Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Adult comedies aren’t too common in mainstream Bollywood. Most comedy films will try to throw in a couple of raunchy jokes to get a few laughs from the audience, but to make an out-and-out risqué film isn’t very common.
Sachin Yardi’s sequel to the 2005 “Kya Kool Hain Hum” certainly tries to fill in that gap. There is double entendre, skin show, crude gestures and lots of old e-mail forwards converted into one-liners.
There is also no pretence here — there is the skeleton of a story and after the first half, everyone stops pretending they are even trying to tell you one. Instead, Yardi strings together several gags and songs, almost as if he is hoping that the many bawdy jokes will make up for the lack of real content.
Riteish Deshmukh and Tusshar Kapoor play Sid and Adi, two friends who are poor (but own a luxury car, a MacBook and designer clothes) but have big ambitions. Adi (Kapoor) fancies himself an actor, but can only find work in television shopping commercials. Sid (Deshmukh) is a DJ who has to be content playing at dandiya parties. That is about the only coherent part of the story.
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”.
The first few scenes of Milap Zaveri’s “Jaane Kahaan Se Aayi Hai” are actually quite funny. The dialogues are fairly okay and at one or two points you actually smile. Maybe this will actually turn out well, you tell yourself.
But when has life ever been that simple?
Especially a film critic’s life. Of course the film goes unbearably downhill from there and you want to throw something at the screen at the end of the two-and-a-half hour screening.