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Double Dhamaal: Twice the agony


Indra Kumar’s “Double Dhamaal” is a sequel to the 2007 comedy “Dhamaal” and tells the story of four men whose plans to make a quick buck are foiled by their arch nemesis.

The story takes off from where the four, after having donated all the money they won to charity, are back to being jobless and penniless. But when they come across their arch nemesis Kabir Nayak (Sanjay Dutt) and see that he’s rich and successful, they decide to feed off his wealth. Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry, Arshad Warsi and Jaaved Jaafery play the roles of the four friends.

What they don’t know is Kabir is out to double-cross them. He convinces them he has found crude oil in Mumbai, asks them to get investors and then runs away with the money to Macau.

The four friends follow him there and decide to exact revenge.

This is, needless to say, a brainless comedy — one that has plenty of toilet humour, raunchy songs and gags that the filmmakers definitely thought were hilarious — like a kissing scene between two gorillas and people using real blood as ketchup with their fries.

Nothing exciting about ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’


In retrospect, I should have just switched off the television. But I didn’t. I watched “Pyaar Ke Side Effects” in its entirety – barely 24 hours before I was treated to the wannabe version of the film – “Ugly Aur Pagli”.

Naturally, the whole thing was doomed from the start.This is not to say the two films have similar storylines, but the producers and lead actress are the same, and you can’t help get the feeling the second film is trying hard to measure up to the first.