It's important to deliver what you promise. The
promos of HULCHUL promise a wacko theme and
laughter unlimited. After watching the film, you
realize that the makers do deliver a film that's
pretty serious about offering wholesome
Throwing logic to the winds and employing every
trick in the book of cinema to woo the
moviegoer, Priyadarshan churns out a film that's
enjoyable in most parts.
Yes, discrepancies do seep in, especially in the
post-interval portions, but the glitches and
blemishes can easily be overlooked since the
makers never promised earth-shattering and
path-breaking stuff in the first place.
Treat this film as an entertainer, without
taxing your brains, and chances are you'd enjoy
the film thoroughly!
HULCHUL is about two warring families and their
Fiery Angaarchand [Amrish Puri] and his family
of four sons [Jackie Shroff, Paresh Rawal,
Arbaaz Khan and Akshaye Khanna] have taken a vow
to stay away from women owing to a past family
The mere mention of the opposite sex is
'strictly forbidden' in their family. Actually,
it's the battle over a woman that resulted in
the entire feud between the two families.
Lakshmidevi [Lakshmi] is waiting for an
opportunity to seek revenge on Angaarchand and
his family. As luck would have it, Angaarchand's
youngest son, Jai [Akshaye Khanna], and
Lakshmidevi's grand-daughter, Anjali [Kareena
Kapoor], land up in the same college. Then
starts the game of deceit.
Both Jai and Anjali pretend to fall in love with
each other to seek revenge for their respective
families. And to aid in all the pranks comes
Jai's best friend, the troublemaker Lucky [Arshad
But somewhere down the line, all this play
becomes serious and the two actually begin to
develop true feelings for each other?
A remake of the Malayalam hit GODFATHER,
Priyadarshan follows two schools of film-making
in HULCHUL. The first is the South formula that
brings to your memory the family entertainers
that were churned out with amazing regularity in
the 1980s. And the second school is the one
invented by the accomplished director himself,
where logic takes a complete backseat and all
that matters is providing non-stop
HULCHUL can be divided into two parts. The first
half focuses on comical situations; the humour
is the type that would appeal to the common man
instantly. And credit for enlivening the
goings-on goes largely to a smart and tactful
screenplay [Neeraj Vora], brilliantly penned,
witty dialogues [K.P. Saxena] and the two
performances that dominate this half [Akshaye
Khanna and Arshad Warsi].
It wouldn't be wrong to say that the first half
of the enterprise is so thoroughly entertaining,
so thoroughly enjoyable that you wait with bated
breath for the reels of the second half to
The post-interval portions do start on a similar
note, but the narrative changes tracks
gradually. It now becomes a clash of two egos
and the game of one-upmanship takes over.
Actually, the story starts moving in an
altogether new zone and that's where things
The narrative is enjoyable till Amrish Puri
learns of Paresh Rawal's 'escapades' and
confronts him. But the goings-on thereafter
slacken the pace to an extent. Right from Amrish
Puri throwing Paresh and Akshaye out of the
house to Amrish Puri agreeing to guard the
entrance of the marriage venue, besides the
fight between the four brothers [Jackie, Paresh,
Arbaaz, Akshaye] in the market, aren't as
Also, the item song and the fight thereafter
look so odd in the narrative that it's highly
recommended to delete the portions rightaway.
That would only stimulate the proceedings.
The entire climax - right from Paresh, Akshaye,
Farha, Arshad pretend to be cooks, to the
mangalsutra sequence - follows the same pattern
as witnessed in HUNGAMA [electric shocks]. It's
the type that would appeal to the masses
instantaneously. The Manoj Joshi portion in the
marriage also tickles your funny bone.
With Priyadarshan in the director's seat and an
interesting storyline on hand, you expect
nothing but a qualitative product. And HULCHUL
is one, despite the hiccups. The director
succeeds on various levels, but more than
anything else he knows how to package an
interesting story with superior performances and
entertaining moments with aplomb.
Vidyasagar's music is just about okay. The tunes
are functional, but the ones that stand out ['Dekho
Zara Dekho' and 'Rafta Rafta'] do so thanks to
their aggressive promotion. The background music
is effective and does enhance the impact of
dramatic scenes. Cinematography [Jeeva] is
excellent. Action [B. Thyagarajan] is
HULCHUL is embellished with marvellous
performances and the best part is that the
director has cast actors who have a flair for
comedy, their comic timing is fantastic. Akshaye
Khanna is incredible, displaying his acting
skills to the T. One of the most accomplished
actors of the new generation, Akshaye's
versatility is more than evident - he acts like
a buffoon when required, but breathes fire when
the situation demands.
The other performance that stands out is that by
Arshad Warsi, who is awesome as Akshaye's best
friend cum adviser. In fact, it wouldn't be
wrong to state that the actor towers above one
and all in the first half. This is another
performance after MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S. that will
fetch him laurels.
Kareena Kapoor looks ethereal and delivers a
highly competent performance. Although she
doesn't get a chance to exhibit talent in the
post-interval portions, her performance in the
first half continues to linger in your memory
even after the show has concluded.
A Priyadarshan film would be incomplete without
Paresh Rawal's winning performance. The actor
may not have got the best lines in the first
half, but delivers an astounding performance in
the second half. He is in terrific form in that
vital scene when Amrish Puri confronts him.
Amrish Puri is, like always, first-rate,
essaying the role like a true veteran. Lakshmi
is superb. She looks regal and essays her part
with aplomb. Farha stages an impressive comeback
on the big screen.
The film has a huge supporting cast, but Jackie
Shroff and Suniel Shetty stand out of the lot.
Arbaaz Khan is strictly okay. Manoj Joshi does a
fine job. Asrani, Shakti Kapoor, Akhilendra
Mishra, Deep Dhillon and Upasna Singh are
On the whole, HULCHUL works two ways. It'll
appeal to those who enjoy light entertainers and
also those who like family drama kind of
situations. At the box-office, the fantastic
promotion embarked upon by its makers [Venus]
has ensured enormous craze for the film. With no
opposition this week as well as next week,
HULCHUL should have a joyous ride at the ticket
window, with the distributors of this laugh-riot
laughing all the way to the bank.