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Movie Review: HOUSEFULL 2 by FENIL SETA
fenil_seta | April 6, 2012, 5:10 PM | 48 comments | 3,855 views


Believe it or not, but I feel Sajid Khan is one of the best filmmakers that we have today! I don’t agree with his certain statements about art and parallel films but respect him for the manner in which he has entertained viewers, first through his TV shows and now through his films! He did that with Heyy Babyy followed by Housefull. Hence, I couldn’t help but expect loads and loads of fireworks from Housefull 2. What’s more, the film boasts of as many as 12 stars that are wittily referred to as ‘The Dirty Dozen’! And as expected, Sajid doesn’t let down! The film is a rocking flick that entertains from the word ‘Go’! Sadly, the film indeed loses track at few places. But overall, the film entertains and viewers get their money’s worth!

The story of the movie: Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) and Dabboo (Randhir Kapoor) are half-brothers and can’t stand the sight of each other. Both have challenged each other that they’ll get the richest son-in-law for their respective daughters – Heena (Asin) and Bobby (Jacqueline Fernandez). Enter Sunny (Akshay Kumar) and Max (John Abraham). Both pretend to be the ‘iklauta beta’ of one of the millionaires of UK, JD (Mithun Chakraborthy) and win the hearts of first Chintu and Dabboo respectively and then their daughters. But JD’s real son is Jolly (Riteish Deshmukh) who loves JLo (Zareen Khan). And then there’s Jai (Shreyas Talpade) in love with Parul (Shazahn Padamsee). Not to forgot, there’s Batook Patel (Boman Irani), JD’s closest friend! After tons of confusion and lies, all of them find themselves in the sprawling house of JD, who has a violent past of its own. The result is lots and lots of laughter for the viewers as the ‘Dirty Dozen’ present their antics in the ‘House Full’!

First and foremost, kudos should go to the writers (Sajid Nadiadwala, Sajid Khan, Farhad-Sajid, Tushar Hiranandani). This was no easy film to write as there were 12 actors out of which 10 of them had principal roles. To give them equal prominence and at the same time bring out the humour consistently from start to finish was a herculean task. But the writers come out with flying colours! Although a good script was in place, it was the direction that could have ruined the film. Again, thankfully, Sajid Khan’s brilliant execution saves the day! And lastly, the actors themselves give their hundred percent and the result is 150 minutes of full-on entertainment!

Housefull 2 has an outstanding first-half! The characters get established and some of the entry scenes were hilarious, especially of John, Riteish and Akshay! With so many characters, each with their own agenda, the director and writers ensure viewers don’t get confused at any point. The humour quotient goes to an all-time high in the python and alligator scene and later in the island sequence. Mithun’s flashback was too good and the film couldn’t have had an intermission at a better point!

The second half too beings with more masti, laughter and ‘iski topi uske sar’ scenes. However, at this point, the film goes off-track at places. Also, Akshay fooling Mithun so easily every time was too much. But at the same time, writers insert some smart punchline or hilarious scene and the disappointment quickly goes out of the window! Towards the pre-climax, the film has some dramatic and emotional moments that sadly don’t work. Also, the climax reminded of Ready. But again, Johny Lever and Chunky Pandey’s funny antics make you laugh out loud. Yet, if these flaws were really well taken care of, Housefull 2 would had been in a different league altogether!

Housefull 2 boasts of some excellent performances by its principal star-cast. Akshay Kumar takes the cake with his ‘Aaye’, ‘Jay Bhadrakali’ and ‘Kyon Thak Raha Hai’! The actor makes viewers laugh like hell and for those who believe that Akshay is getting repetitive should go and watch Housefull 2! Kudos, AK! Riteish Deshmukh as usual showed a great comic timing but most applauding factor of his performance was his ‘Bodyguard’ act! Believe me, it was much better than you-know-who!

