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By Bollywood Hungama News Network, November 3, 2010 – 11:47 IST
For NGE, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, its been surviving and scoring in that era of entertainment when the corporates, with their multi-million dollar fund raising & over-committing capacity, almost wiped out most of the individual production houses.
It’s been sheerly on the strength of the versatility and vision of its spearhead Sajid Nadiadwala that has made NGE a force to reckon with, despite the corporate onslaught.
With two successful multistarrer movies, Housefull and Anjaana Anjaani already having released this year, all eyes are now fixed on 2011-2012.
The New Year will trigger off with two new shots in the arm of his organization – the Saif Ali Khan starrer directed by Siddharth Anand based on Chetan Bhagat’s book ’2 States’, which starts shooting in January 2011 and the Shahid Kapoor starrer Heer And Ranjha directed by Sabbir Khan.
Both Saif & Shahid will be working with NGE for the first time. Also, this will be the first time that NGE will be filming two of its projects simultaneously and gearing both the films for 2011 release.
In the 2nd half of 2011, NGE will commence the sequel to its blockbuster Housefull, this time with one of its favourite superstars, Akshay Kumar.
Around the same time, Salman Khan, who has literally nurtured his friend Sajid Nadiadwala’s foundation for years with super-hits like Judwaa, Jeet, Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi, will kick-start Kick, to be directed by Shirish Kunder.
Imtiaz Ali’s film for Sajid Nadiadwala, which will reportedly feature Hrithik Roshan will start towards the end of 2011, hereby completing the year’s hectic shooting slate, perhaps the best in the business.
On the business front, it was but natural, that after a successful stint with the mutually money-making, corporate association with Eros in Heyy Babyy, Kambakkht Ishq, Housefull and Anjaana Anjaani, NGE was flooded with multiple corporate offers to associate & partner its envious array of plum projects with them.
However, it is heard that even more tempting offers to off-load equity in order to be part of the action, have not been able to entice a determined Sajid Nadiadwala, who, this time is convinced to steer NGE independently, to its next level.
Plans for 2012 too are in full swing, to lock in scripts with two top heroes who have shown their keenness to work with the banner once again, after having had a great interaction for the first time.
In a candid chat, Akshay talks about why he always “plays” with Vipul Shah and why he doesn’t have a darbar of chamchas recommending scripts
Action Replayy is your fifth film with Vipul Shah. What makes you tie up with him so regularly?
We both believe in making commercial cinema which is commercial yet sensible. That’s why I enjoy working with him, whether he is directing or producing.
People are beginning to say that it’s high time you look at different films and stop doing comedies.
I would like you to go back and see at all the successful films in the last five years. Most of the films that have worked at the box-office are comedy films and the percentage ration is 92% which is very high. Take any recent film for example be it 3 Idiots or even Dabangg, it had heavy does of comedy in it.
I think people have had enough of depression in their life. Everyone, especially people who are paying 200 to 300 Rs of money to watch a film, want entertainment. There should be comedy with a sensible storyline and good music and it will work and that’s what I am doing.
Have you totally stopped even trying to pretend to do ‘serious’ roles?
I did try with 8 X 10 Tasveer, but hardly anyone came to see the film. So now I play a commercial hero and try to rediscover myself in that genre. But here again I want to say that 8 X 10 Tasveer was one of my best efforts and I am and will always be proud of that film.
Since the last three years you’ve produced quite a few films.
Yes, I am enjoying my role as a producer. I have made about seven films and I can say that I am a hands-on producer. I look into every department of the film. Barring my Hollywood film, I have worked hands-on in all the other productions, so that I can be present to see what’s happening around me.
You are the original action hero. But now that action films are working, you don’t have even one action film on the floors?
I am starting one next year and I will announce it soon.
Joker will now be made in 3D. What do you think about it?
I have a great technician in the form of Shrish Kunder and I know that if there is anyone who can make a 3D film, it’s him; he is technically very sound. I am excited about making Joker.
You are probably the only actor who works with directors despite their flops. Shirish Kunder, Nikhil Advani. Why?
