A house full of mindless tamasha
Sajid Khan is back with a sequel to Housefull to try and prove once again that you don't need a script to get box office success in this part of the world.
Really does it matter? Because if you are a die-hard fan of such comedies then I gather you are too tired to bother for something so silly and are in it for the frills and the gags, both good and cheap, but in case you aren't here is the elusive background.
Two warring brothers Randhir and Rishi Kapoor want to grab JD seth's (Mithun Chakraborty) son Jolly (played by Ritesh Desmukh) for their daughter's marriages. In the meantime Shreyas Talpade wants revenge for the insults his father faced at the hands of Rishi following a cock and bull drama and he turns to his "fatoo" friend Jolly for help. Now Jolly backs out because he is scared of involving his dad and hence steps in the suave pickpocket Max aka John Abraham and a series of mix ups later Sunny aka Akshay Kumar is also dragged in. Post events that defy logic all four end up at JD's mansion as his son along with their muses and a deadly combo of confounding drama and bizarre scenarios come to life. What happens in between and after these points are beyond understanding and best left alone if you are here to enjoy.
The story - 1/5
Post "Kahaani" one would expect more such sensible "Kahaani"'s to crop up but unfortunately the brand of Bollywood comedy in India does not believe in the word story when it comes to the laughter business. Housefull 2 belongs to the genre of Welcome, Golmaal (1,2 and 3) and so on and so on that relies on a series of some funny and some dumb scenarios coupled with a mixed bag of one liner attempts to tickle your funny bone. How that essentially comes down to being mindless is anyone's guess but the result is that you must flush your healthy brains down the toilet to enjoy such stuff.
Perhaps I am mistaken but I believe that laughter and wit can also be intelligent products attached to a credible if not a mindboggling storyline but Mr. Khan surely wants to repel the thinking populace in favor of those that are either enticed by an extensive list of quips or those that refuse to use their grey matter when it comes to entertainment.
You are correct Mr. Khan your movie is not for critics to review but what happens if someone comes up with an equally funny rom-com along with a storyline that has not essentially been made to knit together incoherent comical interludes? For your sake and for those that will commit such criticism to snobbishness I hope such intelligent comedy never arrives but for those who would want to attach film making to the word art alongside entertainment I pray it does.
(Oh and that one mark is for some moments that do make you genuinely laugh and also for the sheer number of characters Sajid managed to create and relate!)
The direction and technique - 2.5/5
Technique and stylizing wise this cacophony of hilarity is up there with the recent slick productions. The oomph factor of the bikini clad girls (and a certain 'Anarkali' of course) and the macho men coupled with a panorama of fantastic locales, is a definite treat for the eyes. The progression of the screenplay itself (barring the story) isn't half bad.
Though 2 hours and thirty minutes is a tad too long and could have been shortened with a much tighter editing had the several unnecessary moments of excessive sibling rivalry or overdrawn gag reflexes been rubbed out.
The acting - 2/5
How can you act if you are told not to make us think? I am unaware of such a superficial process that does not prevent an actor from simply becoming a comic prop but nevertheless some tried while some didn't have to and then there were others who simply made fun of their off screen iconic images.
Akshay Kumar has typecasted himself with these cool charismatic roles and though they certainly worked well at times, too much of anything proves to be a nuisance, as it does for Housefull 2.
If Akshay is a cliche' then I can't say what John is. In flicks like Dostana and Desi Boyz he was okay if not an emblem of comical superiority, but here he just cries like a prickled pansy or chafes like a raging bull while flexing those golden biceps. He doesn't act towards anything believable or surreal, he simply partners an equally lackluster pair of Ritesh and Shreyas( ya the same dude from Iqbal, if you fail to believe your eyes that is).
The girls - Asin, Jacqueline Fernandes, Zarine Khan and Shahzahn Padamsee, wore scanty clothes and mouthed dialogues with scantier conviction (provided they got actual lines). They certainly upped the glam quotient but apart from Asin and Jacqueline's few kick off moments, none of them are worth remembering if not for the oohs and the aahs that come from the male audiences.
Johnny Lever is no doubt a formidable performer when it comes to comedy but here he just appears too vapid except for few sparks of brilliance, while Mithun just lost some icon points as the frosty dad JD.
Somehow Boman Irani too manages to screech to existence in all this confusion while a cameo from yesteryear's Ranjeet ("TH-e-RAPIST") does light up a few smiles.
(Note: Malaika, please stick to sleazy item numbers with bared skin but don't bare your acting prowess. Anarkali rocks, not Sarala or Hetal)
Music - 3/5
The music is mostly charming though not worth humming hours later.
The item number Anarkali is already a hit and other songs are good as well. Especially when they come with the lady gang they are both auditory and visual treats.
So shall you fill this house?
Now that means asking yourself if a no brainer comedy with enough slapstick cracks sounds attractive or not.
If entertainment means that to you then definitely but if you want a plausible coherent story with it then there is just one way to watch this movie- leave your poor brains at home!