John Abraham gets yet another chance to show off his funny side and succeeds! He rocked in his entry sequence, confrontation with Riteish, python sequence, snooker table action scene and in the song Do You Know! However, one wishes he had got more screen presence in the 2nd half too. Shreyas Talpade too pitches in a likeable performance. From the fathers, it’s Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor that were the best. Their constant fight was a treat to witness. Also that they came together for the first time ever was even more heartwarming! Mithun Chakraborty too delivers a fine performance and was too good in his ‘Daaku’ avatar! Boman Irani as everytime gets into the skin of his character. Rocking!

The girls sadly don’t have much to do although all the madness happens because of them! Asin has the strongest role and as usual performs well. Jacqueline Fernandez too does a fine job but she is yet to repeat a Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (her best performance till date). Hopefully, Race 2 would provide her the opportunity! Zareen Khan needs to brush up her acting skills. Shazahn Padamsee looked stunning but sadly had the least role out of the 12. Chunky Pandey as expected brought the house down with his ‘Aakhri Pasta’ act. Vindoo Dara Singh was wasted. Johny Lever (Vishwas Patil) was immensely funny, especially in the climax! Malaika Arora Khan was hot in her cameo. Ranjeet raises laughs in the lone sequence! Others like Virendra Saxena (Mr Babani), Sandeep Garcha (Mrs Babani), Suparna Marwah (Dolly Kapoor), Neelu Kohli (Sweety Kapoor) and others too did a fine-job!

Sajid-Wajid’s music is peppy and energetic. Papa Toh Band Bajaye was the best song of the lot followed by Do You Know, Anarkali Disco Chali and finally Right Now. The background score is terrific. Farah Khan as always choreographs very well! Manoj Soni’s cinematography is eye-catching. Rameshwar Bhagat’s editing is slick but disappointed to see the funny ‘Jolly ki future biwi’ dialogue being chopped off from the film.

As mentioned before, Sajid Nadiadwala came up with a complex but entertaining storyline. Farhad-Sajid’s dialogues are one of the highlights of the film! The duo have rocked each and everytime be it Singham, Ready or All The Best! Can’t wait to see their magic in Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan! Farhad-Sajid also wrote the screenplay along with Sajid Khan and Tushar Hiranandani and they have tried their best to keep the goings-on easy to decipher. Sajid Khan’s direction as always was first-rate although one wishes he had taken care of flaws in a better way. The big problem is that many significant developments happen in the film too quickly, especially ‘enemies-turning-into-friends’ part. Also, JD having no objection to the so-called drivers’ marriage happening simultaneously with his son’s beats me. But when seen in totality, such glitches don’t matter. After all, it isn’t cakewalk to handle so many A-listers and doing justice to their characters and off-screen persona. A great work by Sajid and hope he does much better job in Himmatwala remake, Judwaa 2 and hopefully, Housefull 3!

Some of the best scenes:
1. Aakhri Pasta meets Dabboo and Chintu
2. Entry of Jolly, Max and Sunny
3. Max meets Bobby and Sunny meets Heena (hilarious!)
4. The island sequence
5. JD’s past
6. Intermission point
7. Sunny lies JD about Dabboo’s family
8. Sunny, JD with the horse
9. The climax

On the whole, Housefull 2 is a complete madcap entertainer! The plot is complex but writers and directors have ensured that viewers don’t get confused and instead fall off their chairs laughing! Performances are exemplary and Akshay Kumar’s ‘Aaye’ will be remembered for years to come! I didn’t expect any sense or logic from the film and viewers should also do the same if they really want to enjoy the film! So go for it and have a JOLLY good time!

My rating-**** out of 5!

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48 COMMENTS
  1. Tango

    Thanks Fenil, was waiting for your review.

    Do let us know the audience reaction and also the occupancy.

  2. Tashan

    FANTATSIC review and I knew Akki wud Steal the show once again…

  3. Aditya007

    every where peple loving it.
    Soulucky says- people love it so continue shows are become housefull & collection .
    After taran adarsh …its komal says…in bihar after long time saw housefull bord.

