If we go by the last scene of DOUBLE DHAMAAL, DHAMAAL 3 is on the cards. Looking at DOUBLE DHAMAAL, we hope it doesn't happen.
Talking about sequels, you will agree that making a sequel is always a challenge. The expectations are high and the comparisons to the original are inevitable. There is a pressure to at least be at par, if not better than the earlier part. DHAMAAL was wacky and hilarious at the same time. Even the characters and their quirky traits were enjoyable. Now, in DOUBLE DHAMAAL, the same characters are rudderless due to the lack of a coherent script.
Incase you don't remember, the initial reels of the film give a quick recap of the previous part. Roy (Ritesh Deshmukh), Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi) and Boman (Aashish Chaudhry) had donated their money to charity. Two years have passed and they are still waiting for an easy way to make big money. However, unlike their precarious condition, Inspector Kabir Nayak (Sanjay Dutt) has made a huge transition (we're not told how). He drives a Mercedes and has a swanky office. That's not all. He also has two lovely ladies - Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and sister Kiya (Kangna Ranaut) for company. Looking at his opulent lifestyle, our four guys get envious and decide to dupe him. But their devious tricks turn futile as Kabir is able to outsmart them every time. Who will have the last laugh?
The first thing that hits you while watching DOUBLE DHAMAAL is that it's too loud. Each and every character is screaming and the gags are over the top. Apart from a few sequences that make you laugh, majority of it is a lot of codswallop. While DHAMAAL had a good plot, DOUBLE DHAMAAL falls way short in terms of the story, despite moving from Mumbai to Macau. The narrative does improve in the second half, but it's simply not enough. Randomly placed songs add on to your woes.
There are some cheeky digs taken on films like PEEPLI [LIVE], GUZAARISH and TAARE ZAMEEN PAR. Wonder how some of the vulgar gags and dialogues got a green signal from our Censor Board.
Aseem Bajaj's cinematography is fine. Anand Raj Anand's music is average. Sanjay Sankla's editing is inconsistent.
Talking about performances, Arshad Warsi and Ritesh Deshmukh stand out. Jaaved Jaaferi is good. Aashish Chaudhry is decent as a man and outrageous as a woman. Sanjay Dutt is wooden. As expected, the ladies don't have much to do. It's high time that Kangna Ranaut does something with her diction. Mallika Sherawat is all right in her Jalebi Bai item number. Satish Kaushik is funny in his small role.
With a negligible funny quotient and a feeble script, DOUBLE DHAMAAL ends up being a 'double' disappointment.