played to a housefull of Bollywood fans here at Bombay Theater in NY. The movie was sold out in no time, a rarity these days. Akshay and John are box office gold..
They are a mega-winning couple. I had low to no expectations reading all these lukewarm reviews but I was positively surprised. Housefull 2 is being treated way too unkindly in the press. Sajid Khan has the last laugh because this movie is going to make a lot of money. People like the light-hearted crying-out ridiculous. It’s fun.
Housefull 2 is a goofball comedy all right, a bit like Bringing Up Baby, or the comedies of the 30s and 40s with their typical identity reversals and screwy twists. Love’s dilemmas, comedy and conflicts are symmetrically distributed among two or three couples. The concept is even older than that. You find it already in Mozart’s operas.
Housefull 2 is wildly entertaining, well-choreographed and directed. Great supporting cast with Rishi Kapoor, Boman Irani and Mithun Chakraborty, Randhir Kapoor. Jonny Lever at his usual best. Riteish Deshmuk is mellowing out nicely and sensibly. The female protagonists were just ok, Asin shining a bit brighter than the others .
But Akki and John are the bomb together and I can’t understand why Akshay would be saying he wants to move away from comedy. He’s soooooo good at it!!!
Comparing the two, I liked it better than Housefull 1.