Director: Indra Kumar
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Boman Irani
Written by: Paritosh Painter, Ved Prakash, Bunty Rathore
TOTAL DHAMAAL is the third installment from the DHAMAAL franchise. It is a story of a bunch of greedy characters on an adventure to find a treasure. Guddu (Ajay Devgn) is a conman; he along with his partner Johnny (Sanjay Mishra), get a tip that large sum of money (50 crores) is being exchanged in a hotel room. When they reach, they find out that the person receiving the money is a police commissioner (Boman Irani). Still without any qualms, they still decide to rob him, they do and they escape. this is when their driver Pintu (Manoj Pahwa) crosses them and decides to run away with the money. Then there are Avinash Patel (Anil Kapoor) and Bindu (Madhuri Dixit) who have been married for more than 15 years and have filed for a divorce. Lallan (Riteish Deshmukh) and Jhingur (Pitobash Tripathy) are firemen who were fired from their job for taking a bribe; Aditya Srivastav (Arshad Warsi) and Manav Srivastav (Jaaved Jaaferi) who are employed in an antiques art gallery by its owner Altaaf (Sudesh Lehri), where Manav ends up breaking a few antiques worth crores. This is when they decide to run away, and if breaking the antiques wasn’t enough, they also steal Altaaf’s high-tech car. They along with Lallan-Jhingur and Avinash-Bindu are on the highway when they see a plane crashing; when they go to the crash site they find out that Pintu was inside that flight. He is about to die when he says that he has hidden the money he stole from Guddu at a zoo in Janakpur, which is almost 400 odd kilometers from the site. Guddu tells them to back off as that is his money, but this is when the others threaten that they’ll go to the cops and tell on him and that’s when he comes up with a plan saying whoever reaches and gets that money first will be the sole owner of that money. This is how the chase for the money begins and this forms the rest of the film.
The film opens with a bang. The entry scenes are really nice and they make you laugh. The film though, was lame and it seemed a lot of things were copied from the previous parts but the it does manage to entertain you despite it being predictable. While the plot was a little weak, the actors do pick the film up, especially Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. While the film doesn’t tickle your bones as much as one would have wanted, it has its moments and it doesn’t completely let you down. This makes for a proper ‘leave your brains at home’ film.
Technically, the film is good. Cinematography by Keiko Nakahara is decent and he does well. Editing by Dharmendra Sharma was good but it could have been better. The VFX in the film were okay; it is good in a few places and it is a letdown in some. The script seemed a little weak and predictable. The background music by Sandeep Shirodkar went well with the film. The music of the film is decent with Speaker Phat Jaaye being the pick of the lot.
Performances from the cast were great. Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit seem energetic as ever. Their on screen chemistry takes you back to the old days and the bring out the most laugh out loud moments in the film. Anil is hilarious and Madhuri hits all the right comic notes. Ajay Devgn is brilliant and his expressions are great. Sanjay Mishra is great. Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey like their partnership in the previous instalments entertain the audiences well but you just feel they were limited. Riteish Deshmukh does good with his character. Boman Irani is decent. The rest of the cast offer abled support.
Indra Kumar has made an entertaining film but it couldn’t reach its potential nor the audiences’ expectations. There was a lot that could have been done with this cast at hand and he does get good performances from them as well but fails to hit it out of the park with this sequel.
At the box-office
The film has taken a fantastic start with great numbers in key territories. Masses are going to lap this one up.