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By Taran Adarsh, November 9, 2010 – 08:33 IST
Bollywood is full of surprises. Samir Karnik is going through a rough patch. Ditto for Deols, especially Sunny and Bobby Deol, who haven’t tasted success for a while now. But the promo of Karnik’s YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, starring Dharmendra, Sunny and Bobby Deol, which was launched last week, has been received exceptionally well by viewers across the globe.
What’s interesting is that people on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, who are really hard to please when it comes to Hindi movies, have reacted very, very strongly to the first promo of YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA, showering lavish praises on message boards/FB status/tweets. This faction of cinegoers had reacted similarly to DABANGG sometime back and with YAMLA PAGLA DEEWANA winning unanimous praise, one expects the film to live up to the expectations when it releases in January 2011.
By now we are all well-versed with Rohit Shetty cinema. All his films bear the stamp of total madness, total fun and lots of entertainment. No wonder his films are seen ideal for Diwali release, when the mood is upbeat. Golmaal 3 too arrives today, on a Diwali, with hugest expectations. This is India’s officially first trilogy (if one doesn’t count My Friend Ganesha series) and the need was a product which would meet all the expectations attached to it. Fortunately, Golmaal 3 fulfills all those expectations! The film is entertaining and funny from the word ‘Go’. Unfortunately, there are some glitches but the pros compensate for these minor flaws and overall the film just rocks!
The story of the movie: Gopal (Ajay Devgn) lives with his brother Laxman (Shreyas Talpade), friend Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) and mother Guddi (Ratna Pathak Shah). On the other hand, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty), a bus driver, stays with his sons-Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Lucky (Tusshar Kapoor) and Laxman (Kunal Khemu). Sons of both Pritam and Guddi can’t stand each other and there’s intense hatred between them. However, what no one knows is Pritam and Guddi were lovers once upon a time who couldn’t marry due to existing circumstances. When they meet after many years, they decide to rekindle their relationship. With Daboo’s persuasion, they get married without Guddi’s sons knowing that Pritam’s sons are the ones they hate and also the other way round. To find out what happens when they find out the bitter truth, watch the film!
It’s evident that Golmaal 3 wasn’t an easy film to make. There were as many as 8 important characters and numerous side characters. Forget the sidekicks, giving adequate screen space to each of the principal characters is a daunting task. However, the writers and makers succeed in doing so. Each character is unique and gets proper time to display their histrionics! Secondly, the director (Rohit Shetty) was helming the part 3 of a successful series. Although Golmaal 1 was successful, Golmaal 2 was thrashed by some for its not-so-interesting humour. Shetty and his team have learnt from their mistakes and appropriate care is taken to come up with a script which inspite of being illogical, is entertaining and tickles the funny bone!
Like all Rohit Shetty films, Golmaal 3 too begins with the title track. There are many scenes that truly stand out. Ajay and team screwing up Arshad team’s business twice and unintentionally destroying their own was too good. The entire flashback of Mithun-Ratna was brilliant and it was told in typical 70s-80s style with retro sets and background score. The best part of the 1st half was when the sons of Mithun and Ratna find the truth and the madness that follows. Just amazing!
Post-interval too the fun doesn’t subside. One of the finest sequences here was both the sibling teams threatening one another without mouthing a single word. It was truly very witty and of course totally hilarious! The emotional drama that erupts was fortunately very well treated. The climax was where the film could have hit a sixer. It was a bit thanda compared to the madness that it succeeded. But nevertheless, it entertains and you come out with a smile!
In Golmaal Returns, it was Shreyas who took away the cake. Here’s its none other than Ajay who’s undoubtedly the best performer of the film! His looks are killer and he carries out the role of hot-headed weirdo with elan. A versatile actor is one who is able to come up with a unique performance in each of the film of the same genre. Ajay succeeds very well in doing that! Hats off!
