Double Dhamaal – Film Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on June 24, 2011 | No Comments
FILM – Double Dhamaal
PRODUCER – Ashok Thakeria, Indra Kumar
DIRECTOR – Indra Kumar
WRITER – Tushar Hiranandani
CAST – Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry, Mallika Sherawat, Kangna Ranaut.
MUSIC – Anand Raj Anand
Cashing in on the success of sequels has become a trend that has given rise to this week’s release, ‘Double Dhamaal’. Not really a sequel it attempts to make a franchise of the series that revolves around the frantic antics of four buffoons to get hold of some easy money.
These four are Adi (Arshad Warsi), Baman (Ashish Chaudhury), Roy (Riteish Dehsmukh) and Manav (Javed Jaffrey). The film begins with them bumping into Kabir (Sanjay Dutt) their nemesis from part 1. He is rich and affluent and the four hatch a plan to get involved in his business by blackmailing him. But they do not know that Kabir along with his girlfriend Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and sister Kiya (Kangana Ranaut) is playing a con game with them. The foursome that had come to dupe Kabir get duped themselves and swear revenge. Revenge takes them to Macau where Kabir has bought a huge casino. More con games follow until the movie finally reaches it closure.
The film takes the route of outlandish costumes, bizarre plots and caricaturish performances to provoke laughter. It spoofs a number of film stars in attempts to bring colour and raucous fun. Unfortunately, the abundance of twists and in-your-face humour kills any scope for genuine entertainment. They lack a chemistry and neither is the comedy played with timing. It has an incredibly loud and school-play humour that seems to have no emphasis on anything except peculiar looks and banal puns to pass off as funny lines.
The film has an abundance of song and dance sequences each full of gaudy colours, tacky costumes and no good tunes to hum later on. The film also has an abundance of cons that twists the plot again and again till one loses track of the plot completely.
What could have salvaged the sinking ship somewhat are the performances but the lead actors are constantly trying too hard to be funny and the effort shows. Even the usually dependable Arshad Warsi seems forced. Gags are extended beyond measure and in effort to give enough screenspace to every character are even repeated, making the drudgery even more boring. Mallika Sherawat and Kangana are suitably loud and showy but to little avail. All in all there is little to look forward to in this extremely messy and overdone film.