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Friday, May 14, 2010
Housefull (2010 film)
The first half spends considerable time developing the character of Aarush (Akshay Kumar), whom we see leaving his job to go back to stay with his best buddy Bob (Ritesh Deshmukh) and his wife Heetal (Lara Dutta), two casino employees in London. Aarush's unwelcome gatecrash turns the life of the couple upside down with his bad luck rubbing off into their home.
Bob and Hazel set him up with their boss's daughter Devika (Jiah Khan), and it seemed like the perfect match of a traditional Indian boy and girl. However, a surprise emerges while the newlyweds travel to an Italian resort for their honeymoon. A final plea to God leads to Aarush meets up with his One True Love with Saundariya Bhagyalakshmi Venkateshwari Baassappa Rao, aka Sandy (Deepika Padukone). (Chunky Pandey), playing the hotel owner Akhri Pasta, adds to the farcical comedy with a penchant of lying and construing them as jokes, with one key lie being the cause for a running gag for Aarush being hurried away from the scene by Bob and Hetal each time Devika is sighted.
The story is about pretenses, and how in the name of saving one's face and reputation, lies lead to bigger lies, stemming from wanting to impress family members. For Hazel, she has consistently told that she's married to a rich boy and living it up in a big mansion, doing so to impress her dad (Boman Irani) who has frowned upon her decision to stay in London with Bob. For Sandy, her lie involves something similar to her brother Major Krishna Rao (a stoic faced Arjun Rampal) whom she thinks will frown upon her relationship with the loser Aarush, and hence both couples have set the tone for the second half after the interval, playing on the theme and rationale of being perfectly OK to lie if it's done for a noble cause, the definition of noble being quite narrow and for personal benefit.
Akshay Kumar Aarush
Deepika Padukone Sandy (Sandhya)
Ritesh Deshmukh Babu Rao (Bob)
Lara Dutta Heetal Patel
Jiah Khan Devika Samtani
Arjun Rampal Major Krishna Rao
Chunkey Pandey Aakhri Pasta
Vega Tamotia Shanti
Malaika Arora Pooja
Boman Irani Batuk Patel
Randhir Kapoor Kishore Samtani
Lilette Dubey Zulekha Ma'am
Jacqueline Fernandez Dhanno (Cameo)
Housefull received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN trashed the movie, saying 'Housefull' makes you cringe in embarrassment and disgust for what passes off as 'entertainment' and 'cinema' these days..Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film a rating of 4/5 in his review, saying; "Housefull is a complete laugh-riot, and is an entertainer all the way, targeted at the masses".
Anupama Chopra of NDTV said that it was impossible to take the characters seriously, and gave the movie a raing of 2/5. . Rediff gave it a 1/5, calling it's humor 'lame'.
Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave it a 2 and said, "What annoys most about ‘Housefull’ is the fact that Sajid Khan claims this to be his tribute to greats like Manmohan Desai and Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Both have been great filmmakers and had their respective domains and Sajid’s attempt at combining both ends up has him falling flat on his face."
Gaurav Malani from IndiaTimes gave it 2/5 and said "Housefull is a slap on your senses as the film sticks to the slapstick genre in every literal sense.There are some genuinely funny moments in the second half esp. Boman Irani sleepwalking through his portrayal of Gujarati Sholay . Unfortunately it fails to salvage the harm caused by the bland, boring and banal first half. Housefull ends up being a painful experience."
Upon release, the film had a record-breaking "all-time opening weekend" of INR 315 million, ahead of My Name Is Khan 's INR 300 million opening weekend. This gave Kumar his biggest opening till date, beating Singh Is Kinng.Housefull's opening weekend was the second-highest opening weekend collection of all time, behind 3 Idiots.By the end of the first week, the film collected INR 471.3 million, the third-highest first week collection - behind 3 Idiots and Ghajini. It also broke the 2010 record of biggest first week, previously held by My Name Is Khan.
Housefull debuted in United Kingdom at number eleven and collected Rs 1.82 crores on 55 screens in it's opening weekend. In the United States, the film collected Rs. 2.86 crores on 82 screens in it's opening weekend.
P L Thenappan the producer of the 1998 Tamil film, Kaathala Kaathala starring Kamal Hassan, Prabhudeva, Rambha, Soundarya filed a complaint with the Tamil Film Producers Council alleging that producer Sajid Nadiadwala and director Sajid Khan had remade his film into Hindi without proper permission.
In his complaint, Thenappan said, "I was shocked when I watched the Hindi film as nearly 60 per cent of the scenes from Kadhala Kadhala are there,”. Also Stating that he was in talks with Nadiadwala about selling the remake rights more than a year ago and the deal did not go through.
The film also face the court problem because of remixed version of the song Apni toh jaise taise, original song from 1981 blockbuster Laawaris. So according to Mehra's sons the song has to be delete up to 2nd May,2010.
Home video release
Shajid Khan's confirms that the Housefull will be released in Blu-Ray Disc and in DVD also. Shahid said that "I’ve just met the team from Eros. I don’t know when would they want to bring out the home-videos, but I hope it’s soon." Pranad Kapadia also stated that "We intend to bring out the DVD and the Blu-Ray discs within the next 12-14 weeks. We haven’t decided the prices, but we’d like to keep them within average costs." Kapadia confirms: "We signed the deal with Star prior to the release. We were confident that Housefull would have a successful box office run and it was mutually beneficial to engage in a deal before its global theatrical release." He adds that "That might take four to six months because we plan to bring out the home-videos first."
The film's soundtrack is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The lyrics are penned by Sameer and Amitabh Bhattacharya..
Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
16 March 2010 (India)
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Bollywood Hungama link
Hum Tum Aur Ghost
Track Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Oh Girl You're Mine" Loy Mendonsa, Tarun Sagar, Alyssa Mendonsa 3:56
2 "Papa Jaag Jayega" Neeraj Shridhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya , Ritu Pathak 3:17
3 "I Don't Know What To Do" Shabbir Kumar, Sunidhi Chauhan 3:20
4 "Aap Ka Kya Hoga (Dhanno)" Mika Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadevan, Sajid Khan and Arun Ingle 5:08
5 "He's Such A Loser" Vivinenne Pocha, Amitabh Bhattacharya 3:17
6 "Oh Girl You're Mine (O Boy What A Girli Mix)" Loy Mendonsa 3:39
7 "Papa Jag Jayega (Insane Insomaniac Mix)" Neeraj Shridhar, Amitabh Bhattacharya 3:44
8 "I Don'T Know What To Do - Shabbirs Sexy 70s Mix (Remix)" Shabbir Kumar, Sunidhi Chauhan 4:03
The soundtrack met with positive reviews. Abid of Glamsham said "Summing up, the album is another fun ride as we encounter one chartbuster after another, and hats off to the trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have once again shown that they have the potential to compose as per the demand of the makers and the script" and gave the album 4 stars..
Samir Dave of Planet Bollywood gave 7.5 stars out of 10, stating - "SEL deliver a fun ‘n’ frothy soundtrack that serves up a whole heaping spoonful of happiness." Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 3.5 stars and stated - "Housefull is a fun album and never takes itself too seriously to turn into a landmark affair that would be remembered for years to come.
The songs are meant to be entertaining enough to fit in well with the film's narrative and not allow any full moment whatsoever to come in."Rudhir Barman of Sampurn Wire awarded the album 3.5 out of possible 5 stars saying - "The fast paced journey that everything is taking currently, it’s the survival of what works 'today'. In that aspect, 'Housefull' works and ensures that there won’t be any dull moment once the songs play on screen.