wogma rating: Watch, but no rush (?)
We are happy. We are just a bunch of 'mango' people who are happy to be in a theater after a long hiatus. So happy are we that there is at least something to watch, to draw us to the halls, that we don't mind the "open head; keep brain aside in safety; close head; watch film" drill. Yeah-yeah-yeah the comedy is not bad, or let's just say it's better than what one would expect from this team. And it’s the sight of an oasis in a desert. And thirsty we were.Read more
NOT A REVIEW - Just wondering to see if slapstick can bring a smile…
The promo promises realization of every man's dream - one husband, three wives.
That is quite what it takes to interest the audience according to trade analyst, Amod
Mehra. And that is exactly what the director-producer duo is aiming at.
Unlike certain film-makers who make films for themselves rather than an audience, I make films from an audience point of view … I promise you that the words “paisa vasool” will be in full effect when you watch ‘Housefull’
While, director, Sajid Khan has no pretense about making a film that appeals to a particular niche, producer Sajid Nadiadwala, only wants to add to the glamor quotient.
How do we reinvent ourselves and do something that will be better than Heyy Babyy in all aspects? As a producer I have made sure that the cast, canvas and music is far bigger than the audience’s expectation … the film has been shot with the entire cast over four countries England, Italy, Hong Kong and India.
Nice trick! The lower you set your standards, the easier it is to achieve your goal. Alright-alright, there were enough people who liked Heyy Babyy, doesn't matter much, that a part of the audience …
ahem … doesn't think of that as paisa vasool.
Yet, for the audience who don't care too much for this variety of entertainment there is hope because Sajid Khan has attributed his movie-making inspiration to seven of his favorite directors.
The lucky seven are Manmohan Desai, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, K. Raghvendra Rao, K. Bappaiah, Narendra Bedi, Prakash Mehra and Blake Edwards.
Just in case you missed it, the veteran directors are…lucky…that Sajid thought of them. Geez!
Anyway, after about 2 hours of browsing for buzz around this upcoming film, you figure that THE most inviting aspect of the film is the skimpily-clad, killer-lady trio - Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, and Jiah Khan. Interestingly though, the straight women in the house have something to look forward too! Sajid Khan wouldn't let half his audience go without 'entertainment' now, would he?
I told them all two months in advance that I would be needing them to show skin, including Ritesh Deshmukh! So they could do all the pushups they wanted … men are all topless I've made each one of them strip, and the lovely ladies are in bikinis.
Now, whether or not a shirtless Ritesh Deshmukh is your idea of recreation, is your problem. Any which way, the cast took their director's word seriously enough to not indulge in Italian delicacies.
Worry not, not all energies have been spent on cosmetics. Ritesh has a supposedly super hilarious tongue-twister which he prepared for relentlessly."What on earth is Ritesh babbling about?" is the first question that pops after you watch this trailer. Thankfully a Lara Dutta interview comes to the rescue. The question is," Who are you married to in the film?"
This film is complete confusion! So I am married to Riteish, but am also married to Akshay. But I am also Akshay's sister. But I am also Riteish's sister. I am Boman's daughter, but I am also Boman's daughter in law!
Rest assured, the lady promises a tight screenplay.
So if you are not following because of all the confusion, you might lose the plot somewhere.
With 6 lead characters, it's always interesting to see who gets what kind of screen space. The supposed budget of Rs. 100 crore, clearly identifies Akshay Kumar as the main lead. Looks like the ladies, however, have divided the labor between themselves.
Deepika is the main female romantic lead. She has most of the songs and romantic scenes with Akshay Kumar. Lara has a stronger role in terms of the dialogue and the comic sequences.
Which is all fine, till I read the next paragraph,
Housefull is a comedy of errors apparently inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Chupke Chupke about a house filled with characters coming and going and creating a commotion of mistaken identity.
Oh, the horror! Chupke Chupke is my favorite film! Calling the director, "lucky" is one thing but claiming to be like one of his best works…is…heartbreaking.
Especially, when the selling points are slapstick - not regular slapping, slapping by a monkey no less! And item numbers, of course, by Mallaika Arora, Jacquline Fernandes, and maybe even Aishwarya Rai.
Despite all these reservations against this brand of entertainment, despite the anxiety, the ardent cine-lover in me, is hopeful. I remember the subtle humor in the second half of Heyy Babyy. Also co-writer Milap Zaveri is capable of writing decent comedy. Also the music, the mainstay of this genre, has received some decent reviews.
Housefull is slated for release on 30th April, 2010. Enjoy the show and let us know what you think the film is going to be like. Till then, gear up with some of these videos.
