Director: Indra Kumar
Producer: Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar
Banner: Maruti Pictures Pvt. Ltd., Reliance Entertainment
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Anand Raj Anand, Mayur Puri
Star Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Aashish Chaudhary, Kangna Ranaut, Mallika Sherawat, Satish Kaushik, Harry Josh
June 24, 2011
It's raining sequels in box office. So whether it is the Munnabhai, Dhoom or Golmaal series, the recently released "Bheja Fry 2" or this week's "Double Dhamaal", more and more directors are using their winning formula to hit the jackpot. So does the recipe of success taste good every time it is prepared with a little variation or is the original anytime better? Well, it actually depends on the method of preparation! Coming to "Double Dhamaal" (DD), sadly, the movie does not justify the name by any chance. Having said that, DD is not devoid of gags but unlike the predecessor, the clean, crisp quirky humor minus vulgarity has been taken over by over-the-top crass comedy, double-meaning dialogues, jokes with sexual implications.
The crazy antics of the funny foursome continue in DD as they try to come up with ingenious ways to become millionaires overnight. Furthermore, they spot their old rival (then a cop now a con) living a lavish, high-profile life. To add to their woes, he has roped in a sexy girlfriend and has a gorgeous sister too—more than to get the foursome on a revenge mode? Yes you get that right, as the losers try invariable tricks to befool the man, but somehow each prank finds a way back to them. Will their luck change in DD or will it give way for Triple Dhamaal (most likely name, that is!) is a guess as good yours as ours! Though the plot looks fine, what mars the whole expectation pyramid is the overindulgence.
However, just when you think that the paradise is lost, the movie picks up and the side-splitting and uproarious scenes make you laugh out incessantly. Had the wittiness and madcap comedy been a little more crisp and an effortless one, the movie would have something else in store as its fate. Nonetheless, DD is surely a visual treat for it goes international much unlike the "Dhamaal". The dazzling locales of Macau captured are sure to stir every person in the multiplex. While the first half of the movie is shot in Mumbai, the second half is dedicated to the astounding environs of Macau. Another thing which is different from the originator is that DD has a soundtrack. Songs Jalebi Bai and title track work fine with the plot of the movie.
As for the performance, this dysfunctional bunch of friends grabs the most eyeballs. Arshad, Jaaved, Riteish and Ashish carry off their scenes with style and panache. But it is Sanju Baba who deserves the round of applause, for his poker-faced dialogue delivery and wicked smirks spark off most of the hysteria that follows. Mallika's 'Jalebi Bai' act is incompetent. She needs to do something about herself before everything falls apart. Kangana is confident and carries off whatever little bit is offered with excellence. On the whole, the characters try to pull off a decent job with their roles, but thanks to the plot and script, the humor remains insipid and wittiness wishy-washy.
Last Call: 'Double' is just in the name. Humor, wittiness and gags are, in fact, half in effect. "Double Dhamaal"—a major disappointment!
Double Dhamaal Pre-release Review
After the phenomenal success of the 2007 riotous and side-splitting comedy flick ‘Dhamaal’, Indra Kumar and his team is back to tickle your funny bone with the sequel ‘Double Dhamaal’. Presented under the banners, Maruti Pictures Pvt. Ltd. and Reliance Entertainment, this gleeful and frolic flick is directed by Indra Kumar, who, along with Ashok Thakeria, has also played producer to it. With all the characters from the previous film, the new additions to this comedy caper include the sexy and hot Mallika Sherawat and the completely ravishing Kangna Ranaut, since the prequel didn’t star any female leads. The trendy and highly versatile music numbers are composed by music director Anand Raaj Anand and lyricist Mayur Puri. ‘Double Dhamaal’ is slated for a June 24, 2011 release.
The four idiots, or rather fun delivers, are back with hopes of creating twice the fun, twice the enjoyment, and twice the laughter. Four good-for-nothing friends, Adi (Arshad Warsi), Roy (Ritiesh Deshmukh), Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi), and Boman (Aashish Chaudhary) return to find better ways of living a comfy life without doing anything. For guys (call them jokers!), whom hard work doesn’t exist in the dictionary, the least they can expect is dream a good life while earning helluva lot of money. What they are unaware of is their partner in crime in the prequel, Inspector Kabir Nayak (Sanjay Dutt) is no more a cop and is leading a luxurious life with lots of money in his accounts to splurge, Mercedes to drive in, a posh office to run, and a plush bungalow to live in. Seeing their arch enemy living a happy-go-lucky life, the four mad guys get envious and hope to snatch a share of Kabir’s fortune.
With this, begins a comical tale of plots and plans as the four boys try their luck at blackmailing Kabir to turn their dreams into reality, unknown about the wickedness and cleverness of Kabir, who is a step ahead in turning their dreams into nightmares, instead. Supported by his alluring wife Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and gorgeous sister Kiya (Kangna Ranaut), Kabir readies you to a cat-and-mouse game, filled with rollercoaster rides, unexpected mayhem, and unlimited fun. With loads of twists and turns, who will have the last laugh - astute Kabir or four loveable buffoons? Do not miss the hot and sultry item number ‘Jalebi Bai’ filmed on Mallika Sherawat; thus, falling in the league of whether or not will it be as big as ‘Munni’ and ‘Sheila’. Just like the title, we have to wait and watch whether ‘Double Dhamaal’ creates twofold laughter and mirth at the box-office or not. Come June 24, 2011 and we’ll soon find out.