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Priyadarshan's Dourly Dhol: A Review
When one of the biggest production houses in India joins hands with one of the most commercially sought after directors, Priyadarshan, the expectations are huge. However, Dhol has too many loopholes in it to hook the audience.

THERE ARE movies that lure you to a cinema hall just because of the appealing promos; Dhol is one such movie.

Pitched as a comic entertainer to the audience, the film has hardly any comic moments. The tomfoolery of the four leading characters in the film is dour and fails to tickle.

The film opens with the killing of a goon. The murderer is a wannabe bhai, Zigombo (Murali Sharma). It is revealed in the end that he wants his Dhol.

With the opening and the end revealed; does anyone care for the middle? Still…

The intended funny four – Tusshar, Sharman, Kunal and Rajpal - try every trick in the book to earn a decent living; but all their endeavors leave them sour. As a last ditch effort they want to pataao an ameer baap ki iklauti ladki (only child of a wealthy father). How sane considering the inane situations film throws at the unsuspecting audience!

Then enters the trio of dada (Om Puri), dadi (was it Vinita Malik in bad wig?) and poti (Tanushree Dutta).

Dadu’s grandson, Rahul (Abhimanyu Singh) has been bumped off by the baddie Zigombo for the Dhol. The baddie bumps off Rahul’s fast friend, Jai (Arbaaz Khan) too.

So, after lots of intrigues, everything is set right in the climax; including the rigmarole of the entire cast, which has become a trademark of Priyadarshan these days.

The best act in the enterprise comes from Sharman Joshi. He acts freely and proves yet again that he knows the art of comic timing. Tusshar is aptly cast and does justice to the role. Even Rajpal Yadav delivers. It is Kunal Khemu who spoils the pack. He seems uneasy with comedy and it shows on the screen. He was in much better form in Kalyug.

The part of Ritu played by Tanushree Dutta needed a certain chutzpah and oomph, which is just not there in her; though Payal Rohatgi is a perfect cast for Sophie.

Two actors seem to be lost in the course of the movie - Om Puri and Arbaaz Khan. There is no clue to their role in the film. One wonders what made them do this film in the first place?

Asrani overacts big time and his loud mannerisms grate on the nerves of the audience. The same holds true for Tikku Taslania too.

The production design of the film matches with the mood of the film. Music could have been better. Apart from the title track, none of the songs leave any mark. Even the title track could have been better choreographed. It seems that Pony Verma needs a shake.

In my book, it is the worst movie directed by Priyadarshan. My rating is three out of ten.


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