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Genre  Comedy, Romance
Release date  April 20, 1979 (India)
Music director  Rahul Dev Burman
Language  Hindi/Urdu
8.7/10 IMDb

Director  Hrishikesh Mukherjee
Running time  2h 24m
Country  India
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Release date  April 19, 1979 (1979-04-19)
Writer  Sailesh Dey (story), Sachin Bhowmick (screenplay), Rahi Masoom Reza (dialogue)
Songs  Aanewala Pal Janewala Hai
Cast  Amol Palekar (Ram Prasad Dasharath Prasad Sharma / Laxman Prasad Dasharath Prasad Sharma), Utpal Dutt (Bhavani Shankar), Bindiya Goswami (Urmila), Deven Verma (Deven Verma), Dina Pathak (Mrs. Kamala Srivastava), Shubha Khote (Buaji Kalindi)
Similar movies  Related Hrishikesh Mukherjee movies

Gol Maal (Chaos) is a 1979 Indian Hindi-language 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. The film generated several awards and was praised by critics.


Gol Maal movie scenes


Gol Maal movie scenes

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 Bhavani Shankar's (Utpal Dutt) firm known as Urmila Traders.

Gol Maal movie scenes

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. Kamala Srivastava and as Vimla Sharma, Ramprasad/Laxmanprasad'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)
  • Rekha - Guest Appearance (herself)
  • Hema Malini - Guest Appearance (herself)
  • Zeenat Aman - Guest Appearance (herself)
  • Lata Mangeshkar - Guest Appearance (herself)
  • Aruna Irani - Guest Appearance (herself)
  • Moolchand - Man who was in cinema hall and came for toilet
  • Soundtrack

    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 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.


    David Dhawan's 2002 movie Chor Machaaye Shor had many scenes plagiarised from Gol Maal. The 2012 film Bol Bachchan directed by Rohit Shetty is loosely based on Gol Maal.

    Awards and nominations

  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor - 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
  • References

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