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Sharman: The adorable clown

The actor stands out with his cool-dude style and smart one-liners in Golmaal, writes Arnab Banerjee.

india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 17:44 IST

It's virtually impossible to look for that special moment of glory in a multistarrer, that too with seasoned actors.

But we all know that there are some performers who do steal the thunder from right under the nose of some of the best known acting talents in the world. And do they get applauded for their intrepid 'acts'? Sure they do, that is, if their potential to be noticeable is truly well deserving.

While it would be unfair to generalise that all actors are greedy and hence don't, as a rule, allow other actors to walk away with accolades, there have been exceptions and that's precisely what has happened in this week's solo Hindi release –- Golmaal-Fun Unlimited.

An out-and-out comedy with two of the finest actors in Bollywood -- Ajay Devgan and Arshad Warsi at their experienced best -- it ought to have been rather hard to squeeze in his so-called 'moments' for Sharman Joshi.

 

 Sharman Joshi stands out in Golmaal

But one is in for a pleasant surprise as Joshi stands out with his cool-dude manners and smartest one-liners here. He at times, has the capability to upstage and overshadow his co-actors not by hogging the best lines or dominating the action but by his poker-faced antics which ooze his unbeatable sense of timing with panache.

Sharman had earlier made considerable mark in not just N Chandra's Style and Excuse Me but even in the Aamir Khan-led brigade in Rang De Basanti.

Of course, all those who follow the medium of cinema would understand the subtle difference between acting and ostentatious theatrics and thus the importance of team work. And it would be unwarranted to single out only one actor for stealing the spotlight. After all, in a story of four buffoons trying to eke out a living with deceptive means and ludicrously funny plans, all must get an equal share of encomiums.

But a good performer is conspicuously distinctive and as such, does stand out. At least three scenes stand out where even an experienced actor like Devgan and a practised comedian like Warsi go unnoticed.

The scene when the blind landlord (Paresh Rawal) lugs at Joshi, mistakenly addresses him as his grandson Samir and pulls him close so as not to let go of him.

As Joshi tries hard to extricate himself from Rawals' clutches, Devgan acts as Samir's 'voice' leaving a baffled Joshi in Rawal's tight grip. Joshi's countenance conveys defencelessness and vulnerability so pathetically that his predicament has the theatres rolling with laughter.

Another scene from among the many hilarious ones that leaves an impression, is the one where Joshi, along with Arshad Warsi and Devgan climb up the wall to propose to the pretty damsel neighbour Rimii Sen. As Devgan, Warsi and even the mute Tusshar Kapoor find their own ways to win her favour, Joshi's gift wrapped home-made pickle and his underplayed proposal, highlights his natural flair to treat the comic perfectly.

In yet another scene, Joshi poses off as a girl to con local thug Mukesh Tiwary and zips away in a swank car from his garage. His getting into the skin of a young girl's character is a side-splitting masquerade without once crossing the permissible limit of decency.

That's what makes Joshi so endearingly funny – his funny wisecracks get ranked the highest as he never goes overboard and lets his child-like looks to communicate witticism. In the bargain he walks away with all the taalis too!

Kudos for such talents who make the unbelievable credible even in those moments of 'willing suspension of disbelief' and give us comic relief that we could turn to from time to time.