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1[[quoteright:250:]]≤≤->''"Num num. Num num. Birdie num num."''≤-->-- '''Hrundi V. Bakshi''', speaking into a live intercom≤≤''The Party'' is a keen little film from 1968 taking place almost solely at a Hollywood party, and for which most of the script was completely improvised. ≤≤While for the majority of film projects this would be a disaster, this film had two things going for it: It was a collaboration between Creator/PeterSellers and Creator/BlakeEdwards, the duo largely responsible for the hit ''[[Franchise/ThePinkPanther Pink Panther]]'' series. As such, ''The Party'' contains much the same style of humor and storytelling.≤≤Sellers plays a well-meaning but [[TheDitz accident prone]] Indian actor, Hrundi V. Bakshi. Due to a misunderstanding, after blowing up a movie set Mr. Bakshi is not blacklisted, but instead put on the invitations list for an A-list party at a Hollywood mansion. ≤≤From there, itís one misstep after another; he confuses the partygoers, befriends his cowboy film star idol, has dinner on a footstool, breaks a toilet, meets a sweet [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench French girl]] and saves her from a creepy agentís advances, and finally helps wash an elephant with the help of the hostís [[GranolaGirl hippie daughter]], her friends, and a Russian ballet troupe, filling the entire mansion with soap bubbles. Itís less trippy than it sounds.≤≤Said to be Music/ElvisPresley's favorite film. Not to be confused with the 2017 British dramedy film by Sally Potter.≤≤----≤!!This work contains examples of:≤* ActorAllusion: During the scene in which Bakshi wrecks the upstairs bathroom, the band downstairs can be heard playing "It Had Better Be Tonight," which was originally written and used both as a vocal and as an instrumental score in ''Film/ThePinkPanther1963''. In addition, a stuffed Pink Panther can be seen sitting on the chest of drawers in the boys' bedroom.≤* {{Adorkable}}: Hrundi. He's clumsy, socially awkward and nothing seems to ever go right for him but that's what makes him such a sympathetic character. ≤* AffectionateParody: The opening spoofs the climax of the ''Film/GungaDin'' movie.≤* AmbulanceCut: Played for laughs near the end, after [[spoiler:the hostess]] repeatedly falls off a balcony and into soap-filled water.≤* BigFancyHouse: The location for the party itself, somewhere in Los Angeles. To give an impression of size and grandeur, the main rooms of the house are split by pools of water, some with fountains in them. Other features include several retractable bars, an intercom system, a full wait staff, and a fire pit, among other things. See also CoolHouse.≤* {{Brownface}}: Peter Sellers playing an Indian man.≤* {{Catchphrase}}: ďHow-dy Partiner!Ē ≤* CelebrityIsOverrated: This is the ultimate opinion of [[spoiler: the sweet French girl, Michele]].≤* CoolHouse: The house that the party takes place in has the main rooms separated by giant pools of water. To even come in the front entrance proper, you needs to cross a small bridge.≤* CringeComedy: Hrundi walks from one awkward situation to another. HilarityEnsues.≤* DancePartyEnding: Not used at the end, but rather just after the climactic face-off scene between Hrundi and [[spoiler: C.S. Divot]].≤* DisasterDominoes: Once Hrundi relieves his PottyEmergency, he winds up setting these off in the fancy upstairs bathroom.≤* DodgyToupee: C.S. Divot, the agent, when Hrundi catches him in the bathroom. In another instance, a womanís hairpiece is removed in public after Hrundiís pheasant dinner is thrown onto it, then retrieved (hairpiece and all) by a drunken waiter.≤* ElephantInTheLivingRoom: Literally. It becomes harder to avoid once they give it a bubble bath in the living room.≤* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: There are many girls at the party, but who ends up with Hrundi at the end? Michele, the shy and sweet French girl with an accent.≤* ExpositionParty: Almost the entire movie, literally.≤* TheFool: Hrundi V. Bakshi. Though he is wise, he could not be more of a ditz.