Friday, April 6, 2012

Housefull 2 (2012)

Yes. I saw Housefull 2. I told myself, if I like this film, then either Sajid Khan has been abducted by aliens and replaced with a clone or it is time for me to stop reviewing films. Thankfully, neither is the case here.

In my previous review, I mentioned how certain scenes in Agent Vinod would make a great prelude to a porno. Scratch that. Housefull 2 takes the cake in that department. It's 159 minutes would be a whole lot more entertaining if it were a steamy porno, and the script offers several situations for one. Alas, it is not to be.

There was a time when the term "comedy of errors" meant works like Gulzar's Angoor, Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Golmaal and even David Dhawan's No. 1 series. Unfortunately, those times are long gone and they have been replaced by utter trash which offer plenty of errors but little by way of comedy. Such is the case with Housefull 2 as well. You will spend far less time laughing and far more trying to keep up with the numerous characters and disentangle the ridiculous plot. In its 159 minute runtime, there is about 30 minutes of humour, and that is a generous estimate. There are some truly hilarious moments particularly in the final 20 minutes. However, those are few drops of water in an otherwise barren terrain.

The first half is literally too difficult to endure. It's humourless, silly and meandering. I was tempted to leave in the intermission, but the prospect of Anarkali Disco Chali held me back. Some of the humour is highly offensive (particularly a scene involving Mithun and a dwarf); but by then, so much has gone wrong in the film, that it matters little.

The performances range from wooden to over the top. When Mithun is the most restrained actor in the cast, you know you are in trouble. It is cringing to see Randhir and Rishi Kapoor make utter fools of themselves with their loud, hammy performances. Chunkey Pandey should just stop acting (like really, someone stop him please!) and Boman Irani is wasted in an extended special appearance. The women are stick figures (figuratively of course, given Fat-rina is a part of the cast) that merely exist for eye candy purposes. The only saving grace is veteran villain Ranjit, who is riotously funny in a cameo appearance. 

There is not much else to say really. Housefull 2 is a bad, bad, bad film. It's plot...well, there isn't one there to begin with. If you find yourself laughing too hard (like me), it's probably at the atrociousness of it all; either that, or you've been exposed to nitrous oxide in the theatre.

Rating: 1.5/5

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