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Hulchul
Deepa Menon / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
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Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Comedy is serious business, said Jerry Lewis before he did his famous back flip and landed on a much-worn ass. And it is too. It helps if you have the right lines, the right actors and just the right measure of insanity (two large scoops, hold the dribble). It helps if the audience is ready and willing to bust a gut. It helps if you've set a happy precedent. But more than anything else it helps at the end of a long-winded joke, to remember the friggin' punchline.

By the second half of the film Hulchul has no clue what it was trying to accomplish. It starts off with the noblest of intentions, the promise of explosive funniness and then it gets really caught up in a family drama that you don't give a flying fig about. It goes from toilet humor to melodrama in the courtyard. From Ganpath Rai to Hamare kul ki maryadha. From Arshad Warsi in shorts to Arbaaz Khan in a see-through dhoti. Why are you here, again?

So, like this: There are two feuding families, each with large quantities of children. The first family lives in Angaarchand's Bachelor Pad With Attached Cattle-Shed. Angaarchand (Amrish Puri) is a man of a few words, all of which are spoken at vein-bursting decibels levels and accompanied with flying spit. He hates all women and insists that his four sons remain unwed. Two remain true to their father's wishes, one falls in love and one endorses his views on celibacy by getting married and having two children.

The other family is run by a shrill, scheming matriarch, Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi), who has two main passions: she wants Angaarchand's head on a plate, and she wants this plate placed on the railway tracks. In all other respects, she's a sweet old lady.

Due to the highly jobless nature of the two clans, neither has any peace of mind. So when Laksmidevi's granddaughter, Anjali's (Kareena Kapoor's) wedding is called off thanks to the famous feud, she decides to get revenge from Angaarchand's youngest son, Jai (Akshaye Khanna).

Much to nobody's surprise, the two fall in love helped along with dangerous advice from Akshaye's friend, Lucky (Arshad Warsi). The only hilarious portions of the film are delivered by Warsi, who more than lives up to high post-Munnabhai expectations. Thanks to him, Akshaye Khanna, and Paresh Rawal to some extent, the first half is enjoyable and really funny in bits.

Hulchul does have some excellent lines, just thrown around and discovered with delight by the audience. But the movie really loses focus when the drama takes over. Suddenly the plot goes and gets serious on you, which it has no business doing. Soon there's just a lot of men tearing about looking furious and yelling threats at each other. Yawn. During the climax there's a really tedious attempt at returning to the comedy using some old gags and older lines. Yawner. Then hearts change miraculously for the better and love prevails. Yawnest.

With actors like Paresh Rawal, Amrish Puri, Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty and Manoj
Joshi, Priyandarshan could have done so much better. The whole thing puts us in the mind of that old riddle. What do you call a boomerang that doesn't work? A stick. What do you call a joke that doesn't work? For this week at least, it goes by the name of Hulchul.
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Hulchul (hindi) reviews
USER RATING
7.5
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  • Cast
    Akshaye Khanna, Kareera Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Amrish Puri, Lakshmi, Paresh Rawal, Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan
  • Director
    Priyadarshan
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Good for kids - NA
Good for dates - NA
Wait to rent it - NA
Arman Armaan on 20th Jan 2005, 1:51pm | Permalink
the film is a remake of malayalam film Godfather which was remade earlier into telugu with jagpatibabu and sukanya.. in which the father role was repeated by t N N Pillai who did it in the malayalam original.
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10
Harish on 16th Dec 2004, 1:57am | Permalink
I wonder on what basis Deepa gives her rating...the rating should be that of the site and not her personal rating..this would create a negative impression on a prospective viewer's mind.
RATING
8
Rahul on 4th Dec 2004, 12:04pm | Permalink
Remember - the movie DOES NOT promise to deliver Mother India. It does not even promise Dark Comedy. It promises straight-up comedy - Priyadarshan-ishtyle, and it delivers. The movie is definitely above Dhawan comedies, but certainly less than Priyadarshan's own - Hera Pheri. Enjoy!
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8
Raj Kumar on 30th Nov 2004, 4:36am | Permalink
If any telugu audience remember its the same flick which came long back in telugu - peddarikam.(Jagapathi Babu starrer), u can watch and have fun i beleive.
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10
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