It is not an emotional thing as one would like to believe. I must say that Nikhil has come up with a mind-blowing script in the form of Patiala House and it is definitely one of my favorite scripts. Similarly for Shirish. I go by the script and the role. Hits and flops are a part of everyone’s career and I don’t judge anyone on those grounds. I don’t have chamchas around me suggesting flicks. I listen to everyone but at the end of the day I take my own decisions.
You were the highest paid actor till recently.
Yes, and now I am the lowest paid star. I have demolished the term, ‘actors’ remuneration’.
Firoz Nadiadwala is making Hera Pheri 3. However you are not a part of it?
I don’t want to do the same things over and over again. (Smiles)
Tech-lover Priyanka Chopra’s phone kept her company during her two-day sabbatical
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 14, 2010)
With the hectic life she’s leading – that leaves her with six hours of sleep – Priyanka Chopra doesn’t mind a break. So, when she disappeared without her camera and laptop for two days, everyone was left wondering about her whereabouts. But PC stayed connected with her fans by regularly posting updates and tweets and even playing a guess game about where she was. And all the while, she was in Mumbai. She told BT, “People kept guessing I was in places as far as Southern California. My yellow dress picture is actually from Parmeshwar Godrej’s house.” But, the tech lover kept connected to her fans with her new Nokia N8 smartphone, which she has had for over a month now. She said, “I kept taking pictures and since the phone has an amazing camera – 12 MP – I was extremely excited about using it.” PC loves to get pictures clicked, and also click pictures herself. Her first camera was a gift from her mother, she recalled, adding, “I was very click-happy with this phone. I always carry a camera with me, in fact, ever since I was 13. Since I hadn’t taken mine, the phone was great for that.”
Talking about her love for tech, PC said, “I’m a geek’s fantasy. I can’t talk to people who are technophobics. I don’t connect with them.” It’s no surprise that she spends a lot of her free time on the phone. Just before the press conference for the launch of the Nokia N8 smartphone in Mumbai, Priyanka was busy watching TV on her phone. She said, “My phone has these great features. It has a huge memory and I can connect it to my TV too. Plus, I love the Ovi store, which has a lot of newage applications. The phone’s got a good combo of entertainment and consumer friendly applications.”
Nandana Sen on matters close to her heart
Priyanka Dasgupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 8, 2010)
There is an enigma surrounding you. How much of an intellectual is the real Nandana?
Hmmm… I think, I am more geeky than “intellectual”. I love to read books, yes, and I like to write too, but that’s just one part of me. There are so many other parts that are just as alive and urgent — that love to eat, to dance, to cook, to preen, to ride my bike, to play with my niece, to sing film songs (badly), to get drenched in the rain, to buy a pink suitcase, to be hugged by my mother, or be enchanted by a love letter…
Have you ever found yourself being objectified? If yes, how did you handle the situation?
Any woman in showbiz is lying if she says she’s never felt objectified. In fact, any woman — period. I have always, with no exception, rejected any role I felt would objectify me. But let’s understand one thing — being objectified is totally different from choosing to express one’s sensuality. In fact, they are absolute opposites. The former robs you of your humanity, while the latter celebrates it. Incidentally, men are equally objectified in our business. In a way, isn’t the whole entertainment world about turning a person into an object — a product or a “brand” — even if you are SRK?
You’ve been in a relationship for quite sometime now. Do you have any reservations about the trend of talking/advertising partners?
I think, it’s entirely up to the individual. I don’t believe in lying about it, even though that’s the norm for girls in this business. If I am in a relationship, you would never find me saying, “I am single and ready to mingle!” or “We’re just good friends”. But nor do I believe in making every detail public. In some ways, I am a very private person. But that’s just me.
Your on-screen character in Autograph is in a live-in relationship. Both on-screen and off it, do you think marriage is really very important in today’s age?
It depends entirely on the couple in question. In Autograph, the young lovers are best friends as well as passionately in love. Their dynamics show an intensely real, contemporary, non-‘filmi’ face of urban romance. Off- screen, I believe making a commitment to the one you love is very important — whether private or public. Just as a live-in relationship can have every strength and loyalty of a perfect marriage, I have seen marriages where spouses are happy to live separate lives, emotionally and/or sexually. I’m no prude, but a marriage like that would never work for me. I’m a die-hard romantic and would always prioritise loyalty and trust over a nominal social or public status with no true commitment within. That said, do I think I’ll get married one day? Absolutely!
