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November 5, 2010

Strike three

Filed under: Our FIlms — Rajeev @ 5:54 pm

November 05, 2010

Cast: Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu, Mithun Chakraborty, Ratna Pathak-Shah

Director: Rohit Shetty

Well into the second half of Golmaal 3, there’s a scene in which two sets of step-brothers sitting across from each other, play a game of miming what they’d like to shove into each others’ backsides. From candles and fruits to big lamps and potted plants, this gag goes on for a few minutes, just long enough to amuse you. It’s the funniest scene in the film, because nobody says a word throughout, and because the expressions of the actors are priceless as they react to the pain that must come from being sodomized by foreign objects.

Golmaal 3 has even less by way of plot than 2008’s Golmaal Returns. In this film, Ajay Devgan and Shreyas Talpade are brothers who constantly find themselves clashing with another set of Goa boys: Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Khemu, until both rival groups find themselves thrown together under the same roof when their single parents – Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak-Shah – decide to get married.

Following a pattern set by Golmaal Returns, this film is not so much about story or plot as it is about stretching a joke till breaking point. How many cars can be destroyed in a single set-piece? How many junior artistes can you beat up in a slo-mo action scene? How many hi-speed entries can Ajay Devgan have?

The few genuinely comic moments are provided by Mithun Chakraborty and his willingness to spoof his own popular 80s films. There’s a hilarious Disco Dancer back-story to his character, complete with snatches from Bappi Lahiri’s musical hits of the day.

The rest of the cast, including Kareena Kapoor who plays the neighborhood tomboy, spends the greater part of this film contorting their faces and delivering silly lines. The humor is strictly low-brow and slapstick, with repeated jokes about disability and speech impediments, and a running gag in which Ajay Devgan twists any finger that’s pointed in his face.

A few jokes are inevitably funny, but none are as smart or unpredictable as that spoof on Black by Arshad Warsi, or the retro love song between Paresh Rawal and Sushmita Mukherjee, both from the first Golmaal film.

Only Tusshar Kapoor appears to be having any fun with his character, returning as the mute Lucky who must be interpreted to be understood. However, the film’s single dramatic scene in which his character reveals a shocking secret he’s stumbled into, ends up being unintentionally comical instead of emotional.

I’m going with two out of five for director Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3. This is pedestrian comedy that evokes desperate laughs. If you must, watch it for Mithun, who shows us he’s still got his mojo!

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Going by the review, the movie doesn’t sound very impressive…

    Comment by Naveed — November 5, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  2. u need to visit psychiatric mr. masand ……i have seen the movie it was terrific.be specific next time.

    Comment by rakesh — November 5, 2010 @ 6:31 pm

  3. Keep up the good work man..never be like other reviewers who give in to popular opinion .These “directors” will keep churning out “comedies” with “actors” like these because lets be honest junta likes it , may be because they dont know any better ,havnt seen better stuff to compare it with but seriously man what the hell .SMS jokes beaing used as dialogues ,facial expressions so lame and artificial it makes me wanna puke..bollywood has to grow up, more and more ppl ppl have access to english movies and sitcoms ..ppl have strted realizing what a load of embarrassing crap our industry is ..either bollywood changes itself or suffers the same fate as doordarshan .

    Comment by Uchiha — November 5, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  4. @rakesh:

    And you need to visit an English coaching class.

    @Mr. Masand:
    Spot on!

    Comment by AP — November 5, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  5. Disagree with you Rajeev…G3 has fantastic 1st half, slow and tiringly second half due to elongated fight scenes( this is where i agree with u)…but it will be the flavour of Diwali…a full on family comedy movie….enjoyed it a lot

    Comment by Puspak — November 5, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

  6. I kinda like your reviews, not that they are the best or something but I kinda relate to your taste of movies and I guess as far as movies are concern taste matters more than anything else. I’m not big fan of Golmal series either.

