Bappaditya Bandyapadhyay makes a return with Houseful after his last released film Kaal. He could have made an interesting film with the character of Nikhil deciding to make a Tamil flick on the advice of his assistant, but the moment he decides to against it , but the moment he decided against it and does just as he wants, the film has a changed storyline.
Nikhil (Prasenjit), a struggling director of Bengali art films is in dire straits after all his film flop and the movie theaters refuse to show his films. His personal life is sin shambles and he has defaulted on several of his payments. His assistant asks him to make a commercial film on the lines of a Tamil film to revive his career. He decides against it for the time being and decides to make his own film by turning producer himself as he has managed to convince his father to mortgage their house. He receives a call from a man one day who decide to provide him with a financer, but in return he would have to take a heroine of the man’s choice. Nikhil agrees and they start shooting with the girl Sujata better known as Nandita (Rimjhim Gupta).A series of explosions take place in the city and the main accused Subhash who had provided Nikhil with the finance and he is also Sujata’s boyfriend. Sujata is also arrested in due course of time and this film also meets with the same fate like his other films .Nikhil finally decides to make a commercial film on the lines of a Tamil flick.
The film remains dull, dark and murky without ever seeing any light and shows what sells actually in order to make a film success full at the box-office. Just like other art films, where one always keeps seeing shades of black and white , over here too imagination turns into reality in those scenes where Nikhil goes to meet Nandita in exactly the same old house where his hero would go to meet his heroine or the character of the joker who appears in a tram one day with handbills just as imagined by Nikhil. A few posters of films previously made by the director of this film appear in Nikhil’s office and it seems as if just the first name of the director has been changed with the name of the protagonist instead. The film belongs to Prasenjit because other than acting as Nikhil, the other characters are neither strong enough to make a lasting impression and he is clearly the biggest name. Ushashie, Rachna Shah, Rwita Dutta Chakrabarty or Rimjhim Gupta are just there. Though the film’s name is Houseful’, it seems as if the director was telling his own tale and he will also be forced to undergo such a situation very soon as his film is expectedly going to meet with the same fate. The number of people in the theatre were not even in double digits and he will also have to make a Bengali film on the lines of a Tamil flick if he wants a houseful of audience.