Friday, April 6, 2012

Movie Review: Housefull 2

One evening ten years ago I visited a dentist who for two and a half hours pulled out a tooth and then drilled the largest hole on my body. The pain was excruciating, but what kept me going was the knowledge that the throbbing pain was for a meaningful purpose. Housefull 2 is like that miserable evening, but instead it doesn’t have any meaningful intention. If one films all of my grumbling, hair-tearing, eye-rolling, sighing, groaning, whimpering, whining and slouching throughout this movie and sped it up, it could be marketed as a found footage comedy funnier than the whole of Housefull 2. Because it would be more unique, vastly more watchable and mercifully shorter. 

Housefull 2 is stark proof that watching Sajid Khan’s movies can fill one with the compulsion to plunge a large syringe full of Novocain into oneself with hope of ending the pain. A worthless story told in numbing images, the film merrily dances on the line between the completely unpleasant and the utterly distasteful. It's been five years since Sajid vomited out Heyy Baby and brought a new, satanic power to Bollywood with his own style of loud, cloyingly horrible filmmaking - a lethal combination of a large cast and obtuse jokes that have enraged critics, but scored big at the box office. And just like 2010’s Housefull, the sequel has all the cinematic value of donkey porn.

The first atrocious thing about this movie is its two and a half hour plus runtime. The longer the film rambles on, the more irritating it is, and the more you see how little Sajid cares for your threshold level of pain. I'd go into the ‘story’ and ‘plot’ but it’s nothing more than an excuse to get one dozen characters inside the house of a wealthy British Goonda Mithun, so I won't insult your intelligence by implying that Housefull 2 has anything new or exciting to offer. If you watch this movie, you will have to endure a musical cue of Akshay Kumar producing a sound that is a mixture of burping and orgasming. You will also have to witness a snake biting Shreyas Talpade’s crotch while John Abraham slaps his head and makes contorted faces. You will have to see a crocodile biting Ritesh deshmukh’s ass while Akshay Kumar squints his eyes and screams. You will have to see a horny Mithun running behind an overweight dwarf maid while folding his lungi. And when Johnny Lever is the lone voice of reason in the film, then you know you’re in for a turgid ride. 

The jokes are woeful and are delivered by the actors with the subtlety of a seizure. What Housefull 2 does have in abundance is an unending parade of flimsy mistaken identity gags, prudish movie-star mugging camera angles, grotesque makeup, a distasteful devotion to malignant humor and the intolerable air of self-satisfied moviemakers cobbling drivel together for a 100 crore weekend.  

While Ritesh is borderline likable, Akshay Kumar plays the same character he has played in every comedy film of his to date. Shreyas Talpade and the ultra-pretty Shazahn Padamsee are almost nonexistent, but Jacqueline Fernandez, Zarine Khan and John Abraham make you want to jam a pen in your ears. If you have ever seen Asin at work before, then you can tell already that she was miscast - I just felt sorry for her and wondered if another director might be able to showcase her better. The less said about Rishi and Randhir Kapoor, Boman Irani and Chunkey Pandey the better, because their performances are straight out of a drunken game of dumb charades. Sajid-Wajid’s music makes the songs of the first Housefull sound like the works of Mozart. 

Housefull 2 is the zenith of ugly filmmaking. As someone who loved Sajid Khan’s TV shows in the past I found myself regretting that affection less than 10 minutes into this movie. Any filmmaker naturally evolves as he makes his films, Sajid strives to devolve and count his currency notes. The only explanation for the existence of Housefull 2 seems to be Sajid wondering how terrible a film can be and still cross the 100 crore mark.


  1. who is this reviewer i think a fool who cant understand a light hearted enjoyable comedy n a family entertainer fake review movie is awesum go for it.

  2. watch out for rowdy rathore,joker they r going to be much worse than housefull 2

  3. Great review as always man! Fitting. Although i have no intention of watching it anyway..neither in the theater nor from you-know-where. Also share your sentiments regarding Asin..I mean..come on! Is this all she's being offered?

    Anyways, I believe its safe to say , the director and his sister are just plain fucking with us now. Pissing on our faces.