Kareena Kapoor has never attempted something like this before and she too comes out with flying colours. Even as a tomboy, she looks so hot and this is a considerable feat! Tusshar outperforms everyone in many of the scenes. Also in the only emotional sequence of the film, it’s him who rocks! Great work! Arshad Warsi who was very badly sidelined in Golmaal Returns gets a meaty role in Golmaal 3 and like everytime, gives a fabulous performance. Shreyas Talpade’s stammering act was funny but only at some places. Kunal Khemu brings the house down with his class dialogues!
Mithun Chakraborty gives an honest performance. He’s at his best in flashback scenes and when he makes a signature move in Apna Har Din song! Ratna Pathak Shah too comes up with a fine performance. Johny Lever was just brilliant and will surely be loved for his antics! Watch out for him! Mukesh Tiwari (Vasooli) is funny when he abuses the cop. Murli Sharma (cop) is there in 3 scenes, all of which are very funny. Viju Khote, Ashwini Kalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra don’t get much scope.
Pritam’s music isn’t topping-the-charts kind but suits well to the mood of the film. The title song, Ale and Apna Har Din are likeable. Sanjoy Chowdhury’s background score is terrific especially in action scenes and the aforementioned dialogue-less significant sequence! Dudley’s cinematography gave a fresh and festive look to the film. Jai Singh Nijjar’s action was good although Rohit Shetty should curb the scenes of exploding cars!
Story although bit inspired from old films was well-written. Same for screenplay (Yunus Sajawal) although Yunus could have been a bit imaginative in the climax. Dialogues (Farhad-Sajid, Bunty Rathore) were one of the best things about the film! Especially the ones mouthed by Kunal are simply fantastic!
Finally, Rohit Shetty once again comes up with a winner! The director had gone a bit off-track with Sunday and Golmaal Returns but came back on track with All The Best and now Golmaal 3. As mentioned earlier, the expectations associated with this flick were huge but fortunately, he satisfies all of them. He could have still come up with a better product. But still no complaints as the film entertains like hell. Keep churning out such nice entertaining films RS!
Some of the best scenes:
1. First face-off between the two sibling gangs
2. Pappi (Johny Lever) on the jetski
3. Pritam’s flashback
4. Daboo persuades Pritam and Guddi to marry
5. Daboo persuades the siblings for Pritam-Guddi’s marriage
6. Madness just before the intermission (excellent!)
7. Pritam as the ghost
8. Facebook the dog bites Pritam’s bum
9. High-voltage emotional drama between the siblings
10. The climax
On the whole, Golmaal 3 is a great entertainer which has released during the right time of festival and celebration! It is loaded with tons of masti and madness. Just like every other Rohit Shetty film, don’t look for sense and logic and you’ll definitely enjoy the ride! Enjoy!
AND WISHING ALL THE READERS A HAPPY DIWALI AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!
My rating-**** out of 5!
By Taran Adarsh, November 4, 2010 – 12:28 IST
Brand GOLMAAL is back again. Its equity continues to soar upwards. Naturally, every film of this franchise carries the burden of humungous expectations. Touted as India’s first-ever trilogy, GOLMAAL 3 [G-3], the third installment of GOLMAAL and GOLMAAL RETURNS, promises to mesmerize, tickle your funny bone and entertain moviegoers of all ages. G-3 promises to be bigger, better, funnier and far more entertaining and amusing than the first two parts.
There’s a flipside of having a thriving brand. No matter how hard you try, comparisons with the earlier parts are inevitable. The question everyone’s keen to ask is, does it supersede the forerunners in terms of entertainment? The best thing about G-3 is that it lives up to its undertaking of amusing you from the word go, till the very culmination. From inception to conclusion, save for a few lax moments, G-3 is high on fun and entertainment quotient.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
By now one is well versed with Rohit Shetty’s funda: Come, have a blast at the movies. Frankly, there’s no word called ‘logic’ in Shetty’s cinematic dictionary and the moviegoer too has attuned himself/herself to Shetty’s high-on-entertainment laughathons. I’ve often said that comedy is serious business and a director attempting one has to walk a tightrope. But Shetty has mastered the art by now and G-3 proves that when it comes to entertainers, he’s amongst the best in the business.
