Twice as bad - Double Dhamaal
A farce is not the easiest genre to execute especially when you don't have a script. This sequel to the rip-off of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Road Trip at best looks like an improvised stage play with actors given a free hand and a bottle of rum each.
While the first instalment forced you to surrender to its PJs by numbers (you laughed, at least, at 40 out of the 100 jokes attempted), this mess of an unfunny film makes you wince at its laboured attempts at humour.
There are only two gags that work, while the rest will make you gag. To spare you the trauma of sitting through the torture, here's a quick idea of the only things you'll miss:
a. The sight of a chimp smooching Aashish Choudhary-dressed-as-a-chimp as the ‘Bheege Hont Tere' track from Murder plays in the background and the chimp giving lovelorn expressions. Genuinely funny.
b. Aashish Choudhary with his hair gelled up like Darsheel Safari acting super-retarded as the walking talking melting pot of Bollywood's portrayal of assorted mental illnesses ranging from dyslexia ( Taare Zameen Par) to paraplegia ( Guzaarish). Funny only if you are okay with the politically incorrect, insensitive and outrageously disgusting Farelly Brothers brand of humour (But still, this is subversive in many ways because it's poking fun at how Bollywood treats mental illness)
Everything else is a recycled gag from the first film and there's some physical comedy as well for those who feel obliged to laugh for all the money spent. If you find the actors making puns out of all the balls and marbles they play with and throw at each other juvenile, you might laugh a few more times.
That apart, the only other comic relief comes from the unintentionally funny Kangana Ranaut's ‘Kolified' English diction and Satish Kaushik's constant digs at the film's leads.
After a while, you stop caring for all the nonsense unfolding on screen and bide your time restlessly before Mallika Sherawat launches into the much-hyped item number ‘Jalebi Bai'. Yes, Jalebi Bai can shake it better than Sheila and jiggle with more abandon than Munni but then, why buy a ticket for that show? What's Youtube for, after all?
The only thing more appalling than the fact that this sequel got made is that the gang promises a Part 3. We can say about the Dhamaal franchise what they say about heart attacks. We don't want a third time.
Director: Indra Kumar
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi,
Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jaffery,
Aashish Choudhary, Mallika
Sherawat, Kangana Ranaut
Storyline: The `Four Jokers' are
conned by their nemesis Kabir
again and they plot their revenge
Bottomline: The only two hoots you
give are for Mallika's `Jalebi Bai'
item. And a couple of pop culture
digs that are outrageously
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