  4. what an ugly writing, i didn't even care to read, infact noone will read your long hate story

  5. loved the movie full entertainer go for it.

  6. How does it smell there?? Deep in sajid's ass?

  7. Really? Thats so cool!! BTW, how does it feel to be back in the 1800s? having fun?

  8. This mind numbing 'film' deserves no stars. And here i thought that Indian cinema was moving forward with movies like Kahani. Throw Sajid Khan off a cliff please.

  9. why must we term every horrible, loud and crude 'movie' as 'light hearted'. Also you are using the term 'entertainer' very very loosely buddy.

  10. if a snake bites your crotch, will your dad laugh?? is it what you call a "family entertainer" you dimwit douchebag...

  11. Amazing review! Haven't watched the film and never intended to anyway. But tell me, why does Sajid Khan have so much arrogance? He blasts critics and says that he makes movies for audience. If this movie is a hit, then it is a strong message about the kind of audience we have today.

  12. Movie is too good, one of the best comedy movies I have ever seen, Sajid Khan you rock, hope you're having a great time with Jaqueline. It's a movie made by a champion.

    The above comments however ain't true, and the movie is pathetic, don't go for it, watch Deshdrohi instead.

  13. woah ! such amazing dissing of the movie.
    loved the review :)
    was anyway going to avoid the movie. now, for sure.

    like your vocabulary and the way you use it, mihir :)

  14. How can it be a 'Good Friday' when you have a Sajid Khan movie on the floor?!

  15. Sorry, i dont play on both back in sajid's ass and vomit from there boy..

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  17. And to shove your POV down our throats you dismissed 'Heyy Baby' also. Great going for a twitter critic.

  18. And dismissing Heyy Baby was exactly the right thing to do. Hell I watched that piece of shit in a theatre and I am still looking for Sajid Khan to refund the ticket cost.

    In case if Sajid Khan wants to see a real comedy ask him to fucking learn the basics. Start with 'Sadhu aur Shaitan' and try and make a movie half as good as that first.

    Here is the link for him and his dumb screenwriters:

  19. interesting. Do you watch that movie in cinema hall?

  20. I like your review man. We need soldier like you to defend terrorists like the the great film maker Sajid Sajid Khan...

    when Akshay learns that audiance feel pain with his same boring act.

  21. Thanks for your review, Mihir. These are my takeaways:

    LAVISH Praise from MIHIR FADNAVIS for the 'Housefull' series:

    "... just like 2010’s Housefull, the sequel has all the entertainment value ..." !!!

    Sajid Khan rawks!!! :

    "... Sajid Khan’s movies can fill ... oneself with hope ..."
    "... Sajid ... brought a new ... power to Bollywood with his own style of ... filmmaking ..." !!!
    "... orgasming ..." !!!

    Comedic bombshell!! :

    "The jokes ... are delivered ... by the actors with .. subtlety ... " !!!

    See ASIN as never seen before:
    "I ... wondered if another director might be able to showcase (Asin) better ... !!!"

    Foot-tapping music:
    " ... sound like the works of Mozart " !!!

    "Housefull 2 is the zenith ... " !!!
    "... can ... cross the 100 crore mark. ..." !!!

  22. Well after reading the review, better watch the social network on pix....:-)

  23. Awesome review...sajid khan has got to be the worst director in the world and he has proven it time and again with the mind numbing heyy babyy, housefull and now this...I really love ur dissing of the movie...I hate akshay kumar movies and I'm still waiting for my refund and compensation for my mental torture after watching housefull 1 so no question of even watching this damn movie ever..thanks a ton

  24. Weirdo, stop being so dumb and for god's sake stop making movies, u r an insult to the industry! Even ur sis can make better movies than u! I can even sit through the torture of tees Maar khan but not ur mind numbing movies...I'm still waiting for the compensation for the mental torture I went through sitting at the theatre watching those fuckin blockbusters u call, housefull and heyy babyy..U hv no originality whatsoever...I'm never gonna make the mistake of torturing myself again so I suggest u learn from ur mistakes soon and stop making movies and spare us the horror u freak!