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Golmaal Again Movie Review: It Is Unbearably Unfunny!

Starring: Ajay Devgan ,Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, plus  the usualGolmaal gang

Directed by: Rohit Shetty

Rating: * ½(one  and a half stars)

Half a star extra for this cold turkey  of  a comedy for not smashing expensive cars. Yes, folks. Rohit Shetty has actually made a Golmaalfilm without speeding cars crashing into one another.

And that’s about the sign of maturity   you will see in  this franchise which seems designed  for the mentally challenged.

Car crashes are the least of the worries in this,  the fourth and  arguably the unfunniest film in the Golmaal series. There are other catastrophes awaiting our attention in this stretched-out horror of a comedy….

Don’t  look at me. That’s what this mélange of comedy and  horror aims to be and ends up being neither.

The  writing  is  so frail as to be almost non-existent. From Frame 1 the narrative saturates itself with bright inviting colours in the hope that they would dazzle  us into surrender and acceptance. There is, however, a quivering absence of credibility and  self-control in the  narration. Equipoise is non-existent in Shetty’s screaming scheme  of  entertainment.

Throughout we see the team’s  desperation to get noticed. HenceTusshar Kapoor mimicry of  a mute man’s monosyllabism is  twice as  insolent  as compared to the earlier films in the farcical franchise.Shreyas Talpade’s lisp is  far more aggravated.And  SanjayMishra’s nonsensical lines based on references  to celebrated  people(e.g  “Justin Bieber ke besure aulad”) is three times more nerve-grating than  medically  acceptable.

Throughout this non-stop binge of vapid gags Ajay Degan  remains sportingly in the shadows,blending  with  his co-stars’antics which include getting into Talpade’s lap each night as he sings a parody version  of   the Lata lullaby Zu zu zu zu,  with  a touching team  spirit that would have held him in good stead were he doing a  film about , say, a football team fighting to win against all odds.

Here, Devgan’s sporting spirit is sadly misused to give the film a misleading face-value.

Many other enormously talented actors  like Sanjay Mishra, SachinKhedkar, Kunal Khemu  and  Ashwini Kalsekar are content playing perky props in  this droopy comedy-horror where it’s hard to say when the comedy ends  and  the horror begins.Parineeti Chopra  playing a  ghost  looks  lost and ill-at-ease.Maybe she took her ‘spirited’ role  too seriously. As  for Tabu, as she grapples to make sense  of her presence in this dull and pointless energizer  she  almost looks like she was waiting for Gulzar to rescue her from a predicament  worse than death.

Boredom.

Indeed if  there is a  real hero in Golmaal Again  it is Nana Patekarwho not only appears as a leading leitmotif in the ghost roast, he also makes a  guest appearance in  voice and person in several scenes that  are in  dire need of spicing  up.

A  bewildering blandness runs through this instalment  of the Golmaalfranchise. Not that there is any dearth of activity and counter-activity. The camera and  the background score(which includes a refrain from Lata Mangeshkar’s immortal Kahin deep jale kahin dil, no less)  are constantly on the prowl. But in  vain, It’s like hunting for paper tigers in an artificial jungle.

Everything about Golmaal Again is compromised and corrupted.Every  character speaks his lines with a growing hopelessness. One  whole gag involves characters driving up toDevgan  to ask what he’s doing standing there.

Waiting  for the script to finally show up, perhaps?

It’s as if the team decided to make one more Golmaal film because they hadn’t done  so for a long time. And dammit, it’s Diwali . Audiences want to watch this kind of mindless bacchanalia where  just about the most interesting thing you will see is the National award winning Prakash Raj writhing and pounding his pelvis to a cheesy rhythm.

That’s three National award winning actors  in  one  helluva compromised condition that they’d find hard to explain to  their children.

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