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» Hindi Movies : Movie Review : Golmaal
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi, Rimi Sen and Manoj Joshi
Director: Rohit Shetty
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
Producer: Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision


Ajay Devgan, Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Sharman Joshi brilliantly do the job to allure the viewers. Gopal (Ajay Devgan), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), Mahadev (Arshad Warsi) and Laxmi (Sharman Joshi) are the four lads who are bound together due to their child like infamy, petty business of hoodwinking people for fun and money. Amongst them, Gopal is the wisest and the wickedest. His motto in life is to eat, drink and be merry always. Laxmi is a sincere and God fearing guy whereas Mahadev and Lucky think that only idiots work and wise men use them in more ways than one to make their life comfortable.

Gopal and his friends force themselves in the bungalow and make Laxmi pretend that he's Sameer [the blind couple's grandson]. But the story doesn't end there. The four wayward guys fall in love with the same girl [Rimi Sen], suddenly discover a treasure chest and in the end, face the wrath of a gangster who lands up at the bungalow to retrieve his diamonds, which are hidden in the treasure chest.

The college professor [Manoj Joshi] works every time he appears on screen, but the local thug/money lender [Mukesh Tiwari] doesn't. This character seems unwanted/forced in the screenplay and has not much relevance with the main plot. Similarly, the love story between the four guys and the lone heroine appeals, but the villain [Anupam Shyam] isn't convincing enough. Of course, he is not the usual seething-with-anger villain, but a comical character. Yet, Vora could've made the character crazier than what he already is.

Directorially, Rohit Shetty has not only shot the film exceedingly well, but has also concentrated on making each and every sequence thoroughly entertaining. Despite a feeble plot, Shetty and writer Neeraj Vora have ensured that the paying public gets what they seek in the film: Complete time pass entertainment. In that sphere, yes, the film rocks. Technically, Golmaal looks vibrant, perhaps too vibrant. The sets (art design by Narendra Rahurikar) scream in shades of bright orange and yellow. The cinematographer does a sleek job though, with the angles and clever shots. Ajay Devgan is the leader of this brat pack. Arshad Warsi, in contrast, looks secure and chipper, mouthing silliness with carefree conviction. Tusshar Kapoor's character is a mute in every sense of the word. Paresh Rawal doesn't get to do any comedy. Ditto for Sushmita Mukherjee, who resurfaces on the big screen after a hiatus. Here's a role that does complete justice to her enormous talent. Rimi enacts the mandatory heroine part with ease.

On the whole, GOLMAAL works better than other recent farce fests it's because the boys get it right. Not just Devgan (devilishly deadpan), Warsi (as usual farce-rate) and Sharman Joshi (marvelously accomplished in his comic timing). Even Tusshar Kapoor who gets it right.

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