An Indian seaside resort reps the backdrop for manic mayhem in "Golmaal 3."

An Indian seaside resort reps the backdrop for manic mayhem in “Golmaal 3.” This comical Bollywood crowd-pleaser requires no experience with previous installments in the franchise, but director Rohit Shetty packs the pic with Hindi film in-jokes. Pic was the runaway hit of India’s Diwali holiday frame, garnering $7 million domestically in its opening weekend, plus another $3.5 million offshore. Non-Bollywood enthusiasts will be fitfully amused.

At the coastal resort of Goa, two trios of sibling hucksters constantly clash as they try to make a buck out of everything from jet-skis to fireworks. When Daboo (Kareena Kapoor) realizes that the unmarried adoptive parents of each trio, Pritam (Mithun Chakraborty) and Guddi (Ratna Pathak), were once lovers, she plays matchmaker, transforming the pic into a Bollywood “Brady Bunch.” A subplot involving an amnesiac gangster allows character actor Johnny Lever to do his goofy shtick in overdrive. All the thesps have fun, and Kapoor can barely keep a straight face. Helming has the requisite hyper feel, and the ultravivid lensing occasionally shows signs of a tight schedule; stunts have a homegrown look but still provide thrills. Title means roughly “hodgepodge” or “confusion.”

Golmaal 3

India

Production

An Eros Intl. release of a Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision production in association with Eros Intl. (International sales: Eros Intl., Mumbai.) Produced by Dhillin Mehta. Co-producers, Dhaval Jatania, Hiren Gandhi, Rupen Amlani. Directed by Rohit Shetty. Screenplay, Robin Bhatt, Yunus Sajawal.

Crew

Camera (color), Dudley (Nataraja Subramanian); editor, Steven H. Bernard; music, Pritam Chakraborty; lyrics, Kumaar; production designer, Narendra Rahurikar. Reviewed at Cinema 9, Greater Union Burwood, Sydney, Nov. 14, 2010. Running time: 131 MIN. (I: 73 MIN., II: 58 MIN.)

With

Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgan, Mithun Chakraborty, Kunal Khemu, Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Johnny Lever, Shreyas Talpade, Mukesh Tiwari, Sanjay Mishra, Ratna Pathak, Ashwini Khalsekar, Vrajesh Hirjee, Murli Sharma, Vijay Patkar. (Hindi, Marathi dialogue)
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