Saji Surendran's 'Happy Husbands' is a straight lift from Aneez Bazmi's 'No Entry' and talks of three husbands caught in a melee of events that drive them to the brink of insanity. The film entirely depends on disorder to raise some laughter, and lets three confused men on the loose who try real hard to 'take it easy'.
Mukundan (Jayaram) is a media baron who has had it up to the neck with a suspicious wife Krishnendu (Bhavna) who sees a prospective seductress in every woman whom her husband is likely to come across. Rahul (Indrajith) has the best of wine and women in his life, and a naive wife (Samvritha) at home, who thinks the world of him. John (Jayasurya) is a photographer who falls in love with Zarina, (Vandana) a psychology student who believes he is schizophrenic. When an escort by the name of Diana (Reema) lands in town, Mukundan gets introduced to her and while she clings on to him like a leech, the man goes on a lying spree and forces his friends to follow suit.
If you have seen 'No Entry', you have seen it all. Almost all the gags have been adopted per se from the film, and there are very few attempts at innovation. Except for Suraj Venjarammood of course, who would probably be one of the first comedy artistes who runs the danger of being typecast, since he gets to play key characters with the very same dimensions time and again.
What is really funny is the way the husband behaves in 'Happy Husbands'. In 'No Entry', Anil Kapoor is more of a human and almost gives in to the charms of a sizzling Bipasha Basu, and repents it later. Mukundan is on the other hand, the never-erring, never wavering Malayali husband, who wouldn't even dream of taking a look at what Diana has to offer. What perplexes me then is the regret this man has, since he has apparently never even had a wild dream about her.
'Happy Husbands' is different from its predecessors in that it plays a fine tuning game that makes it equally appealing to husbands and wives. The men in the film are therefore not lechers and do not lust after women, and they certainly cant help it if their wives do not see the real stuff they are made of. Take Mukundan or John for instance, and neither of them have the ability to see beyond their wives, and are quite content with this obligatory blindness of sorts. The doting wives spin their worlds around their husbands and sit waiting with their fly squashers to mash any intruding bumblebee into pulp. Matrimony makes the world a rosy merry go around.
There is an impressive star cast here for sure, and I am all with the riotously witty Indrajith who has the shortest role, but the one that takes the cake. He is the only one among the three, who is real fun, and displays an amazing sense of comic timing in the film. Of the women, his counterpart Samvritha looks lovely, Bhavna hams and Reema pouts even a bit more.
Sometimes it's difficult to recreate a film, especially if you are not sure if you want to retain the core spirit that made the original so endearing in the first place. Which is where, 'Happy Husbands' falters. Which is why, if you are on the lookout for a more comic, more real and more daring version of swaying husbands and steadying wives, you should rent a 'No Entry' DVD.