Total Dhamaal

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Total Dhamaal
Total Dhamaal poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIndra Kumar
Produced byAjay Devgn
Ashok Thakeria
Indra Kumar
Sri Adhikari Brothers
Anand Pandit
Screenplay by
  • Ved Prakash
  • Paritosh Painter
  • Bunty Rathore
Story byIndra Kumar
Music bySongs:
Sandeep Shirodkar
CinematographyKeiko Nakahara
Edited byDharmendra Sharma
Ajay Devgn FFilms
Maruti International
Fox Star Studios
Pen India Limited
Mangal Murti Films
Distributed byFox Star Studios
Release date
  • 22 February 2019 (2019-02-22)[1]
Running time
127 minutes[2]
Budget₹90 crore[3]
Box officeest. ₹228.27 crore[4][5]

Total Dhamaal (also known as Dhamaal 3) is an Indian 2019 Hindi-language adventure comedy film directed, co-produced and written by Indra Kumar. The third installment of the Dhamaal franchise, it is a reboot of the 2007 film Dhamaal, and based loosely on the 1963 Hollywood film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Total Dhamaal features an large ensemble cast including Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, and Esha Gupta. It also stars Sanjay Mishra, Pitobash Tripathy, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, and Manoj Pahwa in brief roles, with Sonakshi Sinha appearing in a item number "Mungda". The film has been produced on a budget of 90 crore (US$13 million).

Production of the film began in March 2017. Deshmukh, Warsi and Jaffrey were chosen to be a part of Total Dhamaal too. Meanwhile, Devgn, Kapoor and Dixit were added to the cast as well. Principal photography of Total Dhamaal began in January 2018. Devgn also co-produced the film. Filming concluded in August 2018. The official teaser of the film was unveiled on 19 January 2019, whereas trailer released on 21 January. Due to the Pulwama Attack held on 14 February, the film was not released in Pakistan.

The film was theatrically released on 22 February 2019. It received mixed reviews from critics. The film grossed over 200 crore (US$29 million) within 12 days of its release. With a worldwide gross of 228.27 crore (US$33 million), it became one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of 2019 and one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. The film netted 154 crore (US$22 million) domestically and was termed a Super Hit by Box Office India.


Total Dhamaal starts with a different storyline from Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal. Guddu (Ajay Devgan) and his partner Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) steal 500 million of black money from the Police commissioner (Boman Irani). As they put the suitcases containing the money in a car, Pintoo (Manoj Pahwa), who is driving the car, double-crosses Guddu and Johnny, running away with the money. After that we are introduced with the other characters of the movie – Bindu Patel (Madhuri Dixit), Avinash Patel (Anil Kapoor), Lallan (Riteish Deshmukh), Aditya Shrivastav (Arshad Warsi), and Manav Shrivastav (Jaaved Jaffrey). Adi and Manav are the only characters the same as the prequels.

One month later, Pintoo plans to leave the country but Guddu and Johney catch him. While running from them, Pintoo gets onto a private plane but the plane crashes as the pilot of the plane was a cleaner. The plane crashes and Guddu-Johnny, Avinash-Bindu, Lallan-Jhingur, and Adi-Manav meet Pintoo at the spot of crashing. Here Pintoo reveals that money was hidden in the Janakpur zoo. All of them commences the journey to gain that money separately. The story goes on with their adventures until they reach the Janakpur.

All of them reach Janakpur at the same time along with Police Commissioner where they found that a man named Chinappa Swamy (Mahesh Manjrekar) wants to illegally close down the Zoo and attempts to kill all the animals. He kidnaps the zoo caretaker Prachi (Esha Gupta). Guddu-Johnny, Avinash-Bindu, Lallan-Jhingur, and Adi-Manav save the animals. Chinappa Swamy caught them to save the animals and attempts to kill all of them. But the animals save them. Finally, they get rid of Chinnapa Swamy and decided to divide 6 equal parts of 500 million rupees with 5 parts for themselves and one part for the zoo. Guddu falls in love with Prachi.




