Movie Review: Housefull 2 is a 'jolly' con ride
Akshay Kumar is fabulous in the film, especially in the action scenes – natural and lithe.
Housefull 2 is a carefully constructed business enterprise – right from the start. Big star cast, beautiful girls, sunny beaches, the old favourite, London town, smartly written lines and a whole lot of unbelievably ludicrous situations thrown in that make you laugh at them. A crocodile biting off Ritesh Deshmukh’s (Jolly JD) derrière or Shreyas Talpade (Jai) trying to get a python off his groin are just some examples. Does it work? Well, you do laugh despite the clichéd situations. Mission accomplished.
The story goes thus: Rishi Kapoor (Chintu Kapoor) and Randhir Kapoor (Dabboo Kapoor) play half brothers that can’t stand each other. It’s all about showing the other down and trying to ascertain who the real Kapoor is, given Dabboo is the illegitimate brother sired by the late senior Kapoor – Kapoor and Son versus Kapoor and Real Son, which is Chintu. So, the story starts right about here. Dabboo and Chintu, decide to find the richest boy in the United Kingdom for their animal loving daughters, Bobby (Jacqueline Fernandez) and Heena (Asin) respectively, after yet another random argument to show whose boss. Their screeching, botoxed wives play out their inner demons as do their daughters and it is one, loud, money-haloed quest for the richest groom in the UK.
It doesn’t help that the brothers share a wall between their London homes and the constant feuding is abetted by daily chores and activities. Enter, matrimonial fixer, Akhri Pasta (Chunky Panday) who is brought in to find a Mittal, Hinduja or a JD boy for the girls. Pasta has an accent so annoying and a wardrobe so blinding, that you wish you could throw him into a dungeon with Mrs. Kapoor and Mrs. Real Kapoor to discuss fashion and facials forever more.
Akshay Kumar plays Sunny, a wheeler and dealer and John Abraham plays Max, a lower on the rung crook and petty thief. Strangely enough, Sunny and Max went to the same posh UK college as billionaire heir, Jolly JD and Jai. Max and Sunny are hired by Jai to play Jolly JD, as he wants to avenge his father’s unwarranted humiliation by Chintu that resulted in dire circumstances for his family. Basically, Jai seeks revenge, Jolly helps him and Max and Sunny want to make money off this con.
And thus the situations develop to extend this ensemble cast of actors screen time to roughly 145 minutes with the song and dance routine and Malaika Arora-Khan’s Anarkali Disco Chali number. Malaika’s innate ability to make any item song the "it" song of the moment with her shimmy-shaking is commendable. But looking at her fuller lips, you wonder if the film suddenly switched onto the 3D format. Along with Heena and Bobby, there are two more girls, J Lo (Zarine Khan) and Parul Patel (Shahzahn Padamsee) who sing and dance along in the film. Boman Irani plays Bakul Patel, a cop and Forbes billionaire JD’s best friend, played by the able Mithun Chakraborty. And that’s the dozen that comprise this plot if you don’t count Johny Lever, the dhoti-clad aide of JD. Everyone on screen, aside from these characters, and the audience of course, wants to know who the real Jolly is.
The plot is so contrived you can almost see the film’s writers on screen, forcing the bumbling plot into one weak situation after another. There is a huge Shah Rukh Khan hangover in the film, especially in the scenes Ritesh plays out as Jolly JD. His palatial home looks like the Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham Raichand mansion and his entry via helicopter is exactly that of SRK’s in the film, except Jolly can’t run or walk like SRK. Maybe it was meant as a homage to SRK. Also, this mansion is infested some sort of insects flying about in every scene that shows JD grooming his prized horse, Badal, himself.
Ranjeet’s special cameo is well, special. He plays a Dr Ranjeet Vasna K Pujari, a therapist and Sunny’s father in the film. If you break up the word, therapist, you’ll understand the bad pun - an ode to all the rapes he committed on screen in the 80s.
Akshay is fabulous in the film, especially in the action scenes – natural and lithe. But he has this yellow stain on one of his front teeth that is very jarring to look at. And no, it is not a part of his character. It seems like he forgot his last appointment with the dentist. He continues with his Jeevan voice in the role of Sunny and it works, again.
John and his biceps – they work too. Riteish’s bumbling buffoonery and Shreyas’ Sindhi photographer act are in step with the rest of the cast’s comic timing. Asin is left to do all the acting whilst Zarine, Shahzahn and Jacqueline make pretty pictures, draped on the arms of their men. But the best act of all is Rishi Kapoor yet again, in his over the top Kapoor and Real Son act, after his evil villainy in Agneepath. And Rishi and Randhir together is a rare first and quite enjoyable.
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