Knowledge can sometimes be a baggage for an actor. Do you find it difficult to become a mould of clay in the hands of a director?
As an actor, I believe that nothing is more important than surrendering totally to the director’s vision. I may have questions, I may need to understand something better or differently, but I will always trust the director completely to make the right choice.
TV’s most loved, most deranged family is readying itself to be unleashed on film. And if our conversation with all its actors is anything to go by, it might just be as riotous
What began as a joke is now… well, a bigger joke. Khichdi, the TV series christened after the ubiquitous rice-lentil dish of the subcontinent, will be served on a larger platter — the big screen, this week. The promoters are relaying this from the rooftops, and with good reason.
After all, no other product of our TV heritage - Hum Log, Malgudi Days, CID et al has made it to 70mm, a trend the West adopted years ago.
The sitcom, a brainchild of writer Aatish Kapadia and then Gujarati film actor Jamnadas Majethia opened in 2002 amidst a wave of expensive game shows and melodramatic soaps.
It took self-deprecating humour to a new high (or low, as some might feel) and grabbed TRPs. Its second season wound up at its peak in 2005, but not before beginning a trend of Gujarati characters in TV serials, earlier set only by ‘Malhotra’-esque Punjabis.
The serial’s Parekh family, played by veteran actors of the vernacular stage is now etched in telly history: Anang Desai, aka ‘Babujee’, the timid head of the family, ‘Jayshree’; his gossip-loving daughter-in-law (Nimisha Vakharia); the idiotic couple, ‘Praful-Hansa’ (the endearing Rajiv Mehta and Supriya Pathak) while producer Jamnadas Majethia himself is Himanshu the buffoon. The two kids (of whom the girl is being played by Majethia’s real life daughter Kesar) are the only level-headed characters of the family.
We caught up with the actors at their loudest best at the studios of their production house for a freewheeler, albeit in Gujarati.
MM: What makes you think the audiences will bear you for three hours?
Aatish: (Laughs) On the contrary, it’s tougher in the 20-minute weekly capsule. Our 8 pm slot was a time when children would be studying, the cooker whistle going off and other noises. In a film, it’s easier to get attention.
JD (Jamnadas Majethia): …and we had to make it, Aatish and I had been thinking of it all the while. We’re sure the audiences would love our comic timing in a film format too. After all, it’s near-perfect after knowing each other for so long. Now if you wake me up at an odd hour and throw me into a situation with either of them, I’ll still react like (snaps).
MM: You sound like you’ve been in Bollywood all this while.
JD: I have been… only struggling! I was under contract for five years for two big banners - Sharman (Joshi) and I were together - and no film materialised. Then the production firm happened and acting took a back seat. In Khichdi, we had a Dubai schedule which Deven Bhojani refused. Then, Aatish insisted I do the role. As the producer, I thought it would save costs too! The channel loved the subsequent TRPs and Himanshu can’t leave the family now! Meanwhile, I have undergone a great disciplinary change. My friends circle has shrunk, all my habits, I quit drink… whatever… baddhuj bandh!
MM: So is Himanshu of the TV series the ‘hero’ of your film?
JD: Well, mostly… he has retained his innocence but some things, like his embroidered costumes had to be changed!
|KHANA KHA KE JANA: (From top left, clockwise) Anang Desai, Aatish Kapadia, Rajiv Mehta, Nimisha Vakharia, Markand Soni, Jamnadas Majethia, Supriya Pathak, Kesar Majethia|
MM: Thankfully! What is it with Gujarati men and embroidered shirts and floral prints? (At this, the family erupts in laughter and spontaneous chatter)
Aatish: Arre, of course! Lagna ma tamari pase embroidered shirt na hoy toh tamaro koi class nathi! (If you walk into a wedding without an embroidered shirt, you’d be frowned upon).
Rajiv: Aney havey toh ema heera ni ladi aava madi chhe! (Nowadays they’re diamond-studded) And some have these floral prints which make me wonder if they breed honeybees!
