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Review on Hulchul

kanchi Goldie

Joined: 25 May 2004
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Posted: 29 November 2004 at 2:09am | IP Logged

By Taran Adarsh, November 26th, 2004 - 1230 hrs IST

Mumait Khan's double effect in Hulchul It's important to deliver what you promise. The promos of HULCHUL promise a wacko theme and laughter unlimited. After watching the film, you realize that the makers do deliver a film that's pretty serious about offering wholesome entertainment.

Throwing logic to the winds and employing every trick in the book of cinema to woo the moviegoer, Priyadarshan churns out a film that's enjoyable in most parts.

Yes, discrepancies do seep in, especially in the post-interval portions, but the glitches and blemishes can easily be overlooked since the makers never promised earth-shattering and path-breaking stuff in the first place.

Treat this film as an entertainer, without taxing your brains, and chances are you'd enjoy the film thoroughly!

HULCHUL is about two warring families and their never-ending rivalry.

Fiery Angaarchand [Amrish Puri] and his family of four sons [Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan and Akshaye Khanna] have taken a vow to stay away from women owing to a past family tragedy.

The mere mention of the opposite sex is 'strictly forbidden' in their family. Actually, it's the battle over a woman that resulted in the entire feud between the two families.

Related Features      The post-interval portions do start on a similar note, but the narrative changes tracks gradually. It now becomes a clash of two egos and the game of one-upmanship takes over. Actually, the story starts moving in an altogether new zone and that's where things stagnate.

The narrative is enjoyable till Amrish Puri learns of Paresh Rawal's 'escapades' and confronts him. But the goings-on thereafter slacken the pace to an extent. Right from Amrish Puri throwing Paresh and Akshaye out of the house to Amrish Puri agreeing to guard the entrance of the marriage venue, besides the fight between the four brothers [Jackie, Paresh, Arbaaz, Akshaye] in the market, aren't as striking.

Also, the item song and the fight thereafter look so odd in the narrative that it's highly recommended to delete the portions rightaway. That would only stimulate the proceedings.

The entire climax - right from Paresh, Akshaye, Farha, Arshad pretend to be cooks, to the mangalsutra sequence - follows the same pattern as witnessed in HUNGAMA [electric shocks]. It's the type that would appeal to the masses instantaneously. The Manoj Joshi portion in the marriage also tickles your funny bone.

With Priyadarshan in the director's seat and an interesting storyline on hand, you expect nothing but a qualitative product. And HULCHUL is one, despite the hiccups. The director succeeds on various levels, but more than anything else he knows how to package an interesting story with superior performances and entertaining moments with aplomb.

Vidyasagar's music is just about okay. The tunes are functional, but the ones that stand out ['Dekho Zara Dekho' and 'Rafta Rafta'] do so thanks to their aggressive promotion. The background music is effective and does enhance the impact of dramatic scenes. Cinematography [Jeeva] is excellent. Action [B. Thyagarajan] is functional.

HULCHUL is embellished with marvellous performances and the best part is that the director has cast actors who have a flair for comedy, their comic timing is fantastic. Akshaye Khanna is incredible, displaying his acting skills to the T. One of the most accomplished actors of the new generation, Akshaye's versatility is more than evident - he acts like a buffoon when required, but breathes fire when the situation demands.

The other performance that stands out is that by Arshad Warsi, who is awesome as Akshaye's best friend cum adviser. In fact, it wouldn't be wrong to state that the actor towers above one and all in the first half. This is another performance after MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. that will fetch him laurels.

Kareena Kapoor looks ethereal and delivers a highly competent performance. Although she doesn't get a chance to exhibit talent in the post-interval portions, her performance in the first half continues to linger in your memory even after the show has concluded.

A Priyadarshan film would be incomplete without Paresh Rawal's winning performance. The actor may not have got the best lines in the first half, but delivers an astounding performance in the second half. He is in terrific form in that vital scene when Amrish Puri confronts him.

Amrish Puri is, like always, first-rate, essaying the role like a true veteran. Lakshmi is superb. She looks regal and essays her part with aplomb. Farha stages an impressive comeback on the big screen.

The film has a huge supporting cast, but Jackie Shroff and Suniel Shetty stand out of the lot. Arbaaz Khan is strictly okay. Manoj Joshi does a fine job. Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Akhilendra Mishra, Deep Dhillon and Upasna Singh are adequate.

On the whole, HULCHUL works two ways. It'll appeal to those who enjoy light entertainers and also those who like family drama kind of situations. At the box-office, the fantastic promotion embarked upon by its makers [Venus] has ensured enormous craze for the film. With no opposition this week as well as next week, HULCHUL should have a joyous ride at the ticket window, with the distributors of this laugh-riot laughing all the way to the bank.

Rating:- * * *.

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Joined: 06 November 2004
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Posted: 29 November 2004 at 10:16am | IP Logged
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STARING: Akshaye Khanna, Sunil Shetty, Jackie Shroff, Amrish Puri, Kareena Kapoor

DIRECTOR: Pryiadharshan

PRODUCER: Ratan Jain

RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26, 2004

Hulchul focuses on two families. The first family is headed by the hot tempered Angaarchand (Amrish Puri). They reside in a small town called Matkapur.

Not so far is the village of Anpura where Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi) lives. Her family consists of three sons and one granddaughter by the name of Anjali.

Both Angaarchand and Lakshmidevi are well respected governors in their own villages.

Angaarchand has four sons (Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan and Akshaye Khanna ) who have always had problems with women. So they vow to a life of celibacy.

Meanwhile due to a past grudge, Lakshmidevi is always coming up with revengeful plans against Angaarchand family.

So trouble ensues when Angaarchands youngest son, Jai, and Lakshmidevis granddaughter, Anjali (Kareena Kapoor), end up at the same college by coincidence.

Unknown to Jai, Anjali has been sent by her brother and mother. She is supposed to seduce this young lad. If she succeeds in her devious scheme, the Angaarchand vow will be broken.

But smart kid Jai, goes one step further. His best friend, Lucky (Arshad Warsi) is roped into this mayhem to spice up the hilarious proceedings.

Much to their surprise, Jai and Anjali begin to develop feelings for each other. Their relationship becomes so serious that they decide on getting married.

But this situation adds further tensions for the families who have been enemies for years.

So what follows is a series of deceitful mishaps as the young couple try to convince their families.

Hulchul sees the return of director Priyadarshan who successfully made comedy hits like Hera Pheri and Hungama.

Compared to his other films, Hulchul has been filmed on a large scale with the presence of a galaxy of stars.

jprasad IF-Rockerz

Joined: 27 October 2004
Posts: 6974

Posted: 06 December 2004 at 4:34pm | IP Logged I needed something to do to pass time since Jassi
wasn't going to be on till Monday, so I went to see Hulchul.
Hecka funny! Almost number oned in ma pants!!!!   Embarrassed Embarrassed Embarrassed
Embarrassed   Arshard Warsi and Paresh Rawal are
sooooooo knee slapping, head hits your knee funny! Sunil
Shetty...watta man!
KK_lassi Senior Member

Joined: 31 May 2004
Posts: 933

Posted: 07 December 2004 at 3:26am | IP Logged
OMG jprasad!! But the movie is really funny..!!!!! Had best time laughing all the time..paisa wasool!!Wink
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