The least Sajid Khan could have done to have at least one thing correct in his new movie HOUSEFULL 2 would have been to spell the word correctly! Perhaps he introduced the extra L in the title to signify the lousy nature of the movie! And yet, despite having turned out an extremely mediocre comedy, he has been richly rewarded by the Houseful boards at the theatre screening this movie. So one thing is certain: HOUSEFULL 3 will be on its way!
It is not that you do not laugh when watching HOUSEFULL 2; it is whether you laugh in the movie or at the movie! Devoid of dialogues like “You have piles in the brains” and scenes of crotchy humour and hamming by the star cast, HOUSEFULL 2 could have been an inane, but a highly entertaining movie. It has stars like Rishi Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade and Boman Irani who have a fine sense of humour, but who are reduced to play roles which are normally the forte of guys like Johnny Lever. And as far as stars like John Abraham and Ranbir Kapoor are concerned, it matters little, because their acting capabilities have never been of a high order. I do not remember Mithun Chakravorty having played comical roles and so cannot comment on his role. That covers the four fathers and the four sons-in-law, all of whom turn out pathetic performances. As far as the female leads are concerned, the lesser said, the better!
Without all these minuses, HOUSEFULL 2 could have been a reasonable fare like Rohit Shetty’s GOLMAAL series. It has enormous scope for what one could call situational humour peppered with cutely choreographed numbers. The song filmed on the four lead stars sounds quite whacky, although a comparison with the title song of AMAR AKBAR ANTHONY could be considered sacrilegious! Sajid Khan therefore is more like David Dhawan and less like the late Manmohan Desai. What Sajid Khan is really capable of, unfortunately, comes at the end of the movie, where the cameo role played by the villain of yester years, Ranjeet has us bursting in splits. This happens when Ranjeet, on seeing the pretty lass, leeringly calls her ”Beauty”, but immediately corrects himself saying ”Beti” after realising who she is supposed to be! Were this scene not there in the end, HOUSEFULL 2 would have been worthy of many mouthfuls!!!! And you know of what!!
RATING: 2 out of 5
April 18, 2012