Rohit Shetty begins GOLMAAL 3 with a few collage shots of GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETUNS. He has every reason to do so. After all, both clicked with the audiences and set the cash registers ringing. But they also bring with them a humongous set of expectations for GOLMAAL 3.
GOLMAAL 3 promises to be bigger. Not only the characters, the number of action sequences, gags are a lot more than the previous two editions. You also have a dog this time named 'Facebook'.
After GOLMAAL, GOLMAAL RETURNS and ALL THE BEST, Ajay Devgn teams up with Rohit Shetty yet again this Diwali. Their combination has proved to be very successful. Also, in the recent past, Ajay has excelled doing comedy and action, something which this film has aplenty.
The story bears resemblance to Basu Chatterjee's 1978 film, KHATTA MEETHA starring Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee. Its plot bears no similarity to GOLMAAL or GOLMAAL RETURNS. Set in Goa, it follows the story of two groups who can't stand each other. Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), mother Geeta (Ratna Pathak Shah) and friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor). The other group led by Madhav (Arshad Warsi) includes Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) is their father, who was in a relationship with Geeta. They meet after many years and realise their old spark is still alive. Daboo somehow gets them married, thereby bringing the two rival groups together. You also have a thief with a short term memory loss, Puppy (Johnny Lever) and his sidekicks played by Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra who are on a hunt to find a necklace.
Like the previous two films, GOLMAAL 3 doesn't boast of a splendid storyline and relies basically on the gags and the performances. It oscillates between being tremendously hilarious and tremendously boring. The gags rely basically on puns. If you are not turned off by Johny Lever kissing Arshad Warsi, you'll have a good time.
You wish the writing was more consistent. It starts on positive and funny note but doesn't manage to hang on to it. However, it comes back strongly in the zany climax, involving the entire cast. The dialogues are witty and fresh. The copious action sequences involving blowing cars, fail to enthrall as we've seen them
Be prepared to roll on the floor laughing in the spoof of GHAJINI or PAA. Even Arshad Warsi comparing Mithun's age with God is uproarious. The GOLMAAL team loves to take a dig at people from the film industry and this time, their bakras are Shahid Kapoor and Aamir Khan.
Most of the performances are rocking. Ajay Devgn, though reminds one of Nana Patekar, is excellent. Kareena Kapoor is passable in her tomboy role. Like before, Tusshar Kapoor is outstanding. Watch out for his emotional outburst with the entire gang. Arshad Warsi is excellent and his comic timing is awesome. But the real stars are undoubtedly Mithun Chakraborty and Johny Lever. They are just perfect and manage to make you laugh every time they appear on screen. Ratna Pathak Shah is admirable. Shreyas Talpade doesn't impress in his stammering act. Kunal Khemu is a valuable addition to the cast. Sanjay Sharma imitates Jeevan again after ONE TWO THREE. Vrajesh Hirjee, Mukesh Tiwari and Ashwini Kalsekar are good in their small roles.
If you enjoyed watching GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETURNS, chances are you'll like GOLMAAL 3. It's a funny but capricious ride.