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Hulchul
Director: Priyadarshan
Cast:
Akshay Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Laxmi, Amrish Puri, Shakti Kapoor,
Jackie Shroff, Arshad Warsi, Arbaaz Khan, Paresh Rawal, Suniel Shetty and Akhilendera Mishra

Film Information:
Contains moderate violence
Length:
2hrs 40mins
UK Release:
26th November 2004 by Venus Films
pg cert camera
Akshaye Khanna & Kareena Kapoor
Akshaye Khanna & Kareena Kapoor
Hulchul combines comic situations with family drama - a great entertainer for the whole family.
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The film focuses on two families headed by Angaarchand (Amrish Puri) and Lakshmidevi (Lakshmi) respectively.

Lakshmi's 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.

Because 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.

Meanwhile, Anjali and Jai study at the same institution but they are not the best of friends.

So grandmother Lakshmidevi orders Anjali to romance Jai, so that he falls in love with her. This would lead to the family's downfall.

Anjali agrees to her grandmother's devious scheme and so sets off to seduce Jai. But Jai gets helped by his sidekick, Lucky (Arshad Warsi).

What follows is a series of mishaps, as both youngsters fall in love much to the dismay of their respective families.

Soon, Anjali is forced into an arranged marriage but when Angaarchand foils the proceedings, Lashmidevi 's household decide to take revenge on their enemies.

How both families come to an agreement on their past feud forms the climax of this Priyadashan laugh riot.

The 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.

It is after the intermission that the film picks up typically Hungama style as we discover Paresh Rawal's secret marital bond with Farha.

However 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.

But having said this, Priyadashan deserve praise for the climax scene which involves the wedding ceremony.

We get engrossed right from the part where the 'cooks' smuggle their way as the uninvited wedding guests.

This is further enhanced with the mayhem which follows with the mangalsutra (meaning the wedding necklace).

This 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.

Equally good are Arshad Warsi who brings the house down as Jai's sidekick as his ideas backfires on him.

As 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.

On 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.

A great way to pass shed away your winter blues at a cinema near you!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Shropshire's Mr Bollywood

 

 
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