What is the story about?
Col. Kapoor plans to get his younger son Aakash get married to the daughter of his close friend Bajaj. However, when a girl, Vaani, lands at his house claiming that Aakash is the father of her daughter Gehna, it leads to mayhem and confusion in the household. But what's the truth?
There are only two instances when you have a grin on your face in the entire 156-minute runtime of Priyadarshan's latest gift to Hindi cinema, Hungama 2. The first is seeing Paresh Rawal reprise his role as the ever-suspecting Radheshyam Tiwari from the 2003 cult hit Hungama, baying for the blood of his young wife's supposed lover. The second is seeing Akshaye Khanna reappear out of nowhere in a cameo. Both actors have aged considerably since the earlier film, but they demonstrate very well in their limited screen time how to make the most out of a Priyadarshan comedy.
Take these two actors away, and what you have is a film that will make you want to wash your eyes with detergent. Aside from the ridiculously-contrived climax, Yunus Sajawal's screenplay doesn't even try to bring any original touch to the story of the director's 1994 Malayalam film Minnaram (which, by the way, is also available on Disney+ Hotstar). Worse, the humour is puerile, and doesn't make you laugh at all. The film boasts a fine cast, but the screenplay gets so lost in its subplots that the humour looks fake and most jokes don't land. Revisiting the original Hungama is a much better option.
With the exception of Rawal and Khanna, the rest of the cast is wasted. Meezaan Jaffrey tries his best to be credible as Aakash, but is constantly let down by the material, while Pranitha Subhash looks horribly miscast as Vaani. Watching Ashutosh Rana play the strict Col. Kapoor makes you feel sorry for him. And then it's a shame that comedy legends Tiku Talsania, Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav are absolutely stuck with ill-written characters. Even Shilpa Shetty Kundra, who plays Tiwari's wife Anjali, looks like she wandered into the sets of the film by mistake.
Music & Other Departments
Ronnie Raphael's background score and Anu Malik's compositions are hardly memorable, including that update of Chura Ke Dil Mera. V. Selvakumar's production design is top-notch. Ekhambram N.K. is all right with his camerawork.
The Akshaye Khanna cameo.
Practically everything else.
Did I enjoy it?
Aside from Paresh Rawal and the Akshaye Khanna cameo, no.
Do I recommend it?