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Gol Maal (1979)

A man's simple lie to secure his job escalates into more complex lies when his orthodox boss gets suspicious.

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Sailesh Dey (story), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amol Palekar ... Ram Prasad Dasharath Prasad Sharma
Bindiya Goswami ... Urmila
Deven Verma ... Himself
Shubha Khote ... Buaji Kalindi
Manju Singh Manju Singh ... Ratna Sharma
Dina Pathak ... Kamala Srivastav (as Dina Phathak)
Pushpa Pushpa
David Abraham ... Doctor Kedar Mama (as David)
Yunus Parvez ... Bade Babu
Utpal Dutt ... Bhavani Shankar
Ashwani Ashwani
Harish Magon Harish Magon ... Badri Narayan Shrivastav (as Harish)
Bhola Bhola
Amol Sen Amol Sen
Siddharth Siddharth ... (as Siddhart)
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Storyline

Ramprasad is 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. Bhavani Shankar is also against any of his employees indulging in recreation of any kind. When Ramprasad is caught by his boss at a hockey match, he has to invent a twin brother, the clean-shaven Laxman Prasad, to save his job. When Bhavani's daughter falls in love with the clean-shaven Laxman Prasad, and insists on marrying him, and Bhavani insists she should marry Ramprasad, things take a whacky turn. A fake mother and a hilarious chase are other enjoyable features involved in this comedy. Written by Vijay

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

20 April 1979 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Mayhem See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, India

Company Credits

Production Co:

Rupam Chitra See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie, once being remade into Bol Bachchan, it was again remade into a Telugu film, Masala. See more »

Quotes

Deven Varma: First I thought I could direct your movie myself but now I think we have to get some big director from some hit movie; because their is no logic in your story anymore.
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Gut busting comedy
9 February 2010 | by hprashantaroraSee all my reviews

A comedy of errors in which a lie and a mistaken identity sets into motion a domino effect of such proportions that every time a character faces an obstacle your heart leaps into your mouth, only to fall back with a thud because you continuously feel the urge to laugh uncontrollably.

Like any Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie, Gol Maal tells the story of next door people in the most heart-warming manner with a good dose of clean and genuine humor that takes a clean bite at the culture and traditions of middle-class India. Ramprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar), a chartered accountant by profession, is a colorful personality who is a sports junkie in the afternoons and an amateur singer in the evenings. With the help of his uncle he lands up a job at a trading firm and embarks on a mission to please his boss Bhavani Shankar (Uttpal Dutt in a hilarious turn) because his whole identity is fake considering his boss disapproves fashion, vehemently opposes the obsession of sports among the youth (although he is a secret sports fan himself), dislikes people who abbreviate their names and use recommendation to get a job, encourages purity of language, and sees mustache as a symbol of pride and a window to the soul. Ramprasad has none of the "good" qualities sans the mustache, his only saving grace, which he ends up losing in an attempt to save his skin after being spotted at a Hockey match by his boss. Remembering the plot of a movie an actor friend of his is doing, he manages to convince Bhavani Shankar that it was not him whom he had seen at the stadium but his jobless, good-for-nothing, clean shaven identical twin Laxmanprasad Sharma aka Lucky. So, during the day Ramprasad works as a straight-as-a-reed worker bee quoting quasi intellectual teachings of his imaginary father and in the evening takes on the role of his mustacheless notorious twin brother who teaches music to the boss's daughter and also romances her on the sly.

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, once again succeeds in creating a complex story around some simple and some quirky characters like Mrs. Kamala Srivastav (Dina Pathak) – a reluctant mother for hire and Bade Babu (Yunus Parvez), a not so bright colleague of Ramprasad whose favorite pastime is pulling hair out of his nostrils. He went so far as to mount this broad satire on the platform of Bollywood itself wherein an actor friend of Ramprasad Deven (Deven Varma as himself) mouthpieces the idea that life indeed is stranger than fiction as depicted in the movies and does the humble job of furnishing the fake mustache to the protagonist, the complex results of which sets the whole hanky-panky business into motion.

The rest of the cast is mediocre except for Shobha Khote and David in minor roles. Bindiya Goswami as the love interest only shines in her introduction scene and has nothing better to do except look lovelorn. Needless to say, it is the comic timing between Uttpal Dutt and Amol Palekar that is the star of the movie and the two went on to do three more films together with mixed results.


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