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cast Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor,Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Khemu,Ratna Pathak, Johny Lever
director Rohit Shetty
rating G

You either love it or loathe it. Shetty continues to evoke extreme reactions in the third, and hopefully final, instalment of his Golmaal series. I remained indifferent to the obnoxious gags, while the two men flanking me had divergent responses. While the stranger was splitting his sides, my partner barely conjured up a smile. Golmaal 3, much like Govinda films, is an acquired taste.

Shetty tags his disjointed comic series as ‘mindless', thereby excusing himself from devoting any logic to the madness and blatantly indulging in buffooneryto tickle us.

His tale about how two aged romantic companions try to unite their incompatible, ruffian brood turns out to be more torturous than we had anticipated. Watching a group of eccentric men, each trying to outdo the other with weird antics strains our sensibilities.

With Farhad-Sajid and Bunty Rathore teaming up to create the dialogues, it's a classic case of too many writers spoil the plot. While there aren't any striking lines, those mouthed by the spelling-challenged rogue, "DDLJ means Diwali", appears the most inane.

Apart from indulging in slapstick comedy, Shetty also takes potshots at a few B-towners, mostly his own cast. But it's the one about Shahid Kapoor that appears highly unnecessary. Judging by his poor sense of humour, we figure no one actually takes him seriously. Golmaal 3 is a mad comedy, with all the actors testing their physical and mental abilities, but rarely their acting prowess. Even Mithun appears uncomfortable while giving his legendary ‘Disco Dancer' number a pot-bellied jig.

But judging by my neighbour's laughs, it looks like Shetty does have an exclusive fan following. So, if you are one, indulge.