wogma rating: Don't bother (?)
Should one appreciate the attempt at story when one wasn't expected or should one complain about lack of the magic that was promised?Read more
That Tabu and Parineeti Chopra star in a slapstick comedy bring a kind of shudder. Another kind of shudder induced by the over-the-top histrionics of Prakash Raj and Vrajesh Hirjee. By now, I am totally immune against the main lot - Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu and the “Rohit Shetty” action moments.
The next layer of shudder-after-shudder come at the things that all people involved in making the film found funny. Advice being given to Ajay Devgn, that it is ok to date a girl much younger. So far, alright, right? The next line goes, “Girls look for father figures in their boyfriends. She has the figure and you are the father.” Say, what? No one on set from the writer to the crew to the cast found that …. uggh? That is an uggh in itself.
I just might be watching this one in a single screen theater in a small village in Maharashtra.
Golmaal Again releases on 20 October, 2017. The review will be out by 21st October.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Just in case you missed it in the trailer, the movie sends at least three reminder pleas asking you to remember it is not about logic when it is magic. Through the movie you wonder what part of it was expecting to be called magic – the bright, fairy-tale-like, shoddy computer-generated graphics; the histrionics of a ghost; or the superhuman power that allows for a fourth episode in this series. My mind which, ironically worked a little too hard to let go of logic, could only see the makers attempt at providing logic where none was expected.
Thankfully though, both Tabu and Parineeti Chopra look quite uncomfortable being a part of this film. Tabu repeatedly apologized through her dialogue too. Or maybe it is just me and my wishful thinking.
It is indeed a fair attempt in trying to build a story around ghosts. Unsurprisingly though, it neither makes you laugh nor appreciate the effort. In fact, the writing is often repetitive as the ghost demonstrates its existence or when scenes over-explain. The jokes too are often stretched too far, stifling the smile that had just begun to erupt. A lot of it is also repetitions from the previous editions. And some humor, such as the use of Ku Klux Klan costumes, is completely lost on me. There are other scenes that are just so silly that you can't help laugh at the silliness - this is the essence of a Golmaal film, so even if I don't enjoy it I've stopped minding it. But, what we are not used to is the semblance of a plot.
As a safety measure, the film even throws in a couple of social messages – anti-superstition statements are well-pronounced and there is even a flippant, “educate your girl child” line. I didn't know if I should laugh or cry at this last one. A pro-girl-education slogan when the two women characters, of the 10-12 people in the main cast, were treated rather shabbily. Parineeti Chopra's character is muted out through half the film because, you know, the man oggling at her is so mesmerized by her that he can only see her and not hear her. On the other end, Tabu's character is delegated to voice-over through a lot of her part too. All things aside, the makers didn't even bother to get female singers while they show these two sing in a group song! And of course there is objectification in songs, one with kids too! That these two were given strong characters then seems like poor lip service. Also, the hideous father-daughter hooking-up jokes don't help at all.
Of course, there is Shreyas Talpade's lisp and Tusshar Kapoor's aa-ee-ooooo which is shameful but they continue to do it well. Ajay Devgn seems jaded. Arshad Warsi tries very hard to make his presence felt and Kunal Khemu exists. Tabu and Parineeti Chopra do act like they are shouldering the film, which is quite the truth too.
I watched Golmaal Again in a single screen theater in one of Maharashtra's northern villages. The men:women ratio was about 99:1 in this almost 500-seater. Usually, people hoot, whistle and dance irrespective of what is going in the film. My usual city-girl gripe is that the sound is atrocious and no one complains about it. It is a good, annual reality check. This is how most of India's audience watches its films. This time around again, the movie started off with hardly audible sound. But, I was pleasantly surprised when there was a shout out from the audience for better sound and the projectionist did his best! People were actually interested in the dialogue. There were huge parts of the film where the audience was watching and listening attentively too! I am not sure though if that is a good thing for the film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole GOLMAAL AGAIN is an ideal fun ride which delivers ample entertainment quotient without any logic. An out-and-out entertainer, it's sure to light up the celebratory festive mood. At the box office, the movie has all it takes to emerge as a sure-fire hit although the real test of the film will begin post Monday. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Maulin Parmar, Desi Martini : ...For me, this Diwali clash winner is undoubtedly Golmaal Again. I will go with my family again. For rating, I would like to give the installment number, 4. This horror-comedy genre in a well known franchise by Rohit and team have been attempt successfully. Kudos to all. Enjoy festivals with this year's biggest bollywood commercial film. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Go for it! It’s Diwali and some laughs here and there has never harmed anybody. Keep your expectations limited as Golmaal 3 was on another level. This neither will disappoint you nor will live up to your hopes if they’re sky high.... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...If you are looking for substance, then this one has no logic, only magic. But, if you're looking to just laugh and be merry, Golmaal will again do the trick. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Golmaal Again, unfortunately, doesn’t attempt to dethrone the first Golmaal movie which remains the best of the lot in the franchise. However, it still provides plentiful of laughter thanks to some zany dialogues and the humourous antics of the lead cast. If you are planning to watch Golmaal Again, do make sure that you leave your brains and expectations back at home and then join the laughter! ... full review
So-So, by Ashwin Vinayan, Deccan Chronicle : ...The film, however, serves its purpose of being the quintessential festival release. The humour is well written and consistently effective. 'Golmaal Again' works predominantly, and surprisingly enough. But a fare for all seasons? One might have their doubts. ... full review
So-So, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...Watch it if you want to add to the fun of a long Deewali weekend, so long as you don’t expect a Oscar winning classic you will not come out disappointed. ... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Golmaal Again takes everything about its franchise and serves it up with an unabashed sense of Bollywood madness. It’s jokes are endless and for most part they're pretty funny. This the perfect comedy film for the college crowd. It’s loud, its crazy and a lot of sinful fun.... full review