    What I was wondering is, when you review a movie what type of benchmark you follow ? I mean you can not expect every hindi comedy to be a Hera pheri or AAA. Every genre of movies has some sub-genre I believe, your task must be damn difficult to review movies like this where everybody knows it’s not quality comedy !

    Comment by PS — November 5, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

  7. masand hamko aapkka review hain pasand

    bakwaas film dont waste your time and money on this wait for the 19th and watch a meaningful film GUZAARISH

    Comment by pum — November 5, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

  8. so G3 is better than AR.. what an insult. i’vent watched either. i thought G3 WOUld suck judging from trailer but i’m surprised tos ee this. i feel you’re the most honest of all the reviewers out there. thanks for your opinion.

    Comment by sanmay — November 6, 2010 @ 4:36 am

  9. i watched golmaal 3 totay. though the theater was house full the movie was so bad that the sms jokes seem more funny than the poor jokes used in the movie. it was a total waste of time and money. it made me feel sick after watching it. it even did not deserve 2 stars. i have always followed your reviews and i must say that your reviews are the only one’s which are authentic. keep on the good work rajeev sir.

    Comment by piyush — November 6, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

  10. i think all the three movies in the golmaal series are average.No doubt Golmaal 3 will be accepted by the people in the Diwali season but as rightly pointed out by Rajeev,this is surely nothing more than a pedestrian comedy!!!!
    2/5 is the maximum it deserves!!!

    Comment by Ranjan — November 6, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  11. well if there is any one who gives honest reviews of bollywood movies its rajeev masand,and i mean it when i say honest.it was hard to sit thru the film,definitely the weakest in golmaal trilogy.whts more annoying is the fact tht storyline is inspired/copied from a hollywood movie step brothers.u can skip this movie for sure,aatleast i should have done that.

    Comment by dr.imran — November 8, 2010 @ 4:07 am

  12. Why you people see what is in 1 half or second half. Just see the movie and enjoy it. It is a bang movie.

    Comment by Chandan — November 8, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

  13. Watched yesterday!! Oh, man…Real bad movie!! Complete nonsense in the name of comedy! gave me headache!

    Comment by Vamsi — November 9, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

  14. just saw golmaal nd it again provs masand u r a vry bad critic of indian comedy movie i dnt knw wat u r expectations r frm these movie.. if am nt worng u gvd welcome 1 star nd dat became dat year biggest hit .. so pls atleast frm next tym mak sme bdy else revw thm in place of u rs .. u r just doing negatve publicty fr d movie ………..

    Comment by ashutosh — November 9, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  15. GOLMAAL.. u know when will this name is apt.. After we came out of the cinema hall.. I don;t know y these people are doing this kind of movies……. comedy bhanane keliyea ek comedy…. i am begging Rohit Shetty plz.. don;t try to make the next series…even if u r doing please keep this thing in ur mind all are not fools and u cannot make fool all of them all the time…………..

    Comment by Arun — November 16, 2010 @ 3:41 pm

  16. arre masand, Dont u understand comedies. perhaps ur mind is not that much sharp !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by asutosh — November 19, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

  17. Masand i think you should direct a movie… it is very easy to talk blah blah about a movie.. but very hard to make it real on the screen what is you idea… so plz stop spoiling Indian Movie industry.

    Comment by Rocks — November 26, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  18. hey rajeev i totally agree with u man, u got bored in the first fifteen minuets! i was like wat the hell is goin on?
    i went with so much expectation, bec all d best n golmaal returns were good and maintained their high level of fun element. thumbs down for rohit shetty 🙁

    Comment by venkat — November 28, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

  19. Rajeev u still gave it a half-extra star… pedestrian comedy n desperate laughs are two perfect words for the movie…!! Complete NONSENSE…!!!

    Comment by Rishu — December 1, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  20. Complete nonsense yaar…not worth for even 1 star….but u have given 2 star…….what the hell?

    Comment by JAB — January 28, 2011 @ 4:39 am

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