Rating: 3 stars

Parthiban and Roja in HousefullWhat a welcome change!!! Great concept... Could have been much better with some serious editing... But, I wouldn't want to cut too many points, since it was a relief of sorts, to see a movie that digressed from the usual love story theme... But I would like to add that this movie is not for people who like only masala movies... This is slightly on the artistic side...

Housefull reminded me of some of the old English classics, even though as I said earlier, proper editing could have added more life to the reasonably powerful script... The entire movie revolves around a cinema theater, where approx. 1000 people are watching a movie oblivious to the fact, that there are  time bombs ticking all around them...

Given a difficult theme such as this, I should say that Parthiban has done a tremendous job both as an actor and as a director in bringing out the tension filled atmosphere... To break this tension, there is an unobstrusive, natural and non-vulgar comedy line that has been delivered very well, by Vadivelu... A surprisingly lively Suvalakshmi adds to the tension with her own little love story... Illayaraja has done his portion pretty effectively to spruce things up, even though I'll probably add, Raja is capable of much more than this... Paneer Selvam's work behind the camera was notable...

Well, the film definitely has its share of minuses... First and foremost... Roja... Should have been rested... Ishwarya... Again, unnecessary and could have been avoided... And of course EDITING... A curt person on the scissors would have delivered the needed punch, by punching out Roja's and Ishwarya's characters and some dumb scenes... Whatever said and done, Parthiban, in my opinion, has struck the high note of his career thus far... And I just hope that he keeps increasing his range....

Krishna Sivaramapuram

Original Photograph (House Full): Thanks to Cinema Express
Photograph scanned & reworked by: Krishna