HULLA is yet another small time flick that does not boast of superstars or multi crore special effects to draw you to the halls. Yet it does provide enough to make for some pleasant viewing. That in itself is something to boast about. HULLA is a welcome entry to the new wave of Hindi cinema that is certainly seeing a boost this year. With a budget of just one crore, Jaideep and his team of first timers have come up with a commendable piece of cinema which at times even the best of filmmakers fail to give us week after week, despite having all the time and money in the world.
A stockbroker Raj Puri (Sushant Singh) and his wife Abha (Kartika Devi Rane) move into their new apartments. Though far from the city, they seem to have settled down quite comfortably in their new housing society. Except for a slight problem that Raj wakes up every night. He gets easily disturbed due to the constant whistling of the watchman (Chandrachur Karnik).
So Raj decides to take up the issue with Janardhan (Rajat Kapoor) who happens to be the secretary of the society. And that is when Raj realizes that he is not going to get anything his way, since Janardhan justifies his decision to have the watchman whistle away.
Things only get worse as Raj begins to lose it being deprived of sleep. His complaints only fall on deaf ears with neither the other society members nor his own wife coming to his aid. And with no sleep, Raj and Janardhan takes things a lot more personally.
To begin with HULLA touches a topic that we all can easily relate to. While we all deal with the watchmen issues as a usual thing, this movie talks from the point of a man who rides against the tide and decides to stick out for his rights. And it is into this everyday scenario that Jaideep plants the various caricatures to provide the laughs.
Some scenes are notable like the society meeting, the CM showing up, the talks that Sushantâ€™ character has with the watchman. However the writer rushes through the closing scenes, showing the downfall of the protagonists in a rushed manner. But he does sign off with the climax shot which shows who ends up being the real losers in the battle of egos.
However the cracks also show up pretty quick enough. As the movie progresses, the comic tones begin to dry up. Thus the second half take on a more repetitive lane, as the characters literally begin to lose their grip on things. And situations really do not go beyond the whistles revealing that this might not have exactly the meat for a full length feature film. It could have worked better as a TV movie, and probably one of the reasons why it would still enjoy a better home viewing run than the theatrical one. Moreover the total lack of buzz works against this decent product.
Rajat Kapoor chips in with a fantastic performance in a role that was initially written for Pankaj Kapoor. And finally we have a movie that acknowledges the acting capabilities of Sushant. It is wonderful to see the likes of Vinay and Sushant benefitting from this string of small budgeted but performance driven movies. Kritika makes a nice jump from the TV to the big screen. The rest of the crew all chip in with decent inputs.
As a director, debutant Jaideep Verma does show promise but seems restricted by budget limitations. However the writer in him should have definitely brought in more elements to keep the screenplay alive, especially in the later stages. However it is commendable how the writer has managed to generate some good laughs out of this everyday situation.
Technically speaking, it is a good effort from the bunch of first timers. However the soundtrack courtesy Indian Ocean really does not gel here, and sticks out like a sore thumb.
Definitely not path breaking cinema, but makes for a decent viewing and should appeal to those who enjoyed similar movies like KHOSLA KA GHOSLA and BHEJA FRY. HULLA does make enough noise to draw your attention.
This is a flop movie.