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Hungama 2 Review: Utterly Boring

Hungama 2 Review: Utterly Boring

OTT Movie: Hungama 2 (Hindi)
Rating: 1/5
Cast:
Meezaan Jaffrey, Pranitha Subhash, Paresh Rawal, and Shilpa Shetty and others
Producers: Ratan Jain
Music: Anu Malik, Ronnie Raphael
Direction: Priyadarshan
Streaming on: Disney+Hotstar
Release Date: July 23, 2021

“Hungama 2”, the sequel to the hit “Hungama” is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar. The film marks actress Shilpa Shetty’s return to the screen after 14 years. It directly hit the OTT space.

Let’s find out its merits and demerits.

Story:
Akash (Meezaan Jaffrey) lives with his father, sister, his brother’s family. He gets engaged to Simran, the daughter of his father’s friend Bajaj. Out of the blue, his former girlfriend Vaani (Pranitha Subhash) arrives at his home, claiming that Akash impregnated her while they were dating. She comes with their daughter.

Akash’s father Colonel Kapoor (Ashutosh Rana) asks her to stay in their home until the matter gets resolved. Akash seeks the help of his colleague Anjali (Shilpa Shetty) to prove that Vaani is lying. Is Vaani lying? If so, for what reason?

Performances
Even veteran actors Paresh Rawal and Ashutosh Rana have played their roles in a silly way. Meezaan Jaffrey and Pranitha Subhash hardly make any impact.

Shilpa Shetty still has a good screen presence, but her role is written poorly. Akshaye Khanna makes a cameo appearance.

Music is forgettable. Even the remix version of the super hit song “Chura Ke Dil Mera” is not that effective. The cinematography is decent.

Analysis
Director Priyadarshan, a veteran in the Malayalam film industry, successfully remade his Malayalam films in Hindi.

With hits like “Hera Pheri” and “Hungama”, he became a big director in Bollywood, and his streak of success continued for over a decade.

Like most senior directors, he is not coming out of the cocoon. He is churning out films that a new generation of audiences snigger at. His ideas stuck in the 1980s and 1990s.

His latest movie, Hungama 2, is a case in point.

The story of “Hungama 2” is set in a hill station. It introduces the characters of Ashutosh Rana and Manoj Joshi first. Then switches to a comedy sequence involving kids, reminding us of Akkineni Nageswara Rao’s “Rao Garillu”. Yes, the story and the narrative of “Hungama 2” is archaic.

Based on Priydarshan’s 1994 Malayalam movie “Minnaram”, the film does not boast a single comedy scene that can connect to today’s audience.

The film begins on a dull note and never gets its energy. Paresh Rawal suspecting his wife Shilpa Shetty is straight out of the Vadivelu track in Rajinikanth’s “Chandramukhi”. It, however, has failed to evoke laughs.

Shilpa Shetty has returned to the screen after many years, but she chose a role that does little to boost her career.

The story is totally told in the style of a 90s potboiler, minus entertainment. In a comedy film, entertainment is the weakest part. And the subplots add more confusion and boredom.

Both Paresh Rawal and Ashutosh Rana have played their roles loudly. Their characters are illogical. The plot itself is inane, the screenplay is even more lethargic.

The entry of Rajpal Yadav is better among the silly sequences.

On the whole, “Hungama 2” ranks among the badly made movies in recent times. Lack of comedy, clichéd plot, and predictable narrative have made this boring stuff.

Bottom-line: Outdated

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