Director: Sajid Khan
Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Asin, Jacquelin Fernandes, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, Boman Irani, Mithun Chakravarty, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor
b! Says: **
‘Aap Mujhse Shaadi Karlo, Main Bikini Pehenna Chhod Dungi’. When you listen to Zarine Khan saying a dialogue like this in a self-invented Bandra accent, you don’t know whether you should laugh or cry. You end up doing both. You laugh because you could never imagine that there could have been a dialogue like this in a film and you cry because you have spent your money to watch this great artwork mistakenly being promoted as a Bollywood film. Housefull 2 is a like that office colleague or classmate who tries to crack a PJ at every opportune moment (we are told Sajid Khan was a similar ‘PJ man’ when he was in college) – he disgusts you, he irritates you but if he is not there, you start missing his PJs. The film is like an extended PJ that goes on and on and on.
The film, which is set in a London suburb, is about two step-brothers and their never-ending enmity that has spilled over to the family members too. Rishi Kapoor is a love child who has been given equal share of the property and the business that his late dad owned. Rishi Kapoor’s inheritance has become the bone of contention with Randhir Kapoor who proclaims everywhere that he is the real son of his parents. They both have a daughter each – Asin is Rishi’s daughter while Jaqueline Fernandez is the daughter of Randhir. In order to outdo each other, they (Rishi and Randhir) decide to get the ‘best’ groom for their daughter. Both of them incidentally zoom in on JD (played by Mithun Chakraborty) as the prospective father-in-law for their daughters. Mithun is actually Jwala Daku from the ravines of Uttar Pradesh who turned himself in. Freed by the law immediately (!!!), he went to England and became a succesful industrialist. Now as both Rishi and Randhir are vying to get their daughters married to JD’s son (played by Riteish Desmukh), Jwala hires the services of two ‘kameena chors’ (Akshay Kumar and John Abraham) to masquerade as him in front of Rishi and Randhir. Well, now the stage is set for a never-ending PJ marathon. You need some garnish? Well there’s Johnny Lever and Boman Irani.
If you are raised on a diet of Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen movies, there are probabilities that you will faint in the theatre and this film will impair your finer abilities. This film is not for the ‘intellectual you’. It is for everybody who loves to have a good time inside the theatre. This film is for everybody who would grab a tub of pop-corn, a plate of tortilla, spicy momos, a cup of coffee, a can of diet coke and bottle of paani…and attempt to laugh at everything that’s being shown on the screen. It’s meant for everybody who would take their calls inside the movie hall and say, ‘Haan Bacchu Bhai? Delivery ho gaya kya?’ as everybody around him will go on “Sshhh!!!!” in a vain attempt to stop him from having a love-talk with Bacchu Bhai. It is also meant for all the mothers with noisy toddlers who just love to play or cry (depending on the scene) inside the movie hall. It is meant for lovers who decide to cuddle and smooch in the dark no matter what is happening in front of them.
In short, it is meant for all of us. After all, we have come to see a Sajid Khan movie, who has vowed to entertain us at any cost. I personally felt that Sajid Khan was holding a knife at my jugular and saying, “Come on! I am entertaining you. Now, you better get entertained, varna…”
I didn’t have a choice, you see.