Sunday, January 16, 2005


Priyadarshan has a way with comedy and if he gets a cast to back him up, even a film as outdated and corny as Hulchul can deliver a few laughs. Our audiences are not too picky about the mental level of the comedy they are watching as long as they get some entertainment! If they were discerning then a film like Hulchul (or even the director’s Hungama before this) would have fallen flat.

Groan then as a typically ‘South’ film set-up is established with two warring clans. On one side is the ill-tempered Angaarchand (Amrish Puri) and his family of four sons (Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan and Akshaye Khanna), who have been forced to take a vow of eternal bachelorhood due to an ‘Incident’ in the past.On the other side is Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi) swearing vengeance against Angaarchand. As it happens unerringly in the movies, Angaarchand's youngest son, Jai and Lakshmidevi's grand-daughter, Anjali (Kareena Kapoor) study in the same college. They pretend to fall in love with each other with the revenge motive in mind, but (no surprise here), end up really in love. Obviously, all hell breaks loose.

A remake of the Malayalam hit Godfather, the film is loud and quite tedious in most part, but with so many actors trying so hard to be buffoonish, some humour does seep in through the generally unsavoury mayhem.The director had skimmed through Akshaye Khanna’s comic potential in Hungama, here the actor gives a full-throtte performance, with Arshad Warsi abetting him in the role of his friend. Kareena Kapoor is perky and charming. The huge star cast appears to have surrendered to the director and done all the ridiculous things expected of them with touching earnestness!

Entertaining only if you are really down in the dumps and need cheering up!


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