Sajid Khan always stands for wholesome entertainment. Be it on his TV shows, the events he host or his debut movie ‘Heyy Babyy’, it all bears a testimony to this fact. ‘Housefull’ too never promised anything other than that. But there are several questions out of curiosity for Housefull...one of them being as Sajid certainly seemed hell confident about it and the other being whether Akshay Kumar can finally settle with a successful movie after a string of failures last year.
Neither is the script any imaginative or original. The plot rolls around the old identity mistaken one, but it is not executed the way comedies with such plots are executed usually. Sajid knew his intentions very well and instead of circulating round the plot, he manages to put up other scenes which get your bone tickling to the T.
Also just like Heyy Babyy, Sajid makes sure there are some heartwarming or emotional sequences (the one between Akshay – Deepika during the lie detector test) in the movie, thus making sure he doesn’t end up making a movie out of no plot with a series of funny sequences attached one after the other.
It is a story about Aarush (Akshay Kumar) a loser, whose bad luck takes so heavy a toll on him that even he considers himself a ‘panauti’. Such bad it is, that the winning individual at the casino, would soon turn into a drowned face once the loser passes off that table. Even that if he tries to tidy his friend’s house, he ends up making it a whole mess. He believes that his luck would change once he gets married. So he gets married to his friends, Bob and Hetal’s (Ritesh & Lara) boss’ (Randhir Kapoor) daughter (Jiah Khan) But luck has some other plan in store for him and a tragedy strikes between them. Enters Sandy (Deepika Padukone), and both she and Aarush fall in love with each other. But complications lie ahead, when Hetal’s father, who hasn’t spoken to her for two years, decides to meet her, thinking she is married to a millionaire, who has a big bungalow and on the other hand it is Major Krishna Rao (Arjun Rampal) who is Sandy’s brother and famous for his strict behavior, who would be visiting the “bungalow” to meet Aarush and judge him. This is what forms the crux of the movie.
The movie is funny in bits and pieces as far as the first half is concerned. It tries hard to be hilarious at times, but actually giggles you only a couple of times. The whole Aakhri Pasta (Chunkey Pandey) sequence is hilarious and not to forget the ‘lingerie’ one. But what sets you on for a complete laughter riot is the howlarious second half which covers up for most of the first half and gets you riant at almost every scene that features, especially the homo and gay scene heavily inspired from the Kal Ho Naa Ho Kantaben sequence.
But ‘Housefull’ adds on to the list of the movies which end up with a hurried or non convincing climax. The whole laughing gas sequence fails to ignite any laughter among the audience and seems quite haywardly written. No wonder Sajid said that he could not think of a proper climax and it took him 80 days to write the sequence.
However, once you leave the theatre, you would remember all the funny sequences, some heartwarming scenes and stellar act put up by the whole cast. Housefull is a treat for all masala lovers.
While Sajid Khan packs up a lot of quotients in this over two hours venture, you do feel that the screenplay could have been a lot tighter. The pace dips at instances, mostly at the first half.
Vikas Sivaraman’s Cinematography is top notch. Special mention of the Italy locales. They are just beautiful.
Dialogues are good. Not that they are any memorable but they do their job perfectly at the scenes they are required.
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is quite decent. In fact, ‘Housefull’ is a perect example of those movies which has item songs, but they don’t appear as forced . ‘Aapka Kya Hoga’ is one perfect example. While ‘Papa Jag Jaayega’ is quite finely brought into the situation, ‘O Girl’ could have been given a really better placement, though u don’t complain.
‘Loser’ is picturised properly. In fact, I was wondering why didn’t they include Amitabh’s version in the audio cd, rather than going ahead with the female one which makes way lesser impact than Amitabh’s version.
Anyhow, Dhanno takes the cake. It is the best audio track as well as the best picturised one.
Coming to performances…
Akshay Kumar is back. Yeah u might say, that where had he gone? But the fact is that he had been buried under some crap movies he delivered in the couple of last years as well as his comedy getting repetitive. In that sense Akshay is definitely back, with a bang. He gets into the skin of a sweet loser very well. Excellent!
Deepika Padukone is a huge surprise, honestly. I had a frame of mind that she wont be able to carry off in this one for sure considering it’s a heavy multistarrer as well as that it’s a comedy venture. But she stuns with her brilliant acting along with the skin show that she supposedly does.
Lara Dutta has grooved into her comic timing quite well. She has been mastering comedy for quite a well now and Housefull is no exception.
Riteish Deshmukh is too good. While he would be sidelined probably, he comes up with a too good act. His homo scenes are way too superb!
Arjun Rampal is good despite struggling with expressions here as well. But this time his scenes are there to cover up for him. His scenes with Akshay are excellent, especially the lie detector scene.
Jiah Khan is hardly there. A song, and few sequences here and there, out of which a couple have her in her two piece. Yet she is good in whatever she has to do.
Randhir Kapoor is okay. His opening dialogue is excellent regarding the Britishers 200 year rule on India.
Boman Irani is the star of the show. His gujju scenes are way too good and he just blazes up the screen with his perfect timing. No doubt, he comes up with another flawless performance.
Chunkey Pandey is excellent and no ‘ I am nooot Joking’
My Favourite Scenes:
Chunkey Pandey sequence (I am joooooooking)
Riteish – Boman – Akshay slap scene
The homo sequence between Akshay – Riteish (and Arjun)
The black baby sequence (Rahul – Raj – Rohan – Rajesh especially )
Aapka Kya Hoga track
Boman Entry’s in London
On the whole, Housefull is not a full on hardcore entertainer. It has its weaknesses, mostly in the first half and then in the climax. Its not a non stop laughter riot, yet it does entertain you enough to go back home having had a great time in the theatre thanks to the brilliant team work.
P.S. I hated Singh is Kinng and I found it to be one of the worst comedies I have ever seen. Yet I enjoyed Housefull. So I guess I wont be wrong if I say that if y