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The Great Bollywood Circus

Sajid Khan has already declared (at every opportunity he’s had) across all media that he doesn’t care what critics have to say about his film. That this is a film for the audiences. That they will make it a hit, the likes of which the actors involved have never seen before. If cinema to you is about tickling crocodiles on sleeping pills, background sound effects so loud they drown out the dialogue and threaten to puncture your eardrums, and 12 actors knowingly putting in about as much effort as it takes mannequins to change their costumes … then by all means please don’t waste your time reading this and go buy a ticket. You will be thoroughly entertained. And Sajid Khan will be proven right.

Because Housefull 2 is constructed purely to appeal to the remnant ape in your DNA, like me, you will probably laugh at a few points. Especially at the nostalgic bits involving Ranjeet. And Akshay Kumar. He understands how to handle such a movie. He plays it casual and is head and shoulders above the rest with his timing and effortlessness. But for these fleeting rewards you will have to endure a gamut of nonsense that seems to last for eternity at over two-and-a-half hours.

There is no need for analysis here. No need to recount plot. All you need to know is that (relatively speaking) the sequel is marginally better than the first outing on the strength of the tributes it pays to classic Bollywood, however a crass manner it is presented in. Let’s not get into logic, let’s not get into ethics. A bikini model offers to wear a burqa all her life if only her lover will introduce her to his father and marry her. In Housefull 2, the statement is about as farcical as one made by the Gurgaon police.

And what’s with the animals? I spotted a horse, a crocodile, zebras, pythons monkeys, and dogs in suits (no, not hinting at any actor here; there really was a dog in a suit) making entries and exits in this circus of a film. Sajid Khan says we don’t show animals in films any more and that kids love animals. Yep, they must’ve loved the scene involving a the-rapist too as he tries to seduce women into his bed. Housefull 2 for children… Sajid Khan sure does have a sense of humour.

So where do you stand with Housefull 2? It’s the kind of film no one needs to read a review of to make up their minds to watch or not. I didn’t have a choice. But you do.

Published Date: Saturday, April 7th, 2012 | 02:59 AM

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