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IT IS Hungama all right. Case of mistaken identities and comic confusion that come in its wake, create a riot in Venus Records And Tapes Pvt. Ltd.'s venture directed by Priyadarshan. A bewildering array of characters makes up this chaotic venture that keeps you amused for quite a while. Till the end, out of sheer frustration at the myriad twists and turns, you begin to wonder how the puzzle will be solved for those involved.

But this is quite a change from the usual vendetta, syrupy romance or some high melodrama that most mainstream Hindi films seem to be specialising in. If only the players in the film didn't talk so loudly, it could have turned out to be pretty high on the meter.

A remake of a Malayalam film by Priyadarshan, "Hungama" (a Shringar Films' release) stands out for its dialogue by Neeraj Vohra ("Daud") and the performance of Paresh Rawal. If he got a bit carried away towards the end, it is acceptable considering the mood of the plot.

Anjali (Rimi Sen) comes to Bombay to find work and pay off debts of her father. Or, she would have to marry the village idiot, Raja, who happens to be the son of the person who has given Anjali's father the loan. She has to find a place to stay, but can do so only by agreeing to play the wife of Nandu (Aftab Shivdasani). Nandu is an aspiring singer, who has also run away from home in search of fame. They hate each other but have to make do. When Anjali finds a vacancy in the electronic goods showroom of Jeetu (Akashye Khanna), she is desperate to get it. But she also realises that she has been mistakenly understood to be the daughter of Radheshyam Tiwari (Paresh Rawal), a rich man who has come to Bombay from the village. Radheshyam's wife, also called Anjali (Shoma Anand), is a typical villager gone berserk in the city — changing her lifestyle and appearance in accordance with a hip city like Bombay. Jeetu of course is on the lookout for a rich spouse and Anjali Jr. seems made to order.

Assisting the Tiwaris in their endeavours of settling down in Bombay are the parents of Jeetu. Tiwari does not know that Jeetu is their son. Neither do Jeetu's parents know that Jeetu hangs around the Tiwari mansion trying to catch a glimpse of Anjali Jr. And Anjali, having lied to Jeetu that she is Tiwari's daughter, gets dropped at the mansion every evening. Tiwari's wife imagines that her husband is having an affair with this girl.

And to add to the chaos there is this banker Anil (Sanjay Narvekar) who wants to marry Tejabhai's (Shakti Kapoor) daughter. Mayhem reigns till the end.

So if you are in a mood to forget everything and not nitpick about story you are bound to have a good time.

Surprise packages are the sets (Sabu Cyril) and the performances of Aftab and Rimi Sen. Akshaye is of course, good as he always is. All the others are suitably hamming.


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