Star cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemu, Ratna Pathak Shah, Johny Lever.
Plot: Mithun and Ratna are old lovers who could not get married to one another. They both remained single. They meet after many years and decide to marry. But what about their adopted children? Mithun’s three – Arshad, Tusshar and Kunal – can’t see eye to eye with Ratna’s two – Ajay and Shreyas. Ajay’s girlfriend, Kareena, is, however, convinced that Mithun and Ratna should come together.
What’s Good: The comedy; the performances.
What’s Bad: The emotional track; the songs.
Verdict: GOLMAAL 3 will turn out to be an average fare.
Loo break: Not really.
Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.’s Golmaal 3 is a comedy of two families who ultimately unite into one. Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) drives a school bus for a living and he has three adopted sons – Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Kemu). Geeta alias Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah) has two children, both adopted – Gopal (Ajay Devgan) and Laxman (Shreyas Talpade). Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) is Gopal’s girlfriend.
Gopal is a hot-headed guy whose temper spells danger. A raised finger at him is all that it takes to instigate him. Brother Laxman stammers while talking. Madhav, Lucky and Laxman keep borrowing money and losing it in suspect business ventures. Lucky has a speech problem – he can’t speak. The path of Gopal and Laxman cross that of the three brothers in such circumstances that they become sworn enemies. Even as they can’t see eye to eye, Pritam and Geeta meet by accident, and their love gets rekindled. Daboo realises that Pritam and Geeta, who were in love during their youth, still love one another. Since they are both unmarried, Daboo takes it upon herself to get them united in matrimony. But will the five sons approve of this alliance?
Does Daboo succeed in her endeavour? What is the response of the five sons? There’s an additional track of Pappi (Johny Lever) who has memory lapses every now and then. He had stolen the queen’s necklace and had hidden it in Pritam’s bag while he was on the run from the police on the hunt for the jewel thief. Pappi, who has forgotten all about the whereabouts of the necklace, finances Pritam’s three children in their business enterprise. Does Pappi get the necklace back?
The third in the Golmaal series, this one is a farcical comedy without much of a story. Inspired by the television serial, Family No. 1, and the film, Khatta Meetha (old), it is more of an assemblage of funny sequences pieced together in a screenplay by writer Yunus Sajawal. As the story line is thin and not even new or fresh, the emphasis is more on creating laughter in individual scenes. While the attempt is successful upto a point, the monotony in the drama and the lack of an engrossing story hit the audience, especially after interval. No doubt, some scenes in the first half and a few after interval are absolutely hilarious and bring the house down with laughter, but then, there are also scenes which are designed to evoke laughter and fail. Writer Yunus Sajawal’s biggest flaw is the addition of the emotional track in the story. That’s because while the emotions fail to touch the heart and activate the tear ducts, the track robs the film of the comedy which has, actually, come to become the mainstay of the Golmaal films. So, while the emotional aspect fails to have the desired impact, it does rob the film of its USP – comedy!