A certain so-called noted critic who is better off as a trade guide reflected-“One should not go in expecting a Kahaani from Housefull2”. I was very happy to see such immense innocent sarcasm from a man who might not have been able to gulp in the various attributes that made up a decent film like Kahaani. He had suddenly elevated himself to the class of an intellectual and then depicted as if he has varied tastes and showing somewhat sympathy he is emphatically in support of comic pies like HF2. I was again happy to see how this man wanted his readers to understand that he has varied tastes and broadened cinematic horizon and thus one can take his commentary in future to be an authority. But thank God, likes of Rangan and Kamath scribble as of date.
Agreed that you cannot expect Coppola out of Michael Bay but then Micheal Bay does not force you to watch a snake trying to gulp in a testes. Agreed Bay is not as metaphorical or politically coherent as Coppola or Kubrick but at least he innovates, he thinks and whatever he produces is worthy of getting watched.He may not be directing a vfx-milestone Metropolis or a visually disturbing yet engaging A Clockwork Orange but he certainly produces a piece that might have a very urban tone to it but it seldom goes beyond the boundary of logic. Cinematic space gives you liberty but the liberty must be utilized to depict stuffs in a manner that does not make one feel regressive.Ra.One suffered a lot because of the same phenomena–resources at hand, expertise at hand but you do not enact the script to its strength. Housefull 2 is better in that sense but the core fault lies in the fact that it has no script to begin with.There is intense desire to make you laugh at all costs and so-called “noted critics better of as trade guides” lap it up as a modernized version of Desai’s era.
Agreed Desai could allow a blind Nirupa Roy to enter an Operation Theatre to give God Blessed flowers to her patient and a snake to force the villains to change their path and many idiotic stuffs but then he also made sure that the coherency of the script does not go for a toss in making people laugh,this way or that way. Aaaaah..I forgot,HF2 had no script.But even that would have been acceptable had Sajid made an earnest effort in directing it. He has done a very casual job,not refined his comic sense and add to that the overdose of all types of humour, forced and spontaneous. Sajid laying claim to Desai’s legacy is as if Bay remarked he can match Spielberg’s Summer Blockbusters. Moreover Desai was himself not much a big deal.We ain’t talking some Ray or Adoor here.Are we?
My concerns over HF2 are mainly over its narration that is lethargically lethargic and casually done just to include whatever one can. And my bigger concern is to the deformed projection of Shakespeare [ref:my last post] and Desai in the garb of a sub-standard product. My biggest concern is the trend of calling such movies the “masala-moment” of this year and the pattern as of now. My deepest condolences to that “noted critic better of as trade guide” who tries to behave as if he was in love with Kahaani and is ready to carry HF2 somewhere in his bag just because it allows for a contrast in his taste.
Milind/AnupamTags: Francis Ford Coppola Housefull 2 Kahaani Manmohan Desai Michael Bay Nirupa Roy Sajid Khan Shakespeare Stanley Kubrick