As I am sat on my living room sofa, I am wondering how exactly I will word a review of this movie. The movie in question is, of course, Sajid Khan‘s Housefull 2. If you know me, you would know that a movie like this is one that I usually would keep away from like it were the plague. Let me clarify that the reason I went to see this film was simple; I needed a stress-buster. I was in the mood to watch a film which didn’t require an ounce of intelligence and neither would it leave me thinking like many I watch do. I’m very sad to say that this didn’t happen and having come home from the cinema, I have found myself with so many questions in my mind and things that I feel need to be expressed. I had no intention of writing I review but I think if any film deserves one from me, it’s Housefull 2.
Housefull 2’s quite obvious pluspoint (!) is it’s huge starcast. The story surrounds two brothers who are at loggerheads with each other from the word go; played by real-life brothers Randhir and Rishi Kapoor. In an attempt to get one-up on each other, they both vow to marry their daughters (played by Asin and Jacqueline Fernandez) off in the wealthiest families. Therein begins what can only be described as incomprehensible khichdi. It’s not worth describing much more of the plot apart from stating that at any one point, there are four fathers who believe their offspring are set to marry someone who isn’t who they think they are. Confused? Well, I’m not surprised in the slightest. You should be confused… very VERY confused.
First of all let me begin my dissecting of the movie by clarifying that I am writing a review from the perspective of a critique. I stopped being just a normal audience member a long time ago so no matter whether a movie is loved by the audiences and no matter whether I have witnessed uncontrollable laughter during the screening, I am going to portray a point of view which perhaps an ordinary cinema-goer will not agree with or think about. For the record, the screening I went to was absolutely packed to the brim. I understand the lure of such a movie and I put my hand on my heart and say I left feeling that everyone around me had enjoyed the movie and had been entertained in a total paisa-vasool style. My own stance is nothing like that and the next few paragraphs will explain my reasoning as to why.
There is just one major question going round and round in my head: Why do actors do this to themselves? I’m sure you will agree that – as with any Sajid Khan movie – some of the stars featured in Housefull 2 are of great stature and respect. However, when you get the likes of Mithun Chakaborty, Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor together in one movie, why do them this kind of injustice? They are totally and utterly wasted in this film and I feel disappointed for them in my own heart. I wonder whether these actors are actaully genuinely open to such leave-your-brain-at-home ‘entertainers’ or whether they are resorting to such roles due to the fact that they have no choice. In all honesty, it’s one thing bringing these hugely talented and popular individuals on one platform but it’s another thing making a total mockery out of all they stand for… and I feel Sajid Khan has done just that. A comedy can be a success in a non-demeaning fashion but it seems Mr Khan hasn’t grasped that yet and neither will he any time in the near future owing to audiences members who allow such films to do well.
Another thing to think about is why such a huge starcast is even needed. In total, there are four main actors (Akshay Kumar, Ritiesh Deshmukh, John Abraham and Shreyas Talpade), four main heroines (Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee), two comical actors (Chunky Pandey and Johnny Lever), four father figures (Randhir and Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani, Ranjeet) and not to mention a special item-number appearance by the sexy Malaika Arora Khan (who, might I add, looked more ravishing than the four actresses put together). I’m exhausted even typing all of the names out! Why O why are there so many actors needed? And why on earth do such actors do these movies which will do nothing for their career at all? Yes, you get to share screen space with someone who might make you look good or someone who might help raise your popularity but… really… do you have no inkling about the strength of a story? It really seems as if a Sajid Khan production, for an actress, is all about prancing around in next to nothing and being the damsel-in-distress with a difference. I have to say that it’s one thing looking good but totally another being respected for the actress that you are… and, trust me, a Sajid Khan production is really not likely to get you any awards. Accolades for appearance? Yes, maybe… just maybe.
There is just one positive about this movie and I’ve got to say that when the intermission arrived, he was the only thing about the second half that I was genuinely looking forward to. He is, of course, the immensely talented Boman Irani. Irani has fast become the kind of actor that fits into the roles he does with the kind of ease one would expect from a very distinguished actor. Whether you place in front of him the stern Headteacher of 3 Idiots (2009), the stubborn father of Veer-Zaara (2004), the fasionista of Dostana (2008) OR Batook Patel of the Housefull franchise, he shines in them all. He was absolutely brilliant in the first Housefull and in this one, he does a sterling job too. Much love and respect to him… for standing out in an otherwise cringeworthy plot.
To conclude, there is not much that I can say which won’t be a repeat of what I’ve said above. One thing I will say is to Sajid Khan… please stop making such films. The actors deserve better than an unimpressive plot, characters not worth remembering and scenes that one just wants to forget. I would go as far as to rename this film franchise as ‘Khichdi’… because this is the kind of movie that even the best comedians in the world (with half a brain) would walk out of. The audiences deserve better!
(I don’t think it would be right for me to rate this movie. I think my review is rating enough!)
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