Total Dhamaal Reviews (Top Critics)

By Komal Nahta

Guddu (Ajay Devgan) and Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) get news of a huge cash transaction taking place in a hotel room. The two reach there to loot the money but they are in for a shock when they see the police commissioner (Boman Irani) himself involved in the black money racket. The duo manages to fool the police commissioner and escape with the loot money amounting to Rs. 50 crore but their friend, Pintu (Manoj Pahwa), gives them the slip and runs away with the money.

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By Mayank Shekhar (2/5)

The first thing you notice about this Hindi film (or at least I did) is that it plays with English subtitles. Not that most need it; but great relief, nonetheless. For I had returned from the same Mumbai theatre only the evening before, within the first minute of a Malayalam film (a heavily recommended Kumbalangi Nights), having realised that the pic had no English subs, and people were laughing at jokes (presumably), that I couldn't access.

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By Vishal Verma (3/5)

TOTAL DHAMAAL movie has released and here is the movie review. The third installment of the money spinning DHAMAAL film series which gets bigger with the inclusion of Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor, along with the key regulars Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi & Jaaved Jaaferi. Does Indra Kumar take the stakes of laughter and entertainment higher in the third installment/franchise of DHAMAAL? Let's find out in the movie review of TOTAL DHAMAAL.

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By Devesh Sharma (2.5/5)

Borrowing the template of Stanley Kramer's satire on greed, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) director Indra Kumar has made a slapstick comedy that is full of nonsensical situations. Just like the original, a dying man (Manoj Pahwa) lying by the roadside reveals to total strangers directions to his secret cache, where he has ridden 50 crore rupees. This motley bunch includes a couple heading for splitsville, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, disgraced firemen Riteish Deshmukh and Pitobash Tripathy, clueless conmen Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey, as well as robbers Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Mishra, who originally stole the money from a corrupt police commissioner, Boman Irani.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

There is one genuinely giggly moment in Total Dhamaal. It involves some cars, a train, a railway tunnel and lots of silliness. But such unfettered frivolity is barely there in the over two hour long slog of a film. The blueprint is straight out of the first in the series-Dhamaal-which itself owes its existence to It's a Mad Mad Mad World. There's not much by way of plot. The one line script features a bunch of loonies who end up in a zoo in search of some hidden cash.

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By Sukanya Verma (2/5)

Once 'leave your brains behind' served as a sorry excuse to tolerate inane comedies. Now it's an unabashed selling point. It must take enormous self-control to resist a plot and create drivel of such epic proportions while also convincing some of Bollywood's best talents to commit themselves to absolute baloney.

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Johnny Lever, we are all aware that comedy as a cinematic endeavor is the toughest, more so, if the writers don't have anything to chew on. Indra Kumar's third franchise, Total Dhamaal, is a rehash of his earlier films, and, so, has virtually nothing new to offer. It's the same old film made with some fresh faces and largely old timers reprising the same roles they had earlier played. And, as it turns out, the third in the series pales significantly in comparison when it comes to its writing and execution.

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By Rajeev Masand (1.5/5)

We've made peace with the fact that there's a brand of films that requires us to leave our brain at home. But Total Dhamaal, third in the comedy franchise from director Indra Kumar, doesn't just ask you to leave your brain behind, it also expects you to wipe clean your memory before entering the cinema.

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By Umesh Punwani (2/5)

We see Pintu (Manoj Pahwa) giving directions to half the dozen of people for a treasure worthy of 50 crores hidden in Janakpur. For those who are new to this franchise, that basic plot is similar, it's just the makers (don't know why) decide to go chaotic this time. Guddu (Ajay Devgn) and Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) are con-artists who set their eyes first on the reward. They are joined by a couple Avinash (Anil Kapoor) and Bindu (Madhuri), a brother duo Adi (Arshad Warsi) and Maanav (Jaaved Jaaferi) and a fireman Lallan (Riteish Deshmukh).

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By Udita Jhunjhunwala (1/5)

They say the journey is more important than the destination. But director Indra Kumar's adventure comedy (a very, very loose definition) is all about the journey, which is troublesome, even frightening, and all together tedious. So much so that by the time a motley crew of opportunists find their way to a buried treasure, the adventure comedy has begun to feel like a disaster film.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (3/5)

One Word Review... Total Dhamaal: ENTERTAINING. No one is looking for logic here... Focusses on humour and entertainment... First half hilarious... Second half could've been tighter... Loaded with clean humour... Families and kids should like.

