‘Housefull 4’: Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar sinks in a senseless, sexist farce

The film stars Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar (center). (Supplied)
Updated 16 November 2019

‘Housefull 4’: Bollywood’s Akshay Kumar sinks in a senseless, sexist farce

CHENNAI: Movie franchises often run out of steam and “Housefull 4,” directed by Farhad Samji and produced by Fox Star Studios, is yet another senseless 145 minutes of bizarre theatrics with over-performing, over-dressed men and women. Not just that, the film goes back to the once beaten-to-death subject in Indian cinema — reincarnation. Imagine a love story, or several love stories, having taken place in the north Indian kingdom of Sitamgarh in the 15th century and all of them ending in one unimaginable tragedy orchestrated by a revenge-seeking rogue. 

“Housefull 4” begins in present-day London. Harry (Akshay Kumar), Roy (Riteish Deshmukh) and Max (Bobby Deol) are getting ready to marry the daughters of a rich businessman. The boys are not in love with the girls, but the dowries they bring in the story that was written by Sajid Nadiadwala and Sara Bodinar. Harry, who has the same dream (or nightmare) every night soon realizes that the woman he is pretending to be in love with, Neha (Kriti Kharbanda), was meant to be his sister-in-law in the life he had centuries ago. The other two men also reincarnated are Roy (Rietesh Deshmukh) and Max (Bobby Deol) and their partners are played by Pooja (Pooja Hegde ) and Kriti (Kriti Sanon). The women look like identical triplets and I do not blame the reincarnated men who seem to have got thoroughly confused.

“Housefull 4” is silly to the core, with bird droppings on Harry (“call it luck,” someone quips) and other juvenile, slapstick jokes. But what is terribly worrisome is the sexist humor. The least that the writers could have done was to clean the script of such tastelessness. To top it all off, the extravagant sets influenced by the likes of “Game of Thrones” (with poor CGI) and the flamboyant costumes pull this Akshay Kumar-starrer into Arthur Conan Doyles’ Grimpen Mire of the famed Baskerville drama. But the point here is, why did Kumar, who has shown his acting caliber in recent times, choose to get into such a mindless venture? It beats me.


US actress Lindsay Lohan celebrates 34th birthday in Dubai

Updated 04 July 2020

US actress Lindsay Lohan celebrates 34th birthday in Dubai

DUBAI: American actress and singer Lindsay Lohan rang in her birthday from Dubai, her home since 2017.

The former child star marked the occasion of her 34th birthday with a reflective Instagram video, sharing that she has “learned to understand the simplicity of life.”

“It’s my birthday and I’ve had a really beautiful day,” the actress said in the video, which she shared with her 8.5 million Instagram followers.

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“And during all these tough times I feel like I’ve learned to understand the simplicity of life and birthdays,” Lohan continued, “I was thinking about how many birthdays I’ve had that are just like so extravagant and how lucky we all are to just have the people around us that we love and the people in our lives that we love and how simple is key.”

“I’m 34 now and it's been a beautiful day and I'm really happy and really grateful to have good people in my life and I look forward to sharing that with other people in my work and in everything I do from here on out,” the “Mean Girls” star concluded.

Earlier in the day, Lohan posted an adorable black-and-white childhood throwback snap captioned “It’s my birthday.” 

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She also took to her Instagram Stories to post a picture of a slice of chocolate birthday cake topped with whipped cream and a blown out candle.

Lohan recently opened up about her experience living in Dubai during a recent appearance on the chat show “Lights Out With David Spade” to promote her new single, “Back To Me.” 

“It’s a city built on desert,” she said in the 17-minute video chat. “I came here in 2008 when they’d just finished building the Atlantis Hotel and there was none of this here. There was no DIFC, Downtown, Dubai Mall… anything that there is now.”

Lohan also suggested she has been thinking of returning to movie acting. Spade said: “I think they are redoing a ‘Mean Girl,’” To which Lohan replied, “Well, I kind of wanted to come back with like a ‘Mean Girls 2,’ with the same cast… That’s all in their hands really.”