It is obvious that you are not supposed to watch Sajid Khan kind of cinema with your thinking caps on. So this has to be the first requisite to watch HOUSEFULL 2 which as expected is a loud, bizarre and over the top comedy movie full of many silly & wacky sequences. But the other truth is that isn’t bad at all if compared to its so called part one. Frankly HF1 was pretty lousy film which failed to raise much laughter or interest even with a huge star-cast. But HF2 is a much better attempt from the director Sajid Khan having more humorous segments distributed evenly, well supported by some good performances from its lead actors.
However, Sajid’s basic formula of making it remains the same, wherein more than a dozen characters are put together creating funny confusions with each other about their actual identities. The structure of the film is quite similar to that of HF1 but this time the director and his writers have worked harder on their script and hilarious dialogues. The presentation and characterization makes the film more likable with a much better climax as compared to the pathetic end of its part one. Hence if HF1 was able to make money for the producers regardless of its weak content then HF2 would surely make much more money for its makers undoubtedly.
The story revolves around 4 fathers, their 4 daughters, four sons-in-laws and their other family members or friends leading to a lot of messy confusion happening within one big mansion. The first half gives you enough enjoyable moments to keep you engrossed and the viewers looking for such kind of entertainment are sure going to like it. As a director’s trademark the film has some silly comedy scenes with a crocodile and python. But luckily the crocodile works many times better than the monkey used in Houseful-1.
Post intermission it takes a negative turn as it features less comedy and more avoidable drama involving characters other than the lead. Several jokes and one liners don’t work and fail to create the fun as seen in the first half. Actually it’s the over length of the movie and few un-required songs which bring in many uninteresting moments in its script and lessen the overall impact on the viewer. The second half has got many such unwanted sequences which should have been edited out completely as they contribute nothing in its basic storyline. For instance, Vindoo’s track with a long fight sequence and the plan of creating tension between Boman and Mithun falls flat without generating any kind of laughter.
Truly speaking, this time the jokes work majorly due to the witty dialogues of the script written amusingly. The entertaining confusion over the real “Jolly” works well along with the hugely catchy “Ranjeet Expression” given by Akshay Kumar throughout the film. Though the climax is a little over stretched but still it gives you enough moments to laugh and doesn’t make you restless. I suppose Sajid learned a good lesson from the mistake made in the climax of HF-1.
The songs as usual are deliberately inserted including the hit item number “Anarkali Disco Chali”. In fact, the film would have been fine with only one track “Pappa To Band Bajaaye” coming repeatedly in its various segments. But since we have to sell a soundtrack of the film too so the viewers are made to see many other songs adding to its long length.
Performance wise it is an Akshay Kumar film all together as the actor gets it perfectly right after a long gap. Particularly his “Ranjeet Expression” is sure going to become a craze among his fans and all Bollywood lovers living worldwide. So it’s really party time for all Akshay fans. John & Akshay teaming up again after “Garam Masala” and “Desi Boyz”, put up a much polished show this time. John’s comic timing has improved significantly but he still needs to work more to match it with Akshay. Ritesh once again gives an immensely lovable performance not going over the top even while giving all those silly facial expressions. He is really great as the real Jolly. Among the boys, Shreyas gets the minimum mileage in his role and so does his lady love Shazahn. Yet the boy strongly proves that he has really mastered the act of comedy in his limited scenes.
The brand “Housefull” is now known for using its leading ladies as mere showpieces in some revealing outfits. So the girls are there to serve the said purpose only as the glamour dolls in the project. But Houseful 2 also proves that if a heroine says no for Bikinis then you cannot make them wear it forcefully. Unlike HF1 in this second part, only Shazahn endorses the famous bikini act whereas Asin, Zarine & even Jacquelin stay away. Malaika Khan sizzles on the screen as “Anarkali” in the song but the same cannot be said for her interactive scenes.
In the supporting cast, it was great watching two Kapoor brothers, Rishi & Randhir working together and I even loved Akshay calling Randhir Kapoor as “Ponga Pandit” which was the name of his hit movie released in the mid seventies. Both Mithun & Boman enter only in the second half of the movie with some marginally good scenes. But their flashback story hinders the pace and could have been easily taken out. Both Johny Lever and Chunky Pandey are simply superb with Chunky taking the maximum marks once again.
Now revealing the best part of the movie, it is the one scene cameo of famous “Official Rapist of Bollywood” – Ranjeet, shining brightly in his same old famous nostalgic cunning style. And this particular scene featuring both Ranjeet & Akshay Kumar posing as Father & Son is the must watch highlight of the movie and I frankly enjoyed this one scene more than the entire film.
So if you liked Houseful 1 then you already must be making plans for going for its fresh sequel. But in case you didn’t like the first part then the good news is that despite of being over lengthy & cheeky, HOUSEFULL 2 is still a better enjoyable attempt from the two Sajids (The producer and the director).
Ratings : 3 / 5 (including 0.5 only for Ranjeet Expression and The Veteran's sparkling cameo) - bobbytalkscinema.com