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By Nandini Ramnath (2/5)

Indra Kumar's Total Dhamaal, the third in the set of the Dhamaal movies, seeks safety in numbers. The 129-minute comedy has five sets of pairs chasing an ill-begotten stash of Rs 50 crore. Apart from the 10 actors who run up and down, right to left and in circles until they finally get what they want, there are a couple of late-reel entrants who share the screen with a bunch of computer-generated and domesticated animals.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (1/5)

Some actors stand for quality. Ayushmann Khurrana, for instance, distinguishes himself from his peers through his discretion in picking scripts. Having Khurrana on the poster makes us expect something unique and intelligent. By that measure, Ajay Devgn is the Anti-Khurrana, an actor who has become a byword for mediocrity. Devgn can act- he shone in Omkara, Gangaajal, Kachche Dhaage, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam- but over the last decade, he has exclusively traded in movies that make critics like me question our careers.

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The Indian Express
By Shubhra Gupta (1.5/5)

How many men do you require to change a light bulb? Indra Kumar's return to his Dhamaal franchise with a third instalment rejigs this old joke. How many actors do you require to make fools of themselves in order to grab a jackpot? Most of the faces are familiar. Ajay Devgn brings his slo-mo stride to the plot. Err, what's that? Total Dhamaal is nothing but a string of random sequences, shot in water and on land, desert and sky.

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By Rahul Desai (1/5)

We're at a stage in slapstick Hindi cinema where I'm starting to appreciate the Dhamaal franchise for not being the Masti franchise. Not being a sex comedy in this country, however, comes with its own set of problems. Money becomes the central U-rated theme. Adults end up giving diluted adult spins to children's humour. Everyone becomes a Cartoon Network character. Everyone makes faces at the camera as if it were a two-year-old infant.

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By Meena Iyer (2.5/5)

This is Bollywood's third instalment of a copy-cat version of the Hollywood film, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), where some unscrupulous sorts chase a bunch of loot. While the first two Dhamaals had less star-power, for this third one, the makers have roped in the heft of Radhe (Ajay) with two stalwarts, Bindu (Madhuri) and Avinash (Anil). The regulars Lallan (Riteish) and brothers, Adi (Arshad) and Maanav (Javed) also show up in the gag fest.

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By Bollywood Hungama (2.5/5)

TOTAL DHAMAAL is the story of a bunch of greedy madcap characters on an adventure. Guddu (Ajay Devgn) is a small-time conman. He along with his partner Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) gets a tip that a large sum of money is being exchanged in a hotel room. They reach there only to realize that the one receiving the money is the police commissioner (Boman Irani). Nevertheless, Guddu and Johnny rob the money from the commissioner and escape. At this point, their driver Pintu (Manoj Pahwa) double crosses them and runs away with the money, amounting to Rs. 50 crores.

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By Lakshana N Palat (2/5)

Total Dhamaal is the third installment in the Dhamaal franchise. After the second film bombed miserably, the makers pulled all stops and got a star-studded sequel in place that features Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit-Nene, this time. So is this Total Dhamaal worth your time? There are bad films, and there are bad films that are so good that you still will laugh while watching it. And then there's Total Dhamaal.

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By Saibal Chatterjee (1/5)

Total Dhamaal is total duh: a slapstick caper that lurches from one brainless gag to another as a bunch of grownups stop at nothing to outdo each other in making utter fools of themselves. It is a zoo out there, literally. Once they are done with their asinine antics that might have passed off for passable jabs at situational humour if only the screenwriters knew what constitutes screen comedy, the characters wind up in a menagerie where the silent animals - computer-generated and otherwise - seem far more sorted out than the humans who invade the space in search of a missing booty.

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The Times Of India
By Ronak Kotecha (2/5)

Total Dhamaal is the third instalment in the Dhamaal franchise. A hidden booty of 50 crore leads to a mad chase amongst a bunch of greedy and eccentric characters. In them, are a bickering couple on the verge of a divorce, greedy siblings, local goons, a police commissioner and the mastermind of the loot. Will they finally discover the hidden treasure?

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