One would hardly expect someone of Priyadarshan's caliber to belt out as mediocre a product as ‘Dhol'
especially since his ‘Hera Pheri' is considered an amazing comedy that set quite a few trends some six years
ago. Unfortunately that's what his latest ‘Dhol' is.
The story which cashes in on the latest male bonding trend is about four losers who happen to be friends
(Tusshar Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, Kunal Kemmu, Rajpal Yadav). They are finding it hard to make something
out of their lives.
Whatever they try out ends up flopping badly and one fine day they get the idea that
they can rid of their miseries by wooing a rich girl.
So when Tanushree Dutta's Ritu moves into the
city with her grand father and grand mom, these guys think they have found the perfect girl to pursue. After
their misadventures in the process they find that the lady has come to find out the mystery behind her
brother's suicide there.
They pretend to be friends of the deceased brother and manage to get close
to her. But the plan backfires when the dead guy's friend Payal Rohatgi and the actual villain (Murli Sharma)
A comedy film should invoke laughter naturally and such funny situations are very few in ‘Dhol'. Most of the
situations here are formulistic and inserted forcefully, obviously to make people laugh.
Sharman Joshi and even Tusshar Kapoor have proved their mettle in comedy films but in ‘Dhol' their talents
seem to be underutilized. Rajpal Yadav however remains brilliant here too and shines through with his dumb
act. He does come across as really funny in a lot of portions.
Kunal Kemmu is a talented young actor, and though he experiments with this comic role, this role is not
something which would do him a world of good.The leading lady Tanushree Dutta has nothing extra ordinary to
Moreover it seems she has put on some weight which doesn't help the glamorous character much. Payal
Rohatgi is average. Arbaaz Khan doesn't have anything special to do either.
Murli Sharma's villain is more of a caricature, straight out of formula Hindi films. Rasika Joshi as the screaming
landlady is over the top at times but then it goes with the character. Asrani and Tiku Talsania have small roles
but are in character.
Farida Dadi is okay. But it seems a veteran actor like Om Puri has been grossly
underutilized in the film.
The music is strictly average and apart from the title track none of the songs are foot tapping or melodious
enough. The film is way to long and should have been trimmed to make the proceedings more interesting.
Cinematography is okay.
Whether the film actually finds wide scale appreciation like the recent comic hits ‘Dhamaal' and ‘Heyy Babyy'
remains a doubt. - Sneha Hazarika