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Housefull 2 review: Have a 'Jolly' good time!

Housefull 2 review: Have a 'Jolly' good time!

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Critic's Rating: 3/5

Saturday 14 April 2012

Movie Title

Housefull 2 review: Have a 'Jolly' good time!

Director

Sajid Khan

Star Cast

Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor

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Believe it or not, but I feel Sajid Khan is one of the best filmmakers we have today! I don?t agree with his statements about art and parallel films but respect him for the manner in which he has entertained viewers, first through his TV shows and now through his films. He did that with Heyy Babyy followed by Housefull. Hence, I couldn?t help but expect loads and loads of fireworks from Housefull 2. What?s more, the film boasts of as many as 12 stars that are wittily referred to as ?The Dirty Dozen.? And as expected, Sajid didn't let me down. The film is a rocking flick that entertains from the word ?Go!? Sadly, the film loses track at few places. But overall, the film entertains and viewers get their money?s worth!

Chintu (Rishi Kapoor) and Dabboo (Randhir Kapoor) are half-brothers and can?t stand the sight of each other. Both have challenged each other that they?ll get the richest son-in-law for their respective daughters ? Heena (Asin) and Bobby (Jacqueline Fernandez) . Enter Sunny (Akshay Kumar) and Max (John Abraham) . Both pretend to be the ?iklauta beta' UK-based millionaire, JD (Mithun Chakraborthy). The two men win the hearts of Chintu and Dabboo and their daughters. But JD?s real son is Jolly (Riteish Deshmukh) who loves JLo (Zareen Khan) . And then there?s Jai (Shreyas Talpade) who is in love with Parul (Shazahn Padamsee) . Not to forgot, there?s Batook Patel (Boman Irani) , JD?s closest friend. After tons of confusion and lies, all of them find themselves in the sprawling house of JD, who has a violent past of his own. The result is lots and lots of laughter for the viewers as the ?Dirty Dozen? present their antics.

First and foremost, kudos to the writers ( Sajid Nadiadwala, Sajid Khan, Farhad-Sajid, Tushar Hiranandani ). This was no easy film to write as there are 12 actors out of which 10 have principal roles. To give them equal prominence and at the same time bring out the humour consistently from start to finish is a herculean task. But the writers come out with flying colours! Sajid Khan has brilliantly executed the script. And lastly, the actors themselves give their hundred percent and the result is 150 minutes of full-on entertainment.

Housefull 2 has an outstanding first-half. The characters are established and some of the entry scenes are hilarious, especially that of John, Riteish and Akshay. With so many characters, each with their own agenda, the director and writers ensure viewers don?t get confused at any point. The humour quotient goes to an all-time high in the python and alligator scene and later in the island sequence. Mithun?s flashback is too good and the film couldn?t have had an intermission at a better point!

The second half too, begins with more masti, laughter and ?iski topi uske sar? scenes. However, at this point, the film goes off-track at places. But at the same time, writers insert some smart punchlines or hilarious scene and the disappointment quickly goes out of the window. Towards the pre-climax, the film has some dramatic and emotional moments that sadly don?t work. Also, the climax reminds one of Ready. But again, Johny Lever and Chunky Pandey?s funny antics make you laugh out loud. If these flaws had been taken care of, Housefull 2 would had been in a different league altogether!

Housefull 2 boasts of some excellent performances by its principal star-cast. Akshay Kumar takes the cake with his ?Aaye?, ?Jay Bhadrakali? and ?Kyon Thak Raha Hai.? The actor makes viewers laugh like hell and for those who believe that Akshay is getting repetitive, should go and watch Housefull 2. Riteish Deshmukh as usual showed a great comic timing but the most laudable factor of his performance was his Bodyguard act. Believe me, it was much better than you-know-who!

John Abraham gets yet another chance to show off his funny side and succeeds. He rocks his entry sequence, confrontation with Riteish, python sequence, snooker table action scene and the song Do You Know. However, one wishes John had more screen presence in the second half as well.

Shreyas Talpade too, pitches in a likeable performance. From the fathers, it?s Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor who are the best. Their constant fight is a treat to witness. Mithun Chakraborty too delivers a fine performance and was too good in his Daaku avatar! Boman Irani gets into the skin of his character. Rocking!

The girls sadly don?t have much to do although all the madness happens because of them! Asin has the strongest role and as usual performs well. Jacqueline Fernandez too, does a fine job but she is yet to repeat a Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (her best performance till date). Hopefully, Race 2 will provide her the opportunity.

Zarine Khan needs to brush up on her acting skills. Shazahn Padamsee looks stunning but sadly has the least important role out of the 12. Chunky Pandey brought the house down with his 'Aakhri Pasta? act. Vindoo Dara Singh is wasted. Johny Lever (Vishwas Patil) is immensely funny, especially in the climax. Malaika Arora Khan is hot in her cameo. Ranjeet raises laughs in his lone sequence. Others like Virendra Saxena (Mr Babani), Sandeep Garcha (Mrs Babani), Suparna Marwah (Dolly Kapoor), Neelu Kohli (Sweety Kapoor) and others do a fine-job.

Sajid-Wajid ?s music is peppy and energetic. Papa Toh Band Bajaye is the best song of the lot followed by Do You Know, Anarkali Disco Chali and Right Now. The background score is terrific. Farah Khan's choreography works very well. Manoj Soni?s cinematography is eye-catching. Rameshwar Bhagat?s editing is slick.

As mentioned before, Sajid Nadiadwala has come up with a complex but entertaining storyline. Farhad-Sajid ?s dialogues are one of the highlights of the film. The duo have rocked each and every time be it Singham, Ready or All The Best! Can?t wait to see their magic in Rohit Shetty?s Bol Bachchan!

Farhad-Sajid also wrote the screenplay along with Sajid Khan and Tushar Hiranandani and they have tried their best to keep the goings-on easy to decipher. Sajid Khan?s direction is first-rate although one wishes he had taken care of flaws in a better way. The big problem is that many significant developments happen in the film too quickly, especially the enemies-turning-into-friends part. Also, JD having no objection to the so-called drivers? marriage happening simultaneously with his son?s, beats me. But when seen in totality, such glitches don?t matter. After all, it isn?t a cakewalk to handle so many A-listers and do justice to their characters and off-screen persona. A great job by Sajid! Hope he does a much better job in Himmatwala remake, Judwaa 2 and hopefully, Housefull 3.

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