Before I tell you anything else, let me dwell on a certain lady who goes by the name of Deepika Padukone. Sigh! I’m not exaggerating one tiny bit when I say that Housefull is watchable only and only for Deepika. If you thought she looked like an angel in Karthik Calling Karthik (I did), you’ll be blown away by her awesomeness in Housefull. We all know how ravishing Lara Dutta looks, now imagine how mind-blowing Deepika would be looking if she manages to outshine Lara, which mind you is not everyone’s cup of tea, no sir. I could go on and on about Deepika, but I’ll reserve that for my dreams. You just got to see her. I was pissed when she didn’t appear on screen for close to 40 minutes, but then… I feel in love and lust.
Now, coming to Housefull. The movie ain't intelligent, logical or sensible, it ain't meant to be. Housefull has been made to entertain and it hell yeah, it does. It’s a slapstick comedy that is funny on a consistent basis. Didn’t expect Sajid Khan to serve up a decent movie, but he has.
The story is about a loser dude, Aarush played by Akshay Khanna. These are the kind of roles that are right down his alley, and thankfully, he isn’t over-the-top and outlandish. The role of a seedha-saada guy, ridden by extreme bad luck suits him well. Ritesh Deshmukh takes over as the goofy loud-mouth and is the perfect foil for Kumar. Arjun Rampal looks tough and acts tough; Boman Irani is hilarious as a Gujju businessman. Lara Dutta is sweet when she speaks Gujarati and sexy when she shakes her booty. In between, she manages to emote convincingly as well. And Deepika Padukone… sigh!
Aarush is such a panauti that he is employed by a casino, he enters the casino and people start losing big time. Dejected by numerous refusals, he goes to London to spend time with his childhood friend Bob (Deshmukh). Bob is married to Hetal (Dutta), whose father Batubhai Patel (Irani) is angry at her over marrying Bob. Aarush ends up marrying Bob and Hetal’s boss’ daughter Devika (Jiah Khan). But Devika dumps him on their honeymoon and he ends up meeting Sandy (Deepika). And then follows an array of mix-ups and goof-ups that keep you smiling, giggling and guffawing.
Housefull has the usual dose of jokes on Gujjus and gays, as well as the expected situational comedy sequences. All gelled together makes for a fun watch. The film is good to look at as well, shot mostly in Italy and London. And surprisingly, the music becomes listenable in the movie. Oh Girl You’re Mine, Papa Jag Jayega and Apni Toh Jaise Taise are choreographed well enough to not steer you away from the fun element of the movie.
Overall, Housefull works. It does what it is supposed to do, it entertains. Don’t ask any questions, just sit back and enjoy.
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