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REVIEW: Housefull is a laugh riot

Sajid Khan’s Housefull has nothing original, yet scores high on the entertainment factor. Confused? Well, let me explain. Take a bit of this and a bit of that, stir it well and garnish it; you make a fine concoction. As they say, it’s all about packaging and this time around Producer-writer Sajid Nadiadwala has done a seamless job of weaving a funny tale, Housefull, out of several situations you must have witnessed before. But credit goes to the director Sajid khan for making it work at least for the audiences, if not for the critics.

Housefull comes as a breath of fresh air after a series of below average films that released this season. After Heyy Babyy, this time too Sajid has handpicked Akshay and Ritesh who share a wonderful chemistry on screen. From the time the film starts rolling you know exactly what to expect. Housefull revolves around Aarush (Akshay Kumar), the unluckiest man, who works as a cooler (someone whose mere presence makes people lose money) at a casino in Macau. According to his birthchart, the jinx can break only when he finds true love. Thus begins Aarush’s quest to find his soulmate. With the help of his friend Bob (Ritesh) and his wife Hetal (Lara) he gets married to the daughter (Jiah Khan) of a wealthy businessman Kishore Samtani (Randhir Kapoor). But there’s a twist in the tale.

Enters Sandy (Deepika Padukone), who saves Aarush from drowning and falls in love with him. But here comes a twist in the form of Sandy’s brother, Major Krishna (Arjun Rampal) and Hetal’s (Lara Dutta) father, Batuk Patel (Boman Irani). What follows after that is a comedy of errors as we often find in Priyadarshan’s films. So, how Aarush and his buddy Bob (Riteish Deshmukh) come out of this mess, forms the crux ofthe film.

Like Heyy Babyy, Housefull sails smoothly as far as the plot is concerned. The best part of the film is that it doesn’t get into too much of hamming sequences and dwells more on situational comedy. Be it Akshay’s intro scene, Chunkey Pandey’s track in Italy or Boman mistaking Ritesh-Akki as gay couple (which by the way has an uncanny resemblance to KJo’s Kantabai track in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) are genuinely funny.

Talking of drama, the scene between Akshay and Arjun are superb, especially the lie detector test, which is among the best sequences ofthe film. Akki’s honeymoon scene with Jiah Khan soon after the marriage is unforgettable.

Akshay underplays his part beautifully. Riteish is incredibly natural. Though the story primarily revolves around Akshay, Riteish stands shoulder to shoulder with Akshay in this one. Arjun Rampal is fantastic. Post Om Shanti Om and Rock On!!, Housefull is yet another film that cashes in on Arjun’s talent to the tee. And yes, you can also see him try a few dance steps as a bonus.

Deepika has improved a lot in the acting department. She carries her part with amazing confidence and again, post Love Aaj Kal and Karthik calling Karthik. Lara is a seasoned pro when it comes to comedies. She is as good as she was in Partner.

With S-E-L at the helm of affairs, the film boast of few catchy tracks. Must mention about Papa Jag Jayega which pays a tribute to Mithun’s popular dance step. Oh Girl You’re Mine is peppy.

The only drawback here is the screenplay. It hops from one scene to another and often forgets what’s been tackled before just a few minutes ago. The thread of continuity snaps at a number of places. For example the track of the child of Hetal and Aarush hangs as a loose end. Once the real mother of the child takes him away right in front of Hetal’s father, the writer hasn’t even bothered to explain how Hetal and Aarush should have handled the situation thereafter.

But then with a film like Housefull, it’s better if one keeps his/her thinking cap outside the theatre. Do not question the logic and you will enjoy it.

Rating: Good


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