Aatish: Amuk loko toh Swarovski pehre chhe! I suggest they put a pallu too!
MM: Obviously, your characters are inspired from such real-life people. Who all are the people who influenced creating this family?
JD: (points at Aatish and begins chatting about how one ‘Ranjan bhabhi’s brother Atul’ is totally a Himanshu)
Aatish: 60 per cent of Gujaratis, when they speak Hindi, do not use the ‘anuswar’: (the ‘n’ pronunciation) ‘Ayege-khayege-karege-jayege’, they say!
JD: Even the ‘Ae-Bappu’ comes from how I used to speak while growing up in Saurashtra. Many relatives in Jamnagar used to call me ‘Aa-Babul’!
Aatish: Gujaratis, especially vepariyo (businessmen) have this ‘thai rehshe’ (will get sorted) attitude about everything from cooking to business deals… which makes them say things like ‘kisi ko pata nahi chalega,’ several times without reason!
MM: Okay, now for rapid fire. Supriyajee, what would Hansa want with her if she were stranded on an island?
Supriya: Obviously, Praful, gajras and all my jewelery.
MM: And not anything which would save your lives?
Nimisha: Arre ganda thai gaya chho? (Are you mad?) Why would anyone want to save Praful-Hansa if they’re left on an island! (laughs)
MM: By the way, how much of a Hansa are you at home?
Supriya: There is no Hansa in me… she’s totally an antithesis! Though I am a very proud Gujju, my husband is as Punjabi as it can get!
MM: Next. If your Parekh family were to take over the CWG management, what do you think would happen?
JD: Entertainment thashe, corruption nahi!
Supriya: I’d get everyone to dress prettily. Small shorts won’t work! Gajras and sarees will be mandatory for female athletes!
Aatish: But you’ll have trouble understanding ‘Commonwealth’ itself!
Rajiv: (laughs) Yes, we’ll have to make all announcements in Hindi and Gujarati! There will be extended lunch hours too.
MM: Lastly, just in case of an accident, if your movie wins the Oscar… how would each one of you react on its stage?
JD: I’d reason that since I have got my ‘Parmidar’ from this film, and would request the Academy to call my extended family to the Oscars too… and join me on stage. (There are only 60 characters named Parmidar in the TV series).
Anang: Babujee’s never got a chance to prove himself. Here too I think he’d be tormented by these people hogging the stage and Jayshree shouting me down.
Supriya: First of all, I’ll wonder about the meaning of ‘Oscar award’.
Rajiv: …and I’ll obviously explain after saying ‘Main hoon na’: “Oscar Hansaa! Woh Andheri mein theatre nahi the - Ambar-Oscar? Oscar! Aur award matlab woh hospital mein wards nahi hote… A-ward, B-ward… award!”
Supriya: (laughs) And then Hansa would insist they must ban all kinds of English usage from the Academy awards!
Nimisha: I would thank them for giving me this ‘world-best’ award but request another one the day I do Babujee’s kaam-tamaam.
Aatish: I’d say, at least after the Oscar, we’d be able to argue with those who’ve said ‘Bas kar’ to our mad humour!
|Pic: Nilesh Wairkar|
The secret of the sitcom’s success, Aatish Kapadia on the science behind the characters’ chemistry…
You’ve written many gems (Ek Mahal ho Sapno ka, Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai) in your 20-year-long career. Why get into the risky film-making business?
There comes a time when you feel your work isn’t giving you space… and I felt I needed a break in the said 20 years. Also, JD and I had always been keen on making this… and had faith in our content.
Explain the deranged Khichdi family. Why don’t Jayshree and Babujee have spouses?
See, there a science: Jayshree is a widow. She loves dominance and behaves that way. Had there been a husband, she wouldn’t have been a control-freak.
Also, I’m a rebel by nature… I wanted to portray a very different widow from those being portrayed in our media. Babujee too is a widower, a father-in-law who behaves like a mother-in-law!
Tell us about this science which goes behind creating funny characters.
While writing, you have to create a double helix which meets its logical conclusion. Also, every character has a logical reason about its behaviour. Sometimes I write mathematically… all arguments must have their sensible counter-arguments.
