Review of “Hoichoi Unlimited” – A fun ride that gives a damn to logic.
Director – Aniket Chattopadhyay
Cast – Dev, Saswata Chatterjee, Kharaj Mukjherjee, Arna Mukhopadhyay, Rajatava Dutta, Koushani Mukherjee, Puja Banerjee, Roja, Koneenica Banerjee, Manasi Sinha
Overall Rating – 3/5
There are various type of comedies for different section of people. One such type is “leave your brain at home” comedy where you hardly bother about the logic and enjoy the humor only. Dev’s latest offering as a producer Hoichoi Unlimited falls in that particular type of comedy. It may not answer the logical queries but it certainly brings laughter.
From the trailers and exclusive promotion the basic plot is very much clear to everyone. It is a story of four friends who are going through bad phase in their life so they plan for an outing to Uzbekistan for a refreshing change. These four guys are Kumar (Dev), Animesh (Saswata Chatterjee), Bijon (Kharaj Mukherjee) and Azam (Arna Mukhopadhyay). Kumar is a “Ghar Jamai” of a big indstrualist after getting married to his only daughter (Koushani Mukherjee). He is a lazy guy who always looks for shortcut than hard work to earn easy money. Animesh, a retired Air Force officer, is an unmarried middle aged man who is in trouble as a local promoter is eyeing on his ancesteral property. A group of local goons headed by lady don keep threatening him regularly to leave the property. Bijon is builder who is having a tough time to handle his two wives (Manasi Sinha and Koneenica Banerjee) and keep it secret from each other. Azam is a mechanic whose wife (Roja) is a junior artist in movies and TV soaps. His wife feels ashamed to introduce herself as his wife as he is low earning low profile mechanic.The first half of the film focus on how the guys make the plan to fly to Uzbekistan hiding it from their family. The second half adds more chaos as a plane gets hijacked and these four guys become the prime suspects for that incident. Why and how they gets into this trouble for that you better see the movie, although you won’t get any logical answer for that even after watching the film.
If we forget about logic then it can be said there are good enough dose of laughter at regular intervals specially in the first half. Although not all the jokes hit the target but it’s okay as we keep getting continuous supply of humor. There are some clever sarcastic reference to politics which works really well and one must praise the refreshing style of brand promotion. The climax is a let down though, it has been dragged unnecessarily.
In spite of being the producer, Dev has not made it a one man show around him, he has given fair chance to his co-actors, without holding all the limelight. But he has managed to impress his fans with his herogiri. After a long time his fans will see him dancing at foreign location or beating the goons with swag. Apart from that he is okay in doing comedy also. But the best comic performances comes from the two veterans Saswata Chatterjee and Kharaj Mukjerjee. These two are in solid form. In spite of sharing screen with these seasoned actors, Arna Mukhopadhyay has impressed with his natural acting. He looks perfect as the under confident and always confused Azam Khan. Apart from these fours Rajatava Dutta has done a good job in his four different avatars, there is one special appearance of him in the climax as himself which is the most hilarious among the all. Sadly the girls have very less to do. Manasi Sinha and Koneenica Banerjee are impressive but we wish to see more of them on screen. Senior actress Anamika Saha has a nice cameo as Animesh’s aunt. The other girls has been restricted to be eye candy only.
The songs composed by Savvy are good but serves as speed breaker in the film specially the song Oh Baby featured on Dev and Puja. Although we don’t mind that as the song also takes us to a tour to the picturesque locations of Uzbekistan captured wonderfully by Cinematographer Ishwar Chandra Barik.
On a whole Hoichoi Unlimited is definitely not a comedy to cherish for a long time and the good thing is the film never promises to be that. In the festive season if you are looking for a break and want to feel relaxed with some casual entertainment then give your brain some break and take the joy ride with Hoichoi Unlimited.