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Double Dhamaal review: Equal parts funny and offensive

Double Dhamaal review: Equal parts funny and offensive

Source: Sify

By: Sonia Chopra

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 24 June 2011

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Movie Title

Double Dhamaal

Director

Indra Kumar

Star Cast

Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry, Mallika Sherawat and Kangna Ranaut

The packed theatre on an early Friday morning is pleasantly surprising. Film critics are used to empty, dreary theatres week after week. The excitement to watch the Dhamaal sequel is impressive. The audience is poised, willing to laugh, eagerly awaiting the next joke.

The four buffoons from Dhamaal are back. Roy (Ritesh Deshmukh), Adi (Arshad Warsi]) Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi) and Boman (Aashish Chaudhry) are goofier and sillier than ever. The real surprise is cop Kabir Nayak (Sanjay Dutt) who is now a businessman driving a Mercedes and living in a mansion.

The four, on seeing Kabir?s wealth try blackmailing him into making them business partners. Running the business along with Kabir is his fianc? Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and his sister Kiya (Kangna Ranaut). Will the four be able to outsmart this trio? Watch to know.

The film has the most juvenile gags, but they?re oddly adorable. Note the scene where a confidential file has 'Secret File' written on it in bold letters! Or the one where the four idiots hand themselves on the wall as coats.

The crassness, however, still remains. Women are (still) called items and the maa-behen gaalis still form a significant part of our protagonists? vocabulary. Ashish Chaudhary dressed-in- drag act is simply distasteful.

Also, our four 'heroes', who we reckon are small-time thugs, leave a drowning man to die, but not before swiping his watch as he?s crying for help. We know these characters to be morally ambiguous, but hardly as murderers! For all its humour, producer-director Indra Kumar?s world is dark and dismal. Every one is a crook, outsmarting the other in this make-believe world, where it?s so normal to be unlawful and criminally inclined.

Where the film scores are the performances and a few portions that are genuinely funny. The premise offers enough scope for madcap comedy and the altercation between the two groups is great fun to watch.

Sanjay Dutt is superbly restrained. Mallika Sherawat displays good comic timing and adds in the risqu? glamour with Jalebi Bai. Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jaferi, Arshad Warsi are marvelous comedians and share an excellent equation on screen. Kangna is dependably good. Ashish Chaudhary has been saddled with the drag act which is disappointing.

Indra Kumar has been directing films since 1990; his earliest ones include Dil, Beta and Mann. He shifted gears to the comedy genre with Masti in 2004 and Dhamaal in 2007. The finale at Double Dhamaal hints at a third sequel. Clearly, the aim is to make it a franchise on the lines of the Golmaal series.

Double Dhamaal is equal parts funny and offensive. If you can endure the latter, Double Dhamaal makes for an average weekend watch. Verdict: 2.5 stars

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