The Party (1968)
By a twist of fate, the clumsy, yet good-hearted aspiring actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi, is invited to Fred Clutterbuck's big party, after ruining utterly the set of his latest feature film. However, unbeknownst to the host, Bakshi is present at the gathering, merrily mingling with the hand-picked guests in his magnificent hi-tech villa, where the drinks are flowing and everybody is in high spirits. But much to everyone's surprise, when Bakshi accidentally has his first-ever sip of alcohol, only God knows how this well-thought party is going to end up.
After getting fired from General Federal Studios, Junior Artiste, Hrundi V. Bakshi, ends up getting invited to an upscale party thrown by the wealthy Clutterbuck family. After his tryst with his shoe, he is aided by an inebriated butler and a baby elephant to create hilarious chaos for the hosts and their chic guests.
A clerical mistake results in a bumbling Indian film star being invited to an exclusive Hollywood party instead of being fired.
- Sellers plays Hrundi V. Bakshi a bumbling, yet lovable actor from India who tries endlessly to cope with the high-tech, high society around him from 1960's Hollywood and yet makes a shambles of everything.
The movie defines and is defined by the 1960's, as Blake Edwards uses every gimmick from the drunken server to pot-smoking musicians to set the mood. Bakshi continues about the party where he is mistakenly found, and explores the gadgets and gimmicks while making friends with several wonderful (albeit stereotyped) characters.
Notably, he alienates the director from his earlier acting attempt when he rescues a lady from the director's unwanted amorous approaches. Our unsung hero also makes allies with the children and the household pets while continuing to "tear down the house."
The film starts slowly, almost yawningly, but bulids towards the climax at the end with the following ingredients: Soap, Russians, a swimming pool and an elephant. Throw in a little peace, love and plenty of booze and you get the picture!
A riotous film, one of my all time favorites. It brought Sellers and Edwards together for their best (IMHO) collaboration.
PS watch out for the classic 3 wheeler Morgan sports car at the end - fits Peter Sellers' persona perfectly.