Golmaal 3 highlights the story of hatred between two bunches of siblings within a family. One of nature's masterpieces, this is a family that eats together, prays together, lives together and a family that can't stand each other.

A witty romp about the ties that bind.

Golmaal 3 opens with a trailer, kind of. Which is to say, it opens with a 'bang’"¦or at least, a chorus of big smiles. The entire cast takes part in a lengthy song and dance routine, while the titles done up in a 70’s pop-art style, spin, explode and writhe around an explosion of colour and movement. Actually 'colour and movement’, is a really accurate way to sum up the experience of this truly infectious confection of music, comedy and action. Even with subtitles, I don’t think the lyrics of this opening ditty made much literal sense; but I got the gist, which was 'sit back, have fun, we are and you will too!!’.

Since this is the third in a series of films about a family of naughty grown up boys there was also mention in the lyrics about how most of the key cast of the other films has returned. I haven’t seen Golmaal 1 & 2, but based purely on a naïve experience of this movie, the cast are really terrific, multi-skilled performers. This movie certainly asks a lot of them; aside from the aforementioned singing and dancing each one of them have to deliver a comic performance that stretches right across all possibilities"¦ from ironic one-liners, to mime and slapstick.

In terms of plot and story Golmaal takes a very long time to get going but once it starts it takes off and branches into three different directions at once; there’s one plot about a set of brothers, led by Gopal (Ajay Devgn) and gal-pal, Daboo (the very lovely and hilarious Kareena Kapoor) and they’re attempt to get a small business going in the tourist precinct of Goa. Set up as their rivals are the sons of Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty); a trio of low-end but loveable crooks. There’s a third sub-plot about a thief with short-term memory loss and a stolen necklace.

It takes about half an hour to introduce all the characters and then another while to make it clear that in some way they’re all going to connect (which they do in ways that are funny and very sentimental, but more on that later). What’s really impressive about this crazy, messy maze of connections, associations and action is that director Rohit Shetty keeps it moving and makes it coherent. This is, essentially a broad appeal, 'comedy for everyone’, but what’s intriguing about it, is the way Shetty and co. have fashioned a moral about the importance of family harmony, and the need to belong (and manage to hit every stream of their broad demographic in the process). So, instead of the key romance in the film being played out between sexy, virile 20-year-olds, it’s the 50-somethings in the cast who get rushed to the altar.

Still, that’s not to suggest that underneath the playful chaos here is some pretension; the film is boldly unabashedly sentimental about its story. And that meshes with the crude humour; one of the running gags in the movie has Gopal going into violent rages every time someone points a finger at him (which he then breaks and there’s a long lingering shot of a fractured finger, while the victim pulls a cartoon face!) Still, the movie has its fare share of funny one liners; I particularly liked the gag where, by way of warning against the excesses of pride one guy says: 'People who live in glass houses, get dressed in the basement."


2 hours 30 min
In Cinemas 04 November 2010,