Housefull Hindi Movie Review

Story, sense, meaning... you won't find any of it in <i>Housefull</i>. Yet the film works, majorly because the situations are funny and the performances are top notch.
Rating: 71%
Apr 30, 2010 By Ashok Nayak

After a three year long hiatus, Sajid Khan the director of Heyy Babyy returns with his second film Housefull, once again starring the king of comedy Akshay Kumar. For support Akshay has a massive supporting star-cast comprising of actors like Ritesh Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta and Jiah Khan.


Produced under Sajid Nadiadwala's banner, Housefull is the first commercial entertainer to hit screens after Aamir Khan's 3 idiots.


The world's most unlucky man - Aarush (Akshay Kumar) believes his bad luck will only vanish if he finds true love. He marries Devika (Jiah) but finds out she is in love with a non-Indian. An attempt to suicide leads to him being rescued by Sandy (Deepika) and soon the two falls in love. But to win her hand, he has to win over her always suspicious brother, played by Arjun Rampal.


On the other hand, Aarush's friend Bob (Ritesh) is just as unlucky as him. He is married to Hetal (Lara), who suffers from a strained relationship with her father (Boman Irani). How everything falls into place is what this comedy of errors is all about.


Boman Irani sleepwalking while others sing Papa Jag Jayega, Akshay Kumar slapping a monkey and the monkey slapping him back, a tiger making a short appearance as a pet, references to homosexuality typical Dostana - Kal Ho Na Ho style, actors break dancing after a dose of electric shock, actors slapping each other.. and so many other such over-the-top slapstick sequences are all that Housefull is about. And to director Sajid Khan's credit, he's handled it all pretty well.


Story, sense, meaning... you won't find any of it in Housefull. Yet the film works, majorly because the situations are funny and the performances are top notch. Akshay Kumar is in super form, the actor perfects the act of a loser with a restrained performance. Deshmukh is good and shares good chemistry with Akshay. Boman gets his comic timing right like always. Arjun Rampal is wooden. Chunky Pandey has short - funny role and he does well.


The girls have nothing much to show except skin. Jiah Khan has just one song and a couple of lines to mouth. Deepika Padukone looks great in bikini with those long legs and awesomely sexy tummy. Lara Dutta's clothes seem to be getting shorter with each film.


The music is okay. The locals the film has been shot in (London, Italy) are good.


To sum up, Housefull is entertaining more so in the second half than the first. Lower your expectations a wee bit and give it a try, you'll end up enjoying it.


Rating: 71%
Ashok Nayak

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