Cast: Kartik Aryan, Kiara Advani, Tabu, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra
Crew: Written by Aakash Kaushik, Fahad Samji
Music by Pritam, Tanishk Bagchi, Sandeep Shirodkar
Cinematography by Manu Anand
Directed by Anees Bazmee
Produced by Anees Bazmee, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Murad Ketani
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 is new horror comedy film written by Anees Bazmee who made films like Welcome, No Entry, Singh is King directed this new film. This film is made in a hope to make stand alone Bhool Bhulaiyaa film starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Shiney Ahuja into a franchise of horror comedy genre. Original is a remake of Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu starring Shobana, Suresh Gopi, Mohan Lal.
Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 doesn’t try to continue the story from where the original has been left off but carries forward the ghost, Manjulika. Thakurs family believe in ghosts and they have locked up highly active Manjulika ghost in their purani haveli in Rajasthan. Reet Thakur (Kiara Advani) plans to occupy it by taking with her a lovable scum, Ruhan Randawa (Kartik Aryan) as Rooh Baba with her to the haveli. He tells them that he is a medium for dead ghosts and they believe in his antics. Chotta Pandit (Rajpal Yadav) and Jyothishi Baba (Sanjay Mishra) try to uncover his truth but Ruhan starts to understand that Manjulika ghost really exists. Anjulika (Tabu) tries to help him and Reet to get rid of the ghost. Can the trio overpower the most powerful ghost? Watch the movie to know more.
Movie doesn’t try to follow the logic set the predecessor. Bhool Bhulaiyaa was attempted by Akshay Kumar after looking at Chandramukhi and Aptamitra success in Kannada, Tamil languages, the remakes of Manichitrathazhu. Original movie tried to explain complex psychic vibration that people go through which results in minor multiple personality disorder in the name of ghostly possession. It sticks to scientific knowledge even though not accurate but it sells the possession state as medical problem than going typical horror comedy route. That uniqueness gave the film cult status among young audiences. Vidya Balan’s portrayal in Ami Je Tomar song still reeks in praises and the song has been one of the reasons for massive success of the film.
Now, the sequel stayed away from those logics and decided to use elements that are only aimed that evoking laughter. Rajpal Yadav delivers a memorable performance and trustworthy Sanjay Mishra delivers. Tabu balances out what Vidya Balan achieved in the original with her performance. Kiara Advani looks cute. Kartik Aryan pulls off a role that borderlines on what Akshay Kumar’s role was in original and deviates from his performance. His performance holds key for liking or disliking the film and he holds your interest with his charm.
If you love Bhool Bhulaiyaa for what it stood for then you will hate this. But if you looking to get entertained then this movie will deliver some good laughs. While the writing could have been better, Anees Bazmee doesn’t let the tempo dip even at one moment and delivers a reasonable entertainer. While the elements used to evoke fun might hurt few, this kind of comedy works as jokes land. Overall movie is made to please audiences and it does fit that bill.
Kartik Aryan’s performance
Kiara Advani looks
Tabu’s magnetic screen presence and performance
Deviation from Original
Few jokes that test patience
Bottomline: Sequel works!