- meeta, a part of the audience
8.30 AM. 600-seater theater. Housefull. Ok-ok almost housefull, but it was mandatory to use the name, right? So, now that we are done with that, let me tell you, I'm not kidding. The theater had barely 10-15 vacant seats. And the other 585-590 seats were laughing/hooting/whistling/clapping - basically being happy they are in a theater and there is something half-half-decent on the screen.
Of course, there was this one person who was just thoroughly relishing the fact that people around her were completely involved in the chaos and enjoying the experience to the hilt - yours truly. I'm not saying I didn't like the film at all, but I couldn't call the film engrossing or 100% entertaining. It was just about alright. I laughed really hard a few times. But, not as much on a mind-blowing, insides-rattling joke as I did due to the silliness of it all. I mean what else can you laugh at when people suffer an electronic shock and that, moves on to become a dance.
The nutty absurdity is not restricted to one-off incidents. While the first half introduces characters and builds relationships, the second half is spent in rewiring all the connections. Whose wife is whose sister is whose daughter is whose wife…or something like that. Yeah, such comedy of errors and mistaken identities have potential for loads of laughs. Housefull is neither devoid of them, nor…well, full of them.
Of course, it's the standard loud, is almost a tolerable variety of over-the-top and it defies logic at every chance it's given. Out-of-job characters or characters with presumably low-paying jobs spend money like they are Midas. Other characters who are supposedly rich, make you wonder how such low-IQ people could get so far.
Oops, look at me getting caught up in trivialities. The idea is to have fun, and well it is not a complete loss on that count. Had the performances been a little more subtle and a little more consistent, it could have easily been a fun ride through the run time. But, as usual, while the dialogues are on a consistent roll, the events are rather sporadic. Similarly, while the comic timing of most of the actors is brilliant, the individual scenes are not necessarily strong enough.
The three men do their usual thing. National award winner Arjun Rampal, in his bit role, looks very uncomfortable trying his shot at comedy. The women on the other hand look good, alternate between shrieking and sort-of superficially expressing a sad/romantic emotion. I love the way Deepika Padukone carries herself in the skimpiest of clothes. Yep! There's loads and loads of that. And those who are going there for Jiah Khan, well, bother not. She barely has a cameo.
I know it's been a famine of big-profile releases. I know you want to rush to the theater given the slightest excuse. But though it has those mindless, silly laughs, I don't have the heart to recommend that you spend money and time on what it takes for a family to go to the theaters. Time spent on it when it's out on TV/DVD though might be well worth it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...Akshay Kumar’s loser act, wherein he rarely laughs but manages to create a hilarious situation for the audiences to tickle their funny bone, is certainly a winner in the film.... full review
So-So, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...The story is about pretences, and how in the name of saving one's face and reputation, lies lead to bigger lies, stemming from wanting to impress family members... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...For director Sajid Khan, an otherwise intelligent individual, three women rising out of the water wearing itsy bitsy bikinis may be ultimate heaven, but there's only so much the physical can do for you.... full review
Thumbs down, by Kshitij Mehta, J.A.M : ...So we all know that one has to put aside logic while watching a film of this kind, but to just take the audience for granted & go on with stupid shenanigans in the name of humour is just plain criminal. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...Akshay Kumar, is exhaustingly inconsistent. Read more at: http://movies.ndtv.com/movie_review.aspx?lang=hindi&id=510&moviename=Review%3A+Housefull+&cp... full review
Thumbs down, by Himanshu Bhutani, Passion for Cinema : ... In a comedy film, I would think entertainment means laughter and “loads of” it. The director promised it, but was it delivered? I think not. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...Khan claims this film is a tribute to directors like Manmohan Desai and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, but I cannot think of a worse way to pay tribute... full review
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Not Interested in Watching, by Plumber guildford
Yay! Thumbs Up, by AlanWake
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Avatarfullhd : really funny movies,Akshay Rocked in the whole movie,getting slapped by so many people,great movie .
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Bollywood Songs : 77
Yay! Thumbs Up, by dizi izle : it is really awsome
Yay! Thumbs Up, by egha pamungkas : very good
Yay! Thumbs Up, by FreeMoviezDL.Com : good
Yay! Thumbs Up, by jerry dale : good movie i think
Yay! Thumbs Up, by John Smith : A bit funny, entertaining, has a value, can't watch it with whole family. Not the best Hindi movie..
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Maria
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Mireya
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Oreck xl Vacuum : So characters must EVOLVE and not CHANGE, ha,ha, yes, the sounds are sophisticated all right!! And C
Yay! Thumbs Up, by vandenberg schmuck : good
Yay! Thumbs Up, by yeremia : 50
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