film focuses on two families headed by Angaarchand (Amrish Puri) and
Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi) respectively.
grand-daughter, Anjali (Kareena Kapoor) has fallen in love with
Angaarchand's youngest son, Jai (Akshaye Khanna). So this creates
mayhem with both families due a past grudge.
of this, no woman is allowed in the Angaarchand household. So all
four sons, Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz Khan and Akshaye
Khanna remain unmarried as per their father's wishes.
Anjali and Jai study at the same institution but they are not the
best of friends.
grandmother Lakshmidevi orders Anjali to romance Jai, so that he
falls in love with her. This
would lead to the family's downfall.
agrees to her grandmother's devious scheme and so sets off to seduce
Jai. But Jai gets helped by his sidekick, Lucky (Arshad Warsi).
follows is a series of mishaps, as both youngsters fall in love
much to the dismay of their respective families.
Anjali is forced into an arranged marriage but when Angaarchand
foils the proceedings, Lashmidevi 's household decide to take revenge
on their enemies.
both families come to an agreement on their past feud forms the
climax of this Priyadashan laugh riot.
initial part of the film moves at a slow pace as both families backstab
each other. The comic relief is provided by Jai and Lucky -a saving
grace for this film.
is after the intermission that the film picks up typically Hungama
style as we discover Paresh Rawal's secret marital bond with
can someone explain the significance of the item number which follows
next?? It has no relevance to the film what-so-ever. Editing this
song sequence would have strengthened the narration and added more
impact to the film.
having said this, Priyadashan deserve praise for the climax scene
which involves the wedding ceremony.
get engrossed right from the part where the 'cooks' smuggle their
way as the uninvited wedding guests.
is further enhanced with the mayhem which follows with the mangalsutra
(meaning the wedding necklace).
scene brings back memories of the electric shock sequence
in Hungama. Excellent execution by the director. This appears
novel in a Bollywood film.
The film belongs to Akshaye Khanna all the way. He is just too good
- his transition from a comic to a vicious character makes you feel
the dilemma which Jai is going through.
good are Arshad Warsi who brings the house down as Jai's sidekick
as his ideas backfires on him.
for Paresh Rawal, he feels at home with comedy. It is very hard
to keep a serious face as he unleaches his comic power on screen.
the whole, Hulchul provides pure entertainment Bollywood
style. It includes comic situations with family drama - a great
combination which will appeal to a family audience.
way to pass shed away your winter blues at a cinema near you!
by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire's Mr Bollywood