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By Joginder Tuteja, November 10, 2010 – 12:21 IST
Golmaal 3 is a hit at the minimum and could well be chartering a superhit route for itself. This also means that the combination of Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty has done well at the box office all over again. It is a known fact that Ajay Devgn and Rohit Shetty bond the best due to their long professional and personal association from the past. Zameen, Golmaal, Golmaal Returns, Sunday and All The Best, Ajay and Rohit have collaborated on each of the six films.
Now with Golmaal 3, the ‘jodi’ has come together yet again and though Rohit is expected to have led from the front in the making of this multistarrer, one wonders whether Ajay also made any special contribution to the film since he is a buddy.
Says Tusshar Kapoor, Ajay’s co-actor in the film, who has been another regular fixture of Golmaal series and also did a special song and dance appearance in Sunday, “There isn’t any particular contribution by Ajay during the making of Golmaal 3. Ajay allows the director to do his job and since Rohit himself comes with a good experience behind him now, there wasn’t any need for that either.”
However, it does happen in the making of a film that due to a great personal and professional rapport shared by the key team members, there is bound to be some exchange of ideas. Also, since Ajay has directed U Me Aur Hum before, has 20 years of acting experience behind him and would be picking up his second directorial venture soon, it is but obvious that he would share his point of view when a film is being made.
“Of course Ajay was giving suggestions; he did share his inputs just like any other actor. However, he wasn’t extending anything beyond that”, Tusshar responds quickly, “He was being laidback and chilling out, as were most of us. Yes, Ajay has been a director himself and also quite close to Rohit. If he would have wanted, he would have had his say. But then that wasn’t required at all since Rohit was anyways so sure about what he was making and working with clockwork precision.”
That should settle all doubts and speculations for good.
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.
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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.
For Golmaal 3, the actor was perched on two cars without cables. The director, Rohit Shetty, is impressed
Devgn is trying to make a name for himself with stunts. With the Golmaal series, he has taken that leap of faith. While in the first part of Golmaal, we saw Ajay Devgn make an entry on a sports bike (a bit of a throwback to his debut Phool aur Kaante).
In Golmaal Returns, we saw him making an entrance balancing on two hummers, but this time with Golmaal 3, Devgn is pulling a stunt which is bigger and better than the last two.
Our source said, “Ajay Devgn will be seen balancing himself on two Dodge cars, one bright pink, the other yellow. But here is the catch. The cars were driven on only two wheels. Balancing on two inclined cars becomes a task, but not for Ajay Devgn. He performed this stunt with ease without a harness or a cable.”
When contacted, Rohit Shetty, director of Golmaal 3, said, “Yes, it is true and the most interesting part was that he used no harness or cable. It took us three days to figure out how it can be pulled off and took us one day to shoot it.”
Kareena Kapoor is pretty excited about her next release Golmaal 3. In Golmaal Returns, she was called Ekta and played the role of a daily soap housewife gone dotty.
Incidentally Tusshar Kapoor played her brother in the second version of the film. Now Kareena will be called Daboo in Golmaal 3.
Incidentally, Daboo is the pet name of Kareena’s father, Randhir Kapoor, in real life. Kareena insisted that her name should be Daboo in the film for emotional reasons.
When contacted, Kareena Kapoor confirmed the news and said, “Yes, it’s funny yet emotional for me. Daboo is the name of my character. She is a total chavanni chaap and Daboo being a fun name, it’s perfect.
I am thrilled as it’s my darling papa’s name and I hope it proves lucky for me. I am sure it will.”
We hope so too!
I’m sexy in the naach-gaana routine, says Kareena
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 30, 2010)
Kareena Kapoor is the only female lead in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal-3 (if you don’t count Ratna Pathak, that is), and buzz is that Bebo had laid down this condition before coming on board the male-dominated comic flick. The flip side to this is that she will be the only one providing the oomph factor to the otherwise arid landscape. And though her character is of a girl who has verbal diarrohea (like a Sholay ki Basanti), the title track of the film has her trademark sizzle. Kareena does a shimmy and shake in harem pants, ganji, and with a lot of bangles that would have the Waka-Waka Colombian sex bomb Shakira reconsider her moves. The actress told BT, “Rohit Shetty has a way of making his title tracks truly interesting. For Golmaal Returns, I turned Cat Woman a la Halle Berry style. The Meoow number that I did went on to become a chartbuster. When it came to G-3, Rohit once again wanted me to be sensuous. He said, ‘Bebo, drop all your defences and let’s do a sexy track.’” The actress was more than willing. “My audience expects me to be sexy and sizzling at least in the naach-gaana routine. So I’ve gone ahead and done hip-shaking, that is a cross between Shakira’s Waka-Waka and Hips Don’t Lie. The choreographer Ganesh Acharya added our Bollywood moves to the track but there’s just this extra hip swing that I think is very hot,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ajay Devgn’s had three back-to-back-hits
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 21, 2010)
He’s Bollywood’s proverbial dark horse, winning bets placed on him more often than most others. And though he had slipped off the radar last year with London Dreams, Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn has since then managed to regain a lot of his lost ground. In 2010, the actor has had a dream run with three backto-back hits — the slice of life comedy Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge, the political drama Raajneeti, and the 70s underworld saga Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai.
The trade estimates that his last three films, that cut across genres, had around Rs 130 crores riding on them and Ajay super-safely delivered. A trade analyst says, “2010 has seen two superstars return to form, one is Salman Khan, the other is Ajay Devgn. One had Dabangg and the other came back with a bang.”