  4. fenil_seta

    Tango-Most welcome! The show was around 75% full and the audiences were laughing like hell! Hooting and whistling was going on too!

    Thank u Tashan!

    FENIL

  5. SCHOLES

    @fenil (no offence, have high regards for you)

    “Believe it or not, but I feel Sajid Khan is one of the best filmmakers that we have today! I don’t agree with his certain statements about art and parallel films but respect him for the manner in which he has entertained viewers, first through his TV shows and now through his films! He did that with Heyy Babyy followed by Housefull”

    i didnt care to read further.

  6. Jasp the Wasp

    “Believe it or not, but I feel Sajid Khan is one of the best filmmakers that we have today!”

    Stopped right there. Fenil, you ruined your work on NG with this one statement. I don’t need to read the review to understand anything more.

    To others, are you seriously making yourself blind? Wake up. HF2 is not being liked by everyone, in fact there is a lot of negative response to HF2 especially on Twitter. Masses will push this film up but expect a huge crash in multiplex areas.

  7. suprabh

    Give the guy (FENIL) a break yaar… everybody has likings and so does he.

    Just like I always say, review the movie, not the maker…similarly, comment on the review not the reviewer.

  8. Rockyy

    I hve nt seen d mvie so wudn’t cmt n this ..bt i heard k Sajid has copied many scenes in hf2 4m another mvie… N calling hm best of d directors??

  9. sanket porwal

    JTW- may i ask you what is wrong if he finds Sajid one of the best film makers. May be he likes these kind of films? Even i like them. Is it wrong to like these films? If you dont agree with him, then tell him that. Its displeasing to read “you have ruined your work on Ng.”

    And let the negative-positive response be unfold once monday figures are out. You will come to know if the film is liked or not. Twitter cannot be trusted for obvious reasons.

    Sajid’s both films found appreciation. Infact Heyy Babyy had very good public response. Even i like this director a lot after having watched HF2.

    Fenil- Loved reading review and Yes i agree that drama is forceful. By the way you made a minor mistake. Instead of Shahzn padamsee you have written Shreys Talpade- in the paragraph where you are discussing the performaces.

    Glad, you loved it!

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      Oho, so if Scholes says no problem, if I say problem. This is called worshipping and buttering moderators to get away with stuff. Keep at it. I stand by my comment, and I have a right to say it. If you have a problem, keep it to yourself.

  10. Tashan

    lol at sad souls…and this jasp the wasp deserves to be banned wtf was that comment abhi se phat gayi

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      If I deserve to be banned, you don’t deserve to be born :P Abhi se kya phat gayi? One look at Twitter and al your useless crap blabbering for last 2 months will vanish in thin air. No need to believe the harsh reality, loser boy :P

  11. suprabh

    JTW,

    Are you high all day or what?

    Who the hell said that comment was addressed only to you. I was about to comment after Scholes comment itself but you squeezed in between, so it was for both of you.

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      Keep it coming. My point is getting proved better.

      1. suprabh

        Your point is as pointless as your fav film Don-2

        1. Jasp the Wasp

          Who said my fav film is Don 2? Now you really are raving :P

  12. Tashan

    chal beta hawa aane de, keep that twitter shit to urself cos the response is more positive than any of ur idols films in last 5 years…as for twitter i cn show u 5 star tweets but that doesnt matter…wom and collections matter so u be ready

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      I am very ready Akki ka chamcha. I can wait too loser :P

  13. Shalu

    Fenil or anybody else has a right to like or not like something. What is this attitude of this-film-is-going-to-flop-so-it-is-wrong-to-like-it? The reverse will happen if Housefull 2 turns out to be a hit – big BO numbers will be shoved under the noses of those who don’t like the film.

  14. Tashan

    SRK ki chamchi, mein kisi ka chamcha nahi but tere jaisa saddist bhi nahi…LOSER teenager

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      Twice you have to comment the same thing and shout to prove your point. Excellent.

