Despite being an underdog in the league of upcoming young directors, Sajid Khan has still managed to gain recognition in B-town through his stale sense of humour which he displays at award show and his trying-too-hard and almost-there films.
Sajid’s films like Hey Baby and Housefull belong to the pool of supposedly comedy films that fail to impress us. Although, Hey Baby wasn’t that bad of a film, it wasn’t original either. Housefull, a film that starred comedy king Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmuk, Lara Dutta and Deepika Padukone, on the other hand, was all about hot girls, good-looking men, beautiful beaches and occasional humour — a formula that earned a decent response at the box office in 2010.
With its sequel however, Sajid has multiplied the same formula and sprinkled it with a few good item numbers. In addition to Akshay Kumar and Ritesh Deshmukh, Housefull 2 stars John Abraham, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez and Zarine Khan.
The film, which premiered in Pakistani cinemas over the weekend, was well-received in cinemas in Lahore and Karachi. Media buying company Mindshare and Nestle Fruita Vitals sponsored the first premiere of the comedy flick at DHA cinema, Lahore.
As expected, Housefull 2 turned out to be a baseless film with a confusing script based on incoherent but at times funny slapstick humour. On some levels, it can be termed as the perfect reflection of the quality crisis Bollywood films are going through.
The story revolves around four fathers who want their daughters to marry rich men. The script is fast-paced and keeps the viewer from falling asleep but the loopholes in the action sequences and ridiculously shot scenes of the digitally-imposed snake and crocodile definitely missed the mark.
While Kumar’s comedic timing is impeccable, Abraham continues to struggle with comedic expressions and dialogues. One of the highlights of the film is that it shows brothers Rishi Kapoor and Randhir Kapoor together onscreen for the very first time.
In a nutshell, the film could have done better if only it were shot in a better way but for now one can say that Sajid did a great job at following the recipe that connects with family audiences.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 11th, 2012.
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