Double Dhamaal: Review

If last Friday was the day of ‘Bheja Fry 2’, yesterday it was the day of the sequel to ‘Dhamaal’ that came out some four odd years ago. ‘Double Dhamaal’ brings back together the wacky dysfunctional  team of Roy (Ritesh Deshmukh), Manav (Javed Jaffrey), Adi (Arshad Warsi), Boman (Aashish Chaudhary) and Kabir (Sanjay Dutt) back in idiotic action which moves from Mumbai in the first half to Macau in the second.

The story unfolds on the big screen with the four scheming friends still trying to get rich using easy sly means. They bump into their old foe Kabir and are taken in by his rich looks. Kabir now runs a business and the four friends get themselves in his company using crooked means only to fall prey to Kabir’s scheming ways. Kabir disappears with his girlfriend Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) and sister Kiya (Kangana Ranaut) to Macau after duping a local gangster and the four friends of crores of money. The four friends somehow land in Macau and once again scheme of destroying Kabir and his two ladies and enjoy the sweet pleasure of revenge. How they do it forms the second half of the film.

The problem with sequels is they are often compared to the earlier films and has to maintain that standard which often isn’t the case as was evident with last week’s release ‘Bheja Fry 2’ and now with ‘Double Dhamaal’. While ‘Dhamaal’ was a clean film, this film is filled with double meaning words and crass over the top acts by the four lead players. The story and screenplay suffers in places and the dialogues are witty in parts. It’s however the second part of the film where the screenplays takes up speed and has some fun filled movements. The various getups of the four friends in itself evokes laughter and so does their antics. But yes, the writers could have done without making mockery of films like ‘Taare Zameen Pe’, ‘Guzaarish’, ‘Delhi Belly’ etc.

On the acting front, while Sanjay Dutt is more restrained, the four friends – Ritesh Deshmukh, Javed Jaffrey, Aashish Chaudhary and Arshad Warsi are at times way too loud. But that notwithstanding, they do evoke laughter post interval with their goofy antics. Songs set your foot thumping with ‘Jalebi Bai’, ‘Chal Kudiye’ and the new version of ‘Oye Oye’.  Mallika Sherawat is nothing to write about while Kangana Ranaut is good while she’s there. But then they are supposed to be purely eye candy in the film.

Technically, the film is okayish. Macau looks good. And yes, producer/director Indra Kumar has given us a glimpse in the end of the film that ‘Dhamaal 3’ is definitely coming your way. If only he does away with the shortcomings of ‘Double Dhamaal’, ‘Dhamaal 3’ will be a treat to watch. So, you better leave your brain at home if you intend to enjoy the film. There are gags and there are laughs and there are slapstick moments that you can enjoy if you forget your civic sense during those odd hours you’re watching the film.