Boy, Farah Khanâ€™s brother Sajid Khan is quite a polarizing figure isnâ€™t he? The director is more well known for his skewering (and on the spot) commentary as host of almost every award show in the UNIVERSE (add echo effect here), yet his work as a director contains perhaps only 25% of the wit he has shown as a host. Why is that?
Yes, I get the fact that he wishes to make entertaining films for the whimsical and more tolerant (of mediocre films) masses, and doesnâ€™t quite care for the nose in the sky â€śeliteâ€ť filmgoers who prefer comedies likeâ€ť Munnabhaiâ€ť (both films) and â€ś3 Idiotsâ€ť. Yes, I get that he blatantly makes his films as middle of the road as possible. Itâ€™s almost certain that his films will have nice locales, a multitude of pop culture stars, sexy women showing off their curves, silly minor characters that pratfall into silly comedic routines, foot tapping music, all wrapped in a nice silk red bow. So, based on all of this, letâ€™s look at â€śHousefull 2â€ť as what it really is.
Itâ€™s not an attempt to make a better film than the original, but more of a â€śto be continuedâ€ť continuation of the first film in thinking only. So, youâ€™re probably wondering what all this gibberish and gobbledygook talk actually means? Well, itâ€™s that if you think â€śHousefull 2â€ť is going to be the absolute best comedy you have ever seen in your life, wellâ€¦hate to break this to you, but thatâ€™s not going to happen. If you want to have some mindless fun (preferably after throwing back a half dozen shots), then this film is for you yaar!
So, letâ€™s get to it, â€śHousefull 2â€ť is a film that is half â€śhousefull â€ś and half â€śhouseemptyâ€ť. First letâ€™s analyze the housefull part. The movie itself is more fun than it has a right to be given the considerably weak screenplay/story/plot. The fun resides in the charisma of watching the cast interact. By that, I mean the male cast, as the female cast is basically window dressing (aside from Asin, who makes a commendable effort). Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh , and Shreyas Talpade are all fun to watch. They are utter goofballs, and their chemistry works. The older cast that includes Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Boman Irani (who is not that old), are also fun to watchâ€¦sharing a goofy but endearing chemistry.
Now, the â€śhouseemptyâ€ť half: The female cast is disappointingly hard to watch (other than Asin, who is the only saving grace). Jacqueline Fernandez, Shazahn Padamsee, Zarine Khan do not emote. If you take away the, â€śIâ€™m leering at you as a male audience member in a creepy mannerâ€ť effect their â€śbeautyâ€ť has in the film, there is a palpable void in terms of their acting. The music by Sajid-Wajid is thoroughly disappointing. Yeah, I knowâ€¦others will say that it fits the scenes. I wonâ€™t. The music is atrociously bland. This is especially disappointing considering that Sajid Khanâ€™s previous films had really fun music. To be honest, I canâ€™t even remember a single tuneâ€¦itâ€™s all one big generic mess. The screenplay by Sajid Khan, Tushar Hiranandani, and Farhad Sajid has the potential for a wittiness that is never fully realized. The cinematography by Manoj Soni is fairly nondescript. Finally, the second half barely turns the film into a cohesive whole.
So, to summarize, â€śHousefull2â€ť is a fun if flawed film, about four men marrying four girls, whose four fathers will clash with everyone to generate comedic scenes of laughing power. Or something like that. Itâ€™s worth a single watch, just to see the spectacle of it all and you will find yourself chuckling against your will. In the end it fulfils its mediocre challenge, which is to be as general of a comedic film as possible. Fluffy and fun like a cloud that floats away at the slightest breeze, â€śHousefull 2â€ť will keep you entertained and smiling for the most part. Just donâ€™t expect it to rock your world yaar!