Star cast: Shreyas Talpade, Nana Patekar, Madhhurima Banerjee, Paresh Rawal, Om Puri, Asrani, Shakti Kapoor.
What’s Good: Paresh Rawal’s edgy and manipulative Peter Gonsalves and the moderately good cinematography.
What’s Bad: Everything else!
Loo Break: As many times you want to. Add to it, a Disprin dose.
Watch or Not?: Only if you want to torture yourself, go for it! Else, just sit back home and enjoy the repeat telecasts of Madhuri’s Jhalak dikhhla Jaa!
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Belonging to a franchise that had been a surprise package after it released worldwide, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal, starts with a backdrop of a rustic and rural Indian village, haunted by a ‘shrap’ after the golden cross from the village Church was stolen. The village has everything that the creative mind of Priyadarshan could bring in. A kamina promoter, a family that is the main focus of the story, an opinionated ‘Ghanta Prasad’ father, protective brothers and a darpok fattu protagonist who gets beaten even by the gali ke bachches! (How silly!) That’s not just it. The torture starts its ride as the plot keeps jumping from here and then. The darpok Johnny (Shreyas Talpade) who is lovingly called ‘Bakri’ by village mates is an eye sore to all and is the main centre of attraction! Ahem, that traction of getting beaten up every second frame of the movie. His father, David (Om Puri) married Maria who in turn had ditched Peter (Paresh Rawal) and is the bone of contention between the two 60 year old veterans in this overtly boring flick. Maria (Madurima), this time its not Johnny’ s mother but his lady love tries to elope with the spineless Johnny but fails each time, courtesy Johnny’s fuddupaana! Each time Maria and Johnny are seen together, news traverses with an approximated speed that is even more than a shatter of a lightning and his over-protective brothers cum goons are ever ready to beat the poor dumb Shreyas up.
Enter Bodyguard Nana Patekar who has his own history and soon becomes Johnny’s Bodyguard and pretends to be their family’s lost son Sam. This tentatively touted mad comic saga is nothing but a mind wrecked comedy that will not tickle your funny bones, even for once and trust me, every other time you wake up from your snooze, you find Shreyas getting bashed up in different corners of the village. Post Patekar’s ingression into the film brings a slice of aggression and the same mara-mari continues but it helps the scared-of-ghosts Johnny to become a mard suddenly! (Sick!)
What follows is a series of who-dun-it to engrave the mystery behind the Church-cross and an extremely stretched second half that loses plot and is in a direction of its own!
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Review: Script Analysis
This mad comic caper lacks the most essential ingredient of a film: the Script. The story writer Benny P. Nayarambalam must have been going through acute constipation when he wrote the plot for this film, which in turn is a no brainer mindless comic caper that promises a lot but fizzles out at the end. None of the character mouths dialogues, worth remembrance. Dialogues like ‘jo nahate nahate pishaap kare use kaise pakroge’ takes a toll on the intellect, gets on your nerves and you are left with an acute need of a Saridon. The plot is not half baked, or over baked, the plot seems to have not been baked and it fails to be as engaging as the franchise’s predecessor. Adding to its woes, is a sudden abrupt ending and a climax that could not pack in the required punch! Not even with the gibberish PJs thrown in here and there!
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Review: Star Performances
A firecracker that showed immense spark with Iqbal has waned out and become a fiasco today. Shreyas Talpade, who failed to gain accolades with his previous comic outings, be it Housefull 2 or the painful Joker, doesn’t surprise us at all. His inability to portray his character well is a testament to the fact that he is just another vanquished soldier in the B-town army. Expectations from Nana, who supposedly was in for a comeback, was sky rocketing but Nana falters there and how! The strain in his acting is clearly visible, and he somehow lacks the charisma and machismo that he was an icon of. Debutante Madhurima as Maria is a complete waste and she would curse herself for signing this stupid trash of a film as her foray into the tinsel town. As the manipulative Peter, Paresh rawal is a revelation. He seems to be the only good thing in this completely nonsensical two hour long yawn-athon. But then again, his screen space is very limited and that affects the film too damn adversely. The supporting cast doesn’t have much to do either and does not deserve a mention.
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Priyadarshan, who is known to be the Father of Comedy when it comes to Hindi films has seriously lost his magic touch and his efforts are clearly visible on screen. He does his best to make the most out of such a poor scripted slapstick comedy. Music is not noteworthy as none of the songs are really delicious enough to be recalled, after you get out of the cinema halls. Rather, you might just forget the tune few seconds after it plays on screen! The editing needed to be a lot more proper. A little brevity, cutting on some unnecessary scenes could have saved it for the team. R. Ganesh’s cinematography is moderately good as he captivates the rustic flavour of India with some burnished hues.
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Review: The Last Word
Trying too hard to be a rip tickling comedy, yet another magical piece from Priyam sir’s hands, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal ends up as a no brainer mindless satirical flick. Give this film a miss since you would just end up feeling that the Popcorn tub and the Cola bottle were the best things about the outing!
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Trailer
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal releases on 28th September, 2012