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Bheja Fry 2 review: Back, but not with a bang!

Bheja Fry 2 review: Back, but not with a bang!

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Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 17 June 2011

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Movie Title

Bheja Fry

Director

Sagar Ballary

Star Cast

Vinay Pathak,Minissha Lamba,Amole Gupte

Bheja Fry, the sleeper hit of 2007 naturally escalated expectations around its sequel. But Bheja Fry 2 is not half as funny as its original.

Bharat Bhushan (Vinay Pathak) has just won a reality show and is the owner of a cash prize and a cruise trip. Coincidentally, on the cruise is Ajit Talwar (Kay Kay Menon), the high-profile fraud businessman who the income-tax office has been following.

Despite working in the income-tax office himself, Bharat Bhushan is unaware of Ajit Talwar?s fraud dealings. But once Talkwar gets the news of Bhushan being an income-tax inspector, he?s immediately uncomfortable. What happens when the two are stuck together on the same ship and consequently on terra firma as well?

You have to admit the premise is rich with possibilities. But writer-director Sagar Ballary doesn?t exploit the story?s potential. What saves the day is Vinay Pathak?s unbeatable doofus act that makes you hate and love Bharat Bhushan in equal measure.

Pathak?s simpleton act is contrasted by Kay Kay Menon?s charm-fuelled con act. Together they?re a rocking pairing?each a powerhouse of talent. But what?s an actor to do if the script fails them.

The humour depends solely on Bharat Bhushan?s conversing in shudh Hindi. Yes, it?s amusing when he convolutes simple statements into complicated Hindi, but how many times can you laugh at the same thing.

Suresh Menon brings in a few hilarious moments as Income Tax officer M.T.Shekharan, constantly objecting against all South Indians being called Madrasis. The interaction between Bharat Bhushan and Shekharan as they keep arguing and making-up in turns, ought to have been funnier.

However there are a few moments that you take home with you. Bhushan?s dedication towards music leads him to strange encounters. He forms an instant connection with a snooty channel honcho over Marathi songs, and wins over an eccentric jungle inhabitant (Amol Gupte) over old Hindi jewels.

Many of us loved Bharat Bhushan in Bheja Fry. In the sequel you wish Bhushan was as irritating, annoying, funny, and adorable as in the original. You might enjoy the sequel only if you don?t expect a comedy in the league of Bheja Fry.

Verdict: 2.5 stars

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