Directed by: Indra Kumar
Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, Jaaved Jafri, Ashish Chowdhury, Mallika Sherawat, Kangana Ranaut, Satish Kaushik
Double Dhamaal (DD) opens with four goofy, broke, overconfident, foolish and unemployed crooks desperate to make it large. You know exactly what to expect three minutes into the film when Adi (Arshad Warsi), Manav (Jaaved Jaaferi), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Boman (Ashish Chowdhry) are running partially naked in the street – with Manav’s crotch-protecting cardboard saying ‘Out of order’! Writer Tushar Hiranandani has done a good job of weaving many brilliant pieces of ‘con’ already featured in a hajaar British, American and desi TV shows and movies into the film’s fabric. Even the main Rs 1,000 crore con (from the British crime series – Hustle) does not violate your intelligence. It was deliberate.
DD has stuck to its selling point – silly, gaudy, loud, slapstick, cheap, vulgar, mindless gags, impersonations and jokes! The USP of the film is the brilliant and crude disguises and the puns. An example is Boman disguising as beautiful Brabara Gori to lure the bigger thug Kabir (Sanjay Dutt). The story is predictable and quite uninspiring – but that is not why you are going to watch DD. You are going to watch it for performances, for characters Bata Bhai (Satish Kaushik) or the ‘slow’ Manav. The characters are funny and pathetic at the same time!
It is shot mainly in Macau, where Kabir plans another jhol for them to make some more money. His confidants are lover Kamini (Mallika Sherawat) – who does a fabulous job of being herself – and of course, Jalebi Bai; and sister Kiah (Kangna Ranaut) who looks out of place. Although she has a dedicated half hour of crappy romance with boot-polished black Roy with an afro, she is easily forgetable.
Followed are three hours of faltu timepass with nothing intensely sensible to bother you! If this kind of idiotic, ball-bashing comedy doesn’t tickle your funny bone, then avoid DD. But if it does make you laugh, watch it twice! There are many one liners that you can use and multiple pranks that will make you legend- (wait for it) -hairy! Well, the bad joke saga continues outside the theatre as well.
The film’s an assured success because it will hit you either way. It is a light-hearted comedy that will de-stress or distress you. The action, plot and story line are smooth and Benadryl sloppy. Point is, in the end, you will get a high.
Verdict: Fantaboulous! Go watch it and pray that Triple Dhamaal is just as good!