Fox Star Studios, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment
Sohail Sen, Farhad Samji, Sandeep Shirodkar, Julius Packiam
The leading actors, and the characters they play in this movie, have been reincarnated. They live in London of 2019, when this film begins, but they were once in the Fort of Sitamgarh in 1419. Nothing has changed. They were duffers then, and they are congenital idiots now. This just goes to prove that people don’t alter fundamentally. Six hundred years ago your idiocy could lead to torture, death or worse, and today, in London, you can live on welfare and be happily stupid.
Unfortunately, the three bozos – Harry (Akshay Kumar), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Max (Bobby Deol) – have got their girls mixed up in the London incarnation and are dating each other’s dates from 1419. These ladies were then three sisters, daughters of a Maharaja, all dressed up in Rajput finery, and inviting marriage proposals from brave and noble men.
Today, the dudes are running a barber shop and planning to marry the Princesses at a destination wedding in Sitamgarh. Their Royal Highnesses are now three under dressed and spoilt daughters (Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde and Kriti Kharbanda) of a British Indian millionaire. The only plot device inserted in ‘Housefull 4’ is the job of getting the correct pairing sorted out.
The collective consciousness of the male libido in middle aged regression is quite accurately captured in the ‘Housefull’ movies. No romantic or sexual activity in the films is ever taken to a conclusion. It is all suggestion and innuendo, all bizarre T shirts flaunted by the men, all teeny weeny dresses displayed by the women. The men are all full of faux bravado, and the women are lip pouting and hip swaying versions of a fantasy from the Girlie magazines of the 1980s.
Both the images and the dirty jokes in the ‘Housefull’ series are uncannily like the kind of pictures and jokes shared on WhatsApp groups of the class of 1982. You don’t believe that grown men, and the women who accompany them, could find this funny, but they do.
Further, the actors who star in the ‘Housefull’ series continue to get mileage from it. This could be the only reason why an actress like Kriti Sanon, on the cusp of a promising career as a romantic lead, could decide to join the cast of this film
Watch this movie with care. You could be OD’d on smut in ‘Housefull 4’.