March 29, 2020
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Phir Hera Pheri

The characters and situations are supremely giddy and the film wears its silliness right there on the sleeve.

Phir Hera Pheri
Phir Hera Pheri
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Starring: Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Riimi Sen
Directed by Neeraj Vora
Rating: **

The film kicks off on a promising note. Nana Patekar’s introduction to the three protagonists—Baburao (Rawal), Raju (Kumar) and Shyam (Shetty)—the attempt to connect the present back to the past, recollecting crucial moments from the prequel—Hera Pheri—is all nicely managed. Thereafter, it’s all to do with your expectations. If you are a die-hard Hera Pheri fan, the sequel will come in as a huge disappointment. Primarily because the three actors have been playing similar characters in many other films, be it a Garam Masala, Deewane Hue Paagal or Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.

However, if you are in the mood for some mindless fun, then Phir Hera Pheri might serve you quite well. Most laughs here come from the fact that the characters and situations are supremely giddy and the film wears its silliness right there on the sleeve. Imagine having a villain with a speech problem! So the don in PHP, who speaks in a childish stutter, is rightly called Totla Tiwari. Juvenile? Yes, but then it had the audience rolling down the aisles in laughter. PHP is packed with some downright foolish action, over-the-top acting and many a stupid chase for drugs, diamonds, forged money and antique guns. It all ends up in total slapstick in a circus tent where the coveted diamonds lie hidden in a contraption called kukdoo koo. The aim, quite obviously, is to recreate a climax like the Mahabharata sequence in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron or Marx Brothers’ Night at the Opera. Now that requires some inspired madness and PHP has none of that.

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