Director: Sajid Khan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Chunky Pandey, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, Mithun Chakraborty, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever
Synopsis: Housefull 2… The Dirty Dozen is the second superstar packed installment in the HF franchise. A completely new story with new characters and a new star cast, HF2 is bigger than its predecessor in every aspect. It is the story of four fathers, four daughters and four prospective son-in-laws and as the second half of the tile suggests, they are the dirty dozen. Each father wants his daughter to marry the richest son-in-law, each daughter thinks she is marrying the richest son-in-law, each son-in-law is pretending to be the richest son-in-law. Each character is flawed, unscrupulous and extremely entertaining. The good news for the audience is that none of these people can stand each other and all of them are under one roof, in one house as the first half of the title suggests – HOUSEFULL
Review: Films are the best form of entertainment that could ever have been made, however, when the sheer thought of a great film is tweaked to suit the film-maker’s liking, it may/may not give very highly desirable results. Through the years, we have seen many films and found ourselves inevitably categorising them into certain brackets, better called as a film’s genre.
“Housefull 2”, is indeed a mad-cap comedy like the promos read, but I am uncertain whether it is one of those I would like to watch again or would rather pass on the offer at the first available opportunity. Comedy films these days are too many, the flavour however is simply amiss. The same jokes, similar implications, almost similar expressions and Akshay Kumar’s repeated attempt at being silly-funny, as if being asinine was the new trend in the film industry. There were no memorable moments in the film. The stupidity however, was it’s USP. So brainless that you would find yourself laughing for no reason. Also, using new talent is always a great and a noble thing to do, but what’s with this fad that pretty faces do not need to speak or act in their films… So much for the many foreign and not-so-foreign imports doing the rounds these days in Bollywood.
The expectations were high considering this one is a Nadiadwala franchise, and ofcourse, a Sajid Khan film. He is a great orator and most definitely a people’s person, but his film-making capabilities are diminishing with each film he is directing. Perhaps, the only great film from this franchise in recent times was “Heyy Babyy”. The songs were good, the comic timing was in place and the actors including Fardeen Khan, had done a neat job! As an after-thought though, is the complacency rooting out of sheer arrogance? I do recall having read an interview on print where Mr. (Sajid) Khan was asked about Housefull (part 1) and how he had claimed his film would be funnier and better than the then recently released “3 Idiots”. Everyone, however knows the truth. Probably, we should, as responsible denizens, have a candle-light march protesting against this “cause”. Move over from big star cast, bad films and please give us films to watch and remember.
Veteran actors like the two senior Kapoors – Randhir and Rishi, Mithun Chakraborty and Ranjeet as well as the very entertaining and talented Boman Irani seemed wasted, like they had nothing else to do so they came to light up the screen with their presence. I understand the film is quite about how fathers can be quite a menace and it’s best to follow what they have to say to you for they mean well, but seriously, what did they do here? And why? I was waiting for an opportunity to stand up and do the funny jig Randhir Kapoor did through the film shouting out “Superb”, but the moment just refused to arrive. I do maintain that I have nothing against any of the star cast and crew, why would I? It’s not like I auditioned to be the crocodile but the CG one turned out to be better than I was. I am only a film-lover and my love for films tells me not to accept just about anything that’s out there up for grabs.
Continuing the thought, John Abraham cannot act. He only looks delicious and has women swooning all over him, and for good reason too, however, a film is about the story, the acting amongst other things. Riteish Deshmukh is better than being a wimpy kid, and I was sure disappointed here, while Shreyas Talpade was a “I am out of the frame” character, besides, the repeated use of dialogues in Marathi and Sindhi also did not lighten the moment. Chunky Pandey must stop "joookiiinngg" and prove his mettle to officially return to the business to reprise his position as a funny guy as in the films of the late 80s.
The songs were forceful inserts except the “Anarkali” one albeit for Malaika Arora Khan who doesn’t cease to look good on screen doing what she does best. And to be choreographed by Farah Khan for the fourth time to create a peppy song to suit the theme is truly something. The film was a tad-bit too long and add to that the nonsensical climax – first, it was like one of those very funny Priyadarshan films with different climaxes that had you in splits, but this didn’t match up to the expectations; and secondly, this obsession with the Queen of England and her heirs, is completely beyond me. The only interesting part were the intended puns at various points in the film. Speaking of puns, Johnny Lever is a good actor, he should stop demeaning himself by making those weird expressions to keep the supposed fun going.
"Housefull 2" is simply a failed attempt at being a funny film and as I said before the mindless stupidity was it’s USP. The long weekend however, has increased the chances of it’s viewership on the big screen. But lazy writing does not cover up the flaws whatever the film’s prospects be. Notwithstanding the disappointment faced, I am hopeful for a better written and enacted film. It was sheer clutter as opposed to what the main objective was – Housefull!
Verdict: The weekend looks good for the film because of no other Hindi film competitor, don’t expect it to be around post next Friday. Only recommended if y’all are going for the film with a large group.