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Golmaal Returns

Genre: Comedy

Director: Rohit Shetty

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor,

Amrita Arora, Celina Jaitley and Anjana Sukhani

Being screened at theatres near you


Bollywood is back again with its sure-shot hit formula of mindless comedy, and it shows signs of hitting the bull’s eye at the Box Office. Rohit Shetty is back with the rib tickling comedy Golmaal Returns. There is no story and many of the situations do not make any sense, but who cares as long as there are witty dialogues and hilarious scenes in-between?

The film is all about confusions led by one lie after another by a timid husband trying to save his marriage to a very suspicious wife. Gopal (Ajay Devgan) works for a fishing company and leads a pretty happy life in Goa with is gorgeous tele-serial-addict wife Ekta (Kareena Kapoor), dumb sister Esha (Amrita Arora), and literally ‘dumb’ brother-in-law Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor). The only problem in his happy life is his wife’s never ending suspicions regarding his character. Once he saves a girl Meera (Celina Jaitley) from some goon and one problem leads to another and he has to spend a night with her. The same night a worker in his office, with whom Gopal has a problem, is murdered. Now he cannot say where he was the whole night as his wife will kill him and ACP Madhav (Arshad Warsi who is in love with Esha) wants to arrest Gopal suspecting him to be the killer. To get him out of trouble comes Laxman Prasad (Shresyas Talpade) with fake alibi. But one lie leads to another and the whole situation

gets out of hand creating more gomaal.

The movie has nothing special or different to present, but the comedy track keeps you successfully interested. As all the male actors have got equal footage and done a tremendous job, picking one as the hero will be unfair. Acting-wise Ajay is brilliant and carries the role well. Shreyas in his full-fledged comic role proves he is versatile and so is Arshad, who can make jokes with straight face. The biggest applause goes to Tusshar who has again proven that he can play a mute better than anyone, and he is by far the funniest of all.

Among the girls, Kareena has got the meatiest role and has done justice to that of a suspicious housewife. For a change Celina is seen in the role of a simple and innocent south Indian girl. Amrita and Anjana don’t have much to do.

In a comedy it’s the timing between actors that has to be perfect to bring out the best in each other and make all useless scenes look funny enough, and the cast of Golmaal excels in this. After having done a movie together earlier, the actors look comfortable and even the new addition (Shreyas) gels well.

At the end, hints of Golmaal 3 in the making is expressed clearly. All said and done, Golmaal Returns is a total timepa-ss, good for a dekko with friends.