All Gujjus love self-deprecating humour, don’t they?
Of course! We don’t take ourselves too seriously! All we want in life is good food, entertainment on weekends, kharcha on Diwali and good clothes! The world may laugh and we’d care a damn! And this works for writing comedies… it’s very easy to laugh at others, I can write that with my feet!
By Taran Adarsh, September 2, 2010 – 09:20 IST
That Rohit Shetty has made some great entertainers in the past, is known to all and sundry. Naturally then, you expect the ultimate in entertainment from his next release GOLMAAL 3, produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cinevision. The challenge lies in superseding the first two installments of GOLMAAL in terms of content and of course, business.
GOLMAAL 3 carries the burden of humungous expectations and the first promo of the film more than lives up to the hype. Like all Rohit Shetty films, GOLMAAL 3 promises lots of fun, excitement and loads of entertainment. I am sure, the promo will be greeted with ceetees and taalis at plexes and single screens alike. It leaves you asking for more!
This Diwali, GOLMAAL 3 is sure to strike like lightening. It is sure to tickle your funny bone yet again. Oh yes, this time it promises to be bigger and better. This writer had an exclusive dekko at the first promo of GOLMAAL 3. It will officially be launched with DABANGG next Friday [10th September].
Priyadarshan’s film is based on a TOI report on khap panchayats
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 9, 2010)
Priyadarshan couldn’t have timed it better. His hard-hitting action thriller about love across caste barriers and honour killings based on a Times of India report, releases worldwide on October 1.
A year ago, when Priyan joined hands with producer Kumar Mangat Pathak (Omkara), the makers hadn’t envisaged that parts of India would be under siege of the khap panchayats. Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh has Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna playing CBI officers — one on special deputation to the village and the other, the local officer. The other cast members are Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal, Reema Sen and Amita Pathak in a stellar role.
Another USP of the film is the music by the current Bollywood craze Pritam and lyrics by Irshad Kamil. Mangat is very confident the film will hammer the right message as far as honour killings go. “This is a topic that has taken India by storm. Ours is a hard-hitting commercial film that is likely to drive home the message to the masses and the gentry,’’ he says. “Omkara got me awards. Aakrosh should get me awards and rewards.’’
Ajay, whose equity is bullish after three hits — All the Best, Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, feels the film will work. Says the actor, “Bollywood is going through an interesting and important phase. Today a filmmaker has the liberty to address a topical issue within the mainstream format, combining entertainment and a social message. I revel in roles that have a very life-like quality. Here the cops are not cardboard cut-outs but people you can identify with. Aakrosh is a racy thriller that keeps you on the edge.’’
For Akshaye, his relationship with Priyan has a deep-rooted understanding. Says he, “I’ve probably done the most number of films with Priyan. I’m well-versed with his style and his narrative. Aakrosh was a great experience. Ajay and I are coming together after our last successful outing Deewangee, so that’s another added incentive.’’ Bipasha says her role has very interesting shades. “You’ll get me as Seeta and Geeta,” she smiles.
The National Award-winner Priyadarshan, who has handled comedies and social dramas with equal ease, says Aakrosh will get him the accolades he got for Viraasat, Kala Paani, and his recent Kanjeevaram. “I’m sure it should also bring in the required box office numbers because I have been getting incessant messages after the theatrical trailer that played before Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai,” said the director.
Akshay Kumar is super confident that his film will strike a chord with every Indian in the crowd
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOBMAY TIMES; July 23, 2010)
Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar and National Award-winning director Priyadarshan have tickled a funny bone many times. While films like Garam Masala and De Dana Dan have sailed through comfortably, Hera Pheri had broken box office records.
As far as the trade goes, this is a formidable combination. And therefore their Khatta Meetha that releases worldwide today, is expected to get a heartwarming response. Based on the travails of the common man who lives his life dealing with everyday traumas like pot-holed roads and traffic congestion, the film touches on how the aam Indian can be lured into corruption by a failing system.
Such is Akshay’s faith in this satirical comedy produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd (SACVL) and Cape of Good Films Private Limited, that he is actually co-presenting it under his banner Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with SACVL. Says Akshay, “The film has innumerable things going for it. It is not your regular slapstick comedy. It has a very strong emotional base and the right dosage of drama. It isn’t a happy-go-lucky film. It cleverly combines emotions and entertainment.’’
