiding something and ending up lying to one another to avoid further problems!

It needs to be made clear that the film is not actually a sequel of the hit comic caper Golmaal (2006) by the same team. It just has the same four main protagonists of the original in a different situation. Shreyas comes in place of Sharman Joshi though. Golmaal Returns aims to be a light entertainer which expects you leave your brains at home before you enter the cinema hall. But if it aims so then it’s the maker’s responsibility to keep you engaged with some really entertaining histrionics by everyone involved with the film. To begin with the plot is banal. It instantly gives one a feeling of déjà vu. There is nothing new in the offering. The plot situations aim to be hilarious but the writing is so weak that it all falls flat. It is then only the actors who give out their best and make the film a little bit bearable. Rohit Shetty had committed the same mistake in his last outing, Sunday where he managed to assemble a talented cast but failed to pack in the right content that could compliment them. No wonder the film flopped badly at the box office.

To be fair there are a few funny situations here and there but they appear funnier only because of the actors enacting them, especially Tusshar and Shreyas. One also fails to understand why the makers felt like poking fun of Ekta’s Balaji serials when it was just done to bad results in the recently released flop C Kkompany also starring Tusshar Kapoor! While C Kkompany had Ekta Kapoor’s K series serial actress Sakshi Tanwar making an appearance you have another Ekta protégé, Ram Kapoor making a special appearance to zero effect! One of the biggest contributing factors to Golmaal’s success was Paresh Rawal. How one wishes he was there as a main character in this film as well!

Amongst the actors, the ones who impress the most are Shreyas Talpade and Tusshar Kapoor. Ajay and Kareena do well but don’t really make a good pair. Poor Arshad Warsi gets the least scope as compared to others despite being excellent in his comic timing. Amrita Arora continues with her dumb belle act. Celina for a change fully clothed manages to bring a few smiles. Murli Sharma, Rakhi Vijan, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Mukesh Tiwari lend good support.

The music by Pritam is average barring Tha Karke which is very lavishly shot and is entertaining to watch.

If you expect more fun in Golmaal Returns than Golmaal then you are going to be in for a major disappointment. So venture in if you wish with zero expectations and there are chances you might enjoy a moment or two but the end result wouldn’t be that satisfactory!

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