‘Total Dhamaal’ is a misadventure and hardly funny at all

Director: Inder Kumar

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra and Pitobash

Rating: *

Inder Kumar strikes back with his third in the Dhamaal series and one can safely say this must be the silliest and the most mindless of its earlier counterparts, and that in itself is a feat.

The director is armed with a fleet of actors (Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra and Pitobash) playing assorted characters. All of these eight characters are chasing a Rs 50 crore loot hidden in a zoo.

The money belonged to a corrupt police commissioner (played by Boman Irani) and he’s hot on the heels of these eight characters. With an ensemble cast like that, one would expect a riot, but unfortunately, bad quality writing and a mediocre execution brings the film down, thus making this adventure comedy, a misadventure and hardly funny.

Good lines, however silly, is the backbone of any slapstick comedy, but Total Dhamaal can hardly boast of those barring a few stray ones here and there. 

It’s a pleasure to watch Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit together who play a warring Gujarati married to a Maharashtrian couple. Unfortunately, the talented duo seemed stuck in an awful situation which make even them look like a caricature of themselves. The scenes between the Johnny Walker and Ritesh Deshmukh and a few between Jaaved Jaffrey and Arshad Warsi are chuckle worthy but when subjected to two plus hours of otherwise mind-numbing exercise, they seem too little and far in between.

Ajay Devgn can now sleepwalk through the character which is similar to the many that he’s played before. Sonakshi Sinha has too brief a role and unfortunately she is part of the assassination by recreation of the iconic song Mungda…

The unbelievably shoddy execution of some scenes gives you more unwittingly hilarious moments than the intended ones. There are cars, helicopters and other assorted vehicles blown up and brought down by fire and if that catches your fancy, please go ahead and watch this film. If not, I recommend catching Dhamaal instead if you are anyway in a mood for brainless fare.