Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal

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quick review:

Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal should show up in the thesaurus look up for incoherent and 'all over the place'. Such a shame to see likes of Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Nana Patekar in such lame roles.

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Director: Priyadarshan
Running time: 145 minutes
Genres: Family, Slapstick
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Another story by Priyadarshan with a good-for-nothing protagonist being proud of doing nothing, his only complaint being he is hit by anyone and everyone. The humor shall be added this once by a very hungry bodyguard to this protagonist, played by Nana Patekar. The very mention of 'very hungry' bring visuals of Nana Patekar stuffing his face in the name of comedy. And voila, all predictions come true right in the trailer.

So, we are to look forward to the regular loud, slapsticky environment that Priyadarshan creates. And this time the very basis of the plot is a hero being slapped around! You can tell how excited I am about watching this one, despite having Shreyas Talpade and Nana Patekar who are known to have good comic timing. When the content is not something that appeals, what can one do. Yet, like always, we shall watch and hope for the best.

Music Reviews:
Bollywood Hungama – "2.5/5"
IANS – "2/5"
koimoi – "2.5/5"
glamsham – "3/5"

- meeta, a part of the audience

As expected, Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal is everything we thought it would be – loud, ridiculously incoherent and annoyingly induces sleep. Yep, I strongly resisted my urge to nod off while waiting for the interval. I guess it was too loud to let me doze off. It is such a shame to watch Paresh Rawal repeat himself endlessly and try to put his heart into it. It is so frustrating to watch Om Puri be at his loudest best. It is so disappointing to see Nana Patekar come back after such a long time and have nothing to do with his character except play emotionless, which of course he does well. And it is extremely upsetting to see Shreyas Talpade reduced to shouting in the name of acting.

I am not even going to venture into talking about the plot and how it doesn't make sense, about the character transformations, etc. Any effort I put in seems like it would be more than what the writers could be bothered with. The minutest interest is triggered with how good-for-nothing and shameless Johnny (Shreyas Talpade) is. But that too wears off. How long can you hold on to yelling after all?

What I am left with after the film is this ordeal of course of having to review it. But also with this thought. It's easy to pass a verdict and say that such films shouldn't be made. But, what if this is the only thing that keeps these actors in the game? And the trade-off is that it also keeps these directors/writers in too. Tough call.

- meeta, a part of the audience

22 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 2 so-so 20 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

So-So, by IANS, Bollywood Life : ...Clean, healthy entertainer by Priyadarshan!... full review

So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Shreyas Talpade does justice to his role, somewhat, but gets carried away at times with some (involuntary) hamming... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Songs in this so called comedy, provide you enough time to take your important calls, visit the washroom or go out for a bite several times before and after the interval. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...While the first half has a few interesting episodes, but seems stretched, the second hour seems never-ending, with not much meat in the screenplay.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...neither comedy, nor drama, not romance, not suspense, not even a human ant and grasshopper moral tale—just tiresome, loud and so boring... full review

Thumbs down, by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar : ...Is this good enough to make a full-on feature film? If the director is Priyadarshan, you needn’t answer that question. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ...Malamaal, weakly... full review

Thumbs down, by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini : ...I was looking forward to this film for only one reason. That is Nana Patekar and Priyadarshan working together. But, Nana Patekar is in an almost mute mode throughout the film like a walking mechanical zombie. Most... full review

Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...What is even more frightening is that artistes of the caliber of Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar and Shreyas Talpade actually agreed to be a part of this... full review

Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, Gomolo.in : ...Shreyas Talpade deservingly gets a major role after a long time, but gets little help from the writers both on the character-sketch and the script-writing level.... full review

Thumbs down, by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment : ...As far as comedies go Priyadarshan’s actors perform with a general abandon, not shy of taking their performances several pitches above what appeals.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...KDM labours under situations familiar from a zillion Priyadarshan slapsticks. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Not one of these actors, each of whom is capable of excellence, is played to his strengths : Patekar especially is given hobnailed boots and made to trample over his role.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nayandeep, koimoi : ...Debutante Madhurima as Maria is a complete waste and she would curse herself for signing this stupid trash of a film as her foray into the tinsel town... full review

Thumbs down, by Shakti Shetty, MiD DAY : ...No stranger to bucolic scripts, Shreyas almost aces the lazybones persona. Nana doesn’t look like Om Puri’s son either off-screen or on-screen.... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Although the performances put in by the cast, comprising Shreyas, Paresh, Om, Nana, are quite good, put all of them together in one sequence and you will realize that the adage 'too many cooks spoil the broth' is so true. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Saumil Gandhi, Mumbai Mirror : ...This is the problem with the film, it has very little to offer in terms of a screenplay to take this basic storyline ahead. More importantly, for a film trying to be a comedy, it falls pretty flat.... full review

Thumbs down, by Mansha Rastogi, Now Running.com : ...The punches and gags are uninspiring and insipid and mostly end up annoying you no end.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankur Pathak, Rediff : ...There is no genuine dramatic premise and no conflict between the characters other than physical fights which occur so often that you feel bruised and beaten up and end up not giving a damn about anything or anyone. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Sudhish Kamath, The Hindu : ...A terribly slow, fake remake that makes you feel sorry for the talented leads and the technical team... full review

Thumbs down, by Madhureeta Mukherjee, Times of India : ...One thing Priyadarshan doesn't do is 'lose the plot' here; simply because there isn't one to begin with... full review

Thumbs down, by Bikas Bhagat, Zee News : ...It gets all the more annoying when the film tries to pick the tempo, but fails miserably primarily on account of a weak storyline.... full review

8 tweeters(?) - 1 yays 0 so-so 7 nays

danishsshaikh: Now i watch two movies OMG - Oh My God and Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal they two are awesome twosome

PigimusFatimus: Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal Fuckaal #Avoid

mustafa1786: #KDM is a boring messs

jay_sumiet: Kamaal dhamaal malamaal simply waste of time and money.....priyadarshan se ye expect nahi kia...check out my review. http://www.radiomirchi.com/pune/rj/sumit/318149/blog/26749

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Dhaval_FCB: Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal is the chutiyaest movie ever. But, was better than Ek Tha Tiger.

Deepjyoti___AMC: kamal dhamal malamal is the worsest movie of Priyadarshan

cdilip2007: Kamaal dhamaal malamaal is horrible, please avoid

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

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: The basic theme starts with the protagonist being hit by everyone around. There is murder and rape mentioned. Nothing explicit shown.
  • Language: Largely clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: Mention of rape. An item number set during Christmas time.
  • Concept: Let me know if you find out.
  • General Look and Feel: Loud, very loud.

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Running time:
145 minutes

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@JJ not surprised. But here there was no comedy :(

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