When was the last time you watched a full-on comedy film with your family, one that was not laced with double-meaning dialogues, loaded with vulgarity and actresses dancing in bikinis? Difficult to recollect, right? It’s no wonder then that Total Dhamaal comes as a fresh change and pleasant surprise. Indra Kumar brings the third instalment of the Dhamaal franchise after a gap of eight years and he did not disappoint.
The plot of Total Dhamaal is quite similar to the first instalment. A man is about to kick the bucket and informs a group of rather crazy people about the Rs 50 crore he has hidden in Janakpur's zoo. Now that the 50-crore worth secret is out, this group has decided on who will get the spoils – the one who reaches the treasure first. So whoever reaches the money first, gets to keep it. But the journey to the cash is through a jungle and that’s where all the fun is.
The film begins on a slow and low note. The sequences fail to evoke laughter and you’re almost lead to believe this is just another run-of-the-mill bore. But as soon as their journey to Janakpur begin, so does the fun. From here on it’s nothing but a laugh riot. There are hilarious sequences along the way, especially the ones featuring Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor. The dialogue writer of the film needs a special mention given that he/she manages to make the audience laugh till it hurts.
Having said that, if you’re looking for logic, this is the wrong movie. Total Dhamaal encompasses an out-and-out comic scene with hilarity at its core. Be prepared to spend a mindless 2 hours and 9 minutes.
VFX has played a major role in the film. Indra Kumar has taken the liberty with the toll and has even claimed that the film has 90 percent VFX. It’s a risk but VFX turns out to be one of the best elements of the film. It's not shoddy and doesn't look fake. So for that, the VFX team deserves applause.
When we met Indra Kumar a few days ago, he told us that Madhuri Dixit, steals the show and he was bang on. Madhuri is simply amazing and her comic timing is unparalleled. Her nok-jhok with Anil Kapoor is the highlight of the film. Speaking of Anil Kapoor, as usual, he’s at his best and he’s proved once again that comedy runs through his veins. Ajay Devgn is known for his comedy in the Golmaal series, and he doesn’t disappoint with this one too. Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jafferi, who are retained from the first two instalments, are also fantastic in the film. But the star we want to put the spotlight on is Sanjay Mishra. Every frame that he occupies, he owns and impresses. Bollywood’s veteran comedian Johnny Lever, even with a small role, is on point. And Apna Bhidu, Jackie Shroff ke awaz hie kaafi hai entertain karne ke liye...
In terms of music, Total Dhamaal offers decent songs. There's a recreated version of Mungda in which Sonakshi Sinha sizzles. There’s also the recreated version of Paisa yeh Paisa which sets the film's theme at the start.
Overall, Total Dhamaal is a clean, bit illogical but entertaining comedy film that you can watch with your family and laugh out loud.