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Housefull 2  : Twice the fun
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Friday, April 6, 2012
Sajid Khan
Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar, Chunky Panday, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee
Laugh, laugh and then laugh some more. On the first day of shoot, Sajid Khan had given a letter to all his cast, except Boman Irani (3 Idiots), promising that Housefull 2 would be their biggest hit so far. The claim has a pretty high chance of coming true.

The plot: There are four dads – Chintu Kapoor (Rishi Kapoor), Dabboo Kapoor (Randhir Kapoor), JD aka Jagga Daaku (Mithun Chakraborty) and Batuk Patel (Boman Irani). Four daughters – Henna (Asin), Bobby (Jacqueline Fernandez), J Lo (Zarine Khan) and Parul (Shazahn Padamsee). Four sons-in-law as well – Sunny (Akshay Kumar), Max (John Abraham), Jolly aka Jwala (Riteish Deshmukh) and Jai (Shreyas Talpade).

All of them detest one another other and yet share a common roof as the fathers try to get their daughters married to the richest groom.

The good: It’s a madhouse comedy in a total madhouse. If you’re looking for pure entertainment and can laugh without inhibition, this movie is tailor-made for you. On the menu are all the essentials – action, melodrama, heroism and confusion, packaged Hindi film style, especially post-interval. All the men are the heroes of the film with Mithun Chakraborty and Boman Irani getting perfectly into the skin of their characters. Watching the Kapoor brothers share screen space is a delight. Akshay Kumar’s ‘aau’ is sure to stay with you long after the movie is over while John Abraham shows off a new facet of his comic timing in most parts. Shreyas and Riteish bring a grin to the face. The cast is ably supported by Chunky Panday and Johnny Lever,   both relatable in their comedy elements. The combination of Malaika Arora Khan and ‘Anarkali disco chali’, make the item a front-benchers’ hit, along with ‘Papa toh band bajaaye’ and ‘Right now now’.   

The bad: Although the film screams ‘comedy’ in its genre, not all of it is funny. There are jokes which are forced, especially in the first half. The film could have done with a few incisive cuts at the edit table, with over two-and-a-half hours of running time making it a tad too long. In the huge ensemble of actors, the girls are lost. Save Asin, none of them make an impact, especially Zarine Khan and Shazahn Padamsee, who don’t have more than about 10 minutes of screen time. Although the film lacks a story, it is cleverly hidden because of the constant drama that keeps it moving. John, who isn’t new to comedy, is awkward in places.    

Overall: Although not a classic comedy, it will definitely have the theatres ‘house full’. Leave behind logic and enjoy a hearty laugh or two.

-  Nikita Periwal
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