Even after the wear tear of 3 Decades of awful remakes and annoying references in multiple comedy films, Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1979 cult classic Gol Maal stands even taller on the merit of its uncompromised story and pure and heartfelt comedy. The versatile director’s take on Comedy in Gol Maal is purely based on the faked identity and situational moments. There are certain scenes where the impromptu acts of the brilliant actors make it a hilarious experience. Gol Maal still remains to be one of the most revered comedy films in the history of Hindi film history.
Gol Maal is based on a superbly written script. It’s a story of Ramprasad a recent college graduate who finds a job with a finicky man Bhavani Shankar, who believes that a man without a mustache is a man without a character. As the story further unfolds Ramprakash finds himself tangled in complex web of lies. He starts making stories to cover up his lies and finally his every lie compels him to lie further. The story unplugs pure and simple humour and entertains us to the fullest extent.
Gol Maal proves it again that humour can be created with a very simple story and some brilliant acting and one need not to be sleazy or mucky in order to bring smile into the viewers’ faces. The acting department of Gol Maal is so enriched having the likes of Utpal Dutta, Amol Palekar, Bindiya Goswami, Deven Verma and Dina Pathak. Just about everyone contributes to this brilliant sitcom. But the duo of Utpal Dutta and Amol Palekar were just too good. The comic timing of Utpal Dutta was so immaculate that certain scenes have become immortal in our heart. The direction of the master is flawless and the music is outstanding.
All in all Gol Maal is a perfect example of how a comedy film should be made. This is one of my all time favourites and without any doubt this is the best comedy film in the history of Hindi films. I am going with 8 out of 10 for Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s 1979 classic Gol Maal, even after watching it for so many times I still get glued on to the screen every time it is broadcasted.