Total Dhamaal Movie Review, Rating

Total Dhamaal

Total Dhamaal

Rating
Critics rating- 2.2/5
User rating- 4.2/5

Cast- Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapur, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashrad Warsi, Jawed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Bomar Irani, Ashish Chaudhary, Ashwin Musran, Johny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Pitobash Tripathi, Vijay Patkar, Sudesh lehri

Total Dhamaal
Total Dhamaal

Total Dhamaal is an Inder Kumar cover version of Stanley Kramer’s frolicsome It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Ajay Devgn — a person with such a dislike for syllables that he has robbed his own name of 1, making it seem not possible to pronounce — might have appreciated that this film was born out of an English DVD, and better still, a DVD that might mean he didn’t have to do much, and there would be enough actors around to share the blame.

The original from 1963 is nuts, an uncompromisingly long work all-star comedy starring… well, almost every Hollywood actor who could tell a joke. Some of the stars were Sid Caesar, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, and Ethel Merman, while cameos were made by Jerry Lewis, Peter Falk, and The Three Stooges. The whole point of this absurd production of a treasure hunt was a farce that pitted these various comic talents together for the first time ever.

The idea of greed doesn’t get old, and A Mad, Mad, Mad World-about a wild-cash chase involving stolen money and readily gluttonous hunters-has been reworked often, most cleverly if indirectly adapted, like Three Kings by David O Russell. The Hindi movie that played well was S Ramanathan’s Bombay To Goa, the sparkling 1971 movie that starred every comic in sight.

There is no such ambition displayed by Inder Kumar. Where Bombay To Goa had Shatrughan Sinha, he gives us a bad imitation of Shotgun by Ritesh Deshmukh. Here we see faces common to every single Dhamaal / Golmaal film, Manoj Pahwa and Sanjay Mishra making faces while Boman Irani and Javed Jaffrey wear loony clothes. Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor are the only stars, and it’s tragic to see them languish. Not only are they one of the most Combustible screen pairs ever, but they also have exceptional comic timing. This film gives them no punchlines jokes.

Total Dhamaal
Total Dhamaal

The script is unforgivable lazy There are many setups-a car has a bonnet on the front and on the back-but no payoffs. Instead, Kumar and his actors move from set-up to set-up, hoping that we actually left our brains at home. There’s exactly one laugh, involving a man whose surname Pilot is mistaken for a real pilot, which makes me wonder if Kumar ran into someone named Writer.

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