After delivering cult classic comedy films like Hera Pheri, filmmaker Priyadarshan came to be regarded as the king of comedy films. And now once again after a full eight years, Priyadarshan is back with another comedy film Hungama 2. The first part of Hungama was released in 2003 which was well received by the audience. And now that Priyadarshan has come up with the next part of Hungama with a strong starcast, Hungama 2, will Hungama 2 be able to make the audience laugh and entertain, or will it fail in its endeavor? Let’s review.
Hungama 2 is the story of a man whose life suddenly becomes a ruckus due to the sudden arrival of his ex in his house. Akash Kapoor (Meezaan Jaffrey) lives with his father, Colonel Kapoor (Ashutosh Rana), sister, his brother’s children and a butler, Nandan (Tiku Talsania). He works in an office where his colleague is Anjali (Shilpa Shetty Kundra), a family friend. Anjali is married to Radhe Shyam Tiwari (Paresh Rawal), a good lawyer who always suspects that Anjali is cheating on him. Akash Kapoor is about to marry a girl named Simran, daughter of MG Bajaj (Manoj Joshi). Everything is going well in Akash’s life, until one day his ex-girlfriend, Vaani (Pranita Subhash) comes to his house with her daughter Gehna. Vaani claims that while they were dating and studying in college, Akash got her pregnant and then ran away. Akash at first refuses to believe that he knows speech. But later, Akash admits that they were in a relationship. But he assures Colonel Kapoor that Gehana is not his daughter. Kapoor doesn’t know who to believe. DNA test is done which proves that Akash is the father of that girl. Colonel Kapoor gets furious at Akash as Akash’s engagement with Simran is confirmed. He keeps Vaani Bakshi and hides it from everyone else until he finds out the truth. Meanwhile, Akash still claims that he is not the father and approaches Anjali for help. Anjali meets Kapoor to discuss the matter. Kapoor requests Anjali not to tell anyone about Vaani and Gehna, not even Radhe. he agreed. When she goes home, she lies when Radhe asks where did she go. Radhe then secretly follows him and overhears his conversation with Akash. Both are seen discussing her pregnancy and baby. Radhe thinks that Anjali is pregnant with Akash’s child. What happens next after this, it will be known after watching the rest of the film.
Priyadarshan’s story is promising and it has all the potential to be a great film. But Yunus Sajwal’s screenplay spoils the film. There are a lot of characters and subplots which are not woven together well. Also, the logic has nothing to do with the film Far Far Tak. This usually happens in comedy films but here it reaches an unbelievable level. Manisha Korde and Anukalpa Goswami’s dialogues try their best to contribute humor and drama but it is not up to the desired level.
Priyadarshan’s direction is average. He has a bad script which affects his direction. In the past he has given many such great films where there are too many characters and misunderstandings but still he handles them well and that has been the strength of Priyadarshan. Priyadarshan though tries to repeat his same formula but does not succeed. The basic plot is such that the film could have been funny from beginning to end. But the humor is very weak and the fun is also negligible. He doesn’t even do justice to some subplots. Even the answer to the mystery behind Vaani’s sudden appearance at the Kapoor family residence is silly. Positively, some of the scenes here and there serve to increase the laughter but obviously that is not enough.
Hungama 2 begins on a dull and serious note. The track of Gagan Chandra D’Costa (Johnny Lever) and the kids brings some laughs. But after some time the children disappear and then they re-emerge in the second half. It is clear that things are going to happen randomly in the film. Some of the scenes are really cool and funny. Popat also single-handedly brings humor to the climax. But as mentioned earlier, this was not enough. Ideally, the entire film should have been funny and laughable from the first half itself.
Meezaan Jaffrey is just fine. Meezaan Jaffrey tries his best but his comic timing doesn’t seem right in some scenes. Such a role requires a far more talented actor. Pranitha Subhash looks confident and leaves an impression. Shilpa Shetty looks ravishing and proves that she can still deliver a good performance. Sadly, his screen time is limited. Paresh Rawal’s track is funny but the humour is weak. Performance wise, he looks fantastic. Ashutosh Rana’s role is long and strong. He goes a few overs but manages to entertain. Tiku Talsania also suits his role, especially in the DNA report scene. Manoj Joshi is fine. Rajpal Yadav’s role is small, but makes him laugh. Johnny Lever looks good in a cameo. Akshaye Khanna doesn’t leave much of a mark in special appearances. The child actors do well but their tracks are not used well. The actors playing Meezaan’s sister and brother are average.
Anu Malik’s music is forgettable. ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera 2.0’ looks the best because of Shilpa’s sexy moves. ‘Pehle Bar’, ‘Don’t worry’, ‘Aao Chale Hum’ and ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ are disappointing. Ronnie Raphael’s background score is better and Priyadarshan Zone’s.
Ekambaram NK’s cinematography is good. The local areas of Manali are well captured. Selvakumar’s production design is very good. In fact, the film looks like a rich product. The dresses are glamorous, especially those worn by Shilpa Shetty. MS Ayyapan Nair’s editing could have been a bit tighter.
Overall, Hungama 2 is not as much fun as expected. The film fails to live up to the expectations due to its length, loose script, weak humor and lack of logic. This is a big disappointment.