It is very difficult to watch the sequel separately and not to compare it with the original. Bhool Bhulya 2 definitely falls into this category – the first starring Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan – has been a tremendous hit at the box office and has gained some cult status over the years. Cut to 2022 with Karthik Aryan and Kiara Advani trying to recreate the same magic and give Tabu efficient support. There are new elements of the thriller filled and introduced by director Anees Bazmi. This is the story of Akash Kaushik (who also co-wrote the dialogues) which allows actors a great canvas to show and perform different shades. Also Read: Bhool Bhulaya 2 Song De Tali: Karthik Aryan Serenades Kiara Advani, Fans Love Honey Singh and Arman Malik’s Collaboration
Strangers Ruhan Randhawa (Karthik Aryan) and Reith Thakur (Kiara Advani) meet at the hill station and there is a quick click after the song-and-dance sequence. This is how most Bollywood love stories begin. Things unfold as Ruhan and Reith land in an abandoned haveli, where Manjulika’s soul is believed to have been imprisoned for 18 years. And in no time, Ruhan turns into Ruh Baba and convinces people that he can speak to the spirits of ghosts and dead people. What happens when the soul of a locked soul is accidentally unleashed there for years? Is Manjulika taking revenge? Will Ruh Baba handle the situation with his heroic deeds?
While there is nothing in common with this sequel and the first part – except for Manjulika – the background score and the Amy J Tomar song will constantly bring you back to the 2009 movie and you will compare again. Nonetheless, Bhul Bhulya 2 is a fresh story and it has its base. Anees Bazmee does not resort to jump scares to fit the horror genre but I am glad there are real moments of ‘ghost encounters’ that will surprise you. Directors who have directed films like No Entry, Welcome, Sing Is King have a strong hold on the comedy genre, with no shortage of humor in Bhool Bhulya 2. That was the best part I got after so long. To see the audience laughing at clean jokes that enjoy a smooth landing. For most of the film, people were clapping, hooing, screaming from the heart. Here, I must mention the unparalleled craze and applause in the entry of Chota Pandit (Rajpal Yadav), who is probably the only (living) character who has moved on from the original. Rajpal brings a different level of humor from his dialogues and expressions.
Kartik, in this playful and eccentric character, delivers a disappointing performance. They get plenty of opportunity to show off their acting chops, dance skills, comic timing, and provoke some genuine laughs. Kiara is as sweet and simple as Reit and looks beautiful in every frame. This is not to say that she is some different character that she has never done before, although Kiara is nowhere to be found and still retains her charm. Sadly, her chemistry with Kartik does no magic. Despite enough flirting and a kiss, you won’t feel any sparks on screen. Then stand tall with the word tabu. She is a restrained, well-behaved and loving mother of the Thakur family, and it is an experience that appears in every scene she appears.
Although we see very little of her in the first half, Tabu takes most of the scenes after the interval and she is amazing with those curls, Kohl eyes and her screen presence. Is Vidya Balan good enough? I’ve left it up to you. But, I can’t get my head around the make-up of our ghosts in Bollywood. What’s up with this white face with cracks? I have noticed that in the Stree, then the Ruhi and now the Ditto in the Bhul Bhulaya 2. Come on, ghosts look great in the 80s and 90s and are really terrible without a zombie-like makeover. I wish Bajmee was a bit more innovative in that category.
In other supporting roles, Sanjay Mishra, Ashwini Kalsekar and Rajesh Sharma bring some hilarious moments. Milind Gunanji and Amar Upadhyaya also have the necessary parts but in a very limited screen, we don’t see them bringing much to the table. Chola actor Siddhant Ghegadmal is quite a refreshing addition to Potlu and highlights some dull scenes.
Bhul Bhulya 2 will not make you bored. This will not leave you in complete awe. It will crack you frequently. Sometimes its logic makes it questionable. But in the end, this is a family entertainer who doesn’t walk the slapstick comedy crutches to make you laugh.
Movie: BHUL BHULAYA 2
Director: Anees Bazmee
Cast: Kartik Aryan, Kiara Advani, Tabu