Amol Palekar (as Laxman Prasad)
Gol Maal could be translated as “Risky/Crooked Business” or “Hanky Panky”. It is the story of a fun loving and happy-go-lucky guy Ramprasad Dashrathprasad Sharma (Amol Palekar), who is a chartered accountant and is looking out for a job. His uncle advises him to seek employment at his friend Bhavani Shankar’s (Utpal Dutt) firm who is a very strict person and has a fascination for Indian values and the “moustache”. He believes that a moustache represents one’s conscience. Mr Shankar is ready to pay a few hundred rupees as salary to a young, inexperienced man as long as he fits his values. On his uncle’s advice Ramprasad gets a job by exaggerating his Indian values (by wearing an excessively short kurta pajama instead of his usual flashy shirts, using his full name without abbreviations, feigning ignorance of music and sports and demonstrating professionalism.)
Bindiya Goswami (as Urmila)
He once takes leave by pretending that his mother (who passed away many years ago) has taken ill, and goes to watch a hockey match. Unfortunately, Bhavani Shankar, who also attended 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.
Amol Palekar (as Ram Prasad)
Bhavani Shankar buys his argument. Ramprasad offers to resign since he has lost the confidence of his boss. Bhavani Shankar feels bad about accusing him and decides to make amends by hiring Lucky to teach his daughter Urmila (Bindiya Goswami) music. Ramprasad reluctantly shaves his mustache to become Lucky and starts to mentor Urmila. He is helped by his actor friend Deven Verma (playing himself) in securing a fake moustache and spirit gum. And thus begins Gol Maal – the comedy of errors. In all the confusion Ram finds that he also has to arrange for a mother, a role filled by Mrs Srivastav (Dina Pathak) a socialite with an acting hobby, deal with Urmila’s love to Lucky and hatred towards Ramprasad, and come out unscathed in the end.