Don’t believe the critics, whaddya mean?
Schmuck, we mean don’t believe the other critics.
Folks, Akshay Kumar’s new movie Housefull is Total Nonsense but Fairly Entertaining Nonsense.
After reading several Indian critics, we were a little wary whether our money and time were being flushed down the loo this time too.
Thank heavens, No.
For sure, Housefull is no masterpiece but a gazillion times better than Akshay’s recent movies like Chandni Chowk, Kambhakkt Ishq et al.
Housefull is a nice slapstick comedy with all the illogical, wild nonsense that the genre entails.
The nonsense includes a slapping and boxing match between Akshay Kumar and an Italian monkey, a black baby for an Indian couple, deliberate suggestions of homosexuality, a full-grown tiger on the sofa et al.
By the way, no marks for guessing who’s the winner in the battle between Akshay and the Italian monkey. 😉
The movie opens with Akshay Kumar employed as a jinx or Jonah at the Venetian casino in Macau (looks so like the Venetian in Vegas). When the casino sees a gambler with a winning streak, they trot out Arush (Akshay Kumar) whose presence at the table breaks the good luck of the players and boosts the casino’s profits/reduces losses.
The man is said to be so unlucky that Friday the 13th is just no match for his birthday.
So unlucky that we even have a song He’s such a loser.
Dejected when his proposal is rejected, he’s off to London to stay with his buddy Babu Rao a.k.a. Bob (Riteish Deshmukh). No sooner does he arrive in London, things begin to collapse at Bob’s place much to the irritation of Bob’s wife Hetal (Lara Dutta).
Before you know it, Arush is married to Devika Khan (Jiah Khan) daughter of casino moghul Kishore Samtani (played by Randhir Kapoor), who’s also boss of Bob and Hetal).
What a delight to see Randhir Kapoor on the screen. The geezer was good in the short role. Old certainly is Gold.
Confusion Galore, Delight Galore
The marriage is when the confusion and nonsense get into full gear, particularly when we see the newly wedded bride smooching a white guy Benny on the beach.
Soon, we have more characters including Sandy (Deepika), the sister of Major Krishna Rao (Arjun Ramphal) of the Indian military intelligence, entering the picture.
Then there’s Hetal’s estranged father Batuk Patel (Boman Irani).
Quite a menagerie, eh?
With such a colorful cast, you can guess the wild confusion, lies and more lies to cover up the earlier lies.
Akshay Kumar has done a decent job.
The fella is very endearing in a lot of scenes like for instance when he apologizes to Hetal (Lara Dutta) and offers to leave their place for irritating her in a countless ways including getting a full-grown tiger Prada to replace her pet parrot Prada or following the mouth-to-mouth with Deepika on the beach.
One of the irritating elements we could have done without is Chunky Pandey’s character of the Italian hotel owner Aakkhri Pasta.
Riteish Deshmukh acts pansyish a lot but manages to do a passable job.
Boman Irani is good as always.
We still believe Arjun Ramphal can’t act but mercifully he doesn’t have that big a role here.
The three skimpily-clad girls Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan and Deepika Padukone may not have covered themselves in glory but they kept enough of their body uncovered to show lots of skin, both top and bottom, that had us happily drooling. 😉
By the way, are Jiah Khan’s boobies real? We really, really wanna know.
The music or the picturization are nothing to write home about but the comic moments amply compensated.
Go for It
There were a total of 7 people for the opening show on Friday afternoon at a theater on the East Coast.
And from the loud guffaws, all seemed to be enjoying the film.
Bottom line, we recommend Housefull. Just don’t expect to be a 100% laugh riot.
But there are more than enough laughs to keep you in good humor.
Overall, as they say in India, Housefull is a paisa vasool movie.
Critics Bugger Akshay Kumar’s Housefull