Director: Indra Kumar

Music: Anand Raj Anand

Lyrics: Anand Raj Anand & Mayur Puri

Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffery, Ashish Choudhary, Kangana Ranaut and Mallika Sherawat.

Jagran rating: (Average)

Storyline: Chal kudiye ni chal chal mere naal, tera mera milna hi double dhamaal…is what Indra Kumar might be singing but he also knows for sure that churning out a ‘DHAMAAL’ sequel is not a comic affair. And the challenge surmounts if the sequel in hand is that of the hit comedy flick ‘DHAMAAL’.

With his ‘DOUBLE DHAMAAL’ offering, Indra can be said to have got it almost right though like any other sequel it fails to meet up to its prequel’s standard. Nonetheless, it does tickle your funny bones with the ludicrous comedy. If DHAMAAL was stupid with its dose of mad fun and comic timings, DOUBLE DHAMAAL is more stupid than funny. But then, there are enough moments to keep the clock ticking.

The four jokers [Arshad, Riteish, Javed, Aashish] reunite to cause a comic riot in the much-anticipated follow-up DOUBLE DHAMAAL. The four boys who have given away all their money to an orphanage and are once again left penniless. Once again they have just one purpose in life: to get rich, any which way.  Just when they are cursing their luck, they come across their accomplice Kabir (Sanjay Dutt), only to discover that he is living a luxurious life. This time the plan entails duping their tormentor Kabir by messing up his personal and professional life.

The entire film operates as one extended con game where most of the chaos is kicked up by the loser foursome. It's one of the most dysfunctional bunches of friends in Bollywood, where each seems to be more stupid than the other.

In the first half, they try to ingratiate themselves with Sanjay Dutt in order to win a partnership in his firm. And the fact that he has a svelte girlfriend like Mallika Sherawat and a siren sister like Kangana Ranaut motivates them further. But when they realize the tycoon has put them in a soup by peddling gutter water in the middle of Mumbai as oil, they know it's time for revenge. Their problem is intensified with the local gangster (Satish Kaushik) hounding them and baying for their blood.  Act two is all about vengeance and one upmanship between the foursome and Sanjay Dutt.

This comic-and-wit contest is so intense that it is unfeasible to single out any one actor as the scene-stealer. Each of them is a born-laugh-raiser. Sanjay Dutt has played his part well while Riteish Deshmukh has done outstanding work and he definitely deserves pat for his acting skills as he entertains in different characters. Arshad Warsi proves again with his excellent comic timing. Ashish Choudhry is also a surprise package. Javed Jaffery contributes to some light moments. Mallika Sherawat fails to create a mark with ‘Jalebi Bai’ but looks glamorous and at ease. Kangnaa has not been granted a role to show her acting ability.

Thumbs up: The jokes and gags are of a much enhanced quality. A few clutch-my-tummy-and-cackle situations are juxtaposed with the regular loud jesting without a glitch. Most significantly, the highpoint of DOUBLE DHAMAAL isn't its script alone. Rather, it is also the imposing chemistry between the boys.

Thumbs down: DOUBLE DHAMAAL is not for those who loathe and abominate desi masala movies and label them 'brain dead' or 'cheesy, low-brow humour'. This one's definitely not for the fastidious, choosy viewer but for those who don't mind losing it for a bit. Performance-wise, the movie clearly shows the guys hogging most of the limelight. The glam quotient which is, Mallika and Kangana, are not being used to their ability and mere look as filler in the movie.

Packed with hilarious moments, amusing gags, witty one-liners and uproarious situational comedy, DOUBLE DHAMAAL lives up to its name and is in a league and genre of its own.A word of caution though, it's outrageous and ridiculous... yet extremely funny and hugely entertaining. DOUBLE DHAMAAL is targeted at the masses who relish crazy frolics. On the whole, DOUBLE DHAMAAL is a seriously hilarious movie that lives up to its title -- it's double DHAMAAL all the way.

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JPN