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Total Dhamaal (also known as Dhamaal 3) (transl. Total fun) is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language adventure-action comedy film[6] directed and co-produced by Indra Kumar. It is the third installment of the Dhamaal film series. It is a sequel to 2011's Double Dhamaal. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Javed Jaffrey in leading roles, and Esha Gupta in a guest appearance. The film was released on 22 February 2019. The film is a slapstick comedy loosely borrowed from 1963 Hollywood film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.[7] The film grossed 2,282,752,234 (US$33 million) worldwide, thus becoming the 4th highest grossing Bollywood film of 2019.[4][5]

Total Dhamaal
Total Dhamaal poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIndra Kumar
Produced byFox Star Studios
Ajay Devgn FFilms
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 byAmitabh Shukla
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]
Budget113 crore[3]
Box officeest. 228.27 crore[4][5]



Total Dhamaal starts with a different storyline from Dhamaal and Double Dhamaal. Guddu (Ajay Devgan) and his partner Johnny (Sanjay Mishra) steals 500 million of black money from the Police commissioner of Mumbai (Boman Irani). As they put the suitcases containing ty the money in car, Pintoo (Manoj Pahwa), driving the car runs with the money double crossing Guddu and Johnny. 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 same as the prequels.

1 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, Avinaash-Bindu, Lallan-Jhingur and Adi-Manav meet Pintoo at the spot of crashing. Hera 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 same time along with Police Commissioner. Where they found that Chinappa Swamy (Mahesh Manjrekar) wants to illegaly close down the Zoo and attempts to kill all the animals. 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 animals save them. Finally they get rid of Chinnapa Swamy and decided to divide 6 equal parts of 500 million rupees contains one part for zoo.



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.[9] 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.[10][11] Esha Gupta was signed in June 2018.[12]

In late December 2017, Ajay Devgn FFilms collaborated with Fox Star Studios to produce the film.[13][14] Pen India Limited and Mangl Murti Films came on board as co-producers.[15][16]


Principal photography commenced in Mumbai on 9 January 2018.[17][18][19][20]


Total Dhamaal
Soundtrack album by
Released22 February 2019[21]
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
LabelSaregama Music
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 releaseEdit


The first teaser look of the film is released on 14 January 2019.[22][23] The first look theatrical poster was released on 18 January 2019.[24] The second look poster released on 19 January 2019 with trailer release date announcement on 21 January 2019.[25] Third official theatrical poster of the film is unveiled on 20 January 2019. It is promising "The wildest adventure ever!"[26]

Two theatrical fresh look posters of the film are made public on 21 January 2019. These have pictures of main cast on it.[27][28]

The official trailer of film was released on 21 January 2019.[29] To boost their marketing efforts Fox Star Hindi has released the spoof trailers of the film in different Indian languages.[30][31][32]

The Video Song from film titled as "Paisa Paisa" was premiered on 29 January 2019.[33]

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.[34][1] The film has been certified with runtime of 127 mins by British Board of Film Classification and all set to release on schedule. [35] 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.[36]

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.[37]

Home mediaEdit

The film became available as VOD on Hotstar on 20 April 2019.[38]


Critical responseEdit

Going by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has scored 43% based on 7 reviews.[39] Taran Adarsh rated the film with three stars and found it entertaining and loaded with clean humour.[40] 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"[41] 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[42] 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."[43] Raja Sen writing for Hindustan Times rated the film with one star out of five.[44]


Total Dhamaal generally got positive reviews from critics and audiences

Box officeEdit

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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  25. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (19 January 2019). "Trailer on 21 Jan 2019... Here's the second poster of #TotalDhamaal... Directed by Indra Kumar... 22 Feb 2019 release." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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