From the first scene on, the series of hilarious situations this movie delivers are some of the best in movie history. Hrundi V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers) is the Indian soldier with a trumpet sounding the alarm for his fellow soldiers to attack the British regiment in the valley below the mountaintop where he’s standing defiantly. Just after his army begins shooting, they notice he’s still playing annoyingly the trumpet in a non-stop tirade. Soon, both desperate armies turn their guns to him to make him stop the torturing noise. Bakshi, twisting his wounded body, falls down, gets up repeatedly still sounding the damn trumpet. Then, the movie director, yells incredulously: “Cut!!!”
After a couple of other “accidents” provoked by this clueless extra, the angry director chases him off the set and calls his producer to ban Bakshi from any other movie set ever. The problem is that the producer makes the mistake of writing the extra’s name at the bottom of a piece of paper that contains a list of guests for his upcoming party.
Once again, the walking chaos incarnated by this clumsy and absentminded aspiring actor begins once more with unexpected and histerically funny consequences. Intrigued and honored at having received an invitation to this party of the Hollywood elite, he arrives at the unsuspecting producer’s mansion where his host wonders for a while who might he be. Soon, and slowly but surely, the small disasters begin until chaos is released!!!
Peter Sellers’ facial expressions, his voice, gestures, are priceless. One of the best scenes among many, is when Bakshi goes through a little odyssey to relieve his bladder while trying to find an available restroom, and there once he finds it, more funny stuff happens.
He is not alone creating a big mess. There is also a drunk waiter who’s trying to do the best job he can under his circumstances and the head waiter who can’t wait to kill him for all the disastrous actions he’s been guilty of.
This film is most appreciated when we give our undivided attention to the little details, since its tone is a quiet, almost silent one. You will enjoy this 1968 comedy by director Blake Edwards specially if you’re looking for a good remedy for any blues you might be under.
See also with Peter Sellers: Being There (1979) The Pink Panther (1963)