Hulchul (2004 film)
|Produced by||Ratan Jain
|Written by||K. Saxena (Dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Neeraj Vora|
|Story by||Neeraj Vora
|Edited by||Arun Kumar|
|Distributed by||Venus Records & Tapes|
|Running time||166 min|
Hulchul (Translated: Commotion) is a 2004 Hindi filmdirected by Priyadarshan. The story is adapted from the 1991 Malayalam film Godfather. The film has a huge star cast including Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Sunil Shetty, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal, Jackie Shroff, Arbaaz Khan, Shakti Kapoor, Farha Naaz, and Laxmi. It is a satirical portrayal of the post-modern Indian woman's self-image, self-confidence, self-victimization, and self-empowerment.
Twenty years ago Angar Chand (Amrish Puri) lived a wealthy lifestyle in a small town in India along with his wife, Parvati, and four sons, Balram (Jackie Shroff), Kishan (Paresh Rawal), Shakti (Arbaaz Khan) and Jai (Akshaye Khanna). Since Balram is of marriageable age, he arranges his marriage with the daughter of Laxmi Devi (Laxmi), who opposes this marriage. During the wedding ceremony, Laxmi Devi and her sons, Surajbhan, and Pratap forcibly take away their sister and accidentally kill Parvati. They subsequently get their sister married to Kashinath (Shakti Kapoor). An enraged Angar hacks Laxmi's husband to death, is arrested and sentenced to 14 years in prison. When he returns he makes it clear that women will not be permitted in his house, posting a sign on the front gate, and forbids his sons to ever marry.
Angarchand and his sons prevent the marriage of Anjali (Kareena Kapoor), Laxmi's granddaughter. Jai humiliates Anjali when she returns to College after her failed engagement. Laxmi convinces Anjali to trick Jai into falling in love with her to cause a rift in the family. Jai meets with Anjali who openly admits that she is attracted to him. Jai, at first rejects her, then decides to teach her and her family a lesson. Both feign their love for each other, but subsequently Anjali and Jai admit their agendas. Both go their separate ways, but find that they are indeed in love with each other. In order to marry, Jai must first convince his elder brothers to get married albeit in vain as none of them even wants to consider this option.
Lucky (Arshad Warsi), Jai's friend, finds out that Kishan, a seemingly celibate devotee of Lord Hanuman, is leading a dual life as Murari, who has been married to a woman, Gopi (Farha Naaz), from Gangapur, for 7 years and has two children, a son and a daughter. When Angar finds out he kicks Kishan and Jai out of his house because Jai supports Kishan's marriage.
Anjali marriage is fixed with Laxmi's advocate's son (Sharad Kelkar), but after Jai and Anjali acknowledge their love for each other to her family, Pratap and Surajbhan approach Angarchand to help them stop Jai from disrupting this marriage on one hand, while Laxmi tells Jai to marry Anjali - setting off confrontation between the estranged sons and father. Jai, Kishan, Gopi, and Lucky sneak into the wedding venue with the help of Anjali's uncle Veeru. Jai is dressed as the bridegroom and marries Anjali. Once Laxmi recognizes Jai in disguise, she demands Angarchand cut his own son's throat. Jai tells his father he won't go through with the wedding without his approval.
Balram the oldest of the brothers finally tells Jai to place the wedding necklace around Anjali's neck which finalizes the wedding. The necklace is grabbed from Jai's hands and Anjali's family chases Jai to stop him, but in the end Jai succeeds and the marriage is completed. Anjali asks her grandmother to end the feud and Jai asks his father for forgiveness. Angar leaves the wedding and contemplates all his sons' actions on the way home. All brothers and the two wives arrive at the gate. Angar looks at his sons and takes the sign off the gate and finally welcomes women back into his family.
- Suniel Shetty as Veer / Veeru
- Akshaye Khanna as Jai Angar Chand
- Kareena Kapoor as Anjali
- Amrish Puri as Angar Chand
- Paresh Rawal as Kishen Angar Chand / Murari
- Jackie Shroff as Balram Angar Chand / Balli
- Arbaaz Khan as Shakti Angar Chand
- Arshad Warsi as Lucky, Jai's Friend
- Farah Naaz as Gopi, Kishen's wife
- Deep Dhillon as Pratap
- Akhilendra Mishra as Surajbhan / Surya
- Asrani as Advocate Mishra
- Manoj Joshi as Laxmi's Advocate
- Sharad Kelkar as Lawyer's son, whose marriage is fixed with Anjali
- Shakti Kapoor as Kashinath
- Upasana Singh as Mrs. Surya
- Laxmi as Laxmi Devi
- Mumaith Khan in a Special Appearance in song, "Lut Gayee"
- Zubein Khan in a Special Appearance in song, "Lut Gayee"
All music composed by Vidyasagar.
|1.||"Dekho Zara Dekho"||Udit Narayan, Kunal Ganjawala||5:47|
|2.||"Hum Dil Ke"||Sadhana Sargam, Shaan||4:56|
|3.||"Ishq Mein Pyar Mein"||Alka Yagnik, Shaan||4:57|
|4.||"Lut Gayee"||Gayatri Iyer, Sayonara Philip, Poornima & Raja Lakshmi||5:18|
|5.||"Lee Humne Thi Kasam"||Hariharan||4:49|
|6.||"Rafta Rafta"||Udit Narayan, Sujatha Mohan||5:17|
- This was one of the last films Amrish Puri appeared in before he died.
- This is one of four films that Akshaye Khanna has starred in under Priyadarshan's direction.
- Subhash K. Jha (November 27, 2004). "Hulchul - Talented cast overshadows cliched 'Hulchul' plot".