MUMBAI: Housefull 2 can be called a crowded comedy in
a sense that the screen is filled with multiple characters
of various hues. Towards the end, the film creates a
mini India on screen with twelve actors in the main
roles portraying Marathi, Gujarati, Sindhi, Punjabi
etc roles catering to all parts.
Director: Sajid Khan.
Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Reitesh
Deshmukh, Shreyash Talpade, MIthun Chakraborty,
Randhit Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani, Johny
Lever, Asin, Zarine Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez,
Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor are brothers who don't see eye-to-eye
but both have one common aim - to find the son of some
renowned and wealthy man for their respective daughters.
Chakraborty is a childhood friend of Boman Irani, an
ex-police boss, on whose advice Mithun gives up his
dark past, spends time in jail and travels to England
to not only make his fortune but also be counted among
one of the most respected names there. On the occasion
of Chakraborty turning a new leaf, Boman Irani had sought
a promise from him that they would turn their friendship
into family relationship when their children grow up.
Randhir and Rishi Kapoor are both told by match maker
Chunkey Pandey that Chakraborty's son, Reitesh Deshmukh
would be an apt suitor for their daughters, Asin and
Jacqueline Fernandez. The brothers vie for Deshmukh
while making sure the other does not get the whiff on
loves Zarine Khan, a model, and is not in a position
to tell Mithun Chakraborty. He also has to ward off
Randhir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor's daughters. As a result,
Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Shreyash Talpde each
end up posing as Reitesh Deshmukh.
Talpade, Deshmukh's friend, is in love with Shahzan
Khan. He is humiliated by her father Rishi Kapoor and
plans revenge. What follows are the comic situations,
romance, songs and dances.
2 may not have much by way of a story but it does manage
to create some really funny situations.
film often loses pace in the first half, but manages
to hold its own in the later part, which is also shorter.
There is not much help from songs but the item number
. is well choreographed.
scenes between Chakraborty, Irani and Malaika Arora
What works for the film is its multifaceted cast and
the fact that yesteryear stars have been cast as fathers.
Economic considerations can be seen in the casting of
heroines with all four lacking mass following.
film has been shot extensively on indoor locations,
which helps keep the budget down. The film has just
one real action scene with all four heroes involved;
it is well executed.
performances by all male artistes is good, if rated
the order it would be Mithun Chakraborty, Akshay Kumar,
John Abraham, Reitesh Deshmukh and Shreyash Talpade.
Lever is good but having seen the film with the audience
in Uttar Pradesh, it looked like his native Marathi
lingo was not going down well with the audience. All
four female actors are passable.
2 is a fair entertainer and due to its star cast and
reasonable opening at multiplexes (the single screens
opening is not the same) should be able to sail safe.