‘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.

Yolanda Hadid denies claims that she was hiding Ghislaine Maxwell in her farm house

Updated 07 July 2020

Yolanda Hadid denies claims that she was hiding Ghislaine Maxwell in her farm house

DUBAI: Yolanda Hadid, Gigi and Bella’s mother, has publicly refuted claims from a Dutch investigative journalist, who suggested that she allowed Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell to hide out in her Pennsylvania farm house back in Nov 2019. 

Maxwell was arrested last week following a lengthy FBI search. She has been arrested and charged with “enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and two counts of perjury.”

On July 2, Henk Van Ess, a Dutch journalist,  posted a Twitter thread, claiming that he traced Maxwell’s whereabouts through her IP addresses. Within this thread, he wrote that Maxwell visited a donut shop near to Hadid's farmhouse, and suggested that Maxwell was a friend of the family. He also wrote that he had emailed Yolanda to verify whether she was housing Maxwell. 

“Why #Doylestown was interesting for #GHISLAINMAXWELL? Here is a possible explanation – she was friendly with Hadid family, (including Gigi Hadid... who had a Dutch mother). [The] Hadid's have a farm 10-15 minutes away from the Donut shop,” he wrote.

Shortly after, Yolanda took to Twitter to issue a denial of having any involvement with the British socialite. “I do not know or have ever associated with Ghislaine- the first time I have heard about her or any of this was watching the documentary, like the rest of the world, on Netflix,” she wrote. 

“So, I’m not sure how I have been brought into this narrative of yours, but I take these false claims very seriously. Please stop involving me. What that lady did is disturbing and she deserves to be in jail for a long time.”

Her daughter, Gigi also took to the social media platform to speak out in defence of her mother, writing, “My mom, clearly from her timeline, almost never uses the twitter app.. this was only brought to her attention by me bc fans were sending me your tweets. She wouldn’t have seen your tweets & can not go back in twitter mentions that far…”

The pregnant model added: “In your tweet above you claim that you also emailed my mom- but the only email she has from you is from 5:11am EST this morning, so in your tweet, almost 24 hrs ago, claiming that you have contacted her, you had not yet even sent an email.