Housefull 2

Cast: Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Asin, Mithun Chakraborty, Ritesh Deshmukh, Boman Irani

Director: Sajid Khan

Classification: 10M V

Running Time: 155

Rating: ****

Housefull 2 may seem like a silly film, but it’s a hilarious comedy with sheer class that’s not afraid to laugh in the face of its characters’ trials and tribulations. The concept is funny and headlined by a charming ensemble cast. Stumbling their way through a slapstick comedy of errors, the characters end up in an entertaining soup of family chaos.

This is the story of four fathers and their marriageable daughters, accompanied by four potential sons-in-law, constituting the Dirty Dozen.

As in the case of many Bollywood romances, the fathers want their daughters to marry into wealth. The daughters believe their partners are sufficiently wealthy when actually each one has different interests in their relationship. Since none of them can tolerate each other under one roof, matters turn ridiculous as this “housefull” hits a rollicking showdown.

The cast, like the film, are precise at delivering comedy. Even though it is slapstick, they give the right amount of conviction that stops it from being a stuffy affair.

Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Mithun Chakraborty, Rishi Kapoor, Chunky Pandey and Johnny Lever are so amazing together, they bring the house down.

Housefull 2 doesn’t rely solely on uproarious shockers for laughs – the script has its share of chucklers, romance and family drama.

Sajid Khan gets away with a less-than-simple story by fuelling the comedic aspects with a passion for cinema. The sometimes predictable script could have been tighter. The stories of each of the characters intersect, but they aren’t seamlessly interwoven, as one would expect after the first Housefull.

Anyone can connect with this type of humour as it falls in the realm of screwball comedy. I can’t exactly call it high-brow because the movie takes some low hits, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

The cast and director have created an unbeatably fun film with a pleasant vibe, transforming what could be the grimmest of situations into a jolly good time.

• Journalist and media personality Varshan Sookhun is the producer and presenter of Bollywood Billboard and Midday Spice on Lotus FM (87.7-106.8)