Farah Khan's Om Shanti Om was the huge Diwali hit of 2007. It was a cute, lovable nostalgia trip back to '70s Bollywood and a kind of a remake of Karz. I guess it takes two or three years for an inspiration to become a big budget movie.
It's kind of weird then how both the Diwali releases this year are set in the 1970s. One of them completely. And the other one, in parts. They are both comedies. Both spoof Bollywood. And in fact, have similar jokes on the movie Ghajini or Saif and Kareena, or Saifeena as we call them.
We'll start with Rohit Shetty's Golmaal 3 of course. The 70s bit here concerns a gentleman called Mithun Chakroborty. He is the disco dancer:
zindagi mera gaana, main kisika deewana... That's what he tells his girlfriend's father. That father is Prem, Prem Chopra.
It's a poor boy, rich girl spoof. And it's the size of an entire movie. It could have been a skit on MTV or Channel V. If it hasn't appeared there already. Actually this whole film could've been a series of second rate gags on a show like Laughter Challenge where guys like Sidhu crack up on anything.
Almost all the dialogues here is a gag on Bollywood or one of the celeb types. If the movie industry had a screening of this film, they'd have the most laughs. For most of us, it gets quite tiring and unfunny beyond a point.
How about a story then? Well, that's inspired from the '70s as well, or Basu Chatterjee's Khatta Meetha, to be more precise.
There's an old man, that's Mithun, who couldn't marry his sweetheart, played by Ratna Pathak Shah. Both remained single forever. Kareena Kapoor plays cupid. She sets up these old people to get married now.
Now the old man has adopted three roughians who stay with him, that's Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor and Kunal Khemu. The old lady has two aged orphans, that's Ajay Devgan and Shreyas Talpade. Both these gangs can't stand each other.
They also have a set each of comic villians behind them. They also have different stories of their own. There are so many stories. The missing link here then is the movie itself. There is nothing to hold it together.
Now, Golmaal 1 was a sleeper hit of 2006. Golmaal 2, a second rate movie, became a hit as well. This explains this third part. It has 6 main actors to juggle around with. Even more comedians. The filmmakers believe if they can have one gag for each actor, few corny dialogues from everyone, they should be set.
Who knows. They're probably right. This is an entertainment starved audience. And it is a festive weekend. After all "Jab Harsha hai toh Bhogle hai. Jab Asha hai toh Bhosle hai." If you can make sense of that line. You can make sense of this movie!