Total Dhamaal: 13 Times Ajay Devgn Attempted to Make Us Laugh and How the Movies Fared at the Box Office
Total Dhamaal: 12 Times Ajay Devgn Attempted to Make Us Laugh and How the Movies Fared at the Box Office

Ajay Devgn is both acting as the lead as well as producing this week's big Bollywood release, Total Dhamaal. The third installment of the hit Dhamaal franchise is directed by Indra Kumar and its cast is a mix of old stars from the franchise and new entrants. Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and Sanjay Mishra return from the earlier films. Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever and Mahesh Manjrekar. Total Dhamaal, Junglee: Upcoming Movies That Extend the Fun to the Animal Kingdom.

The trailers have caught the attention of the Bollywood fans withs its big cast, and the mixture of comedy and adventure. Also, the use of animals will definitely attract the kids. While the plot of Total Dhamaal, is basically a retread of the first film, we have to see on February 22 if it can also replicate, or even double, the success of the first Dhamaal.

Of course, one thing we are sure of is that all the actors will not give us a reason to complain. Among the male leads, Ajay Devgn may be the only star who was bracketed in the action star image (and Anil Kapoor, in his Tezaab days, was the angry young man). However, thanks to the Golmaal franchise, we have also loved his poker-faced, comic side. In fact, if you discount his cameo in Simmba, then Golmaal Again, a supernatural comedy, is his biggest hit to date! Pulwama Attack: Ajay Devgn's Total Dhamaal to NOT Release in Pakistan, Declares the Actor.

In this special feature, we look at all the comedy films and franchises that Ajay Devgn has done in his career and how they fared at the box office.

Golmaal series

The biggest hit franchise. in Ajay Devgn's comedic career is one of the main factors that let the world know about the action star's comic talent. From the 2008 Golmaal film (where he was still stiff) to 2017's Golmaal Again (which is his biggest hit), the whole franchise is a golden egg-laying goose for him. Also establishing the fact that Devgn and director Rohit Shetty are a deadly combo.

Son of Sardaar

Ajay Devgn's action comedy that came out in 2012 featured the combined comic talents of Sonakshi Sinha, Juhi Chawla and Sanjay Dutt at their funniest best. Not to mention, the star cameo of Salman Khan. Though it was pitted againt Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Son of Sardaar managed to make good of its Diwali release and was a decent hit.

Bol Bachchan 

Rohit Shetty kind of remade Amol Palekar's Gol Maal, while also paying tribute to it, in this comedy. Apart from Devgn, the movie also starred Abhishek Bachchan, Asin and Prachi Desai. The movie was a Rs 100 crore grosser.


David Dhawan reunited Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn for this remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Kangana Ranaut and Arjun Rampal were also part of the cast. The movie failed to impress the critics as well at the box office, though Devgn's performance was appreciated.

Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji

After hard-hitting social dramas like Chandni Bar and Page 3, director Madhru Bhandarkar tried his hand with comedy with Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji. The movie stars Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and 3 Idiots fame Omi Vaidya in the lead and had their characters deal with infatuation, lust and love respectively. Though the film had some funny moments, Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji failed to work at the box office.

Toonpur Ka Super Hero

In line with Hollywood films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Space Jam, Ajay Devgn and Kajol starred in this part-live-action, part animated feature. While the idea was innovative, Toonpur Ka Super Hero could neither draw in the adults nor the kids into the theatres.

Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?

The urbane comedy, featuring Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal, was directed by Ashwini Dheer. Though it was released without frills, the movie turned out to be a surprise hit among the crowds and even spawned a sort-of sequel in Guest Iin London, that had Kartik Aaryan and Paresh Rawal in the lead.

All the Best: Fun Begins

Rohit Shetty brings in a cast of Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn, Fardeen Khan, Bipasha Basu, Johnny Lever, Sanjay Mishra and Mughda Godse for this comedy of errors. The movie competed with Akshay Kumar's Blue (that also had Sanjay Dutt in the lead) at the box office and trumped over it to emerge a success.


It was one of the two rare flops that Rohit Shetty delivered in his career, the other being his debut Zameen. Sunday, inspired by the Telugu film Anukokunda Oka Roju, was surprisingly funny and had an interesting premise to boast of. It also utilised the funny bones of its lead actors Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi and Irrfan Khan quite well.


In this Indra Kumar sex comedy, Ajay Devgn played the serious straight man to the goofy trio of Vivek Oberoi, Riteish Deshmukh and Aftab Shivdasani. The movie was a hit at the box office thanks to its star-power and gaudy jokes, and spawned a (less-successful) franchise.

Hum Kisise Kum Nahin

David Dhawan attempted an all-star remake of the Hollywood comedy, Analyze This. With a cast like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai in the lead, the movie ws expected to be a blockbuster at the box office. However, despite the star value, Hum Kisise Kum Nahin bombed at the box office.


This Indra Kumar romantic comedy was one of the biggest hits of that year. Pairing up Ajay Devgn and Aamir Khan for the first time, the fans loved their camaraderie. However, it was Aamir who had more comic moments to shine while Devgn displayed his romantic side, wooing his future wife, Kajol in the film.