TV Review: Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai

Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai

SAB TV, Monday to Friday, 8.00 pm

Rating: **

Indian television loves to celebrate the idea of marriage, as this is one subject that never fails to entertain viewers. Introduce a shaadi sequence in a show, and it manages to grab eyeballs. SAB TV’s latest offering is a show called Golmaaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai that ‘tries’ to capture the same chaos and humour of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s erstwile blockbuster Gol Maal. The effort has however failed in delivering the result. Atleast, in its first episode.

The show talks about the family of Dhanwantrilal Dhyanchand Dholakia aka 3D (Tiku Talsania), comprising his sister Pari played by Apara Mehta, two brothers, Dhawal-Dharmesh and his niece, Dhwani played by Mugdha Chapekar, an orphan who has been brought up by 3D. The patriarch of the family also a shrewd businessman, gauges everyone in terms of their gunn (personality traits). Being very fond of his sister, his decree to the family members is that no one will marry till Pari, well past middle age, finds her perfect match. And, needless to say, 3D is also against love marriages. With these rules, everyone in the house awaits the day Pari settles down. However, their lives take a turn when Dhwani falls in love with her college friend Sachin (Swapnil Joshi). Dhwani refuses to marry Sachin because of the rules, but Sachin is not ready to let go of his love. In a bid to win over 3D’s heart, Sachin enters their house posing as 3D’s manager and also to act as cupid to the family members.

To begin with, Golmaal Hai Bhai Sab Golmaal Hai boasts of a very unique and interesting plot as the concept of playing around with gunn of people is unheard of. The show also comprises of stalwarts from the comedy business, who to say the least, are the finest actors in the television circuit. The show is produced by Optymix, whose last comic caper Sajan Re Jhoot Mat Bolo was a big success. However, the show lacks lustre and despite the presence of such talented actors, fails to deliver in the acting front. The punchlines are stale and seem out of context for most parts of the first episode. However, the most disappointing is the lead protagonist and talented Swapnil Joshi, who looks plump and too old to play the character of Sachin. A special mention to the opening sequence, where Sachin tries to be a rockstar, singing and dancing on stage and trying to woo the girl he loves at their college’s annual festival. If nothing, the sequence makes for a good laugh. Tiku Talsania is at his comic best but, Apara Mehta seems a misfit in the role of Pari. The make-up and styling of the cast is tacky and could have been a lot better, especially with Swapnil sporting pink ensembles most of the times. With a good plot to back the show, the script leaves a lot to be desired. One can only hope that the show will improve in the near future.

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