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Beyond the loud slapstick, it does have interesting situational humour but it gets more kiddish than genuinely mad


Starring: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Asin, Jacqueline Fernandes, Riteish Deshmukh, Randhir Kapoor, Mithun Chakravorty
Directed by Sajid Khan
Rating: **

You go to a Sajid Khan film expecting a certain amount of juvenile comedy. Politically incorrect jokes, cracks at dwarfs and racist ones at Africans. A python will strike at the hero’s unmentionables. The toilet humour in Housefull2 flows courtesy a character called Pasta. But beyond the loud slapstick, the movie does have interesting situational humour that makes it a marginal improvement over previous Khan efforts. It’s a case of confusion confounded by several stories and action strands. Innumerable characters spill onto the screen, switch places and get identities mixed up. Two warring brothers (Rishi and Randhir), rival wives and daughters (Asin, Jacqueline) and four men plotting against them. In the hands of a Manmohan Desai, this would have been a laughathon. But Khan’s comic timing is not as spot-on. Some sequences tickle, like how everyone queues up behind Mithun in the climax, without him realising it. Or Ranjit bringing to mind the “vaasna ka pujari” rapist he essayed in film after film. Largely, though, Housefull2 gets more kiddish than genuinely mad. All I came away with were some catchy phrases: napunsak neutron, Francis Ford Saanpola, langoors have my angoors.

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