Dhamaal (English translation: Fun) is a 2007 Indian comedy film directed by Indra Kumar and produced by Ashok Thakeria. The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Aashish Chaudhary, and Javed Jaffrey in the lead roles while Asrani, Sanjay Mishra, Vijay Raaz, Manoj Pahwa, Tiku Talsania, and Prem Chopra are featured in supporting roles. It is heavily inspired by the 2001 American comedy film Rat Race directed by Jerry Zucker (which in turn was inspired by Stanley Kramer’s 1963 classic It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World). It is the first installment of the Dhamaal film series.
In 2011, the film spawned a sequel, under the title of Double Dhamaal, with the lead cast reprising their roles.
A third reboot sequel, under the name Total Dhamaal, was released in February 2019, with only Deshmukh, Warsi, and Jaffrey returning with an entirely new cast and a fresh story, having no connections to Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal.
|Dhamaal | Best Comedy Scenes | Sanjay Dutt|
Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) is kicked out of his job for not guarding a certain building, Adi (Arshad Warsi) is using a mixtape to play the trumpet after his audience finds out, they thrash him, Adi’s autistic brother Manav (Javed Jaffrey) tries to steal money from a guy’s wallet, only for his hand to be stuck in the guy’s back pocket when he’s putting the wallet back after getting the money, the guy soon finds out and thrashes Manav, Boman contractor (Ashish Chaudhary) accidentally damages his father Nari’s (Asrani) car’s window, he is then kicked out of his house by Nari. All four of them wind up together in a woman’s (Suhasini Mulay) house, where they go partying at nightclubs. In the house, however, they’re useless, as they don’t do anything around and haven’t paid their rent yet, after they play pranks on the woman, she kicks them out of the house for not paying their rents and tells them to get a decent job. Desperate to earn money, they devise a plan. Adi tells Manav to steal a painting from the house. They decide to sell it to the son of the late Businessman Dwivedi. However, Manav accidentally picks up a blank painting not knowing the reality. They humorously sell the painting for Rs.20,000 to Dwivedi. They then pick up the original painting with the intention to sell it to Mr. Aggarwal, not knowing that he has been murdered. The case is handled by Inspector Gadha Kulkarni (Murli Sharma). He learns that before Mr. Aggrawal was murdered, he was speaking on the phone to somebody and he mentioned the words “horse” and “grass.” He interprets these words to be some code language. The four arrive at Agrawal’s residence. Kulkarni demands to see the painting. Seeing the horse and grass on the painting, he immediately arrests them.