Reincarnation greens have been extremely popular in Bollywood. The protagonist has a certain fascination for facing an untimely death and then avenging wrongdoings in the next life. Interestingly, there has never been any reborn comedy. This void is now filled by HOUSEFULL 4. The film looks grand in every way and is also a big release of Diwali. So does HOUSEFULL 4 emerge as the ideal entertainment for families in this festive season? Or does it fail to impress? Let us analyze.
HOUSEFULL is the story of three couples and how fate helps them reunite after 600 years. The story begins in 2019. Harry (Akshay Kumar) is a barber in London who has a habit of losing his memory after hearing loud noises. During one such time, he destroys a large amount of money belonging to Michael (Sharad Kelkar) that was given to him by Big Brother to keep him safe. So the elder brother gets angry with Harry, his brother Max (Bobby Deol) and his friend Roy (Ritesh Deshmukh). He demands them to return the brother’s money. Harry, Max and Roy then tell the brother that they are in a relationship with Pooja (Pooja Hegde), Kriti (Kriti Sanon) and Neha (Kriti Kharbanda) respectively. The trio are the daughters of a very rich man, Papa Ranjit (Ranjit). So when they marry him they will give money to Big Bhai. The three then meet Papa Ranjith and the marriage is finalized. The chosen place is a place in India called Sitamgarh. The trio arrives at Sitamgarh Palace with their girlfriend and father Ranjit, which has now been converted into a hotel. The moment they arrive there, Bel Boy, the last pasta (Chunky Pandey) claims that they were all part of Sitamgarh state. He turns around while making a claim, which makes the guest uncomfortable. So manager Winston Churchgate (Johnny Lever) fires the last of the pasta. However, Harry has often had glimpses of his past life. He goes to Madhavgarh, where the last pasta resides, to get more information. As soon as he reaches Madhavgarh, Harry is able to recall his past life. The story then moves to a flashback mode in 1419. Bala (Akshay Kumar) is a notorious prince of Madhavgarh whom his father (Parikshit Sahni) has banished from the kingdom. With the help of Pasta (Chunky Pandey), he learns that the King of Sitamgarh, Maharaja Surya Singh Rana (Ranjit) will celebrate his birthday and has three daughters, Madhu (Kriti Sanon), Meena (Kriti Kharbanda) and. Mala (Pooja Hegde). Bala comes to Sitamgarh and succeeds in wooing Madhu. Meanwhile, Bengu Maharaj, a dancer in the royal palace, falls into a relationship with Mala, while the warrior Dharam (Bobby Deol) begins an affair with Meena. The king also approves the union and their marriages are fixed. All is going well but Suryabhan (Sharad Kelkar) who wants to become king brings a plan. He kills the brother of Gama (Rana Daggubati), the cruel head of a neighboring kingdom. Gama is convinced that it is the king who ordered the assassination. As a result, Gama comes to Sitamgarh during the wedding ceremony for revenge. In the ensuing battle, they all die. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Sara Bodinar and Sajid Nadiadwala is very weak. The screenplay of Akash Kaushik and Madhur Sharma (with additional screenplay by Farhad Samji, Tusshar Hiranandani, Varsha Khetarpal and Tasha Bhambra) made the show worse. It seems that the makers caught the attention of the audience and in an effort to show grandeur, they missed the factors that made HOUSEFULL a successful franchise. Farhad Samaji’s dialogues are fun but only in places.
Farhad Samji’s instruction is ineffective. Although for the most part, he is able to handle grandeur and illusion quite well. The opening credits are similar to the opening of BAAHUBALI 2: The Confusion. There is actually an in-your-face reference to the film later. However, many of the sequences are weak and the jokes are flat. Writing is also to blame but the director should have hidden these shortcomings with his execution. Sadly this does not happen.
HOUSEFULL 4 starts on a very funny note. The insanity that occurs in Harry’s salon sets the mood. The film gets better as they all reach Sitamgarh. Once the flashbacks begin, one hopes the film will go high. But the opposite happens because humor is missing from the film. Yes there are funny moments but they can’t give the audience fun paisa Collected Time. There is a lot about the second half of how Harry tries to convince Max and Roy that they are making a mistake by marrying themselves bhabhis. The humor here is strictly fine and in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s track, it goes out the window. Thankfully, the entry of Pappu Rangeela (Rana Daggubati) serves as a relief. The climax only works in parts. Continuity issues spoil the fun.
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Akshay Kumar emerged as the most entertaining actor in the film. His Bala Act is superb but he is also very good in the 2019 part. After this Ritesh Deshmukh comes. As Bangdu Maharaj, he does a good job, which was expected, as he has done similar roles in the past. Bobby Deol is disappointing because he doesn’t have much to contribute in terms of humor. Rana Daggubati excelled in both incarnations. He combines fun especially in pre-climax and climax. Talking about girls, all three are quite stunned. Kriti Sanon gets her share of interesting scenes. Kriti Kharbanda leaves her mark in scenes where she sings Hindi songs. Pooja Hegde is cultured. Chunky Pandey does not have enough scope in parts 1 and 2, but he becomes part of some crazy scenes. Johnny Lever manages some laughter in the second half. Sharad Kelkar is skilled in a small role. Manoj Pahwa laughs in his cameo appearance. Ranjit is fine. Jamie Lever is fine and Johnny Lever’s connection is in surprise. Parikshit Sahni is nothing great. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is strange.
The songs are average and will not have a recall value. Devil’s Devil‘Better than many. ‘Ek Chumma’ Comes after ‘Badla’. ‘The Ghost Song’ While the weakest part of the film is ‘Chammo’ It is forgetful. Julius Pacium’s background score is dramatic and the recurring theme is catchy.
Sudeep Chatterjee’s cinematography adds to the grandeur. The action of evening skills is good. The production design of Amit Ray and Subrata Chakraborty is superb. The costumes compliment the characters. The goddesses especially look gorgeous in both incarnations. Do It Creative, AI Solves Limited and Prime Focus’s VFX is of superior quality. The Sitamgarh Empire is depicted in a particularly attractive manner. Rameshwar S Bhagat’s editing is inconsistent and the narrative has many leaps.
Overall, HOUSEFULL 4 is a major disappointment and suffers from poor writing and blank scripting. Negative word of mouth will ensure that it crashes at the box office, although it can still crawl up to Rs. 100 crore mark due to festive period and extended weekends.