Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Ajay Devgan, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Tusshar Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Celina Jaitley & Amrita Arora
Information: Contains comic portrayal of attempted hanging
Running time: 135 mins
BBFC cert: 12A
Release date: 31st October 2008 by Studio 18
Gopal (Ajay) is married to suspicious, television-addicted wife, Ekta (Kareena). One night, he ends up saving Meera (Celina), a damsel in distress. He is forced to seek shelter for the night on board a nearby yacht because of bad weather conditions.
When returning home the following morning, Gopal is cross-examined by a rather apprehensive Ekta. So Gopal makes up a story on having stayed the night with a fictitious friend called Anthony Gonsalves.
Refusing to believe him, Ekta writes a letter of invitation to Anthony at an address made up by Gopal. So Gopal convinces work colleague, Laxman (Shreyas) to pretend to be Anthony. Everything goes according to plan till the real Anthony Gosalves turns up at the doorstep in response to Ekta’s letter.
What’s more, a dead body is discovered at the location where Gopal saved Meera. This makes him the prime suspect in the eyes of inspector Madhav (Arshad) who cannot stand the sight of Gopal.
As his investigation intensifies, so does the confusion and chaos as Gopal is forced to invent a new lie at every instance to conceal the previous lie. This results in some rather compromising and hilarious situations.
Director Rohit Shetty’s aim is to have audiences in splits with a comical narration. But with a weak screenplay, ludicrous jokes fail to generate laughter giving you a feeling of déjà vu from past Hindi films.
Few entertaining moments come from Tusshar Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade showing great comic timing throughout.
The main highlight of this comic caper is Pritam’s musical composition, 'Tha Karke', superbly choreographed, expensively and lavishly shot by Shetty.
Whilst Ajay Devgan evokes some laughs as the helpless husband Gopal, his on screen brother in law, Tusshar Kapoor, outshines everyone as the mute character, Lucky although he appears to go over the top at times.
Kareena Kapoor is charming as the suspicious wife, Ekta whilst Celina Jaitley and Amrita Arora act as able support to on-screen proceedings.
On the whole, full credit goes to all the lead stars in Golmaal Returns for giving us few jokes and gags to laugh about in this movie supposedly to be an all out comic caper.
Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent