Housefull 2 Review: 2/5

Directed by: Sajid Khan
Produced by: Sajid Nadiadwala
Screenplay by: Tushar Hiranandani, Sajid-Farhad
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, Ritesh Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Shazahn PadamseeBoman Irani

Rating: **

I didn’t like Housefull. To be fair, Housefull 2 is better than the first one but the first one was not remarkable so it doesn’t count for much.

The plot is messy so we will just introduce the characters. Akshay Kumar and John Abraham play Sunny and Max who are ‘maha kaminey’ and friends-turned-enemies-turned friends. Shreyas Talpade is Jai and Riteish Deshmukh is his friend Jwala aka Jolly. Jacqueline Fernandez plays animal activist Bobby and Dabbo Kapoor (Randhir Kapoor) is her father. His warring step-brother is Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) whose daughter is Heena (Asin). Shazahn has a tiny role and she plays Parul, Shreyas’ love interest and Batuk Patel’s (Boman Irani) daughter. Mithun plays JD, Jolly’s father. Johnny Lever plays his loyal housekeeper. Chunky Pandey is matchmaker Aakhri Pasta. Zarine Khan’s called J.Lo and she is with Riteish. Max and Sunny are hired by Jolly and Jai to fool the Kapoor brothers. What follows is cacophony and confusion.

Housefull 2 Movie Review
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The Flaws
The loud background score, high-pitched dialogue delivery, and constant yelling by every character is an assault to your ears. Akshay Kumar’s lusty ‘Eaehh’ is repulsive and overdone. The plot, treatment, and situations are regressive to say the least; it’s all very 1990s! There is a big debate over ‘jaayaz’ and ‘najaayaz’, the heroines are plain dumb, love happens at first sight, characters change their minds every few minutes, the comedy is slapstick, heroes fight because of a girl, a wheelchair bound producer is actually from the mafia, and the climax is chaotic and stretched with Mithun’s businessman JD becoming Jagga Daaku and shooting everyone. You wonder what is going on! Some humour is in bad taste like JD wooing a dwarf lady. The action scenes and forced melodrama is completely unnecessary. Sajid Khan has put in every ingredient in his khichdi (or risotto) and the final result is not yummy! Last time they had the Queen, this time there is Prince Charles. There isn’t an ounce of sensible or clever humour. The characters call each other names like they were in grade school. Mostly you laugh (out of resignation) at the abundant stupidity and there are only a few portions and lines that are genuinely funny. The humour varies from juvenile to low-brow to slapstick to dirty to toilet to intolerable and plain stupid. Also, the movie is too long at 150 minutes. You think it is interval time but it is not, you think it’s over but it goes on and on! The music is pleasant and goes with the movie.

Boman Irani, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, and Mithun are respected senior actors. Rishi Kapoor is doing fantastic work in movies like Agneepath, Do Dooni Chaar, etc. so you wonder why he and the others would take up this movie and make a fool of themselves. Quite sporting of them! Akshay and John are entertaining together. John is expressive for a change and they are a more charismatic pair than Akshay and Asin! Riteish and Shreyas do the same old stuff in their supporting roles. They go over-the-top with their hyper characters! Asin is the only actress from the lot but she did a similar act in Ready. She manages to stand out. Jacqueline looks gorgeous and that is about it. Zarine and Shazahn also look pretty and hot but there is nothing much to say about their acting.

Final verdict
Considering the popularity of the music and the ensemble cast coupled with vacation time and the lack of any other Hindi release, this movie is likely to become a hit. On one side, there are Hindi films like “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Kahaani” that are remarkable and entertaining hits and on the other side, there are hits like Housefull 2. If you like mindless movies that have no story and you can just go and laugh along at all the misunderstandings and silliness, then Housefull 2 is your type of movie. If you like movies that are both clever and funny, then Housefull 2 is way below your league and you should wait for good movies to come your way.

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