  15. Tashan

    SRK ki chamchi, mein kisi ka chamcha nahi but tere jaisa saddist bhi nahi…LOSER teenager

  16. Doga

    Just wait for the BO result of HF-2 , then say Indian Audience likes crap , then go ahead and expect the same audience to like what you like taste-wise….

  17. beckett

    @Jasp the Wasp- “Stopped right there. Fenil, you ruined your work on NG with this one statement.”- ???? You have a right to comment but these sort of statements are “personal” and Fenil’s review had nothing personal about “you”!
    “If I deserve to be banned, you don’t deserve to be born”..Too high opinion of yourself since you seem to be full of hatred and unnecessarily try to antagonise others..and ..”No need to believe the harsh reality, loser boy ” Somebody who has nothing better to do than come on the thread about an Actor who he hates, is actually a loser and not the other way round.. I have never said it to anyone but will say it to you.. Get a life man or get a GF

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      Oh really, and you talk about getting around. Look a little bit further and see the hate for other actors. You can go lick your fav but don’t try giving over-smart comments about a subject you have no knowledge of. Yes at least I know I am a better-behaved and more rational person than this Tashan :P

      And thanks for the advice, its been thrown into the drain :P

  18. Tango

    Fenil thanks!

    Those who feel that Indian audience likes crap should just see last month and how the Indian audience gave an overwhelming response to Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar.

    The thing is Indian audience likes variety, and not just one kind of cinema. I am an Indian audience, and as I have said countless times, I laughed in Welcome and cried in TZP, within two days of each other.

  19. Bilawal

    No one is loser and no one is winner. JTW is a good member…just bit hyper sometimes. Happens.
    btw congrats to all akki fans for success of HF2

  20. Superstar SAM

    If u like the movies like golmaal, ready,atb etc then there is no reasn to dislike hf2…

    Just watched hf2….
    I never liked hf movie nor the promo of hf2. Even akkis previous movie db disappoints me, but surprisngly it was amazing.. Movie starts with fights b/w two family then proceeds wit excelent character paasta.. Movie continues to entertain u but it takes u turn after half an hour with akkis entry.. He was fantastic through out the movie.. All the character dne good job but best among them was akki followed by rishi kapoor and john…it was lot lot better than movies like ready,g3 etc… My rating 4/5.. After long long time i enjoyed akki(for me ddd was his best movie post sik till hf2)..

    I watched movie in ss in our town… Audience was around 80%+… The most surprising was audience were gng crazy over each scene with ceetis and thaalis… Even after sme funny scene we were nt able to hear next funny scene with so much continouly whistle & shout.. It was amazng atmsphere… I bet thz movie wl work bigtime in ss as I dnt much about mplx.

  21. SCHOLES

    @suprabh: as in a later comment u said you addressed to me as ging after reviewer and not the review, i shall quote ya

    “Give the guy (FENIL) a break yaar… everybody has likings and so does he.

    Just like I always say, review the movie, not the maker…similarly, comment on the review not the reviewer.”

    now my quotes are bereft of quote from the review which i have quoted ;)

    “@fenil (no offence, have high regards for you)

    ..
    ..
    I didnt care to read further”

    Now no where here i have attacked the reviewer, i have attacked a review of HF2 which states certain movies where very entertaining and that a certain director is one of the best, i am taking objection to that line of arguement presented or the opinion presented in the initial para of the review.

    Now i have nowhere stated fenil is X or Y, instead i have clearly stated no offence, i have high regards.

    So i dont understand your grievances directed towards me sup.

    If a review of X movie claims that the director is one of the best and his previous movies are good, i have right to differ from the writing… i am no way saying anything to the reviewer in personal capacity, rather i am on idealogical difference with the writing… and that it.

    and @fenil i say again i have high regards for you and they remain inspite of the fact that i couldnt disagree more with that para, as imo Houseful was the bakwaas movie i ever watched.

  22. SCHOLES

    @jtw:

    ” Fenil, you ruined your work on NG with this one statement. ”

    no need for such statement, you can differ but with politeness and respect to a seasoned reviewer of NG family.

