Dhamaal - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Quite a few funny scenes are strung together with wannabe funny scenes. Anyways, 20 minutes of hard laughter guaranteed in those two+ hours.



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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.

Warning: this section has some details that could distort your experience while watching the movie. I strongly recommend reading this only after you have seen the movie or if you have decided not to see it.

Plot Summary

Four good-for-nothings get together to earn some quick buck. Soon enough they are caught in a trap of their own making by a cop. As the situation would have it, the five of them now have a common goal. What they need to do to achieve this goal is what the rest of the movie is all about.

What Worked

  • The noose scene - couldn't stop laughing throughout - and five minutes after.
  • Riteish Deshmukh's mimcry of Sanjeev Kumar - top notch!!
  • The shots of the monkey while Riteish Deshmukh is trying to jump.
  • The south Indian who gives a lift to Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey - very amusing caricature.
  • The sermon-like tone of the control room manager at the airport.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Who exactly is Riteish Deshmukh talking to in the first sequence where he is standing with his hand on the top of a car. Intentional or unintentional - it looked awful.
  • How come the foursome didn't bother with white clothes in the second funeral? Too convenient for them to be spotted as goons when goons were needed in the plot.
  • What was the aluminum bucket doing at the spot where Prem Chopra falls after the accident? Waiting to be kicked? To what end?
  • How does Asrani know that there were four people in his house to rob his car?
  • Whatever happened to the crab that entered Javed Jaffrey's pants.
  • The lack of creativity in the action sequences.
  • The turn-around of all the characters in the last scene.


This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Some of the scenes in the car at night were out of focus.
  • That was one hell-of-a-stylish office for police officers to hang out in.
  • Ashish Chowdhry is supposed to be in a hurry and the first thing he does is wear a T-shirt before racing in a car.
  • In the jeep, where does Sanjay Dutt get a foam spray?
  • The foursome were shown as having no money on them. Where does Riteish Deshmukh get Rs.500 to pay for his bus ticket?
  • Is Sebastian garden on the beach? It felt like a huge continuity cut.