April 07, 2012 Y. Sunita Chowdary
You would be lying if you said you were startled at the brainless comedy in Housefull 2. That was expected long back but this plot, it actually makes a better sell then the prequel. First things first, what makes you wonder is the overconfidence of Bollywood filmmakers, the strength and talent with which they draft scene after a scene that has puerile jokes and a preposterous story line, loud laughs that make you look around if that is coming from the screen or the audience.
Yes, they have an audience for it too as well as the financiers to support such films. There are dozens of characters, the characters and their partners and by the end of the film there is nothing but an overdose of stupidity; first you laugh audible enough, then you give a wide smile and by the latter part of the film it is a reluctant expansion of the facial muscle.
Crude jokes on eating the last pasta is just not the one. The characters are sitting around a table and Akshay lovingly tells his fellow, "You langoors, you can have my angoors," and the camera stayed focussed on their faces moves down to a plate of grapes each grape pierced with a tooth pick.
On other occasion the two heroes and their lovely ladies are stranded on a beach and the latter declare themselves famished. The men retort, "We got gulab jamuns," for you. Gulab jamuns and on the beach? They pull out a rose first and berries next.
There are jokes for kids as well. A crocodile grabs the hero's crotch and he yells in pain. This film could sell because it has been designed to churn out gags a minute, forced or natural..but what is the bottomline? Even at first you begin to enjoy the film, towards the end you are fatigued at the idea and extent the filmmaker stretches his story.
Mithunda is a millionaire, his story is that of a dacoit who made pots of pounds and owns a huge palace and walks around with his rifle and sidekick Johnny Lever. The ladies take the cake. Surprised at Asin's choice of films. People up there in Bollywood do not know her potential and we are cursed to see her relegated to a shining bimbette imitating Akshay Kumar's stupid sounds once, twice, thrice.
The story is about two brothers, legal (real) and illegal who are constantly squabbling. Enter their daughters and would be son-in-laws who do a ditto. the agenda actually of the two brothers is to get their daughters married to billionaires like Mittals, Hindujas, etc. Akshay and John Abraham are funny but very clearly Akshay Kumar dominates the latter.
Housefull 2 is loud, racy and beyond a point you'd want to say, "I can't take it anymore buddy," and walk away. Double meaning dialogues, farce, loud laughs..all this is meant for a certain section of the audience, they will enjoy it and like we said this silly and stupid story is better than the first part.