The title Housefull probably refers to the film’s star cast; a bunch of oddballs in the form of Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Randhir Kapoor, Chunkey Pandey, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan, Lilette Dubey and Honey Irani along with Arjun Rampal taking over from each other or combine together to pull up some crazy scenes to create a comedy of errors, some fun… some forced…
Akshay Kumar is an eternal loser. If there were black belts awarded to losers he would be the world champ; whatever he touches turns to dust. He is some how convinced that his run of ill luck will end when he finds true love! Also, the only job he has been able to keep is that of an ‘ill-luck bearer’ for a casino in Macau where his services are used the day gamblers are having a field day; his mere being by the winners’ tables changes things in the casino’s favour. Having been rejected by his girlfriend (Malaika Arora), Akshay lands up at his childhood friend Riteish Deshmukh’s (and his wife, Lara Dutta) home and there onwards starts the mix up creating some genuinely funny situations and some not all that funny. As the film progresses the screen fills up with more characters thereby livening up things. The climax may be novel and full of people but is still tame.
Performances are generally good by all the artistes. Direction by Sajid Khan shows more grip on his subject. However, some trimming is needed to make the film taut. Music is a plus point with all numbers being foot tapping and visually pleasing especially, ‘Oh girl…’ and ‘I don’t know…’ Locations are picturesque. Dialogue is witty. Cinematography is fine.
Having taken a very good opening at the box office, coming as it does after a six week starvation of entertainment for moviegoers, Housefull has been released extensively at a huge number of cinemas and should cash in over the weekend.