Director- farhad Samji
Writers- Farhad samji, Tushar Hiranandani, Sparsh Khetarpal, Tasha Bhambra
Cast- Akshay Kumar, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti sanon, pooja hedge, Kriti Kharbanda, Chunkey Pandey, rana dagubatti, Ranjeet, Sharad Kelkar, Johnny Lever, Manoj Pahwa, Parikshit Sahni, Shakti Kapoor, Archana Puran singh
In a nutshell:
Is a madcap comedy with a reincarnation twist to add to the madness factor.Its entertainment quotient is completely subject to an individual’s sense of humour.
In a story penned by Tushar Hiranandani and few others,we see Akshay ,Ritesh and Bobby as three brothers settled in London who fall in love with Pooja Hegde, Kriti Kharbanda and Kriti Sanon respectively. I am skipping the long list of character names which is only going to confuse you further when it doubles up after their pre incarnation avatars are introduced.
When they all, along with the girls’ father Ranjit, move to Sitamgarh in India for a destination wedding, Akshay gets back his previous birth’s memories.The situation gets hilarious when they realise that the girls they were actually in love with, are getting married to the other guy in the trio.
The previous era of 1419, as shown in flashbacks,is as insane as it can get. Its filled with impossible dramatic situations,slapstick comedy,english words woven in ancient style dialogues and what not. The situation keeps getting hilarious as more and more characters from 1419 get added to 2019. Chunkey , Johny Lever, Rana Dagubatti , Sharad Kelkar , join the bandwagon to give us an absolutely mad and hilarious climax , quite much in housefull style.
Its film that has been made on a grand scale and budget.The producers have left no stone unturned, whether it’s the star cast, or music or locations or sets or costumes. Yes, the ethnic costumes are worth a mention. To put in so much effort to portray something that has to be just a comedy requires a lot of passion.
Farhad Samji has done a good job of carrying forward the Housefull legacy which used to be earlier directed by Sajid Khan.
Its music is already a rage. All songs are catchy , peppy and groovy. The background score is good too. The Bahubali music used as a parody of sorts sounds hilarious every time it appears.
A special mention for probably The most grooviest song of the year , “ shaitan ka sala “ with music by Sohail Sen and fantastic choreography by Ganesh Acharya.
The humour is endless right from scene one till climax. How much of it brings chuckles or laugh out aloud moments or roll-over with laughter moments depends on what kind of humour gets the better of you.
But entertainment is plenty no doubt. The only rider is that there’s a lot of under the belt humour and double entendre’s too.There are umpteen “pun intendeds”ranging from Bahubali,Padmavat right till poor Neil Nitin Mukesh,or his name, for which he keeps getting badgered by the industry.
Speaking of performances, the first and the foremost thing worth mentioning is that Akshay is simply superb in an absolutely insane portrayal of both his characters, Bala and Harry. His over the top comic expressions, his dialogues(and yes , he has the best of them) are the ones that practically carry the film on his shoulders. He is at his comic best.
Ritesh is always good in this genre that he has aced.
Bobby has very less presence but did fairly well.
Rest of the cast were good or fair but nothing much to write about.
Overall, I would say the film is a good entertainer if this genre of comedy is your cup of tea. The makers have concocted an unabashedly senseless comedy whose purpose is purely to tickle you and they have used all the tricks up their sleeve.
It’s a must watch for Akshay and Housefull Fans.
Score 7 on 10