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Housefull – movie review

A Loser who believed his bad luck will vanish if he finds true love...


Housefull, movie review

After ‘Heyy Babby’, its ‘Housefull’ the latest film directed by Sajid Khan which is a slapstick, a situational comedy about mistaken identities with the top notch star cast, all of who seem to be in good form. Housefull movie review…

Housefull is a romantic comedy story which is about Aarush (Akshay Kumar) who plays a luckless, lazy loser trying to change his luck by finding true love. In this quest for true love, how one lie leads to another and how different people from different walks of life come together, adding even more confusion to this hilarious comedy of errors resulting in total confusion and chaos.

So we have Aarush (Akshay Kumar) – the world’s unluckiest man and given to self pity at times. Being jinxed, he believes his bad luck can vanish if he finds true love.

He is in Macao, where he is ditched by his girlfriend Pooja (Malaika Arora). Then he moves back to London to be with his good friend Bob (Riteish Deshmukh), and his Gujarati wife, Hetal (Lara Dutta).

His friends in London get him hitched to a nice Hindustani girl, Devika (Jiah Khan), whose father (Randhir Kapoor) is the owner of the casino where Riteish and Lara work. But bad luck seems to follow him to London too, and so during their honeymoon, Devika ditches him for her Brit boyfriend.

Dismayed with his streak of bad luck, Aarush decides to commit suicide but is rescued by lovely lass, Sandy (Deepika Padukone) and they fall in love.

Just when everything seems to be going right, Hetal’s estranged Gujju dad (Boman Irani) and Sandy’s possessive brother (Arjun Rampal) pay them a visit. A single lie breeds hundreds of lies.

The oft repeated line uttered in Housefull is by Deepika Padukone who tells Akshay “Jis jhooth se kissi ka ghar basta ho, voh jhooth jhooth nahin hota”, pretty much sums up the essence of the film.

So we have lies and confusion, jokes at gays, mistaken identities and ridiculous situations all around.

Akshay, Riteish and Lara pull it off once again with their comic timing and excellent chemistry, and so does Boman Irani. Arjun Rampal as the Major has a commanding presence in his role of Deepika’s suspicious elder brother while Deepika stands out from the rest due to her earnestness and freshness with which she plays her character.

Chunky Pandey as Aakhri Pasta makes a notable and funny appearance in a small cameo while, Jiah Khan, it seems is included only for being there in bikinis and for the romantic song with Akshay.

It has beautiful visuals as its shot at different locations in England, Italy, Hong Kong and India. Already the songs – Oh Girl You’re Mine, Papa Jag Jayega, Aapka Kya Hoga Janaab e ali have made it to the top ten and are hit!

Housefull could have had a five star rating, had it not been for some stupid scenes with a cheap slapstick comedy, and the pitiable climax scene, where laughing gas is leaked inside the Buckingham Palace and every one including the Queen can’t cease to laugh.

‘Housefull’ isn’t about intelligent humour. It is a brainless comedy and somewhat funny enough to tickle one’s funny bone at moments and is a fun to watch.

Cast of Housefull:
Akshay Kumar – Arush
Ritesh Deshmukh – Bob
Arjun Rampal – Major Krishna Rao
Deepika Padukone – Sandy
Lara Dutta – Hetal
Jiah Khan – Devika
Boman Irani – Papa (Batuk Patel)
Chunky Pandey – Aakhri Pasta
Randhir Kapoor – Kishore Samtani
Lilette Dubey – Zulekha
Malaika Arora – Pooja
Jaqueline Fernandes (Special Appearance)

Credits & Crew of Housefull:
Banner: Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala
Directed by Sajid Khan
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy , Sameer
Cinematography by Vikas Sivaraman
Executive Producer – Rajesh Rajilal, Swapna David
Assistant Directors – Anshai Lal, Stuart Jones
Art Department – Ajay Chodanker, Zoe Hoare
Costume Designer: Shabina Khan, Aki Narula
Sound Designer: Jitendra Chaudhari
Production Designer: Rajnish Jaichandra Hedao
Background Sound: Sandeep ChowtaLyricist: Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sameer
Line Producer Italy – Giulia Salvadori
Line Producer UK: Lee Alliston
Production Design – Acropolis
Sound Re-recording – Leslie Fernandes
Visual Effects – Sudhir Trivedi
Singers – Amitabh Bhattacharya, Sunidhi Chauhan, Arun Ingle, Shabbir Kumar, Shankar Mahadevan, Alyssa Mendonsa, Loy Mendonsa, Tarun Sagar, Neeraj Shridhar, Mika Singh, Vivienne Pocha
Housefull, movie review