Review: Double Dhamaal

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It’s the season of sequels! After last week’s Bheja Fry 2, which got a thanda response, all eyes were on Double Dhamaal, the sequel to 2007’s comedy Dhamaal. With obvious comparisons in tow, Double Dhamaal manages to create just a stir and No Dhamaal, forget it being Double.

The movie is like a circus show, where various artists don different avatars, hit each other, fall down, make funny faces and do other amusing things with the sole aim to make you laugh. Sometimes they hit the Bull’s eye, sometimes they don’t. Similar is the case with Double Dhamaal, where various characters struggle to perk up the movie, succeed in some scenes but fail on the whole.

Director Indra Kumar, with wacky comedies like Ishq and Dil to his name, which were marked with some beautiful emotional and romantic moments, has tried to meet his fans’ sky-high hopes in Double Dhamaal with an ensemble star cast, foreign locales and some mad-cap and adult humour, which definitely makes you giggle but strictly in some parts. Unfortunately, the man ended up making another mindless comedy, which is not at all ‘hatke.’

What to say about the writers, must admit that they have done their homework well (read getting inspired by recent Bollywood comedies) as the movie exploits the sexual and adult humour to the core. So, be ready for some ‘balls’ and ‘marbles’ rolled at you and don’t get zapped if the names of characters sound like popular expletives!

Talking about the story-line, first half looks quite clich├ęd and predictable, in the way Sanjay Dutt plans to fool the four boys and then they decide to take revenge. Post intermission, the plot begins to show some signs of twists in the tale but all that comes to the fore is usual jokes, typical funny situations and over the top scenes, which begin to irritate you after some time. However, the movie can boast of a few scenes that will definitely tickle your funny bone – gorilla scene, coat hanging scene and the spoofs on Guzaarish, Taare Zameen Par and Wanted, deserve a mention here.

Double Dhamaal begins where Dhamaal ends. The four friends of Dhamaal are back with Double Dhamaal – Roy (Riteish Deshmukh), Boman (Ashish Choudhary), Adi (Arshad Warsi) and Manav (Jaaved Jaafrey) are leading a life of paupers after donating all of their money to the orphanage. They meet the supah rich Kabir (Sanjay Dutt) and the two sexy ladies – Kia (Kangana) and Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and that ignites their desire to lead a luxurious life. And soon, begins the mad race to become rich, richer and richest – a race that’s marked with silly ramblings, mistaken identities, disguises and lots of tamasha.

As far as characters are concerned, you can say only they are the saving grace. While, Sanjay Dutt delivers what’s expected – nothing more, nothing less, Arshad, is really asardar with his comic timing and dialogue delivery, Riteish once again takes the cake for his performance, specially for his outstanding mimicry. Aashish Choudhary is a revelation as sex-siren Barbara Horie and Do Do, though, he is just ‘ok’ as Boman. Jaaved Jaffrey will win your heart with his vulnerability, which creates some humorous moments. Mallika Sherawat is just a ‘show piece,’ a sexy one at that. We’re wondering if she was funnier as the Hiss-torical Naagin or Kamini? Even the controversial and ‘blink and you miss’ bikini act and the anticipated item number ‘Jalebi Bai’ couldn’t save her sinking character. Last but not the least, Kangana’s character could have explored a lot more. The girl definitely has some comic sense, which if exploited well can work wonders.

Music (un)wise the film doesn’t offer anything remarkable minus the ‘Chal Kudiye’ number by Mika, which might become a party-anthem for some days. ‘Jalebi Bai,’ which was being promoted as a competition to ‘Shelia’ and Munni, doesn’t even come close to them. Rest of the songs are forgettable, and you will for sure! Anand Raj Anand has been better in the past.

On the whole, Double Dhamaal is a movie for those, who are in no mood to handle ‘heavy duty’ stuff and are looking out for just any movie to kill three hours with some under the belt humour. A statutory warning from us – A BIG tub of pop corn is a must! After all you deserve a treat for sitting through the movie!

Rating: 2/5

Star Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry, Kangna Ranaut and Mallika Sherawat

Director: Indra Kumar

Writer: Tushar Hiranandani

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