While trade consultant Amod Mehra maintains that Khatta Meetha will take a very strong initial, especially so in Maharashtra, Akshay says that Sachin Tichkule, the character he plays in the film, will knock on the doors of every Indian with his goofy charm. Will Tichkule’s charms work mainly in Maharashtra? “I don’t think so. If Singh Is Kingg could win India over and not just Punjab, there is no reason why Sachin Tichkule’s reach can’t be pan-India,’’ he says.
Akshay re-iterates that the film in the genre of pure family entertainer also has other aces to throw up. It has South superstar Trisha making her Hindi film debut. It has terrific music, especially in the numbers Bull-shit and Nanachi Taang, that are currently the favourite downloads.
“And more importantly, it has Priyadarshan — who is as deft at handling emotions as he is with comedy, tackling a sensitive subject based in a small-town set up,’’ he adds. Akshay is confident that the backdrop may be slightly rustic and the setup may lack the gloss, “But if you have heart, you’re bound to fall in love with this film,’’ he says.
By Joginder Tuteja, June 12, 2010 – 12:30 IST
Over the decades, one has heard of scripts being changed mid way into the making of the film. Many of them have failed once the changes started taking place haphazardly. On the other hand quite a few succeeded when better creativity prevailed. While this is something which is not quite acknowledged by all, it’s a known fact that a bound script doesn’t always stay to be on to bound the same way before arriving on the sets.
Anything wrong with that? No, none at all as long as a script change happens before everything is locked (including cast, dates, locations, final deadline for the shoot, release date etc.). All is well as long as the change happens for the better. Yes, it may involve some heartburn for a writer because his vision may find some tangents from others (read: producer, director, actor) involved. However, as is the case with any creative journey, filmmaking too follows it’s soon; something that debutant filmmaker Punit Malhotra realised in case of I Hate Luv Storys.
Says Imran who admits that he wasn’t sold with the entire idea of I Hate LUV Storys in the very first listening, “I had a lot of issues with the script and I gave Punit a long laundry list. I told him, yeh problem hai, yahan isko aise theek karna hai, is cheez ko thoda badlo etc. etc.”
“I actually ‘pakaoed’ him for a long time”, he adds with a laugh.
This is where Punit had to go back to the drawing board as Imran wanted to be doubly sure about picking up a new assignment. Fresh out of the debacle of Kidnap and Luck, he knew that there would be tremendous expectations from him for his next release. Also, since I Hate LUV Storys would have been his only rom-com after Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Naa, his debut film which had proved to be a blockbuster at the box office, Imran had to ensure that it provided at least as much fun and entertainment as the Abbas Tyrewala’s film, if not more. In addition, the shooting had not yet started which means there was much more flexibility and time available to bring a change in the written word.
Result was a far better script which found an instant liking from Imran.
“This time around, the script was much tighter. The overall duration of the film too was just about two hours. The screenplay was literally flying and everything worked out to be just perfect. Once that happened, there were no hassles or worries because shooting was the easiest part. Also, this is where Karan as an enterprising producer came into picture because of his years of experience and standing in the industry. He got the best technicians, composers, designers, DOP etc. Things just fell into place”, details Imran.
Well, come 2nd July and we would know!
By Taran Adarsh, April 30, 2010 – 12:50 IST
At the very start of the film, Sajid Khan pays his respects to several notable names of the 1970s and 1980s, who redefined Hindi commercial cinema. And that gives you ample idea of what to expect from HOUSEFULL, which, very frankly, stresses on wholesome entertainment like those wonderful entertainers made by Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Feroz Khan, Hrishikesh Mukherjee, K. Raghavendra Rao, Narendra Bedi, Ravi Tandon and Brij. No wonder, films made by these icons have tremendous recall value even today.
The two things you expect from HOUSEFULL are non-stop laughter and non-stop entertainment. That’s because the promos of the film have already given you an inkling of what to expect from this film. Besides, Sajid Khan swears by wholesome entertainers, so it’s only natural to expect HOUSEFULL to bring the house down.
|BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM|
We loved Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra’s movies because they transported us to a world of make believe, into a fantasy world, keeping us thoroughly entertained for those 3 hours. Obviously, we never questioned the logic then because we knew that entertainment was the keyword. HOUSEFULL takes the same route.
