The Party[DVDrip] `TheParty' is one of the few comedies that I can watch repeatedly and stillenjoy, to a great extent due to the charm of the character PeterSellers creates. Hrundi V. Bakshi urgently needs to be appropriate andpolite (he absolutely CANNOT be impolite), but his natural curiosityand unfamiliarity with his surroundings wreak havoc. He's really quitean admirable fellow, though. He's unfailingly considerate andreasonable, but brave and resourceful when coming to the aid ofanother, as in the case of producer C.S. Divot's (Gavin MacLeod)exploitation of Michelle Monet (Claudine Longet). I find it hard toaccept the notion that the characterization is racist, as some contend,unless you consider the very act of a white person playing an Indian indark makeup racist. It can't be denied that many westerners find theaccent amusing (see Baboo in `Seinfeld,' or Apu in `The Simpsons').Still, Sellers' characterization of Bakshi is no stereotype, and Idon't feel that his portrayal brings discredit to anyone.
That aside, this is one damned funny film! As `anonymous' fromChicago has pointed out below, there are interesting aspects there foryour consideration, if you choose to look for them. More than just aseries of pratfalls and sight gags, `The Party' is a multi-facetedcreation, as is its central character. If you haven't seen it, pouryourself a heaping bowl of birdie num-nums and give it a look. It's onDVD now, collectors.