Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Housefull 2: Twice the torture
Reviewing a movie like Sajid Khan’s “Housefull 2” is a futile exercise. In fact, I don’t think the makers of this film made it for creative purposes — this is a money-making venture, and going by the number of people who came to watch it at 9: 15 a.m. on Good Friday morning, I would say it’s well on its way to becoming a successful one.
Khan doesn’t take off from where the first “Housefull” left off — this is a whole other story. But he does keep the toilet humour, over-the-top acting and noise pollution that characterised the 2010 film. Instead of laughing gas at the Buckingham Palace, he adds a fake Prince Charles who attends a wedding at the end and persuades one of the characters to stop shooting people in the name of “the queen and the country”.
This time there are four heroes, four heroines and four fathers — all trying to find the right partner for their children. Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor play brothers who are always at loggerheads and compete to see who will find the richest groom for their daughter.
They zoom in on one groom — Jolly (Riteish Deshmukh), the son of the richest Indian in Britain but he’s in love with someone else. By some contrived twist that must have made sense to director Sajid Khan, he ends up convincing both fathers that his friends Sunny (Akshay Kumar) and Max (John Abraham) are Jolly. To cut a long story short, there are four Jollys in the film, out of which three are fake, causing much confusion among the brides and their fathers.
Try as I might, I cannot make sense of the story beyond this. After a while, for the sake of your sanity, you would do well to just go with the flow and not keep track of the plot.
Of the cast, everyone goes completely overboard, except for Johnny Lever, who plays the confused Maharashtrian secretary to Mithun Chakraborty with his trademark flair. There are some funny moments in the film, but they are few and far between — there is just too much toilet humour and the bad jokes completely overshadow them.
If you liked the first “Housefull“, you’ll like this one too. If you like good cinema, avoid this one.