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Double Dhamaal review


Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jafri, Ashish Chowdhury, Mallika Sherawat, Kangana Ranaut, Satish Kaushik

Directed by Indra Kumar

Rating: ** 1/2

No animals were hurt in the making of this film, unless you consider Ashish Chowdhury in his gorilla costume being abused by another gorilla (who is apparently the Emraan Hashmi of the ape world). This is ironic as Hashmi is himself often referred to as the chimp of the human world. And yes, this film is about the famously-foolish-foursome from 'Dhamaal' monkeying around like this was the Indian version of 'The Planet of the Apes'.  And if the brand of humour called 'idiotically hilarious' doesn't row your boat, don't get on this roller-coaster of non-stop madness. But if it does, enjoy the ride.

The film has quite a bit for a plot, considering such films can even manage without one. Our super-zeros, Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Javed Jaffrey), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Boman (Ashish Chowdhury) still love doing what they did in single Dhamaal: make money without actually doing anything constructive.

After several sequences inspired by 'The Three Strooges', a lot of junior artists getting severely hurt and some terribly childish jokes, they encounter their arch enemy from part one, Kabir (Sanjay Dutt). Kabir, who was a cop in the first part has undergone a logical career transition to become a millionaire conman. In his relentless mission to spell doom for our four lazy loafers, he is now assisted by two aides, love interest, Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and sister Kiya (Kangna Ranaut), both of whom struggle for screen-space, as they're often (rightfully) ignored.

The film chugs along swiftly as each gang constantly tries to outfox the other through hilarious situations and exaggerated getups. Each of the four idiots plays an average of three characters in the film and mimics atleast 2 Bollywood actors in every scene. They manage all this while trying to seek revenge from Kabir, who leaves them in an oily mess (go figure). Also this time around they want to destroy Kabir's personal, professional and marital life as well. Why? There's a dialogue about how it makes for an ultimate revenge or something to that effect.

An interesting, insignificant character in the film is Bata Bhai (Satish Kaushik), whose assorted abusives make him a complete joy to watch. His winning one's include, "silent-film ke dubbing artist" and "lower-stall ki phati hui ticket". The film also takes a dig at many others but the one on Guzaarish is hilarious.  A fly buzzing around Manav's nose (when he's pretending to be a dement) is smashed with a slipper by Roy, who adds, "Iske machchar marne ki guzaarish bhi mujhe hi puri karni padti hain!"

The most unmentionable disguise has to be Boman's cross-dressing avatar as Barbara Gori, where he takes the film's title (double D) as a measure for an  inappropriately endowded part of his body. Yes, he should've stuck to the gorilla costume.

It's difficult to point out if any of the actors is better or worse than the other. Yet, Arshad and Riteish are natural bums and Javed Jaffrey couldn't be funnier if he were actually retarded. Mallika Sherawat will surely be elected as the union leader for item girls as she sneaks in an item number in a film where she actually has a proper role.

Apart from the title song, none manage to sufficiently impress or depress. Sanjay Dutt's dance steps on the title number may be just throwing lazy punches in the air but it does the trick.

The film works for a simple reason: it packs in so many gags, that there would be atleast a few you haven't heard. And then out of those, a few you'd actually enjoy. In the end, everyone finds something to hold on to.

With everything going in the film's favour, even Kangana's slury speech has almost found its way to recovery. Let's hope she's around in 'teeple dhamaal'.

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