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.
Housefull is the story of Aarush (Akshay) who is a total loser with whom everything in life goes wrong. He lands in his friends house who is also a loser, Bob (Ritesh). Bob lives with his wife Hetal (Lara). Somehow, Aarush starts believing that his luck would change if he gets true love in his life. But, its not that simple for him because not one but two beauties come along his way who is none other than Sandy (Deepika) and Devika (Jiah). But, along with the girls enters Major Krishna Rao (Arjun Rampal) who is Sandys furious big brother and also Batuk Patel (Boman Irani), Hetals dad. It is then the movie takes pace. Aarush and Bob try to deceive Krishna Rao and Batuk in a hilarious way which makes stomach ache with laugh. They tell one lie on top of another and it continues.
Though the script is nothing special but its filled with the all essential laugh factor as it is a comedy. Akshay and Ritesh successfully hold the attention of the viewers and their excellent onscreen chemistry is worth mentioning. The climax of the movie has extreme comedy sequences filled with mirth. And of course, Ritesh, Boman Irani, Akshay teamed together with Shajid means assured entertainment. The movie is also high on its enchanting factor as it has casted three hot cheeks together – Deepika, Lara and Jiah.
To mention about the acting skills of the team, Akshay Kumar gave his outstanding performance of drollery. Ritesh Deshmukh entertained throughout the movie with his comic expressions and right timing. Arjun Rampal woos all hearts with his charm. And about the female stars, well, they just added the oomph factor to the movie with Deepika being just mesmerizing and a perfect glam doll. Lara gives her best comedy performance and Jiah is hot but her performance was just average. Chunky Pandey played the role of an Italian hotelier called Akhiri Pasta but, his performance is not worth mentioning. Randhir Kapoor was seen onscreen after a long time and he played Jiahs dad. Boman Iranis performance needs no special comments as he gave his as usual best.
The climax will not appeal to many for the simple reason that while the characters are rolling in laughter on the screen, the audience isnt. Nevertheless, its novelty factor is bound to go in its favour. Anvita Dutts dialogues are extremely funny and witty. Note, for instance, the dialogues of Aakhri Pasta and also Aarushs dialogue in the introductory scene of Zulekha Yeh vidhwa slow motion mein kyon chal rahi hai?.
Akshay Kumar gets into the skin of the character and entertains in his own style. Ritesh Deshmukh is also very good. Especially when he pretends to be gay, Ritesh brings the house down with laughter. Arjun Rampal does justice to his role of a strict brother. Deepika Padukone looks bewitching and acts with aplomb. Lara Dutta proves yet again that she can be fantastic in comedies. Jiah Khan looks hot and acts ably in a comparatively shorter role. Boman Irani is terrific and leaves a lasting impression. Chunkey Panday has a superb comic track and he does the fullest justice to it. Randhir Kapoor plays the boisterous father of Devika (Jiah Khan) naturally. Lilette Dubey is extraordinary. Malaika Arora Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez add star value in special appearances.
As director, Sajid Khan keeps the audience completely engaged in his out-and-out commercial drama. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loys music is already hit. With Farah Khans choreography, every song becomes a visual delight. Vikas Sivaramans camerawork is splendid. The foreign locations, on which the film has been shot, are heavenly.
Akshay Kumar is back in terrific form, evoking huge laughter with his poker faced humour. Ritesh Deshmukh is another great comic talent who often gets his timing right. Arjun Rampal suits the part and looks dapper. While Deepika looks sizzling hot, Lara manages to score over her in the comedy department. Jiah tries hard and ends up being just about passable. Boman Irani goes over the top as usual. Making a come back on screen after a long gap, Randhir Kapoor playing Jiahs Sindhi dad doesnt get much scope. Chunky Pandey is plain irritating playing Akhiri Pasta an Italian hotelier. His fake Italiano accent grates on your nerves.
Shankar Ehsaan Loys music perfectly syncs in with the mood of the film. Mika sung foot tapping number Apni To Jaise Taise featuring Jacqueline Fernandez is a sure shot chartbuster and is fun to watch on screen. The editing could have been tighter especially in the first half. Vikas Sivaramans camera work is good especially while capturing the Italy locales.
Finally, what makes Housefull a watchable film is the fact that it aims to entertain and succeeds in doing so irrespective of its negative points. Go watch Housefull if you seek pure no hassles entertainment.