I love the months between big holidays. Lots of weird funky little low pressure movies that are just kind of fun.
I am so glad that Sid has found his proper place in the world, modest action hero is just perfect for him. He’s got that nice big body that makes him believable in a fight scene, his face is the right kind of handsome for a tormented young gangster/soldier/spy/police/whatever, and he can handle the 15 minutes of backstory and romance required for such roles.
This looks like a perfect Sid movie! Tormented young action hero, falls in love with fragile beautiful woman, evil villain appears and threatens the fragile woman, fight fight fight.
Two things make me nervous. First, can the plot really be this simple? Sid falls in love with Tara Sutaria, Ritiesh kills her, and Sid takes revenge? Surely there is a twist we aren’t seeing, like a shocking surprise that the tormented young hero’s perfect love actually LIVES. That would be different.
Second, Ritiesh is a Little Person? REALLY? Why????
Well, this is sad! I think this might be my favorite Housefull movie EVER, and it’s cursed with a weird production history that may make me not able to watch it. But the plot idea is SO CLEVER! A reincarnation comedy, making fun of all the big historical epics we’ve had lately. AND coming up with a way to use reincarnation is a set up for a big modern day farce.
The idea of a man dreaming of his past life and waking up to find that he and his two friends and their three girlfriends are all with the wrong people based on their past lives. That fits perfectly with the established logic of reincarnation in film but treats it as comedy instead of tragedy. It’s such a simple idea, I almost can’t believe it hasn’t been used before.
On top of that, the cast! Akshay is always much MUCH easier to take in comedy, with a real flare for it. Bobby Deol is another surprisingly gifted comedy fellow, so long as he loosens up and forgets his dignity. And Ritiesh of course is an old hand at it all. Plus Kriti Sonam, after Arjun Patiala I am all in on her as a comedian. I am content to watch these 4 play off each other however they want.
Okay, I’m not saying it’s going to be an actually high quality movie or anything, but there’s enough there that I want to watch it, which is more than I can say for any previous Housefull movie.
Oh oh! Saand Ki Aankh is coming out the same day, I’ll buy a ticket for that and support true stories about feminist sharpshooters, but actually sneak into the terrible lowbrow reincarnation comedy.