2007-11-12 12:17
What it’s about:

Four friends, Sam (Tusshar Kapoor), Pakkya (Sharman Joshi), Maru (Rajpal Yaday) and Goti (Kunal Khemu) want all the fruits life has to offer, but are willing to do nothing to pluck them. One get-rich-quick-scheme after another, the friends seem to land themselves deeper in trouble and deeper in debt. So, with a money-hungry uncle on their trail and a cruel landlord threatening to evict them, the four dream up a scheme to put an end to their problems: marry rich.

The group can’t believe their luck when the beautifully rich Ritu (Tanushree Dutta) moves in next door. But behind her beauty lies a dark, dangerous reality.

What we thought of it:

Priyadarshan has built himself quite a name in the Bollywood comedy business, and his work can be compared to that of Jim Carey's. You either love it or you absolutely hate it. For Priyadarshan fans, Dhol is packed with outrageous gags and side-splitting scenarios. For non-Priyadarshan fans, stay at home, don’t waste your money.

And judging by the above rating, I’m neither a Priyadarshan fan, nor a Jim Carey fan. Dhol kicks off with a bit of mystery. You'll be forgiven for thinking you've walked into the wrong cinema. The movie opens to a drug deal gone wrong, and then jumps ("six months later") to the directionless quartet bumming around.

The next 30 minutes are sluggish with empty comedic scenes confirming Priyadarshan's penchant for the ridiculous. But if you can manage to stay put in your seat for the remaining 120 minutes you might just enjoy yourself as the dark mystery unfolds.

The deal: if stupid funny is your thing, so is Dhol.

- Megan Kakora
A crazy caper packed with lazy lie-abouts, mysterious suicides and ridiculous set-ups

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