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|Directed by||Hrishikesh Mukherjee|
|Produced by||N.C Sippy|
|Written by||Rahi Masoom Raza (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Sachin Bhowmick|
|Story by||Shailesh Dey|
|Music by||R.D. Burman|
|Edited by||Subhash Gupta|
Gol Maal (Hodgepodge, Confusion) is a 1979 Bollywood comedy movie directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. It was produced by Mukherjee and N.C.Sippy with music by Rahul Dev Burman. The music was crafted by Burman to match the timbre of Mukherjee's perception of a subtle, complex love story involving the Indian middle class. Along with getting high accolades and praise from several critics, the film became a "Blockbuster" at the box office and gained huge popularity among the masses. Gol Maal, becoming a "Mega Hit" reached the top spot in 1979 in box office collections. It remains popular and a favorite among audiences and is regarded as one of the finest comedies of Indian cinema.
Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar) is looking for a better paying job. He and his sister Ratna (Manju Singh) have no relatives or acquaintances except Dr. Kedar (David). Dr. Kedar tells him about Bhavani Shankar's (Utpal Dutt) firm known as Urmila Traders.
Shankar is a man of traditional values: He hates youth wearing modern clothes. He is a sports fan but thinks lowly of youth knowing anything about sports. But his weirdest trait is hatred towards men without moustaches. He thinks they are characterless.
Ramprasad has a moustache. He takes care of other problems by wearing kurta and feigning ignorance about sports. Bhavani hires him immediately. Ram is a hardworking guy, so Bhavani (and Ram) have no problems. However, one day Ram takes leave by pretending that his mother (who died many years ago) has taken ill and goes to watch a hockey match. Bhavani Shankar, who attendes the match, sees him there.
The next day Bhavani summons Ramprasad to his office and asks him about the hockey match. Remembering the plot of a movie a friend of his is shooting, Ram convinces Bhavani Shankar that he had seen his "moustache-less" identical twin Lucky (alias Lakshmanprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma) at the stadium.
Bhavani Shankar buys his argument and feels bad about accusing him. He makes amends by hiring Lucky to teach his daughter Urmila (Bindiya Goswami) music. Ramprasad reluctantly shaves his moustache to become Lucky and starts to teach Urmila. He is helped by his actor friend Deven Verma (playing himself).
Urmila (aka Urmi) is the exact opposite of her father. She takes immediate liking to Lucky, while Ram is barely noticed by her. Bhavani notices this and gives Ram another job to tutor on the pretext of her exams. Meanwhile, Mrs. Srivastav (Dina Pathak), a socialite, is roped to play the part of Ram, "Lakshman" and Ratna's mother. Like Ram, she also ends up playing her own twin in front of Bhavani.
Ram tells Urmila the truth. Urmila tells him to tell the truth to Bhavani as well. Ram goes to Bhavani to tell the truth, but Bhavani sees Ram's moustache giving away. Bhavani exposes Ram but ends up thinking that Lucky murdered Ram and impersonated him to marry Urmila.
In a hilarious chase that follows, Bhavani ends up totaling a police jeep. The senior inspector (Om Prakash) mistakes him for a thug named Pascal D'Costa and is about to lock him up in the jail. Only when his inspector identifies Bhavani Shankar by his real identity is he freed. By now, a harried Bhavani has developed hatred for twins as well.
On coming home, he finds that Urmila and Lucky are married. He refuses to give them blessings, until Dr. Kedar comes to the scene and explains the situation. Bhavani becomes even more furious but, on everybody's insistence, relents. The film ends with a family photo of Mrs. Srivastav, Ratna, Urmila, Ram, Dr. Kedar, Bhavani's sister Kalindi (Shubha Khote) and Bhavani (who is shown without a moustache).
- Amol Palekar - Ramprasad Sharma/Lakshmanprasad Sharma
- Utpal Dutt - Bhawani Sankar
- Bindiya Goswami - Urmila
- David - Doctor Kedar Mama
- Deven Verma - as himself and Ramprasad's best friend
- Dina Pathak - Mrs. Srivastava and as Ramprasad's fake mother
- Anjan Srivastav - Police Officer Sharma
- Keshto Mukherjee - Drunk
- Manju Singh - Ratna Sharma (Ramprasad's sister)
- Shubha Khote - Kalindi aka Buaji
- Yunus Parvez - Bade Babu
- Om Prakash - Police Officer (Guest Appearance)
- Amitabh Bachchan - Guest Appearance (himself)
- Dharmendra - Guest Appearance (himself)
- Jaya Bachchan - Guest Appearance (herself)
- Rekha - Guest Appearance (herself)
- Hema Malini - Guest Appearance (herself)
- Zeenat Aman - Guest Appearance (herself)
- Lata Mangeshkar - Guest Appearance (herself)
Hrishikesh Mukherjee had first selected Rekha to enact the heroine's part but felt that he would be wasting a talented actress in film where the hero was the mainstay. He replaced her with Bindya Goswami. The very next year he made Khubsoorat, with Rekha in a pivotal role.
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Awards and nominations
- Filmfare Best Actor Award - Amol Palekar
- Filmfare Best Comedian Award - Utpal Dutt
- Filmfare Best Lyricist Award - Gulzar for the song "Aanewala Pal"
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Director - Hrishikesh Mukherjee
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actor - Utpal Dutt
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Dina Pathak
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Actor in a Comic Role - Deven Verma
- Filmfare Nomination for Best Story - Sailesh Dey