Cast- Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever
Director- Indra Kumar
Producer- Fox Star Studios, Ajay Devgn FFilms, Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar, Sri Adhikari Brothers ,Anand Pandit
BT Reporter Harnidh Kaur asked people about the movie and the audience has highly appreciated it. The highlight of this third installment of Total Dhamaal is the pair of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit sharing screen space after so many years. Dhamaal franchise has never failed to create a space in the heart of audience and this time is no different.
We’ve made peace with the fact that there’s a brand of films that requires us to leave our brain at home. But Total Dhamaal, third in the comedy franchise from director Indra Kumar, doesn’t just ask you to leave your brain behind, it also expects you to wipe clean your memory before entering the cinema.
If you think about it, Total Dhamaal is basically a remake of Dhamaal from 2007. Both films are about a bunch of strangers and their madcap pursuit of stolen wealth hidden in a far-flung spot. But don’t forget, that was the premise of the 1963 classic It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. So what you’re watching is essentially a rehash of a rip-off.
The film feels more like an obstacle race than a coherent narrative as these pairs traverse land, sea and sky to get to the money. Total Dhamaal is really a series of set pieces strung together to resemble a plot. Some of these are genuinely funny, like a bit where Ritesh Deshmukh, stranded at the top of an under-construction building with Pitobash, makes false pledges to God. Or Johnny Lever’s cameo as a fellow who’s refashioned his auto-rickshaw into a helicopter. The real tragedy is watching Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit’s easy chemistry wasted in a film that has very little use of it.
Indra Kumar’s direction is excellent. He narrates the drama with such conviction that he makes the illogical drama seem plausible or at least one which should not be questioned in terms of logic. Gourov-Roshin’s music is good. ‘Paisa yeh paisa’ and ‘Mungda’ are, of course, remixed versions of already hit songs and so, they are very entertaining. ‘Speaker phat jaaye’ is also a good number. Lyrics (Kumaar and Kunwar Juneja) are in synch with the film’s mood. Song picturisations (choreography by Ranju Varghese and Adil Shaikh) are quite eye-filling. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background music is impactful. Keiko Nakahara’s cinematography is lovely. R.P. Yadav’s action and stunts are very enjoyable. Durgaprasad Mahapatra’s production designing is of a good standard. Dharmendra Sharma’s editing is very sharp. Computer graphics and visual effects (by NY VFXwaala) are excellent.
On the whole, Total Dhamaal is truly total dhamaal. It is a thoroughly entertaining joyride and will keep the audience in splits, and the producers and distributors smiling from ear to ear. The classes may not like the comedy fare but families, kids and masses will love the film which will prove to be a paying proposal for all concerned. The film will definitely join the 100-crore club and will surpass that figure quite easily.
Times Of India
Trains ramming into cars, falling bridges, roaring wild cats and crash landing helicopters. Director Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal leaves very little to imagination in creating a loud comedy. However, the ensemble star cast aside, this pursuit for comic adventure turns into a misadventure pretty early on in its ride.
The film’s plot is weaker than the rickety bridge we have seen in the promo. But it hinges on many strong shoulders, who deliver despite obvious flaws in the writing. The film opens on quite a paisa vasool note with the grand title song introducing each one of them. They are immediately bunged in together in an unconvincing plot twist. While everyone is in pairs of two, it’s the magical pairing of Anil and Madhuri that brings out the most LOL moments. The duo still share a crackling chemistry and an impeccable partnership for comedy. Anil is hilarious as the distressed pati with his amusing Gujarati accent and Madhuri uses her natural flair for Marathi to hit all the right comic notes. While Ajay Devgn performs well within the limitations of his poorly written character, it’s the otherwise excellent Sanjay Mishra, who comes off as grossly annoying. He constantly keeps referring to Radhe (Ajay) as bro, trying hard to force humour into the situation. We have seen better camaraderie between Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey in the previous instalments of the film. The two are largely stuck with slapstick scenes that don’t do enough justice to their collective talent. Meanwhile, Riteish Deshmukh makes good with his character of a pan-chewing ruffian Lallan, who puts his mouth where the money is, literally. His scenes with Johnny Lever are hilarious. Rest of the cast like Boman Irani, Mahesh Manjrekar and Esha Gupta are wasted in halfheartedly written characters.
Total Dhamaal is an Inder Kumar cover version of Stanley Kramer’s rollicking It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Devgn — a man with such a distaste for syllables that he has robbed his own name of one, making it appear impossible to pronounce — may have appreciated that this film was born out of an English DVD, and better still, a DVD that would mean he didn’t have to do much, and there would be enough actors around to share the blame.
Inder Kumar displays no such ambition. Where Bombay To Goa had Shatrughan Sinha, he gives us Ritesh Deshmukh doing a bad Shotgun imitation. Here we see faces common to every single Dhamaal/Golmaal movie, Sanjay Mishra and Manoj Pahwa making faces while Boman Irani and Javed Jaffrey wear loony clothes. The only stars are Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor, and it is tragic to see them languish thus. Not just are they one of the most combustible screen pairs of all time, but have exceptional comic timing. This film gives them jokes without punchlines.
The script is unforgivably lazy. There are setups galore — a car has a bonnet both at the front and at the back — but there are no payoffs. Instead, Kumar and his actors move from setup to setup, hoping we have indeed left our brains at home. There is exactly one okay laugh, involving a man with the surname Pilot being mistook for an actual pilot, making me wonder if Kumar ran into someone named Writer.
Total Dhamaal is the third installment in the Dhamaal franchise. After the second film bombed miserably, the makers pulled all stops and got a star-studded sequel in place that features Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit-Nene, this time.
The film’s plot is as weak as the bridge that we saw in the promos. But alright, we didn’t expect a storyline that required us to use our brains. Such films usually rely on strong comedy. Except that Total Dhamaal is as bereft of comedy as the desert that Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffery get lost in. Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Similar to the first Dhamaal (2007), a dying man reveals that there is a booty of Rs 50 crore hidden in a Janakpur zoo.
Overall, there is enough overacting in the film to make your head split into two. Most of the dialogues are cringeworthy and the CGI effects are pitiful. But then it comes to the point, where you almost wish that the film had been about the animals in the zoo. The jokes are predictable WhatsApp forwards and you can almost say them before the actors do. When will Bollywood learn that comedy doesn’t mean shrieking and only being caricaturish?