Besides Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey, director Indra Kumar signed Ajay Devgn for the third part of his Dhamaal film series in late May 2017.[7] Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit were also signed in mid-November 2017 marking their collaboration after seventeen years when they acted together in the film Pukar.[8][9] Esha Gupta was signed in June 2018.[10]

In late December 2017, Ajay Devgn FFilms collaborated with Fox Star Studios to produce the film.[11][12] Pen India Limited and Mangl Murti Films came on board as co-producers.[13][14]


Principal photography commenced in Mumbai on 9 January 2018.[15][16][17][18] The shooting was wrapped up in August 2018.


Total Dhamaal
Soundtrack album by
Released22 February 2019[19]
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Gourov-Roshin chronology
Baaghi 2
Total Dhamaal

Music for the film is composed by Gourov-Roshin, with lyrics by Kumaar and Kunwar Juneja. Vatsal Chevli Assisted in mixing all the songs. All songs mixed by Aftab at headroom studios.

Track listing
1."Paisa Yeh Paisa" (From Karz)Kunwar JunejaDev Negi, Subhro Ganguly, Arpita Chakraborty4:01
2."Mungda" (From Inkaar)Kunwar JunejaJyotica Tangri, Shaan, Subhro Ganguly3:16
3."Speaker Phat Jaaye"KumaarHarrdy Sandhu, Abuzar Akhtar, Aditi Singh Sharma, Jonita Gandhi2:58
4."Theme Song"KumaarDev Negi3:10
Total length:13:25

Promotion and release[edit]


The first teaser look of the film is released on 14 January 2019.[20][21] The first look theatrical poster was released on 18 January 2019.[22] The second look poster released on 19 January 2019 with trailer release date announcement on 21 January 2019.[23] Third official theatrical poster of the film is unveiled on 20 January 2019. It is promising "The wildest adventure ever!"[24]

Two theatrical fresh look posters of the film are made public on 21 January 2019. These have pictures of main cast on it.[25][26]

The official trailer of film was released on 21 January 2019.[27] To boost their marketing efforts Fox Star Hindi has released the spoof trailers of the film in different Indian languages.[28][29][30]

The Video Song from film titled as "Paisa Paisa" was premiered on 29 January 2019.[31]

The film was set to release worldwide on 7 December 2018 but due to extended VFX work the release date has been pushed back to 22 February 2019.[32][1] The film has been certified with runtime of 127 mins by British Board of Film Classification and all set to release on schedule.[33] The film was released on 22 February 2019 on 3700 screens in India and on 786 screens in overseas market making worldwide count of 4486 screens.[34]

After Pulwama attack, Ajay Devgn and Total Dhamaal makers have decided not to release Total Dhamaal in Pakistan. The makers of the film including the entire crew, actors and makers have donated 50 lakhs to families of soldiers who died in the Pulwama attack.[35]

Home media[edit]

The film became available as VOD on Hotstar on 20 April 2019.[36]


Critical response[edit]

Going by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has scored 43% based on 7 reviews.[37] Taran Adarsh rated the film with three stars and found it entertaining and loaded with clean humour.[38] Himesh Mankad from Koimoi gives 3 star out of 5 says "Total Dhamaal is a fair clean entertainer that can be enjoyed with the entire family. It's definitely an improvement over previous installment Double Dhamaal"[39] Trade analyst Sumit M kadel stated that "Total Dhamaal is funny specially in Ist half. Its a no brainer fast paced family entertainer, lavishly shot & well performed by Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh & the entire cast. 2nd half is moderate & it could have been better. Overall Good film." Rating- 3 out of 5[40] Ronak Kotecha writing for The Times of India gave two stars out of five and feels that in the ensemble cast, the film had the potential to be a comic roller coaster ride. He concluded saying "However, the fact that the film is slapstick is not a problem, what brings it down is poor writing and execution."[41] Raja Sen writing for Hindustan Times rated the film with one star out of five.[42]

Box office[edit]

The opening day (non-holiday) collection of the film from Indian market was 16.50 crore. Its lifetime domestic gross collection was 182.09 crore and from overseas markets it was 46.18 crore. The worldwide gross collection of the film was 228.27 crore. The film grossed 100 crore (US$14 million) worldwide in three days of release. In opening week the film grossed 150 crore (US$22 million). In 12 days of its release the film crossed 200 crore (US$29 million) mark in gross collection.[4][5]


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