Housefull is helmer Sajid Khan’s second directorial venture. His debut Heyy Babyy, starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Fardeen Khan, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani, is the first full-length feature film released on 24 August 2007. This film is inspired by the 1987 American comedy Three Men and a Baby, which had been previously remade in Indian cinema as the 1990 Malayalam film Thooval Sparsam.
Housefull deals with the central character played by Akshay Kumar who is the quintessential antonym of an achiever. He is a perpetual loser and a thorough failure in life.
Everytime he falls in love with a girl, she walks out without any qualms. But he believes that if he can find a lady who truly loves him then the fates would nullify his persistent ill luck.
Housefull is the story of Aarush (Akshay Kumar) the world’s most unluckiest man. Being jinxed, he believes his bad luck may be repelled if he finds a romantic female partner who will truly love him.
He lives in the house of his best bonded friend Bob ( Ritesh Deshmukh) and his wife Heetal (Lara Dutta). In this quest for true love, he builds up lie over deceit to boost his false estate and fake personality to win over his lady love Sandy (Deepika Padukone). But then he has to deal with Major Krishna Rao (Arjun Rampal) to succeed in seducing Sandy.
Aarush has to succeed in his deceitful avatar with characters like Devika (Jiah Khan), Batuk Patel (Boman Irani), Kishore Samtani (Randhir Kapoor), Akhri Pasta (Chunky Pandey) and of course the lavishly glamorous chik (Jacqueline Fernandez).
The comedy of errors leads to utter chaos demining the bathos of the romantic emotions of Aarush leading to the ethos of a hilarious climax.
Akshay Kumar has given the best thespian eulogy of his filmy career.(In fact, there is a Hollywood film directed by Michael Clancy titled Eulogy, a black comedy, with the tagline ‘Last rites. Last words Last laughs’ released in 2004) Deepika Padukone continues her good work just like as she did in Om Shanti Om and Love Aaj Kal.
Ritesh Deshmukh seems to have absorbed the essence of the art of comedy.
His timing is superb. Lara Dutta is as glamorous as ever. Arjun Rampal is militarily disciplined but warm and enduring. The ‘Nishabd ‘Jiah Khan is garrulous. Boman Irani, Randhir Kapoor and Chunky Pandey live up to their reputation as mature thespians.
Director Sajid Khan comes out with a winner. It is houseful of a laugh riot. The simple and slapstick dialogues have its rib-tickling punch. The screenplay lends its logically illogical structure to greatly enhance the inherent and coherent comedy. Music by Shankar-Ehsan-Loy is pleasing. The remix of Laawaris song `aapka kya hoga, janab-e-wali’ is better than the original. Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography captures the indoors well and his canning of Italian outdoors is simply outstanding. The production values are high.
Housefull gives you the required relaxation from the summer heat and the
usual stress and strain of the daily routine styled rigmarole.
Housefull has a houseful of laugh riot. Go watch and laugh your guts out.
Director Sajid Khan has a way of his own where he mixes wit and satire into not just Black & White Comedy, but, say, Grey Comedy.
Listen to Sandy (Deepika Padukone) when she says in the film to Aarush (Akshay Kumar) : “Jis jhooth se kissi ka ghar basta ho, voh jhooth jhooth nahin hota.”
The celebrated American author wrote in one of his stories: “This is too much of a coincidence to be a mere coincidence.”
Something like this happened to the basic plot of the Housefull movie, In fact, Sajid Khan had conceived the central theme of the plot of Housefull almost three years ago, soon after the release of his debut film Heyy Babbyy.
In the movie Housefull, Aarush’s (Akshay Kumar) marriage with Sandy (Deepika Padukone) is ingloriously and ignobly interrupted by Devika (Jiah Khan) who claims to have already married to Aarush.
Doesn’t this remind you of the recent media muck about Indian Hyderabadi tennis ace Sania Mirza’s wedding with Pakistani ex-cricket skipper Shoaib Mallik and the claim of Ayesha Siddiqui that she already married Shoaib.
Yes, this is too much of a coincidence to be a mere coincidence. Has fiction started following fact or is it vice versa?
The Cast and Crew
Akshay Kuma,Ritesh Deshmukh, Lara Dutta, Deepika Padukone, Arjun Rampal, Jiah Khan, Boman Irani, Randhir Kapoor, Chunky Pandey, Jacqueline Fernandez ( Special Appearance )
Director: Sajid Khan
Producer: Sajid Nadiadwala
Music Director: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, Loy Mendonsa
Lyricst: Sameer, Amitabh Bhattacharya
Singers: Loy Mendonsa, Alyssa Mendonsa, Neeraj Shridhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid Khan, Shabbir Kumar, Vivinenne Pocha
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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