≤* FunnyBackgroundEvent: There's a RunningGag in the film involving a waiter who keeps sneaking drinks whenever someone refuses one. During the "seat change" sequence at the dinner table, the actor Kelso (who crushed Bakshi's hand earlier) spots him sneaking drinks, and calls him out. But there's so much going on in this scene, it's easy to miss the first time.≤* GranolaGirl: The daughter of the partyís hosts, along with her friends.≤* HappyDance: After the serious climactic scene, Hrundi and Michele go downstairs and discover everyone dancing along with the Russian dance troupe. They join in with no particular planned dance in mind, and Hrundi in particular seems to just be moving to show how happy he feels.≤* HorribleHollywood: Mostly played straight.≤* {{Improv}}: Most of the movie. The original script was only 56-60 pages.≤* LadyDrunk: The blonde in the purple off shoulder dress.≤* LifeOfTheParty: What Hrundi becomes, somewhat unwittingly.≤* MultipleGunshotDeath: How Hrundi (playing ''Film/GungaDin'' InUniverse) is supposed to "die" in the opening sequence. The shot is completely ruined when he refuses to stop playing, ''[[OverlyLongGag even when every single extra with a gun is using him as target practice in an attempt to make him stop]]''.≤* NiceGuy: Hrundi is kind-hearted, polite and caring. Despite all the chaos he causes he never means to do any harm and many of the "accidents" he's involved in are not even his fault.≤* PersonaNonGrata: Hrundi was supposed to be forever banned from Hollywood for accidentally blowing up an entire movie set; his name was instead put on an invitation list for an A-list Hollywood party.≤* PlungerDetonator: Resting his foot on one of these was how Hrundi blew up the movie set.≤* PottyEmergency: Hrundi undergoes this.≤* RasputinianDeath: The opening scene taking place on a movie set, during the filming of a shootout. Hrundiís horn blower character is shot early on, but he keeps getting back up and blowing his horn. After a while the other actors have all ignored one another and are shooting at him, instead Ė- to no avail. ≤* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: As most of the dialogue is improvised, some of the script and most all of the constant background chatter is full of pauses and stutters. Though it at first may sound unnatural, the viewer is able to get used to it a few scenes in.≤* RescueRomance: Hrundi comes upon Michele and her agent as she is struggling with him, and with the help of a toy air blaster gun stops the matter cold (without their knowing who did it). Later the agent happens upon Hrundi when he is talking alone with her. When the agent demands the girl leave with him, she refuses. Hrundi stands up for her, and [[spoiler: the agent finally leaves in frustration]]. ≤* RuleOfPool: Hrundi almost falls into the pools around the house in several scenes, until he finally does. By the end of the party, nearly everyone is dunked somehow. ≤* RunningGag: The hijinks of a drunken waiter, and Hrundi's ability to very quickly distance himself from a blunder. [[spoiler: There's something heartwarming about Hrundi and Michele doing this together in the last appearance of the gag.]]≤* ShoutOut: The opening sequence is an InUniverse filming of ''Film/GungaDin'' (either a remake of this film or a new film based on Kipling's book).≤* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: In the end, the sweet French girl eyeing Hrundi throughout the film chooses to stay with him rather than go with her agent, [[spoiler: even though it means being blacklisted from working in Hollywood]].≤* SpannerInTheWorks: Hrundi rescues Michele from the lustful agent, and what would have been a very depressing turn of events. ≤* TheTeetotaler: Hrundi. He keeps refusing alcoholic beverages when offered to him at the party, even when the (drunk) waiter pours wine over his hand. When he's coerced to drink alcohol to warm up after he fell into the pool it's shown that he has a very low tolerance for it since he never drinks.≤* WildTeenParty: What the party turns into, once the hostís daughter and her friends show up with an elephant.≤* TheWonka: Hrundi V. Bakshi. He is shown to be very knowledgeable about certain things, but his way of living life is completely foreign to most of the other partygoers.≤----


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