Housefull 2

Film

Cast:Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Riteish Deshmukh, Shreyas Talpade, Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Johny Lever, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandes, Zarine Khan, Shazahn Padamsee, Chunky Pandey, Boman Irani

Director: Sajid Khan

Indian Express Rating: *1/2

Several times in 'Housefull 2', random characters laugh at their own jokes and sing out: sense of huuuuumour. It pretty much says everything about the film, a sequel to the film of the same name which came out two years ago. You have to be able to find the doings of this vast cast amusing. And if you don't, you have to be able to summon your funny bone to keep sitting, while pondering the cosmic corniness of the world according to Sajid Khan and other such weighty matters.

Four fellows (Akshay, John, Riteish, Shreyas), who all go by the name of Jolly for reasons too complicated to go in here, fetch up in a billionaire's mansion somewhere in the UK. We know it's there because there are cutaways to the London Bridge, and sundry white people show up as extras. The same number of leading ladies, in order of importance and screen time (Asin, Jacqueline, Zarine, Shazahn) show up when it's their turn. The billionaire JD (Mithun) who now lives in this gilded mansion has a sepia past : I will be giving away no secrets if I tell you that JD used to be Jagga Daaku back in India. Mithun wears crisply-starched dhoti-kurtas, pats horses, and brandishes a rifle. Sartorially, Mithun's opposite is Chunky Pandey who goes by the name of Aakhri Pasta and wears red and purple jackets and pants. The girls are all kitted out in make-up that screams for attention, not in a good way: if we are to take Asin seriously, she needs to learn how to use pancake better.

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