The Aakrosh producer, Kumar Mangat Pathak, says, “Ajay is a very sound box office proposition. I’m particularly happy because in Aakrosh he returns to his original form as an action hero. Though the story deals with the topic of honour killings, Priyadarshan has formatted Aakrosh like a fast-paced thriller. When it comes to action, Ajay has always delivered.”
Ajay himself has virtually had no time to access his professional victories. Says he, “I have been shooting continuously for two years now. After Golmaal Returns (Diwali 2008) I got into my home production All The Best (Diwali 2009). And after that it has been a crazy ride with Atithi… that we wrapped in 50 days, OUATIM and Raajneeti. I’m glad that people have taken notice of my success because I have literally had no time even for a breather. I have five to six releases this year. And even as one film releases, I’m preoccupied with the next one. Of course, when the buzz around you is positive, one knows that the collections are impressive. The assurances that come from the trade and the goodwill of the audience is the only incentive an actor looks for. Also, with success there is a change in the momentum around a star. That having been said, one just continues to do better work each day. Cinema is an on-going process, success only makes the journey more enjoyable.”
On October 1, Ajay will be seen in his fourth release of the year, Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, an investigative thriller about honour killings in which he plays a CBI officer.
After his hat-trick in the first half of 2010, the actor knows that there is huge expectation from both Aakrosh (an actionpacked thriller) and his fifth release Golmaal 3 (a comedy franchise that is very popular). And even as his friends, family and wellwishers stop to celebrate, this action aficionado gets ready to bite the bullet again. For Ajay, the game has just begun.
By Satish Sundaresan, September 14, 2010 – 14:51 IST
What do you call someone who makes no qualms in speaking their heart out? We know that you will say ‘Brave’, ‘fearless’, ‘upfront’… so on and so forth. Well, how about Celina Jaitly? This ex-beauty queen has been someone who has always been known to speak her heart out. Besides that, it’s her role in films like Janasheen, Golmaal Returns, Apna Sapna Money Money, Accident On Hill Road, besides the international film Love Has No Language. Well, the news is that, besides endorsing many social causes, this PYT has now been signed up to endorse Diya, the diamond jewellery brand from the famous Gitanjali group. The jewellery major, recently, unveiled the new TVC as well as the print ad campaign, which is exclusively brought to you by Bollywood Hungama.
Citing the reason as to why the company chose Celina as their brand ambassador, Mehul Choksi, CMD, Gitanjali Group, said, “Celina’s life is a story what dreams are made of- a small town girl wins the Miss India crown, and then goes on to enter Bollywood. Every girl cherishes dreams like this, often starting with the desire to own a piece of diamond jewellery. And Diya is the brand that helps such dreams to come true.”
Speaking about her association with the brand, the gorgeous Celina said, “I love the range that Diya has to offer – unconventional, yet feminine, beautiful patterns that can be worn with both Western and Indian wear. The jewellery designs are very different, very out of this world, very out of your fantasy, something you would really love a Prince Charming to present you with.” Some words that!
The Diya campaign uses ethereal imagery to encapsulate the brand’s tagline – ‘Born of Dreams’. Set against nature it depicts the metamorphosis of the beautiful Diya woman into a dove, peacock etc… as she adorns herself with the jewellery.
With an array of films tucked under her belt for release, Celina surely does live up to the tagline of ‘Born of Dreams’. On second thoughts, knowing Celina (almost) fully well, we feel that Celina is someone who strongly believes in the saying ‘Dream is not what you see in sleep; it is the thing which does not let you sleep’.
What say, Celina?
The actor apparently doesn’t like the way Kajol is positioned in KJo’s latest film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 11, 2010)
It is almost as if Ajay Devgn is discovering new dimensions to his relationship with wife Kajol. If a very reliable trade source is to be believed, the actor is openly singing paens about his wife’s talent. This is rather strange because Ajay and Kajol have been married for 11 years. And neither has gone gaga about each other in public, until now!
Anyway what prompted this diatribe is information saying that Ajay is not happy with the We Are Family promotions.
The source says, “Ever since the first interview for WAF appeared, Ajay felt that Kajol should have been positioned differently from Kareena.”
According to information available, it is said that Ajay feels Kajol (quite obviously) is in a different league as an actress as opposed to the younger Kareena. And so he feels that Karan should give Kajol a different kind of placement in the whole publicity campaign instead of making it seem like Kajol and Kareena are on par.”
BT asked Kajol if she was aware of her husband’s “anguish” and as usual she spoke her mind. “Listen I don’t know if Ajay is anguished or any such thing. If you say that he wants me to be more prominent than Bebo in the WAF campaign, I will understand. After all I’m his wife and he is bound to be biased towards me.”
Kajol even joked that if this matter is true, then she would go home and advise her husband to take up the issue with her best friend Karan. Ajay, in defence of his bias, said, “Kajol is the best actress Bollywood has. I will naturally look out for her interests in every way and in every campaign. But honestly, who am I to complain about how Karan should go about with the publicity of his film? As for me being unhappy with Kajol being placed on par with Kareena, that’s not entirely true. Like I said, Kajol is the finest actress around but Kareena is also very good in her own place. Bebo is a friend. She is also my heroine. I’ve done Golmaal Returns and Omkaara with her. I’m currently shooting with her for Golmaal 3. This is a very sensitive issue. I won’t be a hypocrite and say that I like Kajol and Kareena equally. But I don’t wish to start any controversy.”
Of course, when pushed to say who he would give his vote to, Ajay grinned sheepishly and said, “Kajol. She is terrific.” Guess after Ajay it will be Saif Ali Khan’s turn to pick his favourite. And no prizes for guessing which of the two Ks Saif will choose.
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.