Final word? G-3 rocks! It may not go down in history as the best side-splitting entertainer ever made, but it should go down in history as the first trilogy that would pass the audience test with flying colors. G-3 raises the bar for G-4, what say Mr. Shetty?
G-3 highlights the story of hatred between two bunch of siblings. Ajay Devgn [Gopal] lives with his brother Shreyas Talpade [Laxman], mother Ratna Pathak Shah [Geeta aka Guddi] and best friend Kareena Kapoor [Daboo]. Their world collides with another trio, Arshad Warsi [Madhav], Tusshar Kapoor [Lucky] and Kunal Khemu [Laxman].
Arshad, Tusshar and Kunal’s father Mithun Chakraborty [Pritam] and Ajay and Shreyas’ mother Ratna Pathak Shah decide to rekindle their relationship and with Kareena’s persuasion even get married. But there’s a problem: The kids detest each other. To complicate matters further, there’s a thief Johnny Lever [Puppy] and his henchmen [Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra] and a necklace that’s hidden somewhere.
Two things. One, before watching G-3, I had felt that focusing on eight main characters would lead to chaos only as there would be no scope for character development. But I was proven completely wrong because each character is well etched out and by the time the movie concludes, you don’t feel that the show belongs to ‘x’, while ‘y’ was sidelined. The movie belongs to everyone!
Two, it’s said that G-3 is inspired by Basu Chatterjee’s KHATTA MEETHA [1978; starring Ashok Kumar and Pearl Padamsee], Umesh Mehra’s HAMARE TUMHARE [1979; starring Sanjeev Kumar and Raakhee] and the Hollywood film YOURS, MINE AND OURS , wherein an elderly couple, having their own kids, decide to live under one roof. Rohit Shetty and his team of writers [screenplay: Yunus Sajawal; script consultant: Robin Bhatt] may be inspired by these films, but they have given G-3 a completely different flavor and dimension altogether. The writing, I wish to forewarn, defies logic, sense and reason, therefore one has to go with the flow. It has a skeletal plot, but is packed with jokes, jibes, pranks and of course, stunts/action [Rohit Shetty's movies are incomplete without cars being blown to smithereens].
The casting of Johnny Lever as the absentminded and scatterbrained thief is a master stroke. The writing, execution and portrayal of this part must’ve been an arduous task, but what comes across on screen is remarkable. In fact, this track would work wonders with the audience, especially those who swear by the Johnny Lever brand of humour. Johnny’s sequence on the water scooter, to cite an instance, is sure to bring the house down. Besides the sequences involving Johnny Lever, I’d like to single out yet another sequence that shows the siblings threatening each other. It’s a sequence without words but a super background score [Sanjoy Chowdhury], with the siblings trying to threaten one another with every possible thing in the house – be it a cactus plant or a rose, be it a tomato or a pumpkin, while their parents [Mithun and Ratna] watch HUM SAATH-SAATH HAIN on TV. Also, Kareena’s pet dog called Facebook trying to get the bone out of Mithun’s pocket is bizarre, but will be loved by the hoi polloi. Prepare to laugh your guts out in the above-mentioned scenes.
Any hiccups? The climax could have been a little more imaginative. It follows the trademark Priyadarshan style of getting together the entire cast, including supporting actors to villain sidekicks, for the finale. No issues with that, but a more innovative and ingenious finale would have only proven the icing on the cake.
Relying more on treatment than content, G-3 has the by-now-famous stamp of Rohit Shetty all over it. The director gets ample help from writer Yunus Sajawal and dialogue writers Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore [additional dialogues]. The screenplay doesn’t give you time to think, while the dialogues are truly funny at most times. As the third installment in the GOLMAAL series, G-3 has a lot to live up to and so does the soundtrack [Pritam]. ‘Golmaal’ is fun, while ‘Ale’ moves at a feverish pace. Cinematography [Dudley] is perfect, while the action scenes [Jai Singh Nijjar] are exciting.
