When the director of a film says that his film is all about entertainment and does not try to portray intellectuality or anything close to logic, it is our natural responsibility to take it that way and judge the film accordingly. Housefull 2 lives up to its expectation of being a sequel. Hathyar was a disaster after the life changing (for Sanjay Dutt) Vaastav and Hangover 2 just could not be even a quarter of what the prequel was despite the killing looks of Bradley Cooper and mad comic act of Zach Galifianakis.
Housefull 2 manages to do exactly what Sajid Khan had done with Housefull, entertain the audience. There is never a dull moment in the film. People are screaming at the top of their lungs, there are dialogues which outside the cinematic world would mean nothing and would not be termed as humorous at the least, action sequences that defy everything including the plot line and characters that are as whacky as the film itself.
Sajid Khan had a tough task at hand and it was not because he was producing a sequel to a hit film and the budget this time around was three times that of the original, but also because he had to manage as many as 12 main actors. Anyway, the story is about a guy named Jolly (Ritesh Deshmukh) who is an heir to a multimillion Conglomerate and Sunny (Akshay Kumar), Max (John Abraham) and Jai (Shreyas Talpade) take over his identity to woo their ladyloves. Women who all have rich fathers and hence the three guys can have a gala future. There is not much more to talk about the story because this is what it is all about. After the premise has been set and the fathers (Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty and Boman Irani) have made an entry along with the daughters Asin, Jacqueline, Shazahn and Zarine, it really does not have a plot line to adhere to. Anything can happen and everything does happen. After a series of laughter (not humor), action, pitting one against the other, ambitions to embarrass the other and pull the rivals down, Housefull 2 comes to an end.
Now, Sajid Khan has got his rich friends or associated to put in a lot of money in the movie and hopefully he would make up most of it and possibly would make a profit since a larger section of Indian populace loves these types of comedies. Moreover, Housefull 2 is a much better experience than the painstaking Double Dhamaal (the sequel to Dhamaal). When we compare movies such as Housefull 2 we need to do so with films belonging to the same fraternity and it is worth a watch for all those Akki fans, John fans and Housefull fans.
The complaints that I would have (not saying criticism since there isn’t any) are Sajid Khan does not offer much screen space to anyone apart from Akshay, John among the gents and Asin among the ladies. Now, if it was to be an ensemble cast and that too with so many beautiful women (they are beautiful no doubt), the Kapoor brothers, Mithun Dada and the charming Boman Irani then why the entire cast would be so neglected in the final cut of the film. Sadly, the fun loving audience would have loved to see more of Ritesh and Shreyas which doesn’t happen. People would have also loved to see the beautiful ladies on more occasion that just the songs. It is Ritesh who manages to incite more laughter than John and Akshay and it is a shame that he is not given more screen time just because the other two are bigger stars.
The music of Housefull 2 is nothing impressive which should have been taken care of. It is only when Malaika Arora Khan comes up with her Anarkali act that the audiences care to pay attention to a song and some dance. Johny Lever, Chunky Pandey and Ranjeet have all done a fair job within the scope they were offered.
There wasn’t really a need for such a huge cast to have a House Full 2 when the screen would not be Full with even 1 / 2 of the cast. Housefull had a slightly better story but Housefull 2 is a more entertaining and lightened up watch.
On a parting note, Housefull 2 is a better movie than the likes of Double Dhamaal and Dhol but does not manage to get close to a No Entry, Hera Pheri or the likes. With no other new releases this weekend, Housefull 2 is certainly going to reap the benefits of being alone and the fact that young people and old people would love to slip into an air conditioned multiplex or a single screen to run away from the scorching heat that has already gripped India.