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Total Dhamaal review: This insane comedy is for six-year-olds

Release Date: 22 Feb 2019 / Rated: U / 02hr 10min

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Suparna Thombare

Directed by Indra Kumar, Total Dhamaal is full of silly jokes, sloppy VFX and ridiculous plot points.

Imagine the silliest possible comedy with an overcrowded cast of good actors that include Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Pitobosh, Riteish Deshmukh, Sanjay Mishra, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Vijay Patkar, Ashwin Mushran, Manoj Pahwa, Mahesh Manjrekar and Sudesh Lahiri. Total Dhamaal is just that.

Total Dhamaal follows the Dhamaal template to the T.

A dying man (Manoj Pahwa) reveals where Rs50 crore, stolen from a corrupt police commissioner (Boman Irani), is hidden, and a bunch of greedy pairs race to grab it, using all possible means of transportation.

The location of the stash is a zoo and surprise: it's hidden under a specific sign. Orangutans, tigers, lions, rhinoceros and monkeys are added to the proceedings, just in case human antics are not enough.

Just to add some sense to the proceedings, an insane climax with a message on animal conservation is thrown in. And the irony is that it unfolds inside a zoo.

Total Dhamaal is full of silly jokes, sloppy VFX and ridiculous plot points. The first half, most of which is spent in introducing the zillion characters, is especially full of jaded jokes.

A joke about an Art Gallery becoming Fart Gallery and Deshmukh and Pitobash, who are firefighters, taking bribe to save people that are dying in a fire are most cringeworthy of the lot.

But the film just gets funnier as you go along. Perhaps, because you give in and finally start laughing at some of the most ridiculous sequences and jokes.

With so much being thrown at you, in terms of characters, sequences and gags, by screenplay writers Ved Prakash, Paritosh Painter and Bunty Rathore, something is bound to land, right?

Some of the ridiculously funny moments include Jackie Shroff's Chindhi GPS act, Vijay Patkar trolling Boman Irani, Riteish Deshmukh bribing God, Johnny Lever's auto (rickshaw) helicopter, among others.

Adi aka Arshad Warsi and Manav aka Jaaved Jaaferi are surely the funniest of the pairs and deserve a spin off of their own, instead of being stuck in the Dhamaal franchise.

On the other hand, the married couple on the verge of divorce, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, who reunite on screen after a long gap of 19 years, seem to be trying too hard to make their banter work.

Like the other two films in the Dhamaal franchise, this one too is ridiculous and stupid, and still funny in many parts.

If you want to watch a bunch of talented people making a fool of themselves on screen, this one's for you. And if you can laugh at gags meant for six-year-olds, then this one's definitely for you.



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