Starring: Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Paresh Rawal, Meezaan Jaffrey, Pranitha Subhash, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Manoj Joshi, Paresh Ganatra & Ashutosh Rana
Written by: Yunus Sajawal
Dialogue by: Manisha Korde & Anukalp Goswami
Streaming on: Disney+ HotStar
After the massive success of HUNGAMA, HUNGAMA 2 has finally been released. Akash Kapoor (Meezaan Jafri) stays with his father, Colonel Kapoor (Ashutosh Rana), sister, his brother’s children and a butler, Nandan (Tiku Talsania). He works in an office with her colleague Anjali (Shilpa Shetty Kundra) who is a family friend. She is married to Radhe Shyam Tiwari (Paresh Rawal), a good-for-nothing advocate who is always suspicious that Anjali is cheating on him. Akash at the same time is about to get married to a girl named Simran, daughter of M G Bajaj (Manoj Joshi), a friend of Kapoor. Everything seems to be going well until one day his ex-girlfriend Vaani (Pranitha Subhash) arrives at his residence with her daughter, Gehna. She claims that Akash is the father of the child. Initially Akash refuses to even know her but then admits to his father that she was his ex but that child isn’t his. Despite that, when they get a DNA test done, which confirms that Akash is the father of the child. Because of this Col. Keeps Vaani hidden from everyone till he learns more. Akash at the same time, still says that he isn’t the father and confides in Anjali and asks for her help. After which Kapoor requests Anjali to not tell anyone, not even her husband about Vaani. She agrees. When she goes home, she lies when Radhe asks where she had gone. Radhe then begins to follow her secretly and overhears her conversation with Akash. Both are discussing pregnancy and a baby. Radhe assumes that Anjali is pregnant with Akash’s child. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
Like the previous Priyadarshan’s comedy of errors films there is a lot going on in the film as well. The plot is interesting and had all the ingredients to be a proper family entertainer. But the screenplay doesn’t quite do justice to the story. The ingredients are ready but the writers just couldn’t figure out how to use them and hence what we have is a under cooked. semi boiled film which feels dated. The whole thing is not stitched together properly and is very inconsistent and a lot of things just feel very random. There is comic relief, ofcourse but doesn’t match the standards we were expecting. The film is funny in parts, but just not funny enough.
Technically, the film is good. N.K. Ekambaram’s cinematography is beautiful and he captures the locales of Manali brilliantly. Editing by M S Aiyyapan Nair feels a little rough and also the length is an issue which could have been dealt with. The music is a big disappointment, except for the CHURA KE DIL MERA song. The other songs are quite forgettable. The costumes are glamorous and the production design has been done well. Writing has been bad.
Performances are fine. Meezan Jaffrey gives his best here but doesn’t leave a mark, mainly because of his comic timing which was a little off. Pranitha Subash displays a confident and composed act and makes a very good impression. Shilpa Shetty raises the temperature every time she’s on the screen and gives a nice performance as well. Paresh Rawal is dependably brilliant as ever. Ashutosh Rana has an important role and he shoulders the responsibility well. Johnny Lever and Rajpal Yadav are hilarious as ever and add to the comic relief on the screen. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Director Priyadarshan fails to match this film to its predecessor, mainly because of the poorly written script. But he could have done better to execute it.