The third installment of the Masti series is here. Masti itself didn’t deserve a sequel, but I guess the 100cr club entry of the sequel seems like a motivation for the third one. Great Grand Masti follows its own Masti template this time too, where the trio end up in a soup with Aftab’s ‘ I have an idea’, preceded by a meeting where they rant about their lives because of wives.
Amar, Prem and Meet and played by Ritiesh Deeshmukh, Aftab Shivdasani and Vivek Oberoi are married for six years, but have been devoid of sex life. Amar is a ghar jamai and the dominating mother-in-law doesn’t allow the couple to have kids. She is waiting for a signal from a baba, as he had told her that her husband will be reborn as the kid. Prem has a saali living along with them who has become a kabab mein haddi. Meet’s wife has a twin brother and they have the Judwaa-movie problem where one repeats the action of the twin. The twin brother is a wrestler so Meet’s wife ends up thrashing him in the bedroom whenever the wrestler gets into a brawl. Frustrated with zero sex life, the three amigos plan to do masti with the village bellies in Amar’s property in Dhoodhvari, a small village. The trio’s grand masti plans goofs up when they realize they are stuck in a haunted purani haveli. They rest of the movie is about their struggles inside the bungalow and how they manage to escape.
Unlike, Grand Masti, Great Grand Masti has a slight edge over the story but still as a standalone it is poor. Also, GGM didn’t have the forwarded SMS and Whatsapp jokes , and tried to be to innovative sometimes. The success of the innovation was only so-so. First half had some interesting episodes like Judwaa and some scenes of Aftab. The second half was barely funny and the last 30 minutes is extremely boring. Out of all the three tracks, Ritiesh’s was the most boring. The khadoos mother-in-law concept was hardly appealing. No way did it match the Archana Puran Singhs in Masti. Aftab seemed to be totally into the role. Vivek was as usual, the artificial among the three. Ritiesh has a fantastic comic timing. It’s sad that he is given mediocre stuff most of the time. His talent sometimes covers up for the poor jokes. Urvashi Rautela contributed to the oomph factor as much as she can, but the acting meter never seemed to rise. The actors who played the wives were almost like a special appearance. Shreyas Talpade makes a cameo, and he is in a lifeless role.
Apart from the jokes and humour that hardly worked, insertion of unnecessary tracks added to the burden of watching it. A shorter duration of the film would have helped to some extent.
To sum up Great Grand Masti is as bad as its predecessors having its own share of flaws for the genre it intends to be.