Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; August 9, 2017)

A thousand dancers in sparkling and colourful costumes greeted us on the set of Rohit Shetty's Golmaal Again in Hyderabad. The street with quaint bungalows on either side was decked up with lights. Highend fast cars and bikes were parked on the set to be used in the title song.

Revealing right away that the movie begins with this song, the filmmaker says, “We're shooting the song like a carnival, complete with all the pomp and vigour. This song will also have some VFX.“

Ask Parineeti Chopra, the leading lady, her first reaction when she was offered the film, and she shows her happiness by doing the signature Golmaal step. “On the very first day, the team welcomed me open-heartedly and every day since then has been a blast,“ she beams.

Rendered by Brijesh Shandilya, the song has been composed by S Thaman, while Kumaar has penned the lyrics. Ask Choreographer Ganesh Acharya which actor is the easiest to work with and he says, “Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt.“

Tell him that Ajay isn't too fond of shaking a leg and he says, “I design his steps keeping that in mind. And he manages the simple steps I give him beautifully .“

In one shot, Ajay performs a Singham move, much to the chagrin of his co-stars. He calms them down and then performs the Golmaal step in sync with them.“That's a part of the choreography and adds to the fun of this song,“ he winks. The film releases this Diwali.
Sonil Dedhia (MID-DAY; August 9, 2017)

At first glance, you might mistakenly believe that you’re at the Goa Carnival, replete with fancy dress balls, parades and 300 dancers dressed in colourful outfits. But, the venue is Ramoji Rao Film Studios in Hyderabad. And the carnival, well, that’s Rohit Shetty pulling off yet another grand dance number for Golmaal Again. Far away, Ajay Devgn is rehearsing a dance sequence.

The title song plays in the background as Devgn gets into the groove. This is the opening scene of the Diwali release of the year. The fourth instalment of the comic caper also stars Parineeti Chopra, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Kunal Kemmu and Tusshar Kapoor. Tabu, who is also a part of the laugh riot, is not on the set.

The song looks similar to the one in Shetty’s 2009 outing, All The Best. But, the filmmaker begs to differ. “This song will have a heavy dose of special effects. It’s also mounted on a much bigger scale. There are almost 1,000 people present on location right now. I’m really enjoying making this film. I just have another song left to shoot, after which it’ll be a wrap.”

Question him if his signature car-chase sequence will be a part of Golmaal Again and he quips, “I’m on a detox.”

Chopra may be a new addition to the cast, but, she seems most at home in a Shetty film. She says, “If I’m not wrong, this is the first Bollywood film to have four instalments. So, [being a part of] this is like sone pe suhaga.”

Talking about the team, she adds, “It is the best set that I have ever been on. Everyone, from Ajay sir to Rohit sir, pampers me.”

Not wanting to stay away from his son, Kapoor has brought Laksshya to Hyderabad. “This is his second outdoor with me and he really enjoys it.” Talking about his character, Talpade says, “This time, he has a lisp.”

Soon, Shetty calls for the final shot of the day. He instructs Devgn, “You do the Singham hook step, apologise for the goof-up and then perform the Golmaal hook step.” After four takes, Shetty finally shouts, “Pack up!”