Gol Maal

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Gol Maal
Golmal Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHrishikesh Mukherjee
Written byRahi Masoom Raza (dialogues)
Screenplay bySachin Bhowmick
Story bySailesh Dey
Produced byN. C. Sippy
StarringAmol Palekar
Utpal Dutt
Bindiya Goswami
Music byR.D. Burman
Release date
  • 20 April 1979 (1979-04-20)

Gol Maal (transl.Messed up [or] Hanky Panky) is a 1979 Indian Hindi-language comedy film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and written by Rahi Masoom Raza and Sachin Bhowmick. It was produced by N. C. Sippy, with music by R. D. Burman. The film won several awards and was praised by critics.[1]

The film was remade in Tamil as Thillu Mullu (1981), in Kannada as Aasegobba Meesegobba (1990), in Malayalam as Simhavalan Menon (1995), and in Sinhala as Rasa Rahasak.[2] The film was an inspiration for the Hindi movie Bol Bachchan (2012) which was remade in Telugu as Masala (2013).


Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar), a qualified CA, is looking for a job. He and his sister Ratna (Manju Singh) have no relatives or acquaintances except Dr. Kedar (David). Dr. Kedar tells him about an opening at Bhavani Shankar's (Utpal Dutt) firm known as Urmila Traders.

Sharma is fond of sports and music. Shankar is a man of traditional values. He hates youth wearing modern clothes. He does not thinks highly of youth spending time on sport. But his weirdest trait is hatred towards men without moustaches. He thinks they are characterless.

Sharma has a moustache. Following the advice of Dr. Kedar, he appears for the interview wearing a kurta and feigning ignorance about sports. Shankar hires him immediately. Sharma is a hardworking man, so he does well under Shankar. However, one day he takes leave to watch a hockey match by pretending that his mother (who died many years ago) has fallen ill. Bhavani Shankar, who attends the match, sees him there.

The next day, Shankar summons Sharma to his office and questions him about the hockey match. Remembering the plot of a movie a friend of his is shooting, Sharma convinces Bhavani Shankar that he had seen his "moustache-less" identical twin Lakshmanprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma, aka Lucky 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. Sharma reluctantly shaves his moustache to become Lucky and starts to teach Urmila. He is helped by his actor friend Deven Verma.

Urmila is the exact opposite of her father. She takes an immediate liking to the Lucky persona. Her father notices this and decides to get her married to Ramprasad, which she is unhappy about. Eventually, Sharma tells Urmila the truth. Together, they decide to tell Shankar that Lucky ran away and that Sharma and Urmila wish to get married. However, Shankar sees Sharma's fake moustache and thinks that Lucky murdered Sharma and impersonated him to marry Urmila. Sharma and Urmila try to flee from Shankar in a car chase in which Shankar gets arrested.

On coming home, he finds that Urmila and Sharma are married. He refuses to give them his blessing, until Dr. Kedar comes to the scene and explains the situation. The film ends with a family photo of everyone and Bhavani (who has now shaved his moustache).



The music of the film was composed by R. D. Burman.

Track listing[edit]

1."Aanewala Pal Jane Wala Hai"Kishore Kumar 
2."Gol Maal Hai Bhai Sab Gol Maal Hai"Sapan Chakraborty, R.D.Burman 
3."Ek Din Sapne Me Dekha Sapna"Kishore Kumar 
4."Ek Baat Kahu Gar Maano Tum"Lata Mangeshkar 


Hrishikesh Mukherjee had first selected Rekha to enact the heroine's part, but felt that he would be wasting a talented actress in a film where the hero was the mainstay. He replaced her with Bindiya Goswami. The whole film was shot in 40 working days.[3]


Year Film Language Director Ref.
1981 Thillu Mullu Tamil K. Balachander [4]
1988 Rasa Rahasak Sinhala Yasapalitha Nanayakkara [5]
1990 Aasegobba Meesegobba Kannada M. S. Rajashekar [4]
1995 Simhavalan Menon Malayalam Viji Thampi [6]
2013 Thillu Mullu Tamil Badri [7]

David Dhawan's 2002 film Chor Machaaye Shor had many scenes plagiarised from Gol Maal.[8] The 2012 film Bol Bachchan, directed by Rohit Shetty is loosely based on Gol Maal. It was also later remade in Telugu as Masala. The Malayalam movie Ayalvasi Oru Daridravasi had few scenes copied from Gol Maal.


27th Filmfare Awards:




  1. ^ Lokapally, Vijay (20 December 2012). "Gol Maal (1979)". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ Jha, Lata (15 October 2018). "Ten Indian films with multiple remakes". Mint. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ Hungama, Bollywood. ""Golmaal was entirely shot in my Bandra bungalow in just 40 days" - Hrishikesh Mukherjee - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Bol Bachchan not a remake of Gol Maal". Hindustan Times. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Jha, Latha (15 October 2018). "Ten Indian films with multiple remakes". Mint. Retrieved 27 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Why has Amitabh Bachchan-Dharmendra's 'Sholay' not been remade in any of the southern languages yet?". News18. Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Watch 'Thillu Mullu' to be happy, it's a guarantee: Mirchi Shiva". News18. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Attack of the clones". Rediff.com. 30 August 2002. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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