Housefull 2 may not be a good film but it certainly stands tall in comparison to many a mindless capers, one from Sajid Khan himself.
| Mansha Rastogi
In a scene in Housefull 2, a crocodile bites off Reteish Deshmukh's derriere while on the other hand, a python appears to be poisoning Shreyas Talpade's crotch and the two go large faced (courtesy the excessive zoom on their faces) and cock-eyed whilst writhing in pain. Given the standards of humour in the film, this sequence demands a few laughs.
I'm sure by now you may have assessed the silliness in the film involved but beware, this isn't a critic trying to plague your thoughts, this is a cinema buff that goes to watch a film expecting some amount of sanity left while getting out of the theater and ends up sans any leftovers.
Back in 2010, during the release of his film Housefull, Sajid Khan had clearly stated that his film isn't meant for critics, the critics criticized it but the film turned out to be a huge success. Cut to 2012, the filmmaker is back with its second installment, a similar proposition with an even bigger cast and a similar cautionary message - 'this film isn't for critics'. But if critics are the only ones expected to have brains, then what else shall one say?
Housefull 2 takes off with a long kept familial rivalry between step brothers Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) and Dabbo (Randhir Kapoor), not only are they arch enemies, even their daughters Heena (Asin) and Bobby (Jacqueline Fernandez) respectively. Both brothers end the fight by declaring they would get their daughters married to a rich millionaire businessman's son. Enter apparent sons of JD (Mithun Chakraborty) Jolly # 1 i.e Max (John Abraham), then Jolly # 2 Sunny (Akshay Kumar), then Jolly # 3 Jai (Shreyas Talpade) and finally the real Jolly (Riteish Deshmukh). Madness increases as the real girlfriends of the fake Jollys Parul (Shazahn) and JLo (Zarine Khan) jump into the mad house. Confused aren't you? So were we.
But that's the advantage that filmmaker Sajid Khan tries seeking by providing a mumble jumble of characters merged with silly PJs, some funny some appalling, in a bid to make a mad cap entertainer. However, credit still goes to the maker for attempting a better comedy than his last offering Housefull which literally had many going red on their faces.
The dialogues are straight out of a book on PJs and are very consecutively delivered. For example, "20th Century ka toh pata nahi but aap asli fox ho," or even " Birla ka toh pata nahi but Tata (while waving a bye)." Some gags in Housefull 2 end up being appalling for example, the scene of Mithun romancing a Dwarf and the dialogue that follows, "Tumney itna chota kaam kaise kar liya!"
However, there are bits that really entertain you as well, specially the part of yesteryear villain Ranjeet who plays a therapist and Akshay's father in this film whose placard read THeRapist! Even the comic timing between some actors is stupendous and make way for some no-brainer laughs.
The actresses barely get their share in this film and Zarine and Shazahn are merely for two-two scenes each. Asin is decent in her parts while Jacqueline's lines are clearly dubbed. So is the case with Malaika Arora who again plays two scenes, except her item song Anarkali Disco Chali.
Akshay is same as before while John struggles real hard to deliver his lines humorously. In a bid to act funny, he ends up appearing crooked faced instead and repeats his actions again and again. Shreyas is passable while Riteish is the only actor who plays his part with utmost ease. Rishi and Randhir spend most of their time yelling on the screen with the background score of Raj Kapoor film. Johnny Lever and Chunkey Pandey's bits are forced and dragged.
The same can be said about the length of the film as well. Nearly three times in the first half you feel the intermission is just around the corner but it fails your predictability and goes on and on. Many long shots are clearly out of focus and can easily be pointed out. The fight sequences are needlessly inserted and only stretch the film further more.
Over all, Housefull 2 may not be a good film but it certainly is better than the worst (namely its first part).
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
2 out of 5 (Okay)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good