Housefull 4 is unabashed, crazy fun. A proper out-and-out comedy, without a mashup of any other genre, after ages. Perfect festive watch!
Harry (Akshay Kumar), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Max (Bobby Deol) own a salon and are in a debt of a don. To repay the amount, they decide to fall in love with some millionaire girls and they successfully do so. Harry gets these minor flashbacks from what he thinks is his previous birth. As the story proceeds, Harry remembers everything & decode the flashbacks.
According to him, he’s King Bala, Roy is Bangdu Maharaj and Max is Dharamputra from 1419. But, there’s a twist they’re not with the same girls they’re within 2019. To avoid all the confusion and make sure that everyone ends up with the perfect girl, Harry tries to explain his thing to the other lot. Now, how does he do that & whether or not everything’s true, that’s what the story is all about.
The writers executed a ‘certain’ thing 15-20 times in the film & I laughed my heart every single time; courtesy – a touch of VFX and Akshay’s acting. It also keeps you engaged because of the ‘so bad that they’re good’ one-liners. It touches the slapstick zone many-a-times, but thank god it never stays there for long.
The last time when Akshay Kumar managed to evoke such amount of laughter was in 2012’s Housefull 2. Sajid Khan gets Akshay & he knows how to get the maximum out of him. Facial comedy is one of the hardest things to do & this man nails it here. He’s funny even when he isn’t speaking anything. Riteish Deshmukh gets a little bit overshadowed by Akshay. In the first three instalments, both have been equals to me. But Housefull 4 is all about Akshay Kumar.
Bobby Deol is not as bad as an Abhishek Bachchan in Housefull 3. He gets the job done, which wasn’t much. From the ladies, Kriti Kharbabanda gets the meatiest role for she gets a hilarious twist in the 1419 era. Kriti Sanon & Pooja Hegde share some funny moments along with looking smoking hot (especially Pooja). The only reaction apt for Pooja in the film is Ranjeet’s ‘Ahhhhhyen’.
Chunkey Panday & Johnny Lever are equally brilliant in contributing to the humour of the film. Johnny just blows out of nowhere in the second half, just wait for it. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is wasted in his cameo. Jamie Lever deserved better. Rana Dagubatti is just about okay.