Cast: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbabanda, Pooja Hegde, Chunky Panday, Johnny Lever, Ranjeet, Jamie Lever and Rana Dagubatti.
Director: Farhad ahem Sajid ahem Samji
BOLLYWOOD: Respect for the writers, they’ve 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.
For a change, the humour is laced with a proper story this time & isn’t limited to just ‘comedy of errors’. Every frame screams ‘crazy’ and Sajid’s favourite Queen Elizabeth shares a kiss with Akshay Kumar calling him ‘Kutriya’ (Yeah! That’s the level of madness you could deal with). No comedy film can be perfect & this one, too, never claims to be one but it’s good at what it should be. Of course, this ain’t a start-to-finish comedy because the forced dramatic sequences dent the narrative with a dip.
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 installments, both have been equals to me. But Housefull 4 is all about Akshay Kumar.
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.
The makers, though, have credited Farhad Samji due to the #MeToo controversy but this movie is 100% PURE Sajid Khan. If you go by Sajid’s filmography and watch this, you’ll get it how this is his baby.