When I heard that the sequel to Dhamaal was being made, I to be honest, was not too excited. Dhamaal was funny but I did not see anything in the film that warranted a sequel. It was only after reading Taran Adarsh’s review on bollywoodhungama.com that I decided I wanted to see it. I finally got the chance to see it tonight. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Most sequels are not as good as the first film but Double Dhamaal is not one such case. In fact, Double Dhamaal is true to it’s name because it is doubly funny than Dhamaal.
The performances are commendable, but some stand out more than others. The best of the bunch is Javed Jaffery, who especially in certain portions is very funny. He really manages to instill a child like innocence in his portrayal of Manav. He is especially endearing in the scenes where he shows up unannounced despite being forbidden to by the other three. Ashish Chowdhry is also very good. He looks great (very handsome and hilarious looking in the portions in which he dons the appearance of a woman). I really think he would be great in a romantic comedy. Arshad Warsi is funny but he is a bit over the top in certain parts. He is at his funniest best during the song Jalebi Bai. Double Dhamaal succumbs to the sardar stereotype so often seen in hindi cinema. However, Arshad’s disguise as a sardar does bring a smile to your face and so, one forgets about the stereotype. I was slightly disappointed by Riteish Deshmukh, not because he is not funny but because of his look in the film. This is understandable when he is in his many get ups but his long hair drove me insane. After seeing Riteish in Housefull (where he looked the best he has till date), I had developed a bit of a crush on him. In comparison to his look in Housefull he looks like a completely different person in Double Dhamaal. That being said, he is still really funny. His comic timing is improving with every film. In my opinion, it is easier to be funny in a solo performance than be funny in a multi-star film. You have to find that chemistry with your co-actors and then co-ordinate the comic timing. So the foursome do manage to create quite a Dhamaal keeping this in mind. Sanjay Dutt, while this is not anywhere near his performances in the Munnabhai series, is decent. He does well with the role he is given. The worst performance is by far Kangna Renaut. She looks great (Uff her and Mallika’s clothes! They are to die for!!!) but she shrieks throughout the film and has bad comic timing. On the other hand, Mallika is good and looks the best she has ever! I watched an interview in which she says she signed Double Dhamaal because of the way Indra Kumar showcases his heroines (Madhuri in Beta for example). A noteworthy performance is also Satish Kaushik, who plays a gullible gangster.
If you need a pick up after a bad day, week or even month go watch Double Dhamaal. However, as people in hindi cinema love to say about such commercial pot boilers, “Leave your brains at home bhai!”. The one hole in the script I noticed is at the end when one of the bad guys preeminently chases the foursome (he has not yet been shown evidence or told that the four are the ones who cheated him). All in all, Double Dhamaal is a fun movie. It is fast paced and as the saying goes, time flies when you are having fun. I hope the next film in this franchise, Total Dhamaal, is three times the fun because this time I won’t have any doubts but rather will have high expectations!
P.S. I’m told that after Ready, Double Dhamaal has taken the biggest opening of 2011 so far.
Rating: 3 stars — ***