Like I pointed out earlier, every actor in the film contributes his/her bit in making this fun ride enjoyable. Yet, I’d like to single out Ajay, who goes for a grungy makeover. The rugged style, diamond ear studs, tattoos and cropped hair suits the hyper character that he portrays. He’s excellent. Another well-written character is of Kareena, who fits in so well with the boys. She looks every bit the tomboy she is expected to be. She’s matchless. Tusshar gives a brand new dimension to the character he has learnt so well to portray. He is sure to have the audience in splits with his class act. I’d also like to single out the emotional sequence, which Tusshar performs with gusto. Arshad oozes sufficient confidence to carry off the role, while Shreyas and Kunal are wonderful as well.
Mithun Chakraborty and Ratna Pathak Shah are genuinely lovable, while Johnny Lever is simply fantastic. Ditto for his henchmen, enacted by Vrajesh Hirjee and Sanjay Mishra. Mukesh Tiwari, Murli Sharma, Vijay Patkar, Viju Khote and Ashwini Kalsekar lend very good support. Prem Chopra is superb in a cameo.
On the whole, GOLMAAL 3 is an ideal fun ride with thrice the enjoyment and gratification, thrice the magic and thrice the hilarity. Go on, have a blast and make this Diwali thrice more entertaining for you. An out-and-out entertainer, it’s sure to light up the celebratory festive mood.
Prithwish Ganguly | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 5, 2010)
The Walt Disney Company (India) is on an ambitious plan of building a family entertainment brand in the country. Disney continues to touch more Indian kids and families each day through its best-in-class entertainment. Its stories and characters are universal and resonate well with Indian audiences just the way they do with the fans world over. Its movies are all about story telling with family values that evoke friendship, optimism, fun, and a sense of oneness. They inspire and remain timeless for generations. The company continues to remain focused on technology, creativity and innovation in content while reaching out to newer platforms. Starting with Do Dooni Chaar (starring husbandwife duo Rishi and Neetu Kapoor), Disney’s first live action Hindi movie, fans will now be able to buy all future Disney movie tickets, local and Hollywood, on Facebook. This new application reaches out to its audience wherever they are and provides them a convenience to enjoy the movies while connecting with friends on social networks. They can book their tickets on the portal while ‘poking’ a friend and also invite their buddies and family to watch the much-awaited Disney movies with them.
What’s fun is that they can inform all their friends with just a click that they will be watching the company’s movies each time they book tickets on the site. It’s the next level of social interaction along with an ease of staying at home and booking Disney movie tickets whenever and from wherever to avoid queues at cinemas. So, join the Duggals (Rishi-Neetu) at a cinema near you from a computer nearest to you, this Friday!
Spot the difference as the latest Anjaana Anjaani poster harks back to DD days with its uncanny resemblance to Vikram aur Betaal
More than 20 years ago, a tele-serial captured the fancy of a generation fed on a healthy dose of myth and mythologies complete with eye-popping visuals an ear-splitting sound effects (remember this was in the 80s).
Vikram Aur Betaal, based on the strange relationship between a resolute king (Arun Govil) and a crafty spook (Satish Shah), may or may not have inspired a chic love story between two strangers in 2010 New York. But this image, put together by a certain Gaurav Ganoo is all the rage on Facebook.
Nearly 5000 people have liked it, countless others have shared it and on the last count nearly 800 comments have been posted on the image.
Some people think Priyanka and Ranbir would make for a great new-age Vikram-Betaal. In fact it is not difficult to imagine Piggy chops mouthing those famous lines: Jawaab de nahi toh mein tere sar ke hazaar tukde kar dunga, even as a solemn Ranbir tries to keep a straight face. There are yet others who have taken pot shots at Bollywood’s lack of inspiration and original ideas.
We say, since Bollywood often ridicules but rarely laughs at itself, maybe it’s time to lighten up a little – spooky style.
As the wily Betaal would have said: Tu bola aur main chala hahahahahahaha….
Anurag Kashyap has been harrowed by an imposter, who has a not only opened fake accounts by his name on Twitter and Facebook, but also by his next film That Girl In Yellow Boots. Using these, the impostor has been interacting with various acquaintances of Anurag’s.