  23. Superstar SAM

    Lol nw sme haters are targeting members like fenil who never interfere/bash any member/article, he just gve his view with fenil sign at the end….

    Wats wrng in sajid khan.. I feel rohit shetty is the best director of indian cinema, sme feel anees bazmee, sme vishal bhardwaj & sme wil feel dibakar as best.. Its vary with their choice, wats wrng..

  24. suprabh

    Scholes,

    The attack is not in comment but in the action you mentioned in the comment– That, you did not care to read any further, which is a direct implication of judging reviewer rather than the review. :)

  25. come_fall_in_chat

    @jtw why r u burning dear i accept u have right to say but to u get a right to blame a movie or review a movie when u seen it without seeing the movie u dont have any right so first go n watch than open u r shitfull moth otherwise keep shut u r mouth n enjoy the shitt in u r mouth.

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      A guy who talks about shit too much, we all know how much you are shitting right now moronic gutter-filth :P

  26. AwesomeAkshay

    jai bhadrakali…. housefull 2 on it’s way to be a blockbuster

  27. Serenzy

    Jasp the Wasp(ankit) must need to respect oders and talk widout getting HYPER all the time.

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      Better to preach to other people who need it more.

  28. I.One

    Brilliant review Fenil.

    First of all, hats-off for taking so much time out, writing and posting such a wonderful review. I was in a dilemma to watch this movie, but your review has made the difference. Will definitely watch, this or next weekend.

    Once again thanks for the detailed review. Keep them coming.

  29. SCHOLES

    @sup: “which is a direct implication of judging reviewer rather than the review. ”

    well i beg to differ, that is a indication i do not agree with the writing, ideology proposed, i believe in the school of thought were the writer has a seperate existence and his views also exist in the same sphere.

    anyways that aside.. thats again a ideological difference on our point of reference.. so i shall leave it .. at that.. :)

  30. fenil_seta

    Oops…my one little statement created a huge furore out here! I expected that it will lead to extreme reactions though. I strongly feel that everyone has their own likes and one should respect it. If a person out here hasn’t liked the film, it will be wrong on my part to criticize him/her just bcoz our views don’t match! And I can show u hundreds of people who have liked the film as much as I did.

    And I m really not aware if HF2 is a copy. I loved the way Sajid handled so many big actors first in HF1 and then in HF2 (which isn’t an easy task). And there are many other such reasons why I called him one of the finest filmmakers!

    I m glad some people out here understood my point of view and respected the same even though they don’t agree!

    FENIL

  31. fenil_seta

    Sanket Porwal-Thanks buddy! And yeah I have corrected the error that u noticed. Shreyas Talpade looked stunning…hahaha :P

    I.One-Thank you so much man! Do go for the film and hope u like it!

    FENIL

  32. come_fall_in_chat

    @jtw everyone knows u n u r pethitic coments haters are burning one of you is there just cool n relaxed.

    1. Jasp the Wasp

      If my comments are pathetic I don’t even want to open a dictionary to describe what your endless trash speaking is :P

  33. Tango

    Fenil- Good that you understand how things work here on NG. By me you are the most uncontroversial member of NG. Will courier you the award soon!

    To sum up things, certain stars depend on good reviews, some are unaffected by reviews, and depend on just the actual audience!

    I have seen how certain stars are never questioned by critics even if they indulge in the most pathetic scenes/acts, but others are on the slightest pretext. But by me the stars who depend on just what the audiences feel are the real stars. Critic dependent stars are the one who are most affected by reviews.

  34. lex

    I don’t see any problem in Fenil’s review, he has provided his opinion and view abt the movie, what is the need for others discourage his thoughts

  35. Aditya007

    @suprabh ,@film_maker ,@schools all moderaters ….
    Plz whats all time happening here.
    Person like jtw always barking to others .so i have a advice plz banned him for some time.
    Becoz i think some person is nt aware about NG rules for talking crieteria.
    So i expect from all mod. U ‘ll do a good job.plz

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