Ah! Finally a real entertainer to tickle your funny bone in this blistering heat! Housefull is a sight for sore eyes after the trash that Bollywood's been spinning out this last couple of IPL-laden weeks. Director Sajid Khan's second film is sure to have the theatres packed again with it's star studded appeal, picturesque locales and hilarious dialogues. Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Arjun Rampal, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone, Jiah Khan, Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani and Little Dubey star in this comic caper which gives you several occasions to roll on the floor with laughter!
Arush (Akshay Kumar) is an unlucky chump who hopes his life will turn around when he proposes to his first true love Pooja (Malaika Arora Khan) but she unfortunately dumps him. Fed up and loveless Arush decides to visit his childhood friend Bob aka Baburao (Reitesh Deshmukh) who stays with his wife Hetal (Lara Dutta). Arush thinks his luck's about to change when he gets married to a millionaire's daughter Devika (Jiah Khan) but lucks not on his side and a chaos of events ensures Arush meeting a third love of his life, Sandy (Deepika Padukone). What follows is a comedy of errors with confused identities, an estranged "pappa" and an overprotective military brother Krishna Rao (Arjun Rampal) out to destroy Arush's life.
Housefull is indeed full of slapstick humour but unlike most other slapstick comedies the basic plot of Housefull is also entertaining. It's not the jokes that drive the plot but the plot that evokes the jokes. It's not all comedy either because like Heyy Baby, Housefull also has it's share of drama but this time, thankfully, Sajid keeps the drama to a minimum giving us more enjoyable reel time. Both the halves of the film are quite entertaining... while the first half borders on being slightly silly with Akshay Kumar heavily underplaying and Randhir Kapoor looking slightly caricature, the second half packs a huge punch with Boman Irani and Arjun Rampal stepping in to add to the humour. Sajid Khan commemorates the late giants of Bollywood at the very onset of the film prepping us for the wholesome entertainment that he's about to serve.
Though Sajid credits himself for the story but one can't ignore the apparent inspirations from certain Hollywood Blockbusters especially the similarity between Arjun Rampal's character and Robert De Niro's in "Meet the Parents" or the confusion over Arush's wife in the first half which reminds us of "Heartbreak Kid." Nevertheless Housefull has a story which will sell like hot cakes amongst cinema goers ... just the perfect recipe for us aam junta. Certain moments in Housefull really stand out like Ritesh's "lingerie" dance, Akshay's interactions with Arjun Rampal, Boman's whole gujju angle, the bit where the Ritesh steals a baby! These bits were so hilarious that thinking about them makes me laugh again! Though the film is extremely entertaining Housefull does have it's low points.. certain gaps in the logic of the story and certain scenes where the humour seems very forced especially the ones with Randhir Kapoor in them! Also the climax bit with the Queen and all is very overdone and the promos have zeroed it's humour value. But in a comedy what matters is that at the end of the film you should have enjoyed your 2.5 plus hours and Housefull makes sure of that!
As for the actors, Ritesh is flawless in the film... he does brilliantly whether it's dancing crass to "lingaareee" or featuring in gay dreams! He is simply hilarious and he lights up the screen with his presence. This time Ritesh also surprises us with his sizzling body in a couple of songs! Akshay Kumar is not his boisterous loud self instead this time he's the loser! His character is very reminiscent of the one he played in Janeman and he does a good job playing low key. Arjun Rampal is brilliant! He's getting better with each film post his villainous look in OSO. This time too he's kind of a villain but be it his super hot body, his strict demeanour and his menacing glare of "I'll be watching you" Arjun steals your heart! Boman Irani is funny as usual. Among the girls Lara is one actress who's really good as a comedian, she brings out quite a lot of laughs. Deepika's very natural and of course both of them look super hot! Jiah Khan doesn't really get much scope.
Housefull measures up well in other aspects as well like the music score by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is very good with my favourite being the reprised version of Janab-e-ali!
The cinematography is awesome ... Italy looks oh-so-good! Overall the film is very vibrant and colourful! And just when you think you couldn't laugh more coz the film's over... wait.. the credits roll with the gag reel which is also very funny.
For entertainment without thought or logic Housefull is definitely worth a trip to the theatres... this one's sure to brighten up the weekend.
Rating: 3 / 5