Anurag, who is not at all amused, wants to track him down with the help of cyber police. He plans to file a complaint as soon as he returns from Toronto from the screening of That Girl In Yellow Boots starring his girlfriend Kalki.
Anurag, whose real Twitter id is ankash1009, speaks from Toronto, “This guy is really bothering me. He has many accounts all over the place. His twitter handle is imanuragkashyap. He also has a Facebook account in my name and I guess he does all that using a mail id that must be fake too. He is setting up meetings using this fake id. Till now it was okay but now the guy is getting out of hand. He is interacting with someone like Taran Adarsh with whom I don’t see eye-to-eye. Tejaswini Kohlapure has been talking to him.”
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, August 21, 2010 – 12:04 IST
His fervent updates on the popular networking site Facebook was gesture enough to indicate how much the Leh disaster made him feel. Aamir Khan, who shot the last few portions of his blockbuster 3 Idiots in an existing school in Leh, was stricken with grief and worry after the Leh cloud burst. On August 9th, he updated, “Just spoke to a journo friend who informed me that there were no casualties in the school in Leh, which is a big relief. By tom I should be able to make contact with Principal. Fingers crossed.” Once again on August 10th he updated, “Just spoke with Mr. Prasad, the Principal at the school in Leh. Big relief after speaking with him. Am trying to go there.”
Sure enough Aamir along with Hindustan Construction Company reached Leh to reconstruct the Druk White Lotus School located in Shey, 15 kms on the Leh Manali highway. The school was almost in a dilapidated state after the mudslide.
HCC India has deployed heavy equipment and manpower of some 75 people along with several engineers to put Druk White Lotus School back together. It’s extremely admirable the way Aamir feels duty bound towards the school and its children and is taking personal interest to do his bit.
The actress is working with rising star Brian White in a film titled The Politics of Love, set during the Obama
|Brian White and Mallika Sherawat|
Well, this one is for those who were skeptical about Mallika hanging out in Los Angeles.
The sultry seductress it turns out is acting in a film called the Politics of Love with Brian White. It’s about a romance between a black Republican (White) and an idealistic, Obama-worshipping Democrat (played by Mallika), set during the 2008 US Presidential election in which Obama, making history. And opposites as they say attract (check out the poster).
Brian White is an African-American actor, dancer, football player, lacrosse player, stock broker and youth activist.
And quite a star on the rise. And from the photos we have here the on-screen chemistry between the two seems to be quite palpable.
Mallika for her part has been quite clear that she has been wanting to have an international innings with her career.
Likewise, in keeping with her spirit of ‘flaunt what you’ve got’ Sherawat has certainly made the most of the star-spangled banner; there are many photographs and stills of it covering her sizeable assets.
The film is currently under production and has a Facebook page that enjoys a fanbase of around 500 admirers.
The page also has photo stills of the film in progress. After the hissy naagin avatar, this seems like a pretty slick move. Incidentally, one of the producers is a Vikram Singh Lamba. Mallika was Reema Lamba once, but that must just be a coincidence…Or it could be the politics of love!
The actress will be seen with a pet dog named after the networking site, in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal 3
Though not on any of the networking sites herself, Kareena Kapoor will walk around with a pet dog called Facebook, in her next Golmaal 3.
Apparently director Rohit Shetty has named the dog Facebook. The dog belongs to the Boxer breed and was seen earlier in All The Best.
A source reveals, “Golmaal 3 is funnier than Golmaal Returns, in which Kareena’s role was a spoof on Ekta Kapoor. In Golmaal 3, she plays a tomboy and has a pet dog called Facebook.
Kareena will sport a lot of t-shirts with funny one-liners written on them like, ‘Crime master gogo’, Mogambo khush hua’ to name a few.”
Rohit found the name Facebook ideal for the dog and thought it will be popular with the audience.
|Rohit Shetty with the dog|
The source adds, “When Rohit mentioned the idea of naming the dog so, the entire cast was in splits but they all loved the idea.
In fact, the director has decided to name his first pet Facebook, if he ever keeps one that is.”
Whether Facebook will accept Kareena’s friendship requests, depends entirely on how good she is with animals.