Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Returns?is a sequel to the hit comedy Golmaal that released two years ago. Now that was a fun film. Three actors from that first part are here as well. Shreyas Talpade is an addition to the cast, besides Kareena Kapoor and the other actresses.
In fact this movie starts off quite well. There is a bunch of great dialogue writing here. I can't repeat the lines, given that this is a family show.
But somewhere the crispness of the dialogue and comic timing is lost in the looseness of the film.
Basically the plot centres on Ajay Devgan who plays Gopal, supposedly a sex-obsesso. He has a wife, that's Kareena Kapoor, who is suspicious of his ways. She is heavily inspired by evening soaps that she never misses on TV. Gopal goes missing one night. He has to prove to his wife where he was. He makes up lies. And the plot keeps spinning around in circles. Actually, moving in circles may be a good way to describe this film.
Some jokes do work. But many don't. And one of the problems is that the gags are mostly about the film industry alone. So, say, for instance, unless you've watched Sawariya or Tashan, you are unlikely to appreciate their parodies. Now I don't think too many people watched those films. Or Black, for that matter, is too old a film to be worth a topical farce.
On the other hand, unless you're a reader of film gossip, you wouldn't care about a take on Saif Ali Khan's tattoo with Kareena's name. You're unlikely to laugh head off also on that bit about a pricey Sharman Joshi.
He was there in Golmaal 1. He's not there in Golmaal 2. In fact humour like these tell you how full of itself the film industry is.
Then there's something to be said about a director being his film's first audience. At any over-dramatic or over-comical moment, you can imagine the filmmaker watching it for the first time by the side of the set. He is overwhelmed. He thinks it's a masterpiece. It probably is.
Until it overstays its welcome. That's why you need the objectivity of an editor that this film doesn't have.
So Arshad Warsi plays the fool longer than he should. Tusshar Kapoor exceeds the time limit to his funny mute-act. And too many unwanted characters enter and leave without a reason.
Most funny films save their edited or improvised portions to play alongside the closing credits. Or what they call outtakes. A whole film cannot consist of outtakes unfortunately. Golmaal Returns seems like one of those self-indulgent flicks.