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Movie Review: Golmaal Returns
Gopal (Ajay Devgan) is married to a size-zero couch potato Ekta (Kareena Kapoor) who, influenced by her K-serials, keeps suspecting her husband at the slightest provocation. One fateful night Gopal gets stranded in a yacht with Mira (Celina Jaitley). While framing a fake story to suit her wife, Gopal spontaneously invents Anthony Gonsalves as his friend cum previous night partner. He makes his office subordinate Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade) his partner in crime, posing him as Anthony Gonsalves.
While seeking inspiration so far from the original, the writer attempts to infuse uncalled for innovation by adding a murder mystery to the plot with Inspector Madhav (Arshad Warsi) suspecting Gopal behind the killing. The screenplay is reworked to accommodate the leading quartet and is revised with spoofs so contemporary that at times it makes you wonder if the script drafts were devised on the sets.
There are subtle references to the earlier episode though this one isn't a continuation of the first part. Vrajesh Hirjee's serpentine act is repeated from the original and there's also a tribute-cum-takeoff on the missing member Sharman Joshi. The film takes forward its legacy of 'Black comedy' and also adds Bhansali's Saawariya to the spoof-list. The humour varies from superior to slapdash variety ranging from subtle satire on Saif-Kareena tattoos to the overstated Ekta Kapoor soap spoofs. There are some intended parodies which never take off like the character names Gopal Kumar Santoshi and Mira Nair. Then there are some jokes that clearly fall flat like the Ajay Devgan - Celina Jaitley salsa sequence on the yacht.
The writer wittily evades the censor scissors by having the mute Tusshar Kapoor indulge in most of the cursing. But script supervisor Robin Bhatt keeps making intermittent appearances with some lame internet jokes. Sample one gem of a dialogue when Kareena says, "Main serial watcher hoon aur mere pati serial killer nahi ho sakte". The first half is thankfully devoid of any song tracks and you don't mind excusing the only action item number in the second half that is declared to be derived from Rajnikant's Sivaji - The Boss.
In trademark Anees Bazmee - Priyadarshan brand of comedies, the climax gets together the entire cast including supporting actors to villain sidekicks for a silly and intentionally exaggerated ending.
Tusshar Kapoor and Shreyas Talpade share capable chemistry and comic timing in the film and come up with the most entertaining acts. Tusshar's mute act ranges from the absolutely incomprehensible to the palpably peculiar antics. Shreyas has a natural flair for comedy and makes you laugh with effortless ease. Ajay Devgan is decent but Arshad Warsi is underused. Amrita Arora can't act to save her life and while not much is expected from Celina or Anjana, even Kareena fails to impress. Her talent isn't justified in her shallow characterization.
Golmaal Returns reloads its cast with some new girls but doesn't replenish its humour with more wit and imaginative gags.
Movie Review from Masala News
Misadventures of the seven characters result in a non-stop joyride
“Golmaal Returns”, the much-awaited follow-up of the uproariously comic smash-hit “Golmaal”, arrives with renewed star power, chartbusting music and more laughter than before!
Gopal (Ajay Devgan), who lives with his wife Ekta (Kareena Kapoor), sister Esha (Amrita Arora) and a dumb brother-in-law Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), gets stuck in a yacht after saving an attractive woman Meera (Celina Jaitly) from some goons.
Both end up spending the night on the yacht and when he comes home the next day, his painfully suspicious wife, a hardcore fan of saas-bahu serials, smells fish.
Gopal knows it’s going to be hard to quell her suspicion so he concocts a cock-and-bull story about having stayed the night with a fictitious friend called Anthony Gonsalves. Ekta refuses to buy his yarn and writes to Anthony (on a fictitious address given to her by Gopal) asking him to visit her.
Gopal convinces his junior at work, Laxman (Shreyas Talpade) to pretend to be Anthony. Everything goes according to plan till the address to which Ekta had written to Anthony turns out to be real!
If that isn’t complication enough for Gopal, a dead body is discovered at the location where he had saved Meera. The investigating officer, Madhav (Arshad Warsi), who is Esha’s boyfriend and cannot stand the sight of Gopal, learns that the latter had been missing from home that eventful night and begins checking on him.
Madhav’s investigation results in hilarious chaos and tricky situations where a new lie must be invented at every instance to conceal the previous lie!
The misadventures of the seven characters result in a non-stop joyride, evoking laughter and culminating in a sweet but surprising climax.