‘Hungama 2’ is the sequel to the acclaimed ‘Hungama’ (2003) which remains a very humorous and family film, loved by all. The sequel consists of the ensemble old cast which includes Paresh Rawal, Manoj Joshi, Tiku Talsania, Rajpal Yadav and some new faces. With music by veteran Anu Malik and lyrics by Sameer, the audience was already hyped up for an exciting family entertainer.
The sequel being nearly two decades late, the audience expected a lot more than what is presented. The plot is very much of a hotchpotch à la Priyadarshan and isn’t even interesting enough. The 2 hours 36 mins long movie never emphasized on humour as the main component.
The film revolves around a woman (Pranitha Subhash) who comes into the lives of the Kapoors and create problems. She arrives with a girl-child looking for her alleged father and calling out Aakash (Meezan Jaffrey) being the father of the child. The outdated plot makes the movie really uninteresting to watch and the film is mostly out of sync with today’s times. There was also some foreshadowing in the first half of the film, like when Gobind Kapoor (Ashutosh Rana) took Vaani (Pranitha Subhash) and her child to the temple to swear on God that whose child that kid is, she says, the child is Gobind’s son instead of saying “Aakash’s daughter”. Gobind has two sons in the film and it really made it obvious that the child belongs to the other son Aman (Raman Trikha).
The senior actors tried their best to make the film a bit funny but they overacted in every possible scene. Rajpal Yadav and Johnny Lever were the human dynamos of Priyadarshan’s films but here they miss the mark. Paresh Rawal is the only one who has brought some laughs but still isn’t really satisfactory. Akshaye Khanna’s cameo was just for a nostalgic feel in the film.
The songs in the film are totally second-rated. “Chura Ke Dil Mera 2.0” sung by Amol Malik and Benny Dayal seemed a bit groovy and Shilpa Shetty dancing to it was a speck of nostalgy. Her abysmal acting in the whole film will be remembered and one cannot believe that it is her comeback film after 14 years. The audience was excited but Shilpa definitely disheartened us.
Some of the scenes in the film are really offensive to women. Vaani declaring herself as Aakash’s wife because he is supposedly the father of the child doesn’t really fit nowadays. When Aakash forces himself on Vaani to get the truth out of her was also really unnecessary and immensely offending.
Meezan Jaffrey’s acting is pretty much below-average. Pranitha Subhash who is basically a South-Indian actress, does not really stand out in her role either.
Priyadarshan’s comeback after 8 years is a joke. Famously known for directing frantic comedy films with Akshay Kumar, he tried his best to make the audience laugh in ‘Hungama 2’. He has done some of the best comic films in his time but definitely he missed the boat here. There is no story, no entertainment, it is a boring, baseless and an offending movie which we did not expect from Priyadarshan at least. Nevertheless, we would want Priyadarshan to keep directing movies not to disappoint the next time as he is talented enough.