Indra Kumar’s Dhamaal did not create the ripples it was expected to. Would the sequel ‘Double Dhamaal’ double the boredom or double the fun? Thankfully, it is the latter.
Maruti Pictures and Reliance Entertainment’s Double Dhamaal is a good improvisation of its predecessor. The only Bollywood release this Friday, the film is a continuation of the first part where Boman (Ashish), Adi (Arshad), Roy (Riteish) and Manav (Javed) are four friends who want to make big money the easy way. In the previous film, they hit the jackpot when they locate the money stashed away by a deceased don (Prem Chopra). However, they end up donating all the money to an orphanage and are back to day dreaming about money and a life of wealth and extravagance.
While they struggle to make money, they see their rival Kabir (Sanjay Dutt) living the life of a successful business man. Jealous, they enter his office and home to find a way to hone in on his profits. Thus, starts the humorous story of the four friends who are outwitted by Kabir, his sister Kiya (Kangana Ranaut) and girl friend Kamini (Mallika Sherawat). Wanting to escape the mess they are in, the four land up miles away in China’s gambling city Macau, right outside the casino bought by Kabir using the money he had cheated the four out of. Angry, Roy and gang set out to outwit Kabir and become billionaires.
With hits like Beta, Dil and Masti, Indra Kumar’s ‘Double Dhamaal’ is well directed with humor running throughout the film leaving the audience laughing all along. The jokes in this film are well timed making it a decent entertainer.
Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey are brilliant with their expressions and timing. Riteish Deshmukh and Ashish Choudhary stand out as good performers in this film. Sanjay Dutt does not hold the attention of the audience as he did in Munna Bhai MBBS. Mallika Sherawat has given a good performance and sizzles on the screen with her item number ‘Jalebi Bai’. Last and the least, Kanagana Ranaut is passable.
The film’s ‘Oye- Oye’ track is already topping the charts on music stations and television channels, especially due to its famous Oye Oye tune from the yesteryear film, ‘Tridev’. ‘Jalebi Bai’ is a nice peppy track that is also sure to rock the dance-floors. As I had already mentioned, the song also owes its popularity to the moves of Mallika. Both the songs are well choreographed. Anand Raj Anand and Ganesh Acharya do not impress otherwise as the music and choreography in the rest of the film fall flat. The background music is good in pieces, especially when it adds to the comic element in the film.
Technically, the film scores well. The drama and action sequences have been well choreographed and shot. Camera work is laudable especially in the way the above mentioned songs have been shot. Editing and sound effects support the screenplay making this a better version of Dhamaal. Hopefully, the next sequel ‘Total Dhamaal’ will be even better.
If you won’t be spending too much on the tickets, Double Dhamaal is a decent entertainer worth a watch this weekend.
Verdict: Dhamaal Doubled up.