PARTNER. HEYY BABYY. DHAMAAL. Now DHOL. It's raining laughathons!
Since almost a decade, Priyadarshan has been specializing in comic capers. Priyan has tickled the funny bone of viewers time and again and in DHOL, the comic scenes override the thrill quotient. The comedy, like always, is targeted at those who appreciate the Priyan brand of humor -- irrational, but funny. The chemistry between the four pivotal characters is tremendous, especially Rajpal Yadav, who's bound to walk away with ceetees and taalis.
Let's look at the other side of the coin! The gangster portions remind one of the 1980s cinema, which has been beaten to death in film after film. These portions are an aberration and the accomplished director should trim them by at least 20 minutes so that the impact created by the comedy track remains intact, not getting diluted in the process.
Yet, in all fairness, DHOL has some hilarious moments to make you beat the dhol once the show has ended!
DHOL revolves around the lives of four friends -- Sam [Tusshar Kapoor], Pakkya [Sharman Joshi], Maru [Rajpal Yadav] and Goti [Kunal Khemu]. The guys are good for nothing with no motivation. But they're bound together by their child-like notoriety and aimlessness.
They all want to make it big in life with the least efforts possible. The four wish to live life on their own terms, leading everyone to nowhere. As a result, each one tries their hand at finding a short cut to success but ends up being in even deeper trouble instead. Things get worse as the four decide to take some desperate measures to end their misery once and for all.
According to them, the only way to get rich without working hard is to get married to a rich girl. Surprisingly, to unlock their fates arrives the rich girl Ritu [Tanushree Dutta] in their neighborhood. All four set out with their individual plans to marry Ritu, but end up discovering a chilling truth.
Inspired by PARDA HAI PARDA, which in turn was a remake of the Malayalam film HARIHAR NAGAR, DHOL has the by-now-famous Priyan stamp on the comic portions. Come to think of it, you expect laughter in generous doses and DHOL doesn't disappoint on that front.
DHOL has several funny moments, but most importantly, they make you laugh as well. The loan sequence at the start [when the four avail of a loan from Tiku Talsania in exchange of gold jewelry], followed by the four pushing Om Puri's car till it falls off a cliff, plus the four spraying water with hose pipes to douse the fire [actually, a havan is taking place inside the mansion] and Murli Sharma enquiring about the dhol from the four are sequences that bring the house down.
On the flip side, the flashback is a big yawn. Plus, Murli Sharma cornering Tanushree and Payal Rohatgi in the mansion is monotonous and only adds to the length. Looks like the editor forgot to use the scissors in those scenes.
Pritam's music is functional. 'Dhol Bajake' is a decent number, while the remaining songs are ordinary. Piyush Shah's cinematography is of standard. Dialogues are funny at times.
The four actors compliment each other very well. But the one who steals the show is Rajpal Yadav, who, with his dumbness, endears himself to the masses completely. He's brilliant! However, that doesn't mean the others are less impressive. Sharman Joshi has always had a great timing for comedy and he proves it yet again in DHOL.
Tusshar looks fresh and gets into the skin of the character skillfully. Kunal Khemu's role is in sharp contrast to his first two films [KALYUG, TRAFFIC SIGNAL] and he proves his versatility by attempting comedy now. Tanushree Dutta's role doesn't have the meat since DHOL is an all-boys show. Nonetheless, she's okay. Payal Rohatgi has a brief role; she's passable.
Om Puri is efficient. Tiku Talsania and Asrani have their moments. Rasika Joshi is in form yet again. She's too good! Farida Dadi [grandmother] does a fine job. Arbaaz Khan is fair. Murli Sharma is good.
On the whole, DHOL is a decent entertainer that has some really funny comic moments. At the box-office, the Priyadarshan brand should ensure impressive footfalls at cineplexes despite the dull period and coupled with its moderate pricing, DHOL should find a place in the director's successful films.
Go, have a laugh!