Cast: Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit
Total Dhamaal is the third installment in the Dhamaal franchise. After the second film bombed miserably, the makers pulled all stops and got a star-studded sequel in place that features Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit-Nene, this time.
So is this Total Dhamaal worth your time?
There are bad films, and there are bad films that are so good that you still will laugh while watching it. And then there’s Total Dhamaal. The constant background tune of “paisa” echoes the audience’s thoughts as they realise that they wasted money on this film, not to mention their time.
For starters, the film’s plot is as weak as the bridge that we saw in the promos. But alright, we didn’t expect a storyline that required us to use our brains.
Such films usually rely on strong comedy. Except that Total Dhamaal is as bereft of comedy as the desert that Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffery get lost in. Anyway, let’s cut to the chase. Similar to the first Dhamaal (2007), a dying man reveals that there is a booty of Rs 50 crore hidden in a Janakpur zoo.
And so, a mad chase begins as Ajay Devgn-Sanjay Mishra, Javed Jaffery-Arshad Warsi, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit who play a couple on the verge of divorce, Boman Irani and Riteish Deshmukh begin a mad race to get to the zoo first. However, they have another set of problems waiting for them there. How they overcome them and whether they finally get the money forms the rest of this confusing and haphazard film. There’s a message about animals too, but you have too much of a headache to appreciate it. You feel like facepalming like the monkey in Total Dhamaal.
Along the way, apart from the hazards of fire and water, our cast encounters every possible regional stereotype in the book, involving a Bengali woman wearing the trademark red-and-white saree, because what else are Bongs known for? And there’s a Tamilian too, who spews some gibberish interspersed with Tamil words. Because what is comedy without regional cliches?