HOUSEFULL entertains majorly at places, but it’s an uneven ride. Uneven, because the pace dips at several places. It’s not a rip-roaring laugh-riot or a non-stop laughathon that one expects it would be, since the focus is on emotions and drama as well. Even the climax, I am sure, will meet with diverse reactions. It will have its share of advocates and adversaries.
Final word? The actors are top notch and so are their performances. Wish the script would’ve been equally super. Yet, despite the hiccups, HOUSEFULL should be lapped by moviegoers in a big way because the audience is starved for that solid entertainer with big stars for more than two months now.
HOUSEFULL narrates the story of Aarush [Akshay Kumar], the world’s unluckiest man. Being jinxed, he believes his bad luck can vanish if he finds true love. In this quest for true love, he gets married to the daughter [Jiah Khan] of a wealthy businessman Kishore Samtani [Randhir Kapoor]. But there’s a twist in the tale…
Enter Sandy [Deepika Padukone], who falls in love with Aarush. But complications follow thereafter as Sandy’s brother, Major Krishna Rao [Arjun Rampal] and Hetal’s [Lara Dutta] father, Batuk Patel [Boman Irani] enter the scene. How Aarush and his buddy Bob [Riteish Deshmukh] come out of this mess forms the crux of the film.
Like HEYY BABYY, HOUSEFULL has a story to tell as well. It’s not merely an assemblage of funny sequences or a mere montage of comic scenes. But some of the funny sequences are sure to make you flex your facial muscles wide. Note Akshay’s intro, or the sequence involving the vacuum cleaner, or Akshay getting a pet home, or the entire Chunkey Pandey track in Italy. Simply howlarious!
Sajid balances the dramatic moments well. The Jiah Khan sequence soon after the marriage is very interesting and so are the sequences in the second hour, when Arjun and also Boman land up at the mansion. The comedy of errors is truly funny at times and also the gay angle, which has been injected in this half. It may not be as memorable as the Kantaben track in KAL HO NAA HO, but is funny nonetheless. Talking of dramatic sequences, the ones between Akshay and Arjun are fantastic, especially the lie detector test, which is amongst the best sequences of the film.
Director Sajid Khan knows his fundas right. He packs just about everything to entertain you for the next two hours, but the screenplay could’ve been tighter. While the pacing is slow in the first hour, it’s the second half which has a lot to offer. Overall, Sajid jumps into the big league of film-makers who make films for the masses and successfully at that!
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is pleasant. Vikas Sivaraman’s cinematography is top notch. The locales of Italy are mind-boggling.
Every actor in this film takes the film to the next level. Akshay underplays his part beautifully. All those who felt that the actor tends to get loud or needs to be controlled will change their opinion with this film. He’s the soul of HOUSEFULL. Riteish is incredibly natural. I’ve often felt that Riteish is one actor who doesn’t give you an impression that he’s ‘acting’. 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 taps Arjun’s talent to the maximum.
Deepika is a surprise. She carries her part with amazing confidence and again, post OM SHANTI OM and LOVE AAJKAL, HOUSEFULL is the film that would make people notice her talent as well as beauty. Lara is a seasoned player when it comes to comedies and she’s too good yet again. Her scenes with Riteish in particular and also with Boman are first-rate. Jiah is a revelation. Although she doesn’t get much scope, she manages to register an impact nonetheless.
Randhir Kapoor is very good. Boman Irani is excellent and is amongst the driving force of the second hour. Chunkey Pandey is sure to bring the house down. He is exceptional. Lilette Dubey is competent, as always. Malaika Arora Khan is alright.
On the whole, HOUSEFULL is not a complete laugh-riot, but is an entertainer all the way, targeted at the hardcore masses. What really works for the film is its massive star cast, gripping second half and also the skilled performances by each and every member of its cast. The audience is starved for a good commercial entertainer and HOUSEFULL should bring HOUSEFULL boards back outside cineplexes.