Expectations from this movie are high as this is a sequel to the much acclaimed and successful movie Bheja Fry which came way back in 2007 sans any buzz but soon became everyoneâ€™s favourite. The main protagonist, Vinay Pathak is retained while the rest of the starcast is different. This time itâ€™s the versatile Kay Kay instead of Rajat Kapoor who confronts our favorite on-screen character Bharat Bhushan. The production values and the budget of this movie is bigger than the previous one.
Coming to the storyline, it is simple and amateurish. The script lacks the required punch. The plot revolves around Bharat Bhushan and Ajit Talwar played by Kay Kay, a business tycoon who can do anything to save his kin.
The first half of the movie shows Bharat Bhushanâ€™s adventures on the cruise trip on which he is invited by reality show organizers as a reward to his win. His antics on the cruise are quite funny but are not enough to save the film. But the film completely loses steam in the latter portions of the second half. The entire track of Amol Gupte is far stretched and boring.
Now talking about the performances, Vinay Pathak yet again steals the show and provides a heartwarming perfomance. But mind you, this isnâ€™t even close to his mind-blowing performance that he delivered in the first Bheja Fry movie. Kay Kay is quite compelling in his act and delivers a good performance. The confrontation scenes between him and Vinay Pathak are the highpoints of the movie. Suresh Menon as Bharat Bhushanâ€™s friend is alright but Ranvir Shoreyâ€™s presence is missing who had delivered a marvelous performance in the first part. Minisha Lamba has very little to do yet she leaves an impact. Amol Gupte, an ardent R.D Burman fan in the movie is totally wasted. In fact, his part is quite irritating. The rest of the cast provides able support.
The movie also lags behind in the music department except one song â€˜O Raahiâ€™ which comes in the end credits. Itâ€™s hummable and has been sung passionately by Vinay Pathak himself. Background score is alright and matches the industry standards.
Direction by Sagar Ballery is not up to the mark. It lacks novelty. Also the screenplay is quite erratic. Cinematography by Parixit Warrier is eye-catching. The scenes on the cruise and the island are well captured. Editing by Suresh Pai is loose and needs to be tightened specially towards the climax; which seemed to be a bit off-track.
All said and done, Bheja Fry 2 is funny in parts but fails to match its predecessor. Watch it only for Vinay Pathak and Kay Kayâ€™s performances or else watch Bheja Fry instead on DVD.