So-So, by UDITA JHUNJHUNWALA, FirstPost : ...I must admit that this might be the most enjoyable of the four Golmaal films because there is actually a plot and the by-now-familiar characters are less annoying while the annoying ones are partially relegated to the background. Kudos to Shetty for reinventing a mindless comic brand to a duo-genre and giving it a new lease of life. ... full review
So-So, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...When the most offensive part of a Bollywood comedy is two men insensitively wearing Klu Klux Klan robes as ghostly garb instead of crude sex jokes and copious amounts of inane sequences, you've done something right. ... full review
So-So, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...The film that marks Golmaal series debut for Parineeti Chopra, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Tabu, brings back everything you remember and the things that you forgot, from the previous movies. From the blind owner of a house (Paresh Rawal, Golmaal) to Vasooli bhai, south Indian goons (ala Chennai Express) and Pappi bhai (Johnny Lever), Golmaal Again is like a major throwback to not just Golmaal films but a lot more. ... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...what passes for comedy in this film is so deplorable, it may not be bearable even as a Sunday afternoon watch at home — when you have the option of switching off at will.... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...So the five have to come together and save the orphanage they grew up in. Erm... Why do they take so long? The audience seems to be happy with the lowbrow slapping and hitting, but the story, the real meaty part begins ten minutes into the second half. This is where we get real laughs! ... full review
So-So, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...To me, the big twist in Golmaal Again!!! is as obvious as the sugar in Johnny's mouth. The lacklustre songs needlessly extend its 151 minutes running time. Some of the jokes soar, some nosedive.... full review
So-So, by Raghav Jaitly, Zee News : ...In the end, I would just like to say that Golmaal Again is loaded with a lot of LOL moments. If you promise to leave the brains at home, the movie can turn out to be a great entertainer for you. It is clean with no vulgarity or double-meaning lines. So, it is expected to attract a lot of family-audiences to the theatres this festive season. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandn59, Desi Martini : ...Rohit Shetty moves the action from Goa to Ooty, but the film is still shot in such bright, bold colors, it’s as if the cameraman swallowed a box of crayons. The ol’ gang of five is back – Gopal (Ajay Devgan), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), and the two Laxmans (Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemmu) – and for reasons too complicated to go into, they’re all shacked up in a big mansion that just happens to be haunted. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...No prizes for guessing who is playing God here. Rohit Shetty may manage to surprise a juvenile audience for the first 20 odd minutes of the film but thereafter it becomes extremely silly and beyond belief. There’s no magic here to be sure and the God referred to here is merely a pen pusher who has no idea about continuity or logic.. or just plain wilfully unconcerned! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Ananya Bhattacharyal, india today : ...Golmaal Again is enjoyable in parts, but something you can watch only once. Sometimes you just feel like forwarding the "funny" bits of the film, and watching the actual story, which you know will finish in about 10 minutes. But then, that's a Rohit Shetty film for you. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, NDTV : ...If there is an audience who loves this, we should try and see what that says about us. Just like the climax, which says everything we need to know about the filmmaker. Golmaal Again ends in a giant library, where books fly from the shelves and vengefully attack a man. Who needs soaring SUVs, anyway? Or a screenplay? The books batter, the books bash. We shouldn't be surprised. In a Rohit Shetty film, words are merely another tool to assault people with. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...Logic indeed is in short supply here, and frankly the real magic the filmmakers conjure up is the ability to keep this franchise on the road for all these years with such minimal creative investment. Golmaal 5..? Wanna bet it’s on the way? ... full review
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its__aayan: Mubarakan, and Golmaal Again.. Two great comedy film of 2017 so far.
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chimni_sapna: Golmaal Again... Rohit shetty has given a gr8 diwali dhamaka.. No logic only MAGIC..Ajay devgn Johnny lever nd Sanjay Mishra as Babli bhai..
ChickenWingSing: Golmaal Again is actually a good film, better than the last two!
brijeshonix: Watched Golmaal Again , hilarious comedy and Rohit Shetty has done it again to make entire audience to laugh kudos to whole team of Golmaal
blosayush: Must watch movie, Golmaal again!!! Fourth film of this series with four times fun. No Logic Only Magic.
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YouDontKnowWho_: Golmaal Again is actually not bad lol. Has got some really funny slapstick moments.
disha11parmar: Golmaal Again is like the most senseless film.. but I laughed a lot!
AlaviNusrat: Golmaal Again..is a mix of horror,thriller nd gags...Rohit Shetty' new version..A bit lengthy but fun.. #GolmaalAgain
RajeshRajkuma20: ajay acting he was very good such as a great acting ajay bhai is movie dekke aaj tak ke sabse bakwass movie koi hogi to golmaal again
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Pinkiczar: Did not like golmaal again
PankajK51469432: Golmaal again....was C greed movie...i cant belive thats rohit shetty movie...sir ji kya ho gya aap ko
msiddhardh: Golmaal Again gave me a headache! Watch this crap at your own risk!
indianspidey1: Finally watched Golmaal Again... Reviews suggest something else but I didn't like the film! Worst of GOLMAAL SERIES!!!
iam___HHH: #Golmaal Again worst movie in series.. it will crash after holiday period like hny, prdp.. rohit proved that he cant make gud movies
dk_prabhu: #HappyBirthdayParineetiChopra I watched Golmaal Again last night. It was terrible :-| @ParineetiChopra needs to do better movies :-|
anilsillay: The super success of Judwaa 2 and Golmaal Again will inspire makers for making more cheap comedies. Tough time ahead for Bollywood
5blurryface: Watched Golmaal Again Loved the first half but second half was a stretched shit with poor jokes which fails to make u laugh Overrated film
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