Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal is one of the most successful franchises in Hindi cinema. It is one that never fails to garner attention or create an interest among cine goers. Gomaal series also enjoys a loyal fan following. So it is little wonder that this Diwali, watching Golmaal Again has been one of the things on fans’ to-do list. Interestingly, even for non-fans (me included) of the franchise, the new installment promises a reboot in terms of cast and a story that has a dash of spook with its patent rib-tickling humour. Golmaal Again brings together the gang of boys – Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu along with new members like Parineeti Chopra, Tabu, Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh.Also Read - Sooryanvanshi Aila Re Ailaa Song Teaser Out: Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh Perform Singham Hook-Up Steps | Watch

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What’s It About

Gopal (Ajay Devgn), Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor), Laxman Prasad (Shreyas Talpade) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu) have grown up at an orphanage in Ooty. The five find a little girl abandoned at the gates of the orphanage and they take her in, naming her Khushi (Parineeti Chopra). While the five move out a few years later, Khushi is left behind. Fast forward 25 years and a turn of events brings all of them back to the same neighborhood. Also Read - Sooryavanshi: Akshay Kumar To Kick-Start Promotions From This Date And It's Connected To His Mother

The gang reunites and also meets Khushi, albeit in a very interesting setting and circumstance. The ‘bhoot bangla’ where they used to prank each other as kids, now has a family staying there. The gang moves into the bungalow as PGs for a few days while they are in Ooty and that’s where all the Golmaal begins. Unaware that the house is haunted by a ghost, Gopal and the boys go through some eerie experiences before they seek help from Anna Mathew (Tabu), the librarian in their orphanage who can see and speak to spirits.

What’s Hot

Golmaal Again is nothing like the previous three films in the Golmaal series. It is better! No crass jokes, no forced humour, no caricaturish villains, no OTT acting. Rohit Shetty has made a sincere attempt to move away from the slapstick comedy his Golmaal films are known for and give audience a fresh new story with a generous dose of fun and entertainment. The film doesn’t promise rib-tickling humour but makes up for it with a comedy of horror, full of pop culture horror references that will leave you in splits. Apart from the lead gang of Gopal, Madhav, Lucky and Laxman 1 and 2, what works for Golmaal Again is retaining the characters (Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra, Vrajesh Hirjee) with their much-loved quirky nuances. Filmmakers get overwhelmed while making a film with an ensemble cast, many a times failing at proper allocation of screen time. Rohit Shetty is not one of those!

Special mention to the film’s villains – Prakash Raj (wait for his ‘dance like no one’s watching’ performance) and Neil Nitin Mukesh, who looks dishy and drool-worthy yet menacing and loathe-worthy all at the same time. While the story and humour is a fun ride, what will keep you captivated is the way Shetty has captured the beautiful locales of Ooty. Breathtaking! Yes, a lot of CGI is involved, but it is a treat for the eyes so no complaining.

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What’s Not

Ajay Devgn – I expected more from him. Rohit Shetty clearly has his loyalties with the star and he leaves no opportunity to showcase the action hero in all his glory. Apart from references to Singham and Singham Returns in the title song, Shetty also puts Devgn on the same pedestal as Thalapathy Vijay in his introductory action sequence, by playing the song Varlam Varlam Va from Bairavaa.

Isn’t Golmaal all about Gopal and the band of boys? Yet, the others are reduced to sidekicks while Devgn indulges in some unwanted action scenes time and again. He is given no scope to showcase his comic timing and regale his fans in a comedy film.

Parineeti is wasted and has just a few dialogues in the entire film. Another disappointment is the length of the part Neil Nitin Mukesh is given. He is one of the most underrated actors and his villain act in Golmaal Again is on point. This is also the first time the film has a serious, deadly villain, why not more of him? When Shetty wanted to show Devgn as the action hero, why not a face-off with Neil?

Nana Patekar has a cameo. His voice appears much earlier in the narrative and the situations where it’s used will crack you up. The scene where he appears for less than a minute however doesn’t add or take away anything from the film and could have been avoided. Music is okay but doesn’t make an impact. Apart from of course the song Maine Tujhko Dekha, which is a reprised version of the much loved number – Neend Churai Meri from Ishq. So no points there!

What To Do?

Golmaal Again is not a laugh riot. But it has its moments of laughter, making it a fun and entertaining affair that can be watched and enjoyed with your entire family or gang of friends.

Verdict Rating: 3 stars