Total Dhamaal Director: Indra Kumar
Total Dhamaal Movie Stars: 2/5
The makers of the third installment of the Dhamaal series starring Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Mahesh Manjrekar and Johnny Lever among others have played safe by rolling out the same concept that we have already seen in Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal with obvious flaws in the writing and the jokes which are limp.
The film opens with a grand title song that introduces the cast, and soon enough, they all bump into each other and work towards a common goal that is to find the hidden booty in a very weird plot.
While everyone is in pairs, one pair that stole the show is that of Javed Jaffery and Arshad Warsi.
Their impeccable camaraderie was impressive. I think they undoubtedly got the best-written roles. Another impressive pair was that of Riteish Deshmukh and his partner as they were rightly hitting the comic notes. Also, his scenes with none other famous comedian Johnny Lever were beyond hilarious. I wish makers had added more scenes of the veteran comic.
Talking about the most vital but poorly performed pair, Ajay Devgn’s and Sanjay Mishra’s performance was limited because of their poorly written characters. Sanjay Mishra constantly refering to Ajay as “bro” will annoy you the most.
The film’s bright spot was 90’s popular jodi of Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. The bickering couple, who are in the middle of their divorce, make the audiences chuckle a bit. But again, their great acting chops and crackling chemistry went in vain in this brainless comedy.
While the first half is still digestible and slightly funny, the second half is super boring, predictable and has weak storyline coupled with shoddy CGI.
Speaking of the moments that one can take home are where Jaaved Jaaferi and Arshad Warsi were trying hard to be good employees at the art gallery. Also, the court drama between Anil and Madhuri was one of the best scenes that gets quite a few laughs.
All in all, director Indra Kumar’s movie missed out on the opportunity to give audiences a comic roller coaster as he promised.
But if you are a fan of the Dhamaal series and don’t want to apply logic and want escapism, then this movie can be a fun watch for you.