Housefull (2013 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLinson Antony
Screenplay by Shiju Nambyath
Story by Shiju Nambyath
Produced byJomon Antony
Starring Tini Tom
CinematographyNeil D'Cunha
Edited byShyam Sasidhar
Music byRam Surender
Sejo John
Movie Masters
Distributed byMovie Masters Release
Kalasangham Films
Release date
  • 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15)(India)
Running time
127 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Box office31 crore (US$3.9 million)

Housefull (also stylized as House Full) is a 2013 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film directed by Linson Antony. [1] [2] The film stars Tini Tom, Jyothirmayi and Shammi Thilakan, [3] and released on 15 February 2013. [4] Filming for Housefull began in mid-2012, [5] with the film marking Tom's first leading role. [6]



Ananthan, a 36-year-old police constable who has experienced multiple failures at trying to find a woman to marry. He eventually meets and marries Emily, a textile worker, much to the chagrin of both of their families. The couple tried for a baby in the hopes of placating their family, but were unable to conceive and began a series of fertility treatments. Initially overjoyed when the treatments are successful, Ananthan and Emily are shocked to discover that she was now pregnant with quadruplets. [7]



Tini Tom, after doing comic and character roles in over 30 films, [8] was given his first lead role in a film by debutant director Linson Antony, who had previously directed several devotional videos. [6] Jyothirmayi, who was not seen in a commercial film for a longer time, was chosen to portray the character of a saleswoman at a textile shop. [9] Four babies were reported to be playing the lead alongside actors Tini Tom and Jyothirmayi, with auditions being held in July 2012 to find "the best ones". [5] The actors were continuously shooting for Housefull for 40 days throughout September and October 2012, [10] with Jyothirmayi stating that the shoot took more days than what was initially planned, because of the four children involved. [11]


Critical response

Housefull was received mixed review, with a reviewer for Sify giving a neutral review and stating that it was a "meek entertainer, which treads along a rather safe path". [12] Sreenath Nair of The Hindu was critical of the film, citing that there were "no situations in the script and screenplay by Shiju Nambiath which offer the director a challenge. The duo walks down the much-tread and familiar story lanes to reach a commonplace end". [13]

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