FILM REVIEW SACHIN CHATTE
Film: Total Dhamaal
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaffery
Directed by: Indra Kumar
Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
Rating: * *
Supposedly the final instalment of the Dhamaal series, Total Dhamaal makes no bones about the fact that when it comes to setting the benchmark, it wants to be as silly as it can get. And to be fair to it, it does succeed on that count.
This is one of those ‘leave your brains at home’ kinds of an entertainer although I am assuming it must be a very tedious process to do that. But going by the audience reaction in the theatre, it does come easy to many – there is a scene where a guy’s pants fall off – there was hysterical laughter in theatre. There is slap-stick comedy in abundance and the odd funny line that might make you chuckle, but it mostly relies on the former.
Inspired by the Stanley Kramer film ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ (1963), this one is also about a bunch of people hunting for a loot – `50 crores cash, to be precise. You see more characters here than on Page 3. There is this constant bickering couple (Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit) seeking a divorce – they are on the way to meet their son when they get distracted. Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaffery play brothers called Adi and Manav, who remind you of the characters from Dumb and Dumber (1994). Then there is Riteish Deskhmukh and Pitobash as two corrupt firemen who also end up pursuing the loot. Not to forget, there is Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Mishra (who cannot complete a sentence without using the word ‘bro’), two small-time crooks – their family jewels are almost destroyed by rhino’s horn when their parachute crash lands. That’s not all, Boman Irani and Vijay Patkar play corrupt cops who are trying to get their money back while Johnny Lever provides a couple of laughs in a cameo.
If humans are not enough, there are a bunch of animals in the zoo, which are also a part of the proceedings.
With such a huge ensemble cast (minus the animals from the zoo), you would expect some fireworks but there are none. The ’story’ just moves from one silly gag to another – Anil Kapoor, who plays a Gujju and Madhuri Dixit, who plays a Maharashtrian, are first stranded on a bridge, then washed away by a flood and other such calamities befall on them similar to the audience enduring this film.
There is no doubt that the actors are talented and they have a knack for comedy – especially the likes of Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaffery, Riteish Deshmukh and Pitobash. I may have dozed off briefly only to see Sonakshi Sinha do an item number – Mungda from Inkaar (1977), which prompted me to catch the remaining of my forty winks.
I just hope the filmmakers keep their promise that this will be the last of the Dhamaal franchise.