Double Dhamaal Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:26.2130000 IST


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With super duper hits like DIL, BETA, ISHQ director Indra Kumar (along with producer Ashok Thakeria) ruled the box office from the mid 80s till the late 90s and was undoubtedly one of the most sought after directors. Music played a pivotal role in the success of all his films and composers like Anand Milind and Nadeem Shravan were instrumental in providing memorable melodious songs of the above mentioned films. With MASTI, Indra Kumar not only changed tracks as he shifted from romantic musical melodrama to comedy but he also chose the very reliable and the highly versatile Anand Raj Anand to compose music. Despite achieving good success Adnan Sami was roped in to handle the music of his next, the runaway hit DHAMAAL. The film broke many a norm, first and foremost that there was no female lead and so the music was situational and not exactly the chartbusting type. And the reason was that the film did not have much scope for music. For the sequel to DHAMAAL, titled DOUBLE DHAMAAL, Indra Kumar has once again placed his trust on his tried and tested lieutenant, Anand Raj Anand, to handle the music department and definitely the film is looking better and bigger and hotter, and expectations of some super hit songs are high, if not mammoth. So let's see if Anand Raj Anand can create some 'dhamaal' in this outing!

Anand Raj Anand can indeed be credited with bringing Punjabi pop fusion to fore in Bollywood and with the first track 'Chal Kudie' he goes one step further. This song does full justice to the all out 'dhamaal' mood of the album and can indeed be termed as the title track as the all out entertainment and fun unlimited, which is the spirit of the movie is enclosed here in full splendor, and comes out in Anand Raj Anand's zealous and spirited rendition. Mika's predictable but popular rap (by Out Lawz) and the overall grand music arrangements add to the glamour. And the plus point is the quite easy to comprehend Punjabi lyrics by Anand Raj Anand and also the fact that despite all the western music arrangements and rap and hip hop, Anand remains rooted to the rustic 'bhangra' tempo and beats which are the highlight of the track. With a lavish promotional music video of the same doing the rounds on various television channels it is but matter of days that this song will climb up the charts.

The remix version by Harry Anand is not much different from the original and is more of a space filler than a club mix.



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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.

Rating - 2/5


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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. 



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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.

Rating - 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffery, Ashish Choudhary, Kangna Ranaut and Mallika Sherawat.
  • Lyrics: Anand Raj Anand & Mayur Puri
  • Director: Indra Kumar
  • Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
  • Release Date : 24 Jun 2011