Movie review: Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal


Hundred characters, a few losers, mistaken identities and dreams of a happy harvest amidst a friendly feud – all in a Priyadarshan village. Gettit?

Movie Review:

Bring out your ‘marker pens’ and get ready to ‘check’ if this fits the bill for a typical Priyadarshan comedy. 1. An almost-rural setting. 2. A medley of whimsical character artists. 3. A complex, chaotic parivaar choc-o-bloc with more betas, betis, chachas and chamchas than TV-Land’s epic shows. 4. Stupidly, strictly, slapsticky. 5.

A parallel romantic sidetrack that contributes one sugary spoonful-of-story to this mash-up. 6. A crazed-ending where everyone (from star-to-junior-artiste-to clapper-boy) appears in a mad-melodrama called ‘Priyan’s Climax’… Aaah! KDM makes all these ‘checks’ – Yes! Priyan and his motley crew are back, but this plough of his only reproduces a bad crop.

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Rewind to two friends, David (Om Puri) and Peter’s (Paresh Rawal)fallout, where David went on to marry Mary (Peter’s sweetheart), and they both settled in the same damned village; with the burning issue being a 22-carat gold ‘cross’ stolen from the church (for Christ’s sake!). David’s son, Johnny (Shreyas), called Bakri by all (since he lacks ‘balls’ and bheja; bleat, bleat!), is in love with Peter’s daughter, Maria ( Madhhurima), who has a female bodyguard called Bulbul Pehelwan(Pratima Kazmi), total Dabangg Sallu-style. And while his cranky, overworked baap digs away (like a Mumbai BMC labourer on a normal day) at the barren land; Bakri dreams of being a crorepati soon, by collecting lottery tickets. Enter the silent, brooding, hungry-man-with-no-name (Nana Patekar), who is probably David’s long-lost son (Amen!) or maybe not? He eats like a beast and digs like miner (probably looking for missing parts of this script); dramatically changing the lives of all the Davids, Peters, Repeaters, Bakris and Bulbuls here. Good Lord bless our popcorn!

One thing Priyadarshan doesn’t do is ‘lose the plot’ here; simply because there isn’t one to begin with. With clich├ęd humor that forces more yawns than laughs; blah-lines; Oddball characters and OTT situations; and of course the quintessential item number (Anjana Sukhani) that adds to the fizzle (Cross-our-hearts-and-hope-to-fry).

Shreyas’s character is spineless but he does his best to ‘back’ it. Nevertheless, with such a weak story there’s nothing that can help him win a jackpot. Om Puri attempts to ‘bear the cross’, but there’s no redemption. Nana Patekar puts up a tough-guy act (when was the last time he didn’t?) and walks through the film with a few dialogues (guess, there’s nothing more to say) and a deadpan expression. Paresh Rawal is completely wasted.

Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Om Puri, Nana Patekar, Paresh Rawal, Neeraj Vohra, Madhhurima, Asrani
Direction: Priyadarshan
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 2 hours 27 minutes

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