The Rohit Shetty package is clearly
glitter filled with suspect content. This is the declared premises and thus
unpretentious. Rohit thus goes about unapologetically full blast – given his
signature scale. With a cast as big (if not cost heavy!!) by default the canvas
is large and the exaggeration proportionate to the scale. The franchise too has
grown in size and so have the expectations. Golmaal Again thus operates under a
very defined nucleus. Its cytology will have to be examined in the declared
context. It is a known, stated, tested premise.
The entertainers are out there. Life begins at an orphanage run by Jamunadas (Uday Tikekar). The five kids who are the problem are also the live-wire. They unfortunately break up into two groups and leave the orphanage to entire the big bad maverick world. So, we have Gopal (Ajay Devgn) and Lakshman (Shreyaas) on one side and on the other we have Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tushar) and Lakshman (Kunal Khemu). Gopal is ghost phobic and has friend Lakshman even singing lullabies to him. While the Gopal team works for Babli (Sanjay Mishra), Madhav et all work for Vasooli (Mukesh Tiwari) and bad man Reddy (Prakash Raj) both groups independently land up near the orphanage at a blind neighbour (Sachin) home which houses Ana (Tabbu) and Damini (Parineeti – the new tenant in the Shetty household). Needless to mention that Gopal is smitten by Damini and a mild directive is enough to melt his heart. Otherwise he is all brawl by day and ghost scared by night. The two warring groups come to occupy the huge haunted house in Ooty. Hoping to take possession of the same for real estate ambitions is Reddy (Prakash Raj) and Nikhil (Neil Nithin), the baddies. Damini is none other than another earlier occupant of the orphanage Khusi for whom the boys have a soft corner. Before long the tale around Damini is revealed, the ghost is at large and the entire gang is busy trying through its mad cap methodology to gather incriminating evidence against Reddy and Nikhil to assist the local police officer.
Every step in the tale is light hearted, flippant and meant to be taken at face value. The logic, the narrative, the decibel levels are not up for analysis. Take it or leave it. Rohit sets out to achieve what he sets out to. The film leaves you wondering why actors like Shreyas, Tushar, Kunal and even Arshad Warsi are not seen more often on screen. Their talent surely justifies their exposure more often on the silver screen. Each of them have a fine sense of timing and add great value to the humour element. As the narrator, Tabu (yet another welcome add to the team) is hardly tested. She musters just enough for the role and given her repute as a serious actor throws up the possibilities to film makers to consider her for different roles. Parineeti (seen after a while in this grade of cinema) hopefully has found the right step to stardom – delayed and needlessly denied this far. The support cast including the likes of Murali Sharma, Mukesh Tiwari, Prakash Raj, Neil Nithin, Sanjay Mishra do their assigned task with effortless ease. Ajay Devgn is as he has been in any Golmaal outing.
This is a take it as it is film. Laugh as long as it lasts alongside the likes of Jonny Lever (a fine cameo). Specially for the Rohit Shetty fans this